Pinnacle Treatment Center celebrated a ribbon cutting with the Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)
Pinnacle Treatment Center celebrated a ribbon cutting with the Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)

VAN WERT – Pinnacle Treatment Center, located at 727 Fox Road, celebrated a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday. The treatment center offers services for those suffering from addiction and accepts Medicaid.

The location was originally Groups, also a treatment center, and was acquired by Pinnacle last week. Around 17 Groups facilities across Ohio were acquired by Pinnacle.

"We are a Medicaid insurance provider throughout the state," said Pinnacle Regional Director Chris Byers. "We will be able to bring resources to allow better access to care. The rate of Medicaid is significantly high with expanded Medicaid."

Byers said that taking Medicaid allows those seeking treatment to find affordable options that meet their needs.

Pinnacle currently serves around 20 people in Van Wert County. There are two counseling classes – one at 10 a.m. on Mondays and another 4 p.m. on Monday afternoons.

"We expect to grow to 100 people or more," said Byers. "Right now people are able to get group counseling and medication assisted treatment."

Local physicians are able to offer a prescriptive-based program that is referred to as a "office-based opioid treatment" program at the center.

"We look to expand those services to individual consoling and to expand to intensive outpatient programming as well for people with need," and Byers.

Byers said while other communities around Van Wert such as Lima might have a higher rate of individuals addicted to opioids, the addiction problems are still prevalent in Van Wert.

"One of the things with Pinnacle is that the biggest thing we want to do is we want to embed in the community and be a resource for [people] and be able to support the town," said Byers. "The plague of opioid addiction is everywhere right now and even with a small town of 11,000 people, it's an issue here."

"We have a significant problem here as well," added Byers. "Having this location gives us an access point for people to get into care in this community."