A search for a better way to help people obtain the behavioral health and other social services they need led to plans for One Wellness Place, a public-private partnership proposed for construction between Piqua and Troy off County Road 25A.

The Tri-County Board of Recovery and Mental Health Services unveiled plans for the $6 million project during a ceremonial groundbreaking Jan. 26 at the nearby county Fairgrounds.

The more than 7 acre project site is just south of the Health Partners of Miami County clinic near the intersection of 25A and Lytle Road.

The proposal uses a one-stop shop concept for providing a variety of services beginning with a full assessment for those who enter the One Wellness Place’s front door.

“This concept is indeed an innovation in the human services area,” said 5th District State Sen. Bill Beagle, R-Tipp City.

“The idea to make it easier on consumers, patients, is a wonderful idea. I suspect that you can free up money and save money which can be diverted to people in need and solve more problems,” Beagle said.

Among agencies that have signed memorandums of understanding for the facility are the Tri-County Board, Community Housing Inc., NAMI of Darke Miami and Shelby Counties, Recovery & Wellness Center of Midwest Ohio, Miami County Recovery Council, Miami County Dental Clinic, Miami County Public Health and Safehaven Inc.

Mark McDaniel, the Tri-County Board’s executive director, said his encounter with a frustrated family going from agency to agency to arrange services for their adult son left him thinking about finding a better system.

“They were basically hopping and skipping around the community to get their services,” McDaniel said. “I thought, ‘There has to be a better way.’”

Among major funding so far for the One Wellness Place is $2 million earmarked by the Tri-County Board, $500,000 from the state capital budget and a $220,000 pledge plus in-kind support from CareSource.

The Troy Foundation last year awarded $50,000 from its general fund for the project. Others who have made pledges or contributions so far and named during the unveiling were: Miami Valley Steel Services, The Dayton Foundation, MinsterBank, The George B. Quatman Foundation, the Neils and Ruth Lundgard Charitable Trust and The Hartzell Norris Trust. Other requests for funding are pending or being prepared.