Recovery chain with checkered history plans to open Indy treatment center

Recovery Centers of America, a fast-growing chain of addiction-treatment centers that has run into patient-safety problems elsewhere, plans to open its first location in Indianapolis.

The company filed an application this month to remodel a building at 8530 Township Line Road, off of West 86th Street, near St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital.

The building was previously home to Pyramid Point, a skilled nursing facility that recently closed, according to notice posted by the Indiana State Department of Health in March.

Recovery Centers of America wants to remodel 68,449 square feet of the building and use it as a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center, according to an application it filed with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.

The application did not say when Recovery Centers of America plans to open the facility, or offer details on the programs to be offered there. The company did not return calls to discuss its plans for the facility.

According to its website, Recovery Centers of America offers “a complete continuum of care” for inpatient and outpatient drug and alcohol treatments.

The company, based in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, announced earlier this month it plans to expand to the Midwest and South. It currently has eight locations in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Maryland and New Jersey.

The company’s website says it uses “evidence-based clinical therapies applied within a 30-day inpatient treatment setting, 12-step methodology immersion and outpatient services.”

But Recovery Centers of America has run into some problems with state officials in recent years. In 2017, Massachusetts temporarily halted new admissions at its center in Danvers, the company’s largest facility chainwide, citing concern regarding patient care and safety. That came after two patients died in one year at the facility.

An investigation in 2017 by the Boston Globe and Stat, an online medical news site, found that patients were often unsupervised and sometimes did not get basic counseling. The staff has complained to management and the state that they weren’t able to keep the patients safe, the investigation said.

When state inspectors visited the facility, they found that essential services such as individual counseling and group therapy sessions were not regularly being provided, worker training was lacking, the facility was understaffed, and patients were not properly supervised.

Recovery Centers of America was founded in 2014 by J. Brian O’Neill, a high-end real-estate developer, with backing from Deerfield Management Co., a New York City investment firm.

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