Impact Stories


Increasing access to treatment and recovery services is vital for improving individual and community health. Aligned with osteopathic medicine’s approach of disease prevention and health promotion, increasing access to this essential care is a key strategy of the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation’s Behavioral Health and Substance Use Disorders funding priority. For more than a decade, the Foundation has partnered with Maryhaven, one of Ohio’s most respected substance use recovery organizations, to continue to improve access to recovery services in Central Ohio.

Support from the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation provides Maryhaven the opportunity to meet people where they are, offering comprehensive and innovative programming to best support the needs of our clients. Together, we continue to transform access to recovery and treatment services, including serving over 18,000 clients since 2018 at the Maryhaven Addiction Stabilization Center, the first facility of its kind in Ohio.

Oyauma Garrison, Maryhaven President and CEO

Foundation Support for Maryhaven

To date, the Foundation has invested over $2.5 million in Maryhaven, beginning in 2009 with a funding award to address transportation barriers experienced by Maryhaven clients. The Foundation’s support continues to help Maryhaven deliver transformative care and expand services to assist people seeking to restore their lives.

Creating the First Addiction Stabilization Center in Ohio

In 2017, Maryhaven launched a $1.5 million capital campaign to renovate an existing space into a 55-bed addiction stabilization and overdose response center in Columbus, Ohio. The Maryhaven Addiction Stabilization Center (MASC) would offer 24/7 access to immediate care for healthcare crises related to substance use, including relapse and overdose stabilization.

“Prior to the MASC, people had to make appointments in order to begin treatment and it could take weeks, if not months, before an individual could be seen,” said Maryhaven President and CEO, Oyauma Garrison. “If you’re in the midst of a substance use or mental health crisis, your care can’t wait that long.”

To address this need and in response to rising opioid overdoses in the community, Maryhaven moved quickly to open the new center. The Foundation worked with Maryhaven and other Franklin County partners to achieve the capital campaign’s goals, with the Foundation investing $750,000 toward construction and equipment costs. “The Foundation’s support made immediate access to treatment, when people need it the most, possible,” Garrison explained.

The MASC began receiving clients in January 2018, and since then has addressed over 30,000 treatment episodes for more than 18,000 individuals. Today, the MASC continues to offer clients the opportunity to start their recovery in a supportive, medically appropriate setting at any time of day or night.

Expanding Treatment and Recovery Options

Maryhaven continues to expand its services, helping more people in the central Ohio community access treatment and recovery to improve their health. The Foundation’s support enhances this work, including creating a Central Intake system so clients can obtain same-day, around-the-clock withdrawal support and be immediately matched with other care across Maryhaven’s continuum. Since opening in 2020, Maryhaven’s Central Intake has served 10,854 individuals.

Additional funding investments from the Foundation allowed Maryhaven to offer telehealth and acquire personal protective equipment, ensuring the continuation of care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Foundation support also enabled Maryhaven to expand its medication assisted treatment services and increase access to residential treatment so clients without safe or stable housing can continue their long-term recovery in a supportive environment.

In keeping with its historical roots as an organization helping women in need, Maryhaven also completed renovations to its Women’s Center with funding from the Foundation, ensuring women and their children can access high-quality recovery care and support.

Continuing to Partner for Patient-Centered Recovery Treatment

Through its programs, Maryhaven seeks to deliver innovative treatment and recovery services, responding to the unique needs of its clients. This approach aligns with the Foundation’s patient-centered osteopathic heritage, which includes a focus on treating the whole person and using empathy to build trust to help patients achieve optimal health.

“At the heart of our work is a vision for healthier communities and improved outcomes for all. The Foundation strives to realize this vision through the advancement of osteopathic medicine and community health initiatives serving vulnerable populations. Maryhaven has been a key partner in helping to fulfill this vision for the community, having provided effective and compassionate care to thousands of clients,” said Susan Beaudry, Vice President of the Osteopathic Heritage Foundations.
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