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New Tech-Driven Addiction Treatment Center To Open In Dayton

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The OneFifteen campus, designed and developed by Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc., is expected to be completed in 2020.

Dayton will soon be home to a new addiction treatment center linked to Google's parent company Alphabet. Montgomery County health advocates say the high-tech facility intends to help pioneer evidence-based research into addiction medicine.

The center is named OneFifteen, after the number of Americans who died every day from an opioid overdose two years ago.

OneFifteen is a collaboration between Dayton hospital groups Premier Health, Kettering Health Network, and Google parent company Alphabet’s health and science arm Verily.

The partnership would allow OneFifteen to harness Silicon Valley’s data-analytics expertise in hopes of breaking new ground in addiction science, says Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services director Helen Jones-Kelley

“They have technology that the rest of us don't have, so that is the thing that then takes us, with the success we've had with our overdose action team, now we can take that work to the next level because there's a level of technology that supports everything that they do,” she says.

Jones-Kelley says the nonprofit OneFifteen is designed to be a one-stop treatment center, offering detox, rehab, counseling, inpatient and outpatient care services.

She says Verily saw Montgomery County, at the epicenter of the nation's opioid epidemic, as ideal for its experimental so-called "ecosystem" of care.

OneFifteen president and CEO Marti Taylor, formerly CEO of University Hospital and the Ross Heart Hospital at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, says data collected at the facility would be studied in hopes of improving the quality of addiction treatment.

"We will want to really look at what I would say is overall efficiency and eventually improvement in the cost of care," she says, "wait times, so that folks need to know how long they need to wait to get into treatment, and many different metrics that we'll want to track over time."

In a press release, company officials promise OneFifteen would maintain, "stringent standards for patient privacy and data security."

Some addiction-treatment services on the nearly 5-acre campus, located near the Kindred Hospital site, will open for patients Friday, June 14, including a crisis-stabilization center on the first floor of the Kindred facility and 32 inpatient beds.

Clinical care would be provided by Samaritan Behavioral Health, a subsidiary of Premier Health.

Eventually, the center will also include some dorm-style recovery housing, Taylor says, and job-training programs to help people beginning their recovery from addiction learn new skills and secure steady work.

"Some individuals may currently have a job and they just need to get back to stable employment. Others need to acquire some new skill sets and so we will be partnering with the Job Center and others to say, how can we help these folks get those vocational training skills that they need so that they can get back to employment," Taylor says.

Treatment services will be available to anyone with or without health insurance.

OneFifteen is on track to be fully completed next year.

Jess Mador comes to WYSO from Knoxville NPR-station WUOT, where she created an interactive multimedia health storytelling project called TruckBeat, one of 15 projects around the country participating in AIR's Localore: #Finding America initiative. Before TruckBeat, Jess was an independent public radio journalist based in Minneapolis. She’s also worked as a staff reporter and producer at Minnesota Public Radio in the Twin Cities, and produced audio, video and web stories for a variety of other news outlets, including NPR News, APM, and PBS television stations. She has a Master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York. She loves making documentaries and telling stories at the intersection of journalism, digital and social media.