Compassionate Treatment for Adolescents in Need



CALL TO ACTION: Please share our one page call to action flowchart with your legislators and ask them to connect to Senator Peggy Lehner who is taking a lead on driving solutions to help families access residential treatment.

Current Situation: Ohio has an inadequate number of residential treatment beds for youth with autism

The Population Effected: Youth ages 9 to 20 with moderate to severe autism, intellectual and developmental disabilities who demonstrate high magnitude physical aggression towards self or others, putting themselves and their families in unsafe situations.

What is Residential Treatment? A residential treatment center is a live-in health care facility providing therapy for mental health disorders and other behavioral problems.

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CLICK HERE FOR OUTCOME DATA REPORT: Elijah Glen Center 2015 Treatment Outcomes

The Elijah Glen Center at Step By Step is very pleased to report treatment outcome data from our residential behavioral treatment center which began serving youth on March 31, 2015. Our team and funders are proud of our positive treatment outcomes and of the achievements of our youth.

As many of you know, we had to close The Elijah Glen Center in December 2015. Though we were achieving positive treatment outcomes and providing a critical service to families with adolescents with severe autism and behavioral issues, the barriers to acquiring the necessary funding became too many and too great. Today, while the center remains closed, efforts to solve these critical funding issues and address the growing demand for residential and step down treatment for adolescents with severe autism continues. In December, Franklin County Residential Services (FCRS) and Step By Step entered into discussions about how to keep the Elijah Glen Center open. Following an extensive due-diligence process, FCRS and Step By Step determined that the funding barriers must be resolved before Elijah Glen could be assured long-term viability.

1Children with autism arrive at emergency room for psychiatric crisis 9 times more than peers. (2012) Kennedy Krieger Institute. Stone Hearth News. 
2Morgan, Leonard, Bourke, (2008). Intellectual disability co-occurring with schizophrenia and other psychiatric illness: population-based study. The British Journal of Psychiatry 
3Siegel, Doye, Chemelski, Payne, Ellsworth, Harmon, Robbins, Milligan, & Lubetsky (2011). Specialized inpatient psychiatry unit for the child with autism and developmental disorders: a United States survey. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities. (37)1