Small inpatient facility first known closure in Ohio 
Treatment center hopes to reopen in July

Tree Line Recovery Center in Findlay is closing because of financial troubles related to the COVID-19 outbreak, the first known shuttering of a drug treatment facility in Ohio related to the coronavirus. (If you hear of others, let us know here.)

Tree Line Recovery is an 11-bed inpatient treatment facility that works with patients using medication-assisted treatment (MAT). The in-patient center is owned by Family Resource Center of Northwest Ohio, a large  non-profit that also operates outpatient clinics that provide Suboxone and Vivitrol.

Family Resource Center of Northwest Ohio also has facilities in Hancock, Allen, Auglaize, Hardin and Shelby counties.

Closed Suboxone clinic due to coronavirus-related losses

There was no indication that other Family Resource Center locations would be closed. “At the present time this is related to Tree Line,” said Family Resource Center’s Chief Clinical Officer Ginny Williams in an email.

Family Resource Center of Northwest Ohio had revenue of $4.3 million in 2017, according to its Form 990 tax return.

Several Tree Line Recovery patients contacted Harm Reduction Ohio about the closing and expressed fear they would lose access to inpatient treatment. In an email to staff and community members, Williams said clients would be referred to other facilities in the area. She added that  the organization hoped treatment center would reopen July 1.

The memo announcing the closing of Tree Line Recovery said:

Good afternoon everyone, 

It is with a heavy heart that we share some critical agency information regarding Tree Line, our SUD treatment facility. This afternoon a meeting was held with key staff associated with Tree Line to share that the facility will be closing. 
 
FRC is experiencing increasing cancellation of appointments. This coupled with the closing of schools has caused many of the billable services provided in the schools to no longer be able to be provided. This decrease in revenue continues to make our financial situation more challenging. While our original plan for Tree Line was to reduce the level of care provided at the facility and keep it open, the COVID-19 virus has unfortunately forced us to change direction. 
 
In an effort to eliminate continued financial losses and focus more attention on the overall agency and the pandemic, FRC made the decision to close Tree Line until July 1st. Clients in need of SUD residential treatment will be referred to surrounding facilities. The temporary closing will allow for us to reassess the residential needs of our community and associated financial modeling in a Medicaid Managed Care environment. Current residents and staff will remain at the facility until all resident transitions are completed.
 
This has been an immensely difficult decision to come to. We will continue to work cooperatively and collaboratively with community partners to meet the needs of our clients. We will be setting up an online meeting to field questions/concerns in the next couple of days. 
 
Thank you, FRC Management Team
Ginny Williams, MA, LPCC-S
Chief Clinical Officer
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