Meridian Community Care traces its roots back to 1972, when it was incorporated as a community-based, non-profit organization with a goal of serving individuals and families struggling with addiction.
We recognized over the years that individuals and families dealing with alcohol and/or other drug addictions face many barriers that go beyond the substance being abused.
Among them are mental illness, homelessness, HIV/AIDS, inadequate medical care, lack of job skills and more. We recognized that any comprehensive and successful treatment program must also address these issues.
Thus, over time, Meridian developed many additional programs and services to help our patients both recover and lead more healthy and productive lives.
Today, Meridian Community Care’s mission is Saving Lives, Serving Communities. We offer a comprehensive approach to drug and alcohol abuse that includes alcohol and other drug treatment and prevention, primary healthcare, housing, employee assistance programming, and much more.
We are committed to meeting emerging community needs, and we expect to evolve further to encompass additional services to meet those needs.
The foundation of Meridian’s Treatment Philosophy rests on these beliefs:
- Addiction is a primary, progressive and chronic — yet treatable — disease.
- Addiction to drugs or alcohol is the result of a series of events and circumstances that are unique to the individual.
- It follows, then, that the path to abstinence or sobriety for that individual is also unique, and a treatment plan must be customized to his or her individual needs. A “one-size-fits-all” treatment plan will not succeed.
- A treatment plan must consider all aspects of that individual’s life, rather than focusing narrowly on drug and alcohol abuse.
- Family involvement in the recovery process is important for long-term success.
Consistent with this philosophy, Meridian Recovery creates an individualized, custom treatment plan for every client — one that:
- is research-based
- may involve both medical and non-medical intervention
- addresses any mental health concerns simultaneously with drug and alcohol abuse
- offers appropriate support services, such as housing and vocational opportunities
- treats the client with respect and dignity at all times
Meridian’s treatment services are provided based upon proven methodologies and best practice models. Treatment approaches may include but are not limited to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, 12-Step Facilitation, Motivational Enhancement Therapy, and Supportive Expressive Psychotherapy.
Accreditation and Licensure
Programs and services at Meridian are accredited by CARF International.
Meridian is licensed by:
Programs and services provided by Meridian Community Care are made possible through the generous support of many others, including:
- Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services
- Ohio Department of Mental Health
- Mahoning County Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services Board
- US Department of Housing and Urban Development
- Ohio Department of Development
- Mahoning County Mental Health Board
- Ohio Capital Corporation For Housing
- City of Youngstown
- Ohio Lottery Commission
- Ohio Department of Health
- Private Foundations
- Individual Donors
Community Leaders Speak About Meridian
“Meridian is a valuable organization in our community. Not only do they provide much-needed services, they also contribute to the economic development of our area by providing quality jobs and initiating ongoing building and land improvements.”
President and CEO
Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce
“Meridian has a long and valued history of serving the Mahoning Valley. The programs offered truly take care of those who don’t have anywhere else to turn.”
33rd Senatorial District
“While many non-profits are struggling in our current economy, Meridian has been able to thrive and grow due to their forward-thinking business practices, ensuring success both now and in the future.”
Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley
“Meridian is one of the most creative nonprofit organizations in our area. They are continually finding innovative ways to get their message out to the community, both through unique public relations opportunities as well as high-profile community events.”