River Centre Clinic

River Centre Clinic


Founded in 1996 in a historic suburb of Toledo, Ohio, the River Centre Clinic (RCC) provides treatment for individuals struggling with eating disorders. From a leafy suburban campus on the banks of the Ottawa River, the facility offers a variety of outpatient programs for adults and adolescents, and residential care for adolescents only.

RCC can work with individuals with with persons with language, hearing, vision, and other special needs.


The most intensive levels of care for each demographic are a partial hospitalization program (PHP) for adults and residential care for adolescents. These intensities were chosen because they were determined to be the most cost-effective programs for most people in their respective demographics.

The PHP involves 35 hours a week of programming: seven hours a day, five days a week, with optional dorm-style residential facilities. A typical day starts at 11:30 a.m. with a weigh-in and includes supervised meals, nutritional counseling, group sessions, and joint meal prep.

On the adolescent residential program, most clients sleep at the facility, though those who live locally may commute. Adolescents are in programming for 7 to 12 hours per day, receiving a similar roster of services to adults, with an added component of educational services, such as tutoring and school coordination, plus coaching on the skills of daily life, such as cleanliness, personal hygiene, time management, and recreational activities. Recreational activities are largely left to residents: typical options include walks, games, Internet browsing, using the phone, and watching TV.

For both adults and adolescents, RCC takes a cognitive behavioral approach to treating eating disorders, and provides counseling and therapy in individual, group, and family settings. Programming focuses on meal planning, skills that can reduce symptoms, and relapse prevention. Interpersonal skills are honed through programming on social skills, assertiveness, stress management, and emotional skills. Discharge planning begins on admission; each client leaves with an aftercare plan that might include weekly aftercare groups, relapse prevention sessions, referrals, or follow-up sessions over the phone.

RRC also offers an intensive outpatient program (IOP) for binge eating disorder; participants attend between 10 and 20 hours of programming per week. There’s also general outpatient care for adults and adolescents, often offered as a follow-up to the PHP or residential program. And there are outpatient services, too, for younger children who are struggling with eating problems, and their families.


The team includes board-certified physicians, licensed psychologists, licensed social workers, licensed professional counselors, and a registered dietetic technician. The single individual polled by Best-rehabs.com to date gave RCC five out of five stars for its staff’s level of training and experience.


The adolescent residential program has capacity for eight to 12 participants at a time. Residents may use the Internet and the phone only with parental permission.

For adults on the PHP, the optional independent living facilities provide an opportunity for further healing through social bonding during treatment. Residents sleep in shared bedrooms, each of which has its own bath, plus access to a kitchen, a common area with an entertainment center, laundry facilities, and the Internet. Residents are encouraged to participate in social activities during their stay.

The single individual polled by Best-rehabs.com to date gave RCC five stars for its cleanliness, accommodations, and meals.


The single alum polled by Best-rehabs.com to date would strongly recommend treatment at RCC. “The program saved my life and continues to do the same for others. It’s a comfortable, supportive and friendly environment to be in,” K.I.A. wrote, also praising the “wonderful” staff. They gave the facility five stars for its treatment effectiveness and ability to treat co-occurring disorders and three stars for its family participation and counseling options.

Secondary sites yielded overwhelmingly positive coverage at the time of this writing, with a 4.7-star average rating based on 34 reviews on Google, eight five-star ratings on Facebook (where the center can manage its own page), and seven five-star ratings on YellowPages.com. The reviewers repeatedly credited RCC with saving their lives, as well as praising the center’s staff and the welcoming, comfortable environment they found at the facility. “River Centre Clinic saved my life. The staff are compassionate and flexible to work around each individual patient’s needs. The environment is much more comfortable than a hospital and you will likely meet some of the most amazing people and gain a support system that cannot be replaced,” A.T. wrote in a representative review on Google.


RCC was founded on a mission to provide cost-effective care. The organization is in-network with most major insurance companies, and treatment costs $650/day for the adult PHP, $850/day for the adolescent residential program, and $350/day for the IOP. The single individual polled by Best-rehabs.com to date gave RCC three out of five stars for its affordability.

Reviews about River Centre Clinic

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  • The staff was wonderful to work with and the relationships developed in my time there have been long-lasting and remain supportive. Not much support available financial-wise if health insurance will not work with the center. The program saved my life and continues to do the same for others. It's a comfortable, supportive and friendly environment to be in. Not only did I come to a state of complete recovery, I also grew as a person. There are many options offered to help achieve and maintain wellness.