Kettering Behavioral Medicine Center

Kettering Behavioral Medicine Center


Located in Dayton, Ohio, Kettering Behavioral Medical Center is one of many facilities in the Kettering Health Network. The nonprofit has over 50 years of experience treating mental health disorders in children and adults and specializes in faith-based treatment. Services offered include various forms of outpatient care, residential treatment, and a partial hospitalization program (PHP), as well as services for suicide prevention. Detox is not available on site.


The care plans developed at Kettering Behavioral Medical Center are personalized to each client using a holistic care model. The facility treats multiple mental health disorders through a combination of faith-based and medical-based practices. The mental health disorders treated at Kettering include depression, anxiety, stress, mood disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Clients must complete an initial assessment by a team of counselors and physicians to be admitted to the program and to have an individualized care plan developed. Appointments are preferred, but walk-in assessments are also welcome at the facility. People seeking an emergency assessment can walk-in to the facility at any time as the emergency department is staff 24/7.

Outpatient services are available for individuals age five and older. Clients may receive individual and family therapy, psychological testing, and medication management. Partial hospitalization (PHP) is a more intensive form of treatment for those not able to participate in residential care. Education is an important component of the PHP since clients focus on learning more about addiction and problem behaviors. Sober living, coping skills, and community involvement are emphasized. Specific educational treatments are available for specific issues including anger management and stress reduction.

Residential treatment is available for adolescents between ages 11 and 17 as well as for adults who need a more intensive form of care. The residential model follows the educational psychological treatment methods as the PHP and outpatient programs, but adds a group, occupational therapy, and recreational therapy components. Clients participate in individual and group therapy including 12-step meetings on a weekly and daily basis. Clients are also encouraged to participate in recreational activities to support physical rehabilitation initiatives. Educational courses tailored at developing occupational and sober living skills are provided to help clients prepare for reintegration into the community.

There is also a specialized program for the elderly, which lasts 10 to 14 days. Treatment consists of multi-focused therapies including music reminiscence, pet, speech, art, sand play, and tactile integration therapies. Clients may also take part in sensory integration simulation therapy and therapeutic cooking. The elderly program focuses mainly on helping clients recover and maintain their mental capacity while addressing various mental health concerns that may degrade their overall health.


Kettering Behavioral Medical Center is staffed with a wide range of staff members in different specialties. The rehab team consists of licensed psychiatrists, as well as certified nurses and social workers. Clients will also interact with occupational and physical therapists, and can meet with the chaplains for spiritual guidance.


At Kettering Behavioral Medical Center, residents share rooms and have access to a gym, a basketball court, and the facility’s courtyard. Specialized facilities are available for art and sensory therapies Meals are served in a cafeteria setting.


At the time of this writing, two alumni have submitted feedback to for Kettering Behavioral Medical Center. Both gave three out of five stars for treatment effectiveness. The one alum polled on additional metrics gave low ratings of two out of five stars for exercise and leisure provisions, holistic treatment offerings, and available counseling options; however, they gave higher four-star ratings for the connectivity/visitor policy, affordability, admin and discharge procedures, whether treatment was worth the cost, and the level of family participation.

On Google, the facility earned 3.4 out of five stars from 34 reviews at the time of this writing. [1] The feedback was mixed. In general, alumni praised the food and the comradery and support found in other clients, while criticizing the staff. For instance, alum Cassie wrote: “I liked it the food was good, the people were cool too a lot of people to talk to.” However, alum Hanna wrote: “the nurses treated me like garbage. I get that they aren’t paid enough to keep you there long term, but they released me after 2 days even though I was still in a bad mental state. It would’ve been okay of they nurses and doctors didn’t treat me like garbage and actually cared about getting me to a decent mental state.”


Though has yet to acquire feedback from friends and family, Aimee left a two out of star review on Google for her husband’s bad experience. “The psychiatrist here could not care less about his patients, you are basically just a number,” she wrote. “I brought my husband to KBMC because I thought Kettering was a name I could trust, but beware, the way they treat their patients is appalling.”


On Indeed, the facility earned an average of 4.8 out of five stars from four reviews. [2] Many indicated approval for management, and the biggest complaint by one five out of five star reviewer was, “i seldom had time to take a “lunch break” because i always ate with the patients.”


Kettering Behavioral Medical Center accepts private health insurance plans as well as Medicaid Medicare. The facility also offers access to numerous financial assistance options including loans and payment plans. Self-pay is accepted as well.


Reviews about Kettering Behavioral Medicine Center

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  • This facility was ok.
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  • Strengths include strict rules, busy schedule, elective services State of the art facility A downfall was the poor supervision Too many important decisions were left to the patient.