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Fairfield County Opens First-of-its-Kind STARLight Center for Mental Health and Addiction Recovery


Lancaster, Ohio (March 1, 2024) – The Fairfield County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health (ADAMH) Board and OhioGuidestone celebrated the grand opening of the STARLight Center on February 29th, 2024. This new facility marks a significant step forward in providing accessible mental health and addiction recovery services to the community.

A Beacon of Hope

The STARLight Center fulfills a long-standing community need for a safe and welcoming space where residents can receive immediate help during mental health or substance use crises. This first-of-its-kind facility in Fairfield County offers up to 20 beds for individuals seeking immediate support and stabilization.

Community Driven, Patient Centered

The center’s establishment is a direct response to the 2019 Fairfield County mental health and substance use levy, demonstrating the community’s commitment to improving access to critical care. ADAMH has played a key role in preparing the center to deliver effective treatment services.

Treatment and Support Under One Roof

OhioGuidestone will serve as the primary provider at the STARLight Center, offering 24/7 care to patients. The center will provide:

  • Mental health stabilization: Short-term stays (3-5 days) for individuals experiencing mental health crises.
  • Addiction treatment: Up to 30-day stays for those battling substance use disorders.

Quotes of Significance

  • Marcy Fields, Executive Director of ADAMH: “We’re thrilled to see the STARLight Center come to fruition… I’m overwhelmingly appreciative of the support and eager to start helping those who need these services.”
  • Brant Russell, President and CEO of OhioGuidestone: “Today marks a new chapter… Each of the beds here represents a life that will change for the better.”
  • Amanda Wattenberg, Vice President of Regional Operations at OhioGuidestone: “OhioGuidestone’s commitment is to provide a safe, compassionate haven… The STARLight Center will be a place of healing and new beginnings.”

Looking Forward

The STARLight Center is expected to welcome its first patients in late spring, offering a crucial lifeline to those struggling with mental health and addiction challenges. This collaboration between ADAMH and OhioGuidestone represents a significant investment in the well-being of the Fairfield County community.