Connections - Health - Wellness - Advocacy

Connections Mission:
Connections: Health*Wellness*Advocacy (“Connections”) is committed, in a spirit of partnership, to enhancing individual and community behavioral health through the delivery of a comprehensive, cost effective, integrated system of behavioral health care that promotes, in a culturally competent manner, wellness, healing and quality of life.

Connections is a leading provider of behavioral healthcare services in northeast Ohio. We are dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness and chemical dependency, and advocating on behalf of clients and their families. Annually, Connections provides care for more than four thousand individuals. Our staff of 200 employees includes psychiatrists, registered nurses, licensed social workers, psychologists, and counselors. Connections provides services for children, adults, and families at one of our four locations in Cuyahoga County.

Major Behavioral Health Agencies Announce Merger
Signature Health-Connections/ ORCA House Linkage 

Signature Health, Connections and ORCA House are pleased to announce the completion of all discussions and execution of all documents pertaining to the permanent linkage of the three organizations.
This linkage will occur in two phases.  In the first phase, effective January 1, 2017, Signature Health will become the parent organization of both Connections and ORCA House.  Jonathan Lee, the President and CEO of Signature Health will assume the same roles for both Connections and ORCA House.  Later in the year, the three organizations will merge into one single entity.
Connections and ORCA House have been operating as a partnership since January 1, 2015, with a common management and common board.
Founded by Jonathan Lee in 1993, Signature Health was originally inspired by personal experience and recognition of the needs specific to people affected by broad range of mental illness classifications including substance abuse. Starting with a small office in Euclid Ohio, Signature Health has expanded with locations in Cuyahoga, Lake and Ashtabula Counties.  Child, adolescent and adult services have expanded to include behavioral health, primary medical care, lab services, opiate treatment and pharmacy.  Signature Health employees over 350 medical, clinical, nursing, case managers and administrative staff.
“With Esther Pla, the President and CEO, of Connections retiring and Signature Health looking to expand the timing could not have been better,” said Jonathan Lee.  “I have always had the utmost respect for Esther and the wonderful work she has accomplished over the years so when she reached out to me about linking the agencies it made a great deal of sense”.  
Connections having two locations in Cuyahoga County and Signature Health with locations in Cuyahoga, Lake and Ashtabula Counties will result in the delivery of excellent outpatient services from Cleveland to the Pennsylvania border.
The combined agencies offer outpatient programs that provide a range of psychiatric, counseling, case management, addiction treatment, integrated medicine along with lab and pharmacy services.  As the linkage process continues, more services will be added.
With the merging of the offices there will be a combined staff of over 500.

For more information contact Paul Brickman, Director of Marketing…440.953.9999

Cuyahoga County Fatherhood Initiative
The Cuyahoga County Fatherhood Initiative(CCFI) seeks to strengthen families in our community by encouraging fathers to play a more active role in nurturing and raising their children. Please click on the link above to go to CCFI and find out more.

Connections and ORCA House Approve Strategic Partnership Collaborative Effort Will Improve Continuum of Care for Patients

Cleveland, OH (December 24, 2014) – Community behavioral health provider Connections: Health· Wellness· Advocacy, and ORCA House, a substance abuse treatment agency, are proud to announce the formation of a strategic partnership effective January 1, 2015. The partnership seeks to remove barriers to treatment by creating a continuum of patient care that ensures patients receive comprehensive substance abuse and behavioral health care services. By utilizing a collaborative approach, Connections and ORCA House will achieve a greater impact on the overall level of patient care while remaining separate organizations.
As a result of the partnership, both organizations will combine their individual board of directors to form a single board to oversee operations. Executive leadership will be transferred to one position, as Esther Pla, current President and CEO of Connections will also serve as CEO of ORCA House. Greg Uhland will continue to serve as Executive Director of ORCA House with adjusted responsibilities. Through improved operational efficiency, both agencies seek to enhance revenues while reducing overall expenses.
“The recent partnership between Connections and ORCA House is part of a growing effort by behavioral health providers to create a continuum of patient care,” states Esther Pla, President & CEO of Connections. “It demonstrates that we are capable of achieving a greater impact in the lives of patients and our communities when we collaborate and unite together.”
For more information regarding the new partnership between Connections and ORCA House, please contact Esther Pla at Connections.

Intensive Outpatient Treatment at Connections

New IOP treatment programs for individuals who are addicted to alcohol and/or other drugs to help break the cycle of addiction at our Beachwood and west 25th Street Locations.

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Our new West 25th Pharmacy opened on October 7th, 2014!

There has been much excitement and anticipation of expanding our pharmacy services.  On Tuesday, October 7, 2014, our W.25th Street pharmacy officially opened for service!  Similar to our Beachwood Pharmacy, this pharmacy is a full service pharmacy for Connections’ clients and staff allowing us to better serve our west side location. Our W.25th patients who had been utilizing the Beachwood Pharmacy are now able to get their prescriptions at the W.25th Street location. 

W.25th Pharmacy Hours of Operations: Monday through Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm
W.25th Pharmacy Phone Number: 216-831-6466 and follow the prompts
W.25th Pharmacy Manager:  Greg Delluomo
W.25th Pharmacy Technician:  Sally Armitage

for more information please go here

Beachwood Hours of Operation

Monday: 8:00am – 7:30pm
Tuesday: 8:00am - 5:30pm
Wednesday: 8:00am - 6:00pm
Thursday: 8:00am – 7:30pm
Friday: 8:00am - 5:30pm
Saturday: 9:00am - 2:00pm
Sunday: CLOSED
Walk-In Hours

Monday - Friday: 8:30am – 2:00pm

West 25th Street Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm