COLUMBUS– The Ohio Senate today passed Senate Bill 201, sponsored by Senator Kevin Bacon (R–Minerva Park), which would authorize a land transfer from The Ohio State University to Step Up Academy.
The property has not been used by Ohio State for 10 years since the Psychiatry program moved from the Harding Hospital facility to the Wexner Medical Center, and is currently being leased by the Step by Step Academy. Due to its public ownership, the transfer requires legislative approval.
“Step by Step Academy is an exceptional facility serving Central Ohio families with children on the autism spectrum,” said Bacon. “Through this new ownership, Step by Step Academy would reduce monthly payments so they can provide better services and advance this meaningful cause for those affected by autism in the community.”
Ownership of the land would save the organization $360,000 per year in mortgage payments, thus allowing them to serve approximately 75 additional children.
According to testimony given by Step by Step in support of the legislation, implementation of Senate Bill 201 will allow the academy with the space and opportunity to start the Elijah Glen Center, which would serve adolescents with an autism spectrum disorder and individuals with an intellectual or developmental disability who need a less costly stabilization treatment center placement as an alternative to a costly inpatient psychiatric care setting.
The expansion could also allow Step by Step to hire as many as 90 additional staff members.
The property impacted by the transfer is located at 445 East Dublin Granville Road, Worthington, Ohio.
The bill will now proceed to the Ohio House of Representatives for further consideration.

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