Central Clinic Behavioral Health Celebrates 100 Years

What a difference 100 years makes! What began in 1923 has evolved over the past 100 years into an award-winning behavioral health services organization serving nearly 18,000 people per year – Central Clinic Behavioral Health.

Established in 1923 with a five-year, $30,000 investment from Community Chest (now United Way), Central Clinic Behavioral Health (CCBH) was the first mental health nonprofit organization in the State of Ohio and one of the only community clinics serving both children and adults. Central Psychiatric Clinic, its original name, received national attention because it provided community-based mental health services for children — a different approach for treating patients at that time. The uniqueness of CCBH is evident in every service delivered – every patient/client experiences hope. Services are accessible, individualized, effective, consum- er-oriented, recovery/resiliency-based, and trauma-informed.


Dr. Walter Smitson to retire after 55 years of service to Central Clinic Behavioral Health

CEO, President guided CCBH to unprecedented growth, community impact

Central Clinic Behavioral Health (CCBH) today announces that CEO and President Walter S. Smitson, PhD will retire at the year’s end after 55 years of service to the oldest outpatient mental health clinic west of the Alleghenies.

Central Clinic’s board of directors will form a search committee in June and enlist an executive search firm to conduct a broad search for his successor. Dr. Smitson will continue to lead the organization until the successor is in place.

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Central Clinic Behavioral Health celebrates 100 years of impact

Community leader in health services poised for another centennial of growth

Cincinnati, OH – Central Clinic Behavioral Health (CCBH) is celebrating 100 years of award-winning behavioral health services. When it was originally founded, CCBH was the first mental health nonprofit organization in Ohio and one of the only community clinics that served both children and adults.

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