Access Ohio

15 Years of Access Ohio

Celebrating 15 Years of Excellence in Behavioral Healthcare

Access Ohio opened its first outpatient center in August 2006. It was founder and CEO Dr. John Johnson’s vision to provide access to quality mental healthcare for those that needed it most, and that remains at the core of what drives Access Ohio’s mission today.

Over the last 15 years, Access Ohio has created a behavioral health network that provides high quality, comprehensive care and a full spectrum of services to those in and around Central Ohio and Western Pennsylvania.

The success of Access Ohio would not be possible without celebrating the amazing
providers, staff, and employees who have made it their missions to improve the quality of life for those they encounter.

We look forward to celebrating the next many years making a positive impact to our
communities and achieving excellence in behavioral healthcare for all.

Access Ohio Mental Health Center of Excellence is a high-quality comprehensive behavioral healthcare provider delivering culturally-responsive, results-based mental health and addiction services grounded in evidence-based, best, and promising practices. We believe in services that uphold dignity, demonstrate respect, and honor the worth of every human life, facilitate wellness and empower individuals to succeed, recover, and contribute to their communities in meaningful ways.

  • Quality (Evidence-Based Practices)
  • “Results That Matter” (Demonstrated Outcomes)
  • Innovation
  • Customer Service (Client Satisfaction)
  • Kindness
  • Teamwork
  • Accessibility
  • Cultural Responsiveness
  • Community & Stakeholder Collaboration
  • Expansion
  • Research

Physician-Led Multi-Disciplinary Team Approach Individualized/Personalized Service Planning

All individuals have access to a physician-led, multi-disciplinary model that includes counselors, nurses, and case managers. We aim to not only address behavioral health issues, but to help to solve the psychosocial issues that affect general health and wellness and assist individuals to become productive members of their communities.

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Personal Message from Access Ohio Founder & CEO

Bringing access to healthcare to underserved populations has always been a passion of mine. As a psychiatrist for over 30 years, I started my career making a difference in people’s lives one person at a time. But with the magnitude of the problem that is out in the community, Access Ohio was created with the objective of putting together excellent teams to scale up to provide mental health and substance abuse services to a large number of individuals.

Over the past 15 years, we are proud to have treated and cared for over 100,000 people. Although there is huge mental health need in every population, we decided to focus on the most vulnerable and economically disadvantaged of these populations—those with Medicaid. In 2006, we started with one outpatient clinic, but have now grown to 15 locations spanning outpatient centers, hospitals, residential treatment facilities, and more. Through our footprint, we are able to provide the full continuum of services for people of all ages (from children to geriatric) through services that range from IOP partial hospitalization programs, inpatient hospitalization, residential treatment facilities, and intensive outpatient centers.

When we realized that many of those with mental illness have chronic comorbid medical conditions and even when referred did not seek or obtain these services, we decided to provide integrative primary care to them in order to provide more comprehensive treatment.

This could not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of all the Access Ohio staff, who have a genuine passion for helping those that need it most, and who day-to-day are making a positive difference in the lives of so many in our communities.

Over the next few years, we hope to scale our operations further and expand services to more geographic areas so that we can serve even more people affected by mental illness. We look forward to the next many years of serving our communities and celebrating excellence in behavioral health.

John Johnson MD, MBA

Founder & CEO

Diversity & Inclusion Statement

At Access Ohio, we believe that diversity, inclusion, fairness, and cultural competency are key values and
drivers of our long-term success. As a provider of care to those with Medicaid, we truly believe in the
equity of access to healthcare for all—regardless of social, economic, or cultural barriers.

All individuals will have access to and receive progressive, quality, culturally responsive, and personalized
treatment, services, and interactions throughout the Access Ohio network of care regardless of age,
culture, race, ethnicity, religious preference, gender identity, sexual orientation, veteran status,
disability, or socio-economic status.

A Diverse Workplace

Where all voices are heard and valued

Robust Cultural Competency

Accelerating progress on all levels

Effective Resources

To better serve our diverse communities

Environmental, Social, Governance
(ESG) Strategy


We embrace the importance of a sustainable mindset and have integrated energy management programs to reduce consumption and reduce waste. All our facilities have been or are in progress to be converted to LED lighting and more energy efficient heating and cooling systems, with renovations and new construction embedding green building initiatives. We are on the path to utilizing 100% renewable energy to reduce the carbon footprint.


Access Ohio has always focused on serving the underprivileged and economically disadvantaged population, in addition to bridging the healthcare access gap in rural communities. We hire a diverse staff, around three-quarters of employees being female and around half representing minority groups. Our procurement and supply chain process is committed to promoting diverse supplier opportunities.


We are committed to the belief that sound governance is in the best interest of all our stakeholders, partners, and the communities we serve and that tone permeates from management down. We also have an advisory board made up of various stakeholders and work diligently with our staff, partners, and the community to meet or exceed accreditation standards.

The Access Ohio team is committed to making a positive difference in your life. Are You?

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