Penn Foundation first began providing drug and alcohol services in the summer of 1985, partnering with Grand View Hospital to create a six-bed unit in the hospital for individuals needing detoxification and rehabilitation services. This six-day inpatient program was named BreakThrough in February 1986. Penn Foundation also began offering outpatient addiction services at this time.
In 1987, several Board members strongly encouraged and supported plans to a build a 23-bed drug and alcohol residential rehabilitation center on Penn Foundation’s property. On September 10, 1987, the agency broke ground on a $1 million, 10,750 square foot facility. Named The BreakThrough Center, the new facility was dedicated on June 12, 1988. In 1989, The BreakThrough Center was renamed Recovery Center, and outpatient addiction services were moved into the same building as inpatient services.
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Penn Foundation recognized the unique opportunity to provide services for individuals with co-occurring addiction and mental health disorders and established contracts with 13 counties to offer such services.
As we grew, several temporary office trailers were added from 1993-2003. By this time, it was clear that we had become an established, highly respected addiction treatment program, and it was time for the building to reflect the innovative work taking place inside. Thus, in 2008, Penn Foundation opened the John W. and Emily Clemens Recovery Center.
This beautiful 24,250 square foot facility represents Penn
Foundation's vision to meet community need and recognizes
the generous and loyal support of the Clemens family. Large
windows encourage natural lighting and warm interior colors
exude hope. The additional space and modern amenities
ensure that the we are able to provide our 1,300 clients annually
with state-of-the-art services in a comfortable and safe