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RMHC Supporting Childhood Behavioral Health

Create, find & support programs that improve the health and well-being of children & their families.

A study by the CDC found that 1 out of 7 U.S. children aged 2 to 8 years were reported to have a diagnosed mental, behavioral or developmental disorder. Mental health concerns and conditions in early childhood can have a serious impact on children’s health and development, during childhood and long term. Family engagement and involvement in health care decision-making and treatment can be a key to recovery for individuals diagnosed with a serious mental illness. When doctors, patients, and their families work together, outcomes often improve. The Ronald McDonald Family Room (RMFR) enables families to remain close and be a part of the decisions and treatment. RMFRs provide offers families relief from worries and stress related to financial pressures. Families that use RMFR generally save $37 daily on average, in meals, laundry and travel. The RMFR provides all the amenities of home as well as a welcome environment where families can find support among others in similar situation.

There is an extraordinary need in Central Ohio and across the country for more behavioral health services and research to help children and adolescents. This facility represents an effort to address that need. This unique facility is dedicated exclusively to child and adolescent behavioral and mental health issues. It is located on a pediatric medical campus. Featuring inpatient services, intensive outpatient services, a Psychiatric Crisis Department and research all under one roof. Family centered care is a priority and the Ronald McDonald Family room will offer respite to families who have children being seen in all these areas. This integrated pediatric behavioral health approach serves as a model for other health care systems across the nation. We are extremely proud to offer this much needed service to children and families in Central Ohio and beyond.

Another benefit the RMFR provides is the ability for families to network with other people who have children suffering from the same issue their child is. These parents have the opportunity to share successes and challenges with each other. The Family Room also hosts counseling sessions for families that teach them skills to better work with their child. The program also offers relaxation and financial management skill building. During times of an acute childhood mental health crisis, the entire family is impacted. What parents and siblings of these children find at the Ronal McDonald Family Room is community, support, and hope. It is found in the form of new friends, new skills, and a place to rest and relax. The weight of a childhood mental illness can be extremely heavy for a family. Our staff and services at the Family Room give people the space to process their challenges and learn important coping mechanisms that will help the long-term health and wellbeing of their loved one.