Many Braking Point clients may no longer be able to receive services

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Clients on Medicaid will no longer be able to receive treatment at Braking Point Recovery Center in Austintown, according to the program’s state department.

If you are a Medicaid beneficiary, you will have to receive treatment services from another provider. You can search for a new recovery center on the Ohio Department of Medicaid’s website.

Those enrolled in a Medicaid managed care plan should contact their case manager, especially if they are taking any prescription medications.

Phone numbers for Medicaid managed care plans:

  • Buckeye: 1-866-246-4358
  • Caresource: 1-800-488-0134
  • Molina: 1-800-642-4168
  • Paramount: 1-800-462-3589
  • United: 1-800-895-2017

If you need more help or have questions, call the Ohio Medicaid Consumer Hotline at 800-324-8680.

Even before word came from Columbus, the fallout from Wednesday’s raid at Braking Point Recovery Center was already beginning.

“Any way that we can help — and we have, we took in six patients yesterday into our main campus — but we’ll continue to do that,” said Carolyn Givens, with Neil Kennedy Recovery Clinic in Youngstown.

On Wednesday, over 100 state and federal agents led by the FBI descended onto Braking Point’s facilities in Austintown and suburban Columbus. They also searched the Leetonia home of its owner, Ryan Sheridan, and another house in Austintown. The raids that started around 9 a.m. lasted until early evening.

Since then, other local recovery centers have been taking in Braking Point clients, putting even more strain on a system that’s already being overwhelmed by the area’s opiate epidemic.

“Currently, Neil Kennedy has about a 40 person waitlist and that’s just to get into our more intensive level of care,” Givens said.

She said treatment centers in the area have been talking about providing care for months as the epidemic of opioid abuse has grown.

“We’re seeing an uptick in alcohol use by our females. Also using the fentanyl and opiates so this is a grave situation of making sure that we make available capacity for the people that Braking Point was serving.”

Givens said all recovery centers need to work together to make sure the community has what it needs.

Officials with the state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services said they’re keeping an eye on the Braking Point situation. They’re also working with other treatment centers to ensure help is available for those who need it.

“The rest of us have to make sure that we can take people into care,” Givens said.

WYTV’s calls to the attorneys representing Ryan Sheridan and Braking Point were not returned.