Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Ohio Hospital for Psychiatry to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at Ohio Hospital for Psychiatry.

  • These restrictions have been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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Addiction and Mental Health Fatalities Continue to Grow in Columbus and Franklin County | Ohio Hospital for Psychiatry

The effects of substance abuse and mental illness are claiming lives at a staggering rate.

Carolyn Gregoire, Senior Writer for The Huffington Post, reported that, since 1980, deaths related to alcohol, drugs, and mental illness have “increased by 200 percent or more in over 2,000 U.S. counties.” Gregoire goes on to explain that in various counties throughout Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky the number of deaths due to these factors has increased an astounding 1,000 percent. The worst of these statistics was found in Clermont County, Ohio, where the increase was a shocking 2,206 percent.

Clermont County, which is less than a two hour’s drive from Franklin County, is home to one of Ohio’s worst heroin epidemics. Due to the severity of the heroin abuse and overdose problem that was occurring among residents of the county, a task force was created in an attempt to put an end to the epidemic.

In 2014, heroin overdoses were the single most predominant cause of accidental deaths throughout Clermont County, surpassing even those resulting from fatal car crashes. To combat the ever-growing problem, Clermont County’s Opiate Task Force enacted a four-step plan that was centrally focused on making treatment more readily available for individuals who are suffering from addictions to opioids and other substances.

Unfortunately, the increase in deaths that result from drug overdoses may not be overly shocking to many. These tragedies have reached epidemic proportions, tainting communities throughout Ohio and the rest of the United States. What may come as a surprise, however, is how mental illness has also played a role in causing what would likely otherwise be preventable deaths.

On December 13, 2016, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published the results of a study that analyzed trends in mortality rates for major causes of death at the county-level between January 1, 1980 and December 31, 2014. This study demonstrated that mental health disorders and substance use disorders were the cause of 814,391 deaths in this time period. Additionally, the study showed that self-harm (which is often indicative of the presence of mental illness) and interpersonal violence were the cause of 2,049,835 deaths.

The results of this study show the ever-present need for comprehensive mental health and chemical dependency treatment services, not only in the greater Columbus area, but also throughout the rest of Ohio and the United States as a whole. As such, treatment centers in Columbus and throughout Franklin and Clermont Counties must be aware of these startling statistics and place themselves on the front lines of helping to provide solutions to individuals who are struggling with these concerns.

Dr. Christopher Murray, director of University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation and one of the authors of the study published by JAMA, noted that the “mortality trends in mental and substance use disorders point to the need for a well-considered response from local and state governments.”

If mental health and chemical dependency treatment professionals step forward, they can play a role in helping to receive that type of response, ultimately getting countless individuals the help that they need.

Ohio Hospital for Psychiatry was the only treatment option that was able to help me make a breakthrough in improving my mental health. It was obvious that Ohio Hospital's staff were experts in their field, and everyone was great!

– Mary B.
Marks of Quality Care
Why does this matter?
  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
  • The Joint Commission (JCAHO) Gold Seal of Approval
  • The Jason Foundation