Our History


A distinguished history… a dynamic future!


Behavioral Healthcare Partners of Central Ohio, Inc. [BHP] was created in 2010 to provide a single organization with the most comprehensive behavioral healthcare services in our community created from a merger between two long-time respected area organizations, BHP builds on a history of service to our community that dates back to 1955.  Moundbuilders Guidance Center and The Sheryl L. Kraner, Esq. Youth and Family Behavioral Health Campus were combined in this partnership to improve service to individuals and families in Knox and Licking Counties.

About Moundbuilders Guidance Center

Established in 1955 to provide mental health services Moundbuilders Guidance Center, Inc. began as a clinic on Hudson Avenue in Newark, Ohio.  As the demand for service grew the organization relocated several years later to North Fifth Street in Newark.  The organization was headquartered here until 1979.  Again, due to an increased demand for services it moved to its current location on Messimer Drive in Newark.

In 1969 the organization opened an office in Mount Vernon, Ohio on Blackjack Road in order to serve the Knox County community.  Due to increased demand for services over the years this facility has doubled in size.

The organization has been a state-wide leader in providing innovative, effective and efficient community based mental health services.

About The Sheryl L. Kraner, Esq.
Youth and Family Behavioral Health Campus

Also referred to as Kraner Behavioral Health the program has evolved from an organization well-known since its establishment in 1969; Spencer Half-Way House, Inc.  The property at 69 Granville Street in Newark, Ohio was bequeathed to the Second Presbyterian Church of Newark, Ohio by the Spencer family to be used as a men’s halfway house for the treatment of alcohol addiction.  Spencer House later expanded to include treatment for other drug addictions and to accommodate women as well.

The demand for services at Spencer House and the need for a separate women’s facility, spurred a capital campaign in 2005 that raised over a million dollars, making it possible to purchase the house opposite Spencer House.  The house became The Courage House Women’s Recovery.   During the capital campaign, a significant donation was made by the Kraner family in the name of their daughter, Sheryl L. Kraner, and thus the newly formed “campus” was named in her honor.

Behavioral Healthcare Partners of Central Ohio, Inc., Today

Today, the programs from both of these organizations have developed, improved and evolved into a continuum of services.  The new organization has simplified and improved access to treatment reduced administrative and operational costs and strategically elevated the long-term viability of the organization.

Signs of Quality

We are licensed under OhioMHAS for mental health and addiction services [effective July 1, 2013 The Ohio Department of Mental Health (ODMH) and The Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services (ODADAS) were consolidated into The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS)].

 We are licensed by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) to provide services via our Spencer House and Courage House programs.

The certification or licensure verifies that Behavioral Healthcare Partners of Central Ohio, Inc. complies with all applicable State of Ohio regulations.

We are accredited by the American Correctional Association (ACA) to provide services via our Spencer House and Courage House programs.

Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)

CARF accreditation outcome represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows the organization’s substantial conformance to the standards established by CARF. An organization receiving a Three Year Accreditation outcome has put itself through a rigorous peer review process and has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit that its programs and services are of the highest quality, measurable and accountable.

CARF has accrediated our following programs:

  • Case Management/Services Coordination: Mental Health (Adults)
  • Case Management/Service Coordination: Mental Health (Children and Adolescents)
  • Community Housing: Alcohol and Other Drugs/Addictions (Criminal Justice)

  • Crisis Intervention: Mental Health (Adults)
  • Crisis Intervention: Mental Health (Children and Adolescents)
  • Day Treatment: Mental Health (Children and Adolescents)

  • Employee Assistance: Integrated AOD/MH (Adults)
  • Employment Services: Community Employment Services: Job Development
  • Employment Services: Community Employment Services: Job Supports
  • Employment Services: Employee Development Services
  • Outpatient Treatment: Alcohol and other Drugs/Addictions (Adults)
  • Outpatient Treatment: Alcohol and other Drugs/Addictions (Children and Adolescents)
  • Outpatient Treatment: Mental Health (Adults)
  • Outpatient Treatment: Mental Health (Children and Adolescents)


The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)

The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) was passed in 2003 with unanimous support from both parties in Congress. The purpose of the act was to “provide for the analysis of the incidence and effects of prison rape in Federal, State, and local institutions and to provide information, resources, recommendations and funding to protect individuals from prison rape.” This law applies to all public and private institutions that house adult or juvenile offenders. Given that BHP contracts with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction to provide halfway house services to adult offenders at Courage House and Spencer House, BHP is required to maintain compliance with PREA regulations. We are pleased to report that BHP has completed the PREA audit process and has been found to be in compliance with all PREA regulations.

2014 PREA Audit Reports:

Spencer House

Courage House

Board of Directors

 Behavioral Healthcare Partners of Central Ohio is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. Members of the board are representatives of individuals and families throughout our community.

The basic responsibilities of the Board of Directors include the following:

  • Meet the needs of the people served by the organization.
  • Set policies that guide the organization.
  • Engage in long-range planning for the organization.
  • Hire an administrator of the organization.
  • Monitor the bottom-line results of the organization.
  • Advocate on behalf of the organization.

Fiscal Year 2016 Membership

Andy Fackler | Finance Committee

Brian Reed | President - Executive and Governance Committees

Jill Evans | Vice President - Executive and Human Resources Committees & Governance Committee Chair

Michael Ambrosiani| Treasurer - Executive Committee & Finance Committee Chair

Laura buy trusted tablets pharmacy Russell | Secretary - Executive Committee & Devlopment and Marketing Committee Chair

Lee Balser | Immediate Past Chair - Executive Committee & Program Committee Chair

Monique Milligan | Development and Marketing Committees

Richard Berry| Governance and Finance Committees

David Pennington | Finance Committee

Jeremy Blake | Development and Marketing Committees

Molly Ingold | Human Resources Committee Chair

Grant Yoder | Program Committee

Ole Bay | Finance Committee

About Us

We are Behavioral Healthcare Partners of Central Ohio, Inc, a private, not-for-profit organization that provides integrated mental health and addiction treatment services for youth, adults and families. In July of 2010, Moundbuilders Guidance Center and Kraner Behavioral Health merged to better serve our community. We are the leading and most comprehensive provider of behavioral healthcare services in our community.

We provide and support many paths to effective recovery for those we serve. Since 1955, our programs and services have improved the lives of thousands of individuals and families. As the safety net of mental health and addiction treatment services, we help make our community healthier and stronger.

Mission Statement

To improve and save lives by serving the healthcare needs of those who experience mental illness and/or addiction related conditions.

Vision Statement

Our Vision is to be the most trusted, highly effective and accessible provider of behavioral healthcare services in the region with a unique ability to provide a continuum of integrated, cost-effective services addressing a broad spectrum of needs.



Who we serve: priority populations

Behavioral Healthcare Partners of Central Ohio realizes that funding which enables us to provide services is limited. Therefore our resources are focused, as priorities, on the following populations:

  • Youth with severe emotional disturbance (SED)
  • Adults with severe mental disability (SMD)
  • Youth with severe substance abuse/dependency
  • Adults with severe substance dependency
  • Adults with severe substance abuse
  • Youth with non-severe emotional disturbance
  • Adults with non-severe mental disability

Our focus is on care that is efficiently provided, delivers effective outcomes and is accessible in the right amount, at the right time and for the right duration.


We recognize that there is no single treatment approach that is effective and appropriate for all individuals. We have developed programs that can be tailored to serve the needs of each individual. Treatment begins with an in-depth assessment where problems and strengths are identified. A plan is designed with the needs of the individual in mind. Our staff assist individuals and families through the recovery process, which can last as little as a few days to several years.

We help individuals and families recover by focusing on each person’s unique needs. We address the unique needs by providing a full range of services through a comprehensive continuum of care.

Getting Started

Individuals in need of services can refer themselves or be referred by other agencies or individuals. A phone call (740.522.8477 or 1.877.593.6330 Toll Free) is all that is necessary to inquire about services. Upon the initial phone call some basic information is required in order to provide the needed services as quickly as possible. If appropriate, you will be notified of upcoming Open Access Intake Clinics or an intake appointment will be scheduled.

If it is determined that we will not be able to help address or meet your needs, we will try to give you information about other organizations in the community that provide the desired service.

In a crisis situation every effort will be made for the individual to be seen immediately.


Our fees vary depending on the type and length of service. We receive public and private funds to help make services affordable and accessible. We accept Medicaid, Medicare, private insurance and self-pay. Oftentimes, we are able to adjust the cost – based on a sliding scale – that takes family income and number of individuals into consideration. During the intake process our financial policies and fee structure will be explained to you. You will be informed of any and all fees that will be charged for services and arrangements for payment for those services.

You are expected to provide current and accurate information regarding your household income and household size so that we can determine any fees that may apply and coordinate billing for your services. It is important that you notify us of any changes in insurance and/or financial information on an on-going basis.

You will be responsible for making payment at the time of each service.


Review our Orientation Manual

A Continuum of Services...

Our focus is on care that is efficiently provided, delivers effective outcomes and is accessible in the right amount, at the right time and for the right duration.


The first step is to perform an evaluation in order to identify needs and determine if Behavioral Healthcare Partners of Central Ohio is the appropriate organization to meet the individual’s needs. If so, we have a complete treatment program that can be customized for each individual.

Case Management

Services are provided for adults who have a severe mental illness, youth with a severe emotional disorder, and adults/youth with substance abuse/dependency. Case Managers provide individualized interventions that include skill development, advocacy, linkage to medical services, housing, benefits, social activities and other community resources.

Community Housing Assistance

We provide assistance with rent and/or deposits for adults who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

Crisis Intervention

Services are provided 24/7 for youth and adults experiencing a mental health or alcohol/drug crisis. To access Crisis Intervention Services, please call:

Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
740.522.8477 or
1.877.593.6330 (toll free)

All other times, including holidays,
dial 211 or
(toll free)


Employee Assistance Services

Mental health and drug/alcohol issues that surface “on-the-job” cause decreased productivity, accidents, and increased supervisory time. This program assists businesses in establishing job-based programs in the workplace to identify troubled employees and provide support services.

Intensive Community-Based Teams

This comprehensive team approach provides services to the most at-risk and high-need adults. Multiple professionals work together to coordinate treatment services and to provide the most effective interventions for each individual’s needs.

Intensive Home-Based Treatment

Therapy services are provided to the entire family in their home. These services are designed to address the needs of the most high-risk youth and their families to improve family functioning and promote school success.


Medical services are provided to meet the psychiatric needs of youth and adults with a mental illness. Psychiatrists and Advance Practice Nurses prescribe and monitor medication based on a psychiatric evaluation.

Outpatient Therapy

Mental health and alcohol/drug treatment services are provided for youth and adults including group therapy, family therapy and individual therapy.

Representative Payee

This program provides financial management assistance and education to clients who receive benefits from the Social Security Administration and need help managing their personal bills.

Residential Alcohol/Drug Treatment

Severe alcohol/drug dependent adults receive substance abuse treatment services along with supportive services to gain employment and safe long-term housing while living in a supervised residential program.

Residential Housing

Safe, secure and supervised housing is provided for adults with severe and persistent mental illness.

School Based Programming

Mental health specialists provide consultative and therapy services to youth in schools throughout the community. School personnel receive consultation and education about mental illness and substance abuse.


This program helps adults and youth obtain and maintain employment through skill building, career exploration, job placement and job retention activities.