Program Information

Program Information

Residential

Though research shows that children and families are best served in their homes and communities, there are cases in which a child may require treatment outside of the home. The Buckeye Ranch has the facilities and the treatment capacity to serve children and adolescents with serious mental health needs and substance abuse issues. The Buckeye Ranch’s family-centered treatment approach drives our commitment to preserving family relationships and believes that maintaining these bonds is crucial to the success of the child’s transition back into the community.

Every day in this rich, therapeutic environment, girls and boys ages 10-18 are experiencing hope and healing. For those youth who require a secure residential setting, our Intensive Care Center provides the care and structure they need with locked units, cameras, and a 1:4 staff-to-youth ratio. For those youth who do not require a locked setting but still need a residential level of care, our Open Campus can provide the treatment and skills they need to prepare for successful transition back into the community.

Residential Facilities and Populations

The Intensive Care Unit (ICC)

  • Secure (locked) facility with a 1:4 staff-to-youth ratio and cameras to supplement monitoring and security
  • 38-bed capacity for children, ages 9-18 years old, both females and males

Open Campus

  • Open (non-secure) facility with a 1:6 staff-to-youth ratio
  • 52-bed capacity for children, ages 10-18 years old, both females and males 

         Delta Program

  • Secure (semi-locked) facility with a 1:4 staff-to-youth ratio
  • 10-bed capacity for males, age 12-17 years old with problem sexual behavior, adjudicated or non-adjudicated, amenable to treatment and preparing for community reintegration 

Community-Based Programs

The Buckeye Ranch believes that all families have strengths and each member of the family plays an integral part in treatment. Our community-based programs are designed to work with children, their families and members of the community to reduce problem behaviors, while helping children and families meet their own unique goals and plans.

The Buckeye Ranch uses evidence-informed and evidence-based interventions, in collaboration with other systems, to provide the best possible treatment options. Our services provide youth and their families with comprehensive and individualized mental health and substance abuse treatment.

Outpatient

Outpatient office-based counseling provides help for children, teens, and families at our four convenient locations in Central Ohio:

  • 2865 W. Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43204
  • 697 E. Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43215
  • 5665 Hoover Road, Grove City, OH 43123
  • 2440 Dawnlight Avenue, Columbus, OH 43211

Professional therapists help children, teens, and families learn and manage a variety of emotional and behavioral challenges including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Substance Abuse
  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity
  • Behavioral difficulties – at home and school
  • Effects of trauma and abuse

We provide individual, group, and family counseling. Most groups have transportation and dinner provided. Group treatment topics include:

  • Anger management
  • Alcohol and other drug use
  • Conflict-resolution
  • Feelings management
  • Social skills
  • Trauma
  • LGBTQ
  • Guardian/caregiver support

Nurturing Parent Groups

The Buckeye Ranch offers the Nurturing Parent curriculum in groups for families with elementary age children and teens. The Nurturing Parenting groups are family-centered groups designed to build nurturing parenting skills. The long-term goal is to stop the intergenerational cycle of child abuse by teaching positive parenting behaviors.

Weekly groups (lasting 12 weeks for teens or 15 weeks for elementary age) feature activities to foster positive parenting skills and self-nurturing, home practice exercises, family nurturing time, and activities to promote positive brain development in children and youth. Parents and children attend separate groups that meet concurrently and are designed to build self-awareness, positive concept/self-esteem and build levels of empathy; teach alternatives to hitting and yelling; enhance family communication and awareness of needs; replace abusive behaviors with nurturing behaviors; promote healthy physical and emotional development; and teach appropriate role and developmental expectations.

To learn more about Nurturing Parent programs go to http://www.nurturingparenting.com/

Home-Based

Intensive Family Support Program (IFSP)

Intensive Family Support Program (IFSP) services are provided to youth and families for whom more intensive interventions are indicated. Meetings typically occur 2-4 times per week in the family’s home to aide in keeping youth and families safely together. Our staff is trained to provide 24-hour crisis intervention and targeted interventions to assist with self-harmful behaviors, severe depression, aggression, substance abuse, trauma and defiant behaviors. Our staff is also trained to assist with youth transitioning from hospitalizations, residential care, inpatient substance abuse treatment and foster care.

Multisystemic Therapy (MST)

Multisystemic Therapy (MST) is an evidenced-based program that targets serious juvenile offenders.  The program works specifically with Franklin County Children Services (FCCS), Franklin County Juvenile Court and the Franklin County ADAMH Board.  The MST program is designed to address a youth's mental health, behavioral, and/or substance abuse issues.  Treatment interventions work to strengthen the relationship between youth and parent while decreasing delinquent and defiant behavior.  MST provides intensive (2-4 hours/week), in-home and in-community services, including 24-hour crisis intervention, to youth and families struggling with the challenges of legal behaviors, substance abuse, oppositional behaviors, and severe family conflict.

Functional Family Therapy (FFT)

Functional Family Therapy (FFT) is an evidenced-based program effective with youth struggling with behavioral or emotional problems.  This program works specifically with Franklin County Children Services (FCCS), Franklin County Juvenile Court and the Franklin County ADAMH Board.  FFT is a short-term, intensive, high quality intervention program with an average of 12 to 14 sessions over three to five months.  FFT works primarily with 11 to 18 year old youth, and their families, who have been referred due to behavioral or emotional problems by the juvenile justice system, mental health, school, or child welfare systems.  Services can be conducted in both clinic and home settings, and can also be provided within schools, child welfare facilities, probation and parole offices, aftercare systems, and mental health facilities.

Family Alcohol and Other Drugs Collaboration Team (FACT)

Intensive individual and family counseling services, including 24-hour crisis support, are provided in the home by specially trained therapists to keep dually-diagnosed youth (alcohol and/or other drugs and mental health) in their home and community. Our staff is specifically trained to assist with youth who are at risk for out-of-home placement, expulsion, or are transitioning from a higher level of care.

Somali Outreach Program

Provides culturally-specific, intensive and non-intensive clinical and case management services. Through the use of Somali-speaking interpreters, we provide support for Somali youth and families struggling with symptoms related to loss, trauma and resettlement, as well as issues that are common to the process of merging two or more cultures. This program also connects Somali families to community resources specific to their needs. Staff has been trained to provide 24-hour crisis support and intervention.

Pharmacological Management

The Pharmacological Management Department at The Buckeye Ranch consists of a team of physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses and support staff who specialize in child and adolescent mental health. We collaborate with the families and clinical staff to assess, diagnose, provide treatment, and prescribe medications when indicated. Children and adolescents who require medication management are seen on a regular basis by our prescribers and have access to the clinical treatment team when there are questions or concerns about their child’s progress.

Foster Care

The Buckeye Ranch Foster Care is a network of treatment foster homes and service providers committed to the wellbeing of youth and families who need security and assistance. Our program provides care for children from infancy through 18 years of age and sometimes beyond. We have foster homes across the state of Ohio. 

The Ranch’s large continuum of care extends from supportive respite services to crisis stabilization. We have a full staff of professionals who provide licensing, case management and training to our network foster families.

Educational Services / Day Treatment

The Bonner Academy at Cross Creek

The Bonner Academy at Cross Creek integrates education and intensive mental health treatment for middle and high school students with behavioral/psychological disorders and their families, to reduce barriers to learning and education. The Educational Services Center of Central Ohio (ESCCO) serves as the interim school district and provides a standardized curriculum, highly qualified teachers and uninterrupted school credit.

The Bonner Academy at Cross Creek provides the foundation for students to learn and manage their symptoms and behaviors, focus and concentrate, and demonstrate the acquisition of new information. Students will increase their attendance, reading and math skills, as well as participation while at Cross Creek. The program deals with crises by providing 24-hour crisis services and in-home counseling to support the students and reduce further academic barriers. Students can receive transition services as they return to their home school district so that they maintain their newly acquired skills.

The summer program bridges learning and therapeutic gains from one academic year to the next with recreation, outdoor adventures and continued therapies.

The Bonner Academy at Rosemont

The Bonner Academy at Rosemont provides integrated mental health and educational programming for elementary school students with serious behavioral/psychological disorders that affect their ability to function in their assigned public school, home setting and community. Students attend a six-hour “program day” with instruction provided in-group and individualized formats. Individual, group and family therapy are also provided throughout the school day.  Due to the high acuity of student behaviors, we provide 24-hour crisis services to support families and youth in managing mental health symptoms and behaviors.

The therapeutically supportive program focuses on both behavioral and academic goals, building upon the students’ existing strengths. To reduce barriers to academic learning, students learn to manage symptoms and increase their level of functioning and stability so that they may return to their home school district. Transition planning with home schools is key to future success.

Common Ground

The Buckeye Ranch Common Ground Program offers families a comfortable and reassuring atmosphere in which safe, structured, fair and respectful visitation and safe exchanges can be provided. Families from all walks of life are referred to have visitation and exchanges for various reasons.

The Buckeye Ranch Common Ground Program offers the following services:

  • Supervised Visitation – On-site visitations with a trained monitor who is present with the child(ren) at all times.
  • Monitored Visitation – On-site monitored visitation with a trained monitor who assists, when needed, and periodically checks in on the visitation.
  • Safe Exchanges - On-site supervised exchange of child(ren) between custodial and non-custodial parents/parties.

My Place

My Place Transitional Age Program is designed to help young adults who are ready to transition from residential care, group homes, and/or foster care, but are not ready to live completely on their own. This program provides services to both males and females, ages 17- 21 years old. One of the unique components of My Place is the placement of young adult parents along with their children. 

The young adults in the program reside in one of 16 fully furnished, one-bedroom apartments. The program is located on the east side of Columbus, which allows easy access to public transportation. My Place property is a secured apartment building with staff present 24 hours a day/7 days a week. The outside perimeter of the building is monitored by surveillance cameras to provide a safe and secure environment for the young adults.

The Buckeye Ranch is committed to helping these young adults transition successfully into adulthood. They will receive case management services through our experienced staff, including an onsite team leader and staffing 24 hours a day/7 days a week. The areas of need for each young adult in the program will be assessed individually through discussion with the young adult. The My Place staff will assist the young adult with various skills, including but not limited to: budgeting, nutrition, employment, and education.

Equestrian Center

Believing in the therapeutic effects of horses on the healing process of youth, The Ranch opened the Kroger Equestrian Center in 1998. Today, we continue to provide therapeutic riding and equine assisted activities to youth in our care, as well as small animal therapy. Youth care for the horses, learn how to develop relationships with them and receive horsemanship instruction – all of which provides powerful opportunities to address social skills, communication issues and other dynamics identified in individual treatment plans.

Because it is experiential, this type of therapy is completely different than “office” therapy. Instead of talking about problems, the problems are put into immediate practice.

The horses are wonderful teachers that have the ability to mirror exactly what human body language is telling them. Youth who say that the horse is stubborn, for example, learn that if they change their behavior, the horse will respond to them differently. Horses are honest, which makes them especially powerful messengers!

The Equestrian Center provides the following throughout the year:

  • 15 therapeutic groups per week for the 88 youth in residential care
  • one handicapped riding class for the community
  • work experience and volunteering for youth in residential care
  • community service for youth in care
  • community and corporate volunteering

 Adventure Therapy

The Buckeye Ranch’s Adventure Therapy Program provides group therapy services in an innovative way using the principles of learning through experience. This group is focused on enhancing a client’s ability to build natural supports, maintain positive and healthy relationships, and develop social skills. Program objectives include:

  • Exploring relationships, community connection and trust
  • Reinforcing the ability to work through challenges and positive coping strategies
  • Developing effective interpersonal and communication skills
  • Building understanding of friendship, social experiences, and working with others
  • Discovering strengths, abilities and accomplishments

Group Details:

  • Clients are asked to commit to 10-12 weeks of group.
  • Group is rolling admission format, so clients can be referred at any time.
  • Clients with current aggression or AWOL tendencies are not appropriate for this group.
  • Dinner and transportation are provided.

Program components include:

  • Adventure-Based Interventions: activities designed to match treatment objectives such as Initiatives, Zipline, Climbing Wall, Hiking, Camping, Outdoor Cooking, or Rock Climbing.
  • Choice and Responsibility: All activities are by choice only so clients can be responsible for the positive and negative outcomes of their choices.
  • Goal Setting: clients are asked to select goals related to the program purpose. Stones are awarded to clients from staff based on progress toward their goal.
  • Relationship Curriculum: clients engage in psychoeducation related to developing positive and healthy relationships. Components include introductions, making friends, interacting with others who are not your friends, managing conflicts, developing trust, boundaries, and saying goodbye.