A Long History of Success & Innovation.

The Neil Kennedy Recovery Centers Timeline


The Nation’s first private, freestanding, alcoholism treatment facility is opened on Lincoln Ave. in Youngstown OH, as a result of the effort and investment of Jack Deibel and the encouragement of Neil Kennedy. (Neil was a recovering alcoholic who started Youngstown‘s first AA group in 1939. Neil’s sponsor in AA was one of the fellowship’s co-founders Dr. Bob Smith).


The Youngstown Committee on Alcoholism, Inc., a non-profit organization made up of recovering people and community leaders in Youngstown, OH is founded by Neil Kennedy. The organization’s initial purpose was to provide education to the community about alcoholism as an illness. In that same year, the Lincoln Ave. Clinic    (subsequently known as the Alcoholic Clinic of Youngstown) was turned over to this new organization with Mr. Kennedy as its first director.

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The Alcoholic Clinic of Youngstown moves from its original location to the site of its current main campus at 2151 Rush Blvd. in Youngstown. The new facility (one of the first in the nation to be built specifically for the purpose of treating alcoholics) opens debt free as a result of private contributions from the peoples of Youngstown.


The Clinic expands its services to include residential rehabilitation services as well as detoxification services for alcoholic and other drug dependent people.


The Clinic is certified by the Ohio Department of Health under its new standards for alcoholism treatment programs. It is also accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.  The organization starts a new program called Mahoning County Alcoholism Services and begins outpatient and preventive services with the assistance of public funds from the State of Ohio.


The Clinic adds outpatient services for adolescents to its increasingly comprehensive continuum of care.


The Clinic enters into a relationship with Western Reserve Healthcare system (now Forum Health) and together they open Adolescent Recovery Services, an inpatient treatment unit for chemically dependent adolescents at WRCS’s Northside Hospital. The Clinic’s outpatient unit is renamed Community Recovery Resource Center. 


With the support of the Youngstown Junior League, the clinic starts its Woman to Woman program, a gender-specific treatment continuum.


The Clinic adds a new residential treatment wing to its main campus facility and expands its intensive outpatient services. Once again the people of Youngstown respond to a need and the new wing is opened debt free as result of generous private contributions. In this same year, the Clinic opens the Dick Riley Fellowship Hall, a facility that is home to over 25 Twelve Step meetings a week and acts as a sober activity center for hundreds of recovery people.


All clinic services are consolidated under a new name, the Neil Kennedy Recovery Clinic. This change honors the 1st director and spiritual founder of the clinic. Intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization services are expanded as residential rehab services shrink due to the impact of managed care.


In another innovative collaboration, NKRC joins with Mahoning County Juvenile Court to create a Juvenile Diversion Program at the Juvenile Justice Center.  After consultation with Gateway Rehabilitation Center, a new GRC- style outpatient satellite is opened in Austintown, Ohio.


NKRC becomes a subsidiary of Gateway Rehab one of the nation’s premier alcohol and other drug addiction treatment organizations. The affiliation brings together two pioneers in the addiction field and increases NKRC’s capacity to provide more services to more people.


NKRC opens a second outpatient satellite in Howland, Ohio, expanding the outpatient services into Trumbull County. In this same year, NKRC becomes a primary partner with the Mahoning County Misdemeanor Drug court to provide treatment services for referral from that court.


NKRC restructures its programming to provide gender-specific treatment tracks at its main campus site.  The organization becomes a partner with a new Mahoning County Juvenile Drug Court to become a resource for outpatient adolescent treatment services for referrals from that court.


NKRC opens a third outpatient satellite in Dublin, Ohio.


The Emery House - Treatment capacity at NKRC’s Youngstown site is expanded by opening a boarding house for women who are being treating in the site’s day treatment (partial hospitalization) program.


NKRC moves administrative and community services offices to its Austintown site. 


NKRC opens/expands its services for opiate-addicted people by adding a highly-structural recovery focused medication assisted treatment option for carefully selected clinically appropriate patients.


NKRC secures foundation funding and begins an implementation of Recovery Coaching services. Also in that year NKRC takes a leadership role in facilitation of SBIRT (Screening Brief Intervention & Referral to Treatment) initiatives in its service region.


Jerry Carter retires as executive director of NKRC and Carolyn Givens assumes leadership. Gelbman House, a new recovery-supportive housing unit, is opened.


NKRC breaks ground on Doc's Place, an additional recovery-supportive housing unit that will open in early 2016. NKRC changes name to Neil Kennedy Recovery Centers.


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