By Ashley González
ODMH Public Information Officer
To gain a better understanding of the Hospital Services unit within the Ohio Department of Mental Health, employees from the ODMH and Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services combined Public Affairs team, which includes communications and legislation, recently visited one of the state-run regional psychiatric hospitals, Twin Valley Behavioral Healthcare, in Columbus.
Photo: TVBH Psychiatrists Dr. Karen Lowe (left) and Dr. Veda Warrier stand in front of the Kosar facility.
Our visit at TVBH included a tour of its Kosar facility, which has 176-beds with four general acute psychiatric units and three forensic units. In addition to Kosar, the TVBH hospital grounds also include the maximum security, 52-bed Timothy B. Moritz Forensic Unit, which houses forensic (court-involved) patients from throughout Ohio.
About 90 percent of the more than 2,700 employees at ODMH work in the Hospital Services unit at one of the state’s six regional psychiatric hospitals. In addition to Columbus, ODMH also operates psychiatric hospitals in Athens, Cincinnati, Massillon, Northfield (between Akron and Cleveland) and Toledo. For more information about the state’s regional psychiatric hospitals, visit http://goo.gl/F3inq.
Ohio’s first state-run psychiatric hospital, the Commercial Hospital and Lunatic Asylum for the State of Ohio at Cincinnati, opened in 1824. By 1955, the state housed more than 28,600 patients within its psychiatric hospitals. Since the shift of focus during the 1990s from institutionalization to expanding local treatment services for individuals with mental illness, the number of residents in the state’s hospitals has decreased from 4,000 to slightly more than 1,100. To learn more about the history of Ohio’s public psychiatric hospital system, visit http://mentalhealth.ohio.gov/who-we-are/system-history/index.shtml.
More than 250,000 Ohioans receive treatment for a mental illness each year. If you or a loved one need help for a mental illness, call the ODMH Toll-free Bridge Line at 1-877-275-6364.