Who We Are
We take your care seriously. With our trained and experienced clinicians, we respond to crises with empathy and understanding.
More than a crisis center.
Established in 1972, Netcare Access is Franklin County’s 24-hour mental health and substance abuse crisis intervention and assessment services for adults and those with developmental disabilities. Netcare is your connection to the county’s Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health (ADAMH) system, providing referrals to other ADAMH agencies for treatment services.
We help people in a mental health or substance use crisis. We help the courts and community agencies by providing professional evaluations and assessments for those that need them.
We contribute to the welfare of those whom we serve.
We go beyond what is expected.
We are responsible to our clients, to our funders, to other stakeholders, and to the general public.
We treat everyone with dignity about who they are or the circumstances of our involvement with them.
We work with other interested parties and stakeholders to contribute to the betterment of behavioral health systems and programs in the community.
We understand, anticipate, and respond to the needs of those who have experienced trauma, by providing a comforting and safe treatment environment, promoting self -empowerment of the client.
Cultural Awareness and Relevancy
We understand and address the role of race and implicit biases toward people of other cultures; how these can affect client and staff behaviors, attitudes, and responses; and how these can impact staff interactions with clients and with each other.
Netcare Senior Staff
Pablo Hernandez, MD
Forensic Medical Director/Medical Director
Allan Brown, SPHR
Director of Human Resources & Facilities
Rebecca Benedetto, CPA
Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer
Greg Blankenship MSN, RN
Director of Nursing
Director of Development & Public Relations
Michele Perry, LISW-S
Director of Crisis & Assessment Services
Jocelyn Scott, RHIA
Director of Quality Improvement
Meredith Veltri, Ph.D.
Director of Forensic & Specialized Assessment Services
Carrie Wirick, LPCC-S,LICDC
Director of Community & Residential Services
Board of Directors
Patrick A. Devine
Chair | Ice Miller
1st Vice Chair | Sid Geller & Associates LLC
Kitty Wilcox Soldano, Ph.D.
2nd Vice Chair
Maureen Delphia, MD
The P.E.E.R. Center
Anahi Ortiz, M.D.
Franklin County Coroner’s Office
SR & Associates, LLC
Lee Shackelford, MD
Corporate Counsel | Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter
View our most recent financial and operations report.
“Because of the care I received, I am able to write you this today. Without your services, I would not be here today. Thank you for all your help and patience. I am headed in the right direction. I am headed towards a positive future.”
Netcare Access Client
The Netcare Foundation
Incorporated in 1982, the Netcare Foundation is a 501(c)(3) fundraising organization that raises funds to benefit the programs, clients and staff of Netcare Access.
In addition to raising funds through individual donations and grants, the Foundation hosts two key fundraising events each year, which bring together sponsors, friends and supporters of Netcare.
Annual Golfing Tournament
The annual Netcare Foundation Golf Tournament gathers together golfers and supporters of Netcare Access each year for a fun day of golf, food, prizes and a few surprises.
Community Awards & Recognition Dinner
This event is a celebration of Netcare Access’ supporters, advocates, first responders, community leaders and staff that have made an impact on the lives of the individuals in our community, struggling with mental health and addiction.
How You Can Help
There are a number of ways you can support Netcare Access and the life-saving work we do every day.
make your impact
We graciously accept in-kind donations for our clients at our treatment facilities. Items like art supplies, DVDs, movies, board games, or reader eyeglasses. Clothing items and blankets must be in new condition. We also welcome gently used books and magazines for clients to enjoy while they are staying with us.
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Due to the nature of the care we provide, we do not accept volunteers to work with our clients directly. However, we do host events throughout the year and activities that can support our patients and their care. If you’d like to speak with us about a fundraising event or a potential volunteer opportunity, please email PR@Netcareaccess.org or call 614.278.0109.
Make a Donation
Make a tax-deductible donation to support our goals of education, intervention and advocacy. You can make a donation online or by mailing a check to the address below, payable to The Netcare Foundation.
ATTN: The Netcare Foundation
199 S. Central Ave.,Columbus, Ohio 43223
Netcare Corporation was originally known as the Southwest Community Mental Health and Mental Retardation Center, Inc. It was founded in 1972 and was located at 854 West Town Street in Columbus. We’ve since grown into a comprehensive network of crisis and assessment services. The following timeline represents key elements in Netcare’s existence and growth through the decades.
Following its incorporation, the Board recruited and hired executive director, James O. Gibson, who was given responsibility for program development and hiring of staff and leadership for ongoing community planning. Early in 1972 a full range of outpatient services including specialized services for children was established at five locations throughout the catchment area. In December, 1972, the facility opened 24-hour emergency services.
Under special contract with the Franklin County Mental Health and Retardation Board and the Ohio Department of Mental Health, established a county-wide program for Forensic Psychiatry. The service included pre-trial investigations, competency evaluations, and emergency services to the county jail.
In 1973, Netcare also implemented the first adult day treatment program and five essential services (Inpatient, Outpatient, Day Treatment, Emergency Services, and Consultation and Education).
The citizens of the Franklinton area neighborhood elected to have their primary health care facility administered by Netcare Access and the current facility was constructed at 199 S. Central Avenue.
During 1979, two additional residential homes were opened to provide the final phase of residential programming before the client’s return to independent living. The program served 55 individuals through five residential homes. Miles House, which is still operating today, opened.
The Center changed its name from Southwest Community Mental Health and Retardation Center to Southwest Community Health Centers, Inc. after expanding into neighborhood healthcare. The Franklinton Health Center initiated new family planning, prenatal and obstetrical services. The Community Center for the Deaf began providing specialized services for the deaf and hearing impaired including interpreting, counseling, case management and consultation and education. A community emergency response team was formed which has the ability to respond immediately to community emergency situations such as fire, accident or family death and to provide counseling services to the victims of these crises. They are now referred to as the Community Crisis Response Unit (CCR).
The Governing Board initiated incorporation of the Netcare Foundation. Established as a support organization to the Netcare Corporation, to provide financial support for services through a variety of fundraising events, investments and other activities.
The Foundation Annual Golf Tournament was established.
CCD began operating a very successful and long-lived volunteer-staffed BINGO program to help fund services to the deaf community.
The Southwest governing Board announced a change in corporate structure and identity. The Board chose the name “Netcare Corporation” and rebranded the organization.
The Franklin County Mental Health Board began the restructuring of the entire mental health system through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant. Netcare leadership changed after its first President, James O. Gibson, retired. The Board of Trustees selected Bobbe Fulton as president.
Netcare played an active role in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant. As a part of the restructuring of the mental health system, Netcare provides a comprehensive assessment of all clients entering community treatment and will be responsible for assigning clients to appropriate treatment teams.
Netcare was designated by the Franklin County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board to carry out their authority and responsibility for probated mentally ill clients in Franklin County and to operate the Systems Chief Clinical Office.
Grayce M. Sills Scholarship Fund for employee education is created.
Eight-bed Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU) opened at 199 S. Central Avenue.
Joint operation of Older Adult Mobile Assessment unit begins.
Netcare Access is certified by the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services to provide substance abuse treatment and services.
Reach Out Program (now called ROW ONE) transferred to Netcare Access from the city of Columbus.
ADAMH names Netcare as Franklin County’s “front-door”, forming Netcare Access, with responsibility for county-wide crisis intervention, assessment and referral services and two 24-hour crisis and assessment centers are opened.
The 276-CARE, Emergency Response Service (ERS) is established
Mr. Allen R. Mosser appointed Netcare Corporation’s third President/CEO.
Addition of a full-time MR/DD Clinical Specialist to work in crisis and assessment services.
ADAMH funds expansion of eight additional crisis beds at 199 S. Central Avenue location: 27 total Netcare crisis beds.
Netcare Manager, Kay Werk, is awarded first OSU ‘Faces of Resilience’ STAR Award in recognition of her outstanding leadership and contributions to the psychological trauma field.
Austin King Stumpp is named Netcare President and CEO, as Allen R. Mosser retires.
Netcare celebrates its 40th Anniversary, and the Netcare Foundation Annual Golf Tournament celebrates 30 years!
The Mobile Crisis Response Unit begins in partnership with the Columbus Police Department to respond to mental health and suspected substance abuse in the community to de-escalating situations on the scene to avoid hospitalization or incarceration and Netcare partners with the Community Shelter Board to answer calls for the Homeless Hotline to connect individuals and families to housing resources in the community.
Netcare President and CEO, King Stumpp, is awarded OSU’s ‘Faces of Resilience’ STAR Award in recognition of his outstanding leadership and contributions to the psychological trauma field.
Netcare partners with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department to implement a Community Intervention and Diversion unit to respond to mental health and suspected substance abuse calls in the community.