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About Us

Meridian HealthCare 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 HealthCare’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 Donofrio Recovery Centers

In 2007, Meridian agreed to assume the operation of the Donofrio Recovery Centers, which were started by Judge Joseph Donofrio in the late 1960s. We are very proud to be able to continue the Centers’ 45-year legacy of helping restore the lives of thousands of men, women, and children affected by drug and alcohol addiction.

1974 Founded as the Mahoning County Drug Programs offering Medication-Assisted Treatment
1980 Expanded services to include outpatient counseling, HIV/AIDS programs, and prevention education (PANDA)
1989 Started Worklife division, offering drug testing and physicals
1991 Started first supportive housing program for the homeless
1997 Started first Dual-Disorder Treatment program in Ohio
2001 Started Adolescent Residential Treatment program
2004 Expanded services for gambling treatment
2007 Expanded services to offer residential treatment for adults
2007 Assumed all programming from Addiction Program of Mahoning County, including Donofrio Men’s and Women’s Centers
2008 Veterans Center opens
2009 Expanded MAT, offering Suboxone Therapy
2012 Expanded Services to include Short Term Counseling and Family Programming
2012 Main Campus building expansion
2013 Operation of Primary Healthcare Division begins
2014 Acquired TASC, Inc.
2015 Meridian expands to include Boardman Campus (Administrative Offices)
2016 Expansion of Meridian’s MAT program to new site located in Warren, OH

Accreditation and Licensure

Programs and services at Meridian are accredited by CARF International.


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Funding Sources

Programs and services provided by Meridian HealthCare are made possible through the generous support of many others, including:

  • Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services
  • Mahoning County Mental Health and Recovery Board
  • Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board
  • US Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Ohio Department of Development
  • Ohio Capital Corporation For Housing
  • City of Youngstown
  • Ohio Lottery Commission
  • Ohio Department of Health
  • Private Foundations
  • Individual Donors