General FAQs

Find answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about The Buckeye Ranch and the services we provide.

How do I get my child involved in Ranch programs?

The first step in getting services for your child is to contact the Admissions and Engagement Department to complete a referral. A referral can be made by completing our online referral form, contacting us at (614) 384-7798 to complete a referral by phone, or having a paper copy mailed to you with a return envelope. Once we have received your completed referral form, you and your child will be scheduled for a 1-1.5 hour assessment with one of our Assessment Clinicians. At this appointment, you will review your child’s history and current issues. Based on the assessment, the Assessment Clinician will then recommend your child and family for the Buckeye Ranch service that will be most helpful to you.

Who are Buckeye Ranch clients?

Children in the care of The Buckeye Ranch have some type of mental health disorder. Common issues include, but are not limited to: depression, anxiety, oppositional defiant disorder, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder and alcohol/drug abuse.

What services does The Buckeye Ranch offer?

The Buckeye Ranch offers the following treatment options for children and their families:

  • Residential programming: intensive, open campus, and sexualized behaviors
  • Foster care: treatment and traditional
  • Community-based programming: intensive, non-intensive, and outpatient
  • Somali outreach programming
  • Evidence-based programming, i.e. Multisystemic Therapy, Functional Family Therapy, Nurturing Parent Groups, Evidence-Informed Approaches, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing
  • Transitional aged youth programming and structured housing
  • Educational school programs: elementary and middle/high school day treatment with specific mental health programming
  • Medication management
Does The Buckeye Ranch provide services for girls?

Yes! At one time in The Buckeye Ranch’s history, services were strictly for boys until we started offering outpatient programs to girls in the 1980s. Today, every program at The Buckeye Ranch is offered to both males and females.

What does The Buckeye Ranch do?

The Buckeye Ranch is a private, nonprofit organization with a comprehensive array of mental health treatment options for children, youth, and families. The Buckeye Ranch is committed to providing high-quality care utilizing the most up-to-date, scientific knowledge to address the challenges faced by the children, youth, and families we serve. We actively seek the most current research-based treatment approaches in our relentless commitment to providing the best possible care to children, youth, and families.

The Buckeye Ranch also takes a strengths-based approach with every child, youth, and family. We believe that these strengths can be accessed to help families reach their full potential because families are fundamental in the lives of children and therefore, central to the treatment we provide. Our families are struggling to overcome serious issues including abuse, neglect, mental illness, suicidal tendencies, addictions, and other life-debilitating concerns. Because of this, The Buckeye Ranch is much more than a place. It’s a comprehensive network of skilled professionals, working as a team to provide children and their families with the treatment, guidance, and support they need to restore hope and move on to a better place.

The Buckeye Ranch is currently serving thousands of children, youth, and families from Franklin and other counties every day at six locations throughout Ohio.

What is the cost of The Buckeye Ranch services?

Fees range depending on the type of care needed. Some service costs are offset by Medicaid, or the client’s local Alcohol, Drug, and Mental Health Board. For specific information on fees or funding options, contact The Buckeye Ranch’s Admissions and Engagement  Department at (614) 384-7798 or toll free at (800) 859-5665, option 1.

How soon can we get help?

Some programs offer immediate access to families in need; however, for some programs, the need is so great that The Buckeye Ranch is forced to place potential families on a waiting list. Our Admissions and Engagemnt staff can work with you to try to provide the most appropriate level of care as soon as possible. For the latest information on any program you are interested in accessing, contact The Buckeye Ranch’s Admissions and Engagement Department at (614) 384-7798 or toll free at (800) 859-5665, option 1 to speak with a Engagement Specialist.

Who do I contact if I have concerns about my child's care and safety while at The Buckeye Ranch?

The Buckeye Ranch provides notice that when an individual has any concerns about patient care and safety in the organization that the organization has not addressed, they are encouraged to contact the organization's management. If the concerns in question cannot be resolved at this level, the individual is encouraged by the organization to contact the Council on Accreditation.

The public may contact the Council on Accreditation to report any concerns or register complains about a Council on Accreditation health care organization by:

Phone: (212) 797-3000
Fax: (212) 797-1428