Health commissioner Pete Schade said he has in mind a 150-bed center. He has a tentative location in mind, which he said he isn't ready to reveal yet.
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The proposed substance abuse-mental health center, which is being developed with the cooperation of the Mental Health and Recovery Board of Erie and Ottawa Counties, is intended to complement the health department's primary medicine clinic, which Schade is seeking to expand, and the department's new dental clinic, which is scheduled to open later this year.
Schade has been attempting to build a system at the health department that will provide medical care, dental care and mental health care regardless of ability to pay. The project will come easier if Gov. John Kasich succeeds in expanding Medicaid coverage in Ohio, a proposal that's now before the Ohio General Assembly.