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Fostoria Junction

NPI in Rural Areas

Appropriate housing can be difficult to find in the quiet, agricultural areas outside Toledo. NPI owns a beautiful facility in rural Northwest Ohio so customers can stay close to home and get the support and privacy they need.

A Service-Rich Environment in Fostoria, Ohio

Fostoria Junction offers 15 furnished apartment homes in Fostoria (population 13,000) for persons with serious mental illness. These are Northwest Ohio residents who previously lived in distant locations for lack of options nearby. While most of NPI housing is independent living with supports, Fostoria Junction offers a unique Supportive Housing Plus model of care.

The program is staffed 24/7 and provides two meals per day from Fostoria Hospital. FJ is responsive to individual needs and tailors assistance to each tenant. In short, we provide the same or greater level of care as any group home while offering a better value ($65 per day) in an ideal setting. We pride ourselves on the attractive apartment homes at FJ, which was built in 2006. The common areas exude a warm, personal atmosphere without a hint of institutional color, style or smell.

Click here for information on how to apply for an FJ apartment home.

Sarah

FJ provides this quality environment for people historically housed in out-of-county adult care facilities. These tend to be consumers with very few housing options because of their complicated and complex histories. As an example, Sarah (not her real name) was welcomed into Fostoria Junction despite a history of arson, prior evictions and rejection from other landlords. She has a record of domestic violence. At FJ she responds well to 24/7 staffing and effective intervention when her actions become negative or inappropriate. Sarah’s family is thrilled that she has found an environment that invites stability and meets her needs.

Luke

Similarly, Luke (not his real name) needs an intensive level of care due to a history that includes arson and repeated self-injury. Prior to FJ he was at Northcoast Behavioral Healthcare for four years followed by a group home. At Northcoast he expressed a belief that psychiatric medications were actually tools to annihilate his race. At Fostoria Junction he secretly spit out his medications and was later hospitalized; to solve the problem NPI coordinated a change to dissolvable pills and injections. Luke has been stable since then. He has struggled with substance use challenges as well as mental illness and was considered at risk of relapsing on alcohol, LSD or cocaine. However, he has remained sober at Fostoria Junction. Receiving appropriate services in a homelike environment, Luke is also closer to his family.

Bob

FJ also serves those whose physical and mental health conditions require ongoing attention. Bob (not his real name) requires frequent monitoring for chronic constipation, incontinence and limited hygiene. With assistance and gentle prompts from staff, however, the challenges are manageable. They watch his intake of liquids in the evening, monitor his bowel movements and make sure his meals follow the diet suggested by his physician. Staff works with Bob to ensure he takes his medication to avoid the psychosis he has experienced in the past. In addition, his behavior is charted each day to help identify trends and triggers that lead to difficulty. Data is shared with his psychiatrist to facilitate the best possible recovery. Bob would get lost easily in a group home. In fact, his mother Sheila became his guardian several years ago for the specific purpose of controlling his living environment: “I walked into one place and wanted to take him right back out, she said. “Well, I couldn’t because I wasn’t his guardian.”

While living in group homes Bob would at times become inconsolably upset, she said. “I would just get a call, “Can you come over right now? I’d have to stop what I was doing, call my husband to get the car, and drive out to get him.”

After a day at home he would be okay. Sheila has never received such a call from FJ.

“I would recommend this place to anyone who has a child that’s mentally ill. It’s a really great place.”

After years without encouragement Bob renewed his passion for art, revealing a true talent for cartooning and sketching. His work is used to decorate common spaces at Fostoria Junction as well as his own apartment.

In addition to the supports above, FJ can help with:

  • Timely refill of medications
  • Monitoring smoking (on request of guardian)
  • Assistance with dishes, mopping, sweeping
  • Assistance with laundry
  • Coordination with home health aides for supplemental services

Our Recovery Specialists are skilled at intervention and behavioral redirection, as well as crisis intervention, de-escalation, CPR/First Aid and fire safety. FJ hosts monthly visits on-site with Dr. Basanti Basu, who works with Century Health of Findlay. Dr. Basu is available after hours as needed.

On a lighter note, there’s more to FJ than its behavioral aspects. Tenants and staff alike understand the importance of having fun with activities like yard games and staff sponsored barbecues. Finally, the program does a fantastic job of integrating consumers with the community. Tenants travel off-site for bowling, YWCA memberships, city park activities, festivals, garage sales and church services. Programs that come to Fostoria Junction include the library, the Humane Society and others.

Four behavioral health boards in Northwest Ohio worked to make the project happen for residents of these counties: Hancock, Mercer, Paulding, Putnam, Sandusky, Seneca, Van Wert, Wyandot. The Boards fund and manage services at the site. Stakeholders include: Hancock County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board; Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties; Mercer, Van Wert, Paulding Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board; Putnam County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services Board; and the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) of Ohio. This project was funded in part by the State of Ohio.

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