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Healthcare is available, often at a reduced cost or no cost, depending on your needs and overall situation.

  • If you are in crisis:

    • If you are in crisis and are a danger to yourself or others or if your injuries are severe or life threatening, dial 9-1-1
    • If you are considering suicide, call the 24/7 columbus suicide hotline at 614.221.5445
    • 24/7 mental health and alcohol/drug crisis intervention is available at netcare access. Call the crisis line at 614.276.2273 or go to 199 South Central Ave or 741 East Broad St

    For the purposes of this page, we divide healthcare into the following categories:

    • Physical Health Medical (doctor, nurse, hospital), dental, and prescription drug (pharmacy) resources.
    • Mental Health Mental health such as depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, other mental illnesses, and alcohol and drug treatment.
    • Peer Support Peer Groups, Drop In Groups, and Support Groups to help keep you on your path to recovery, reentry, and success.

    You may be eligible for assistance through the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. To see if you qualify, contact the Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services online or by phone at 614.233.2000, or the Ohio Benefit Bank by visiting.

    Physical Health

    Medical Care

    1. Mt. Carmel Outreach rotating locations, 614.546.4200
    2. Columbus Public Health 240 Parsons Ave, 614.614.7417
    3. Vineyard Free Clinic
    4. 171 E. 5th Ave, 614.259.5428
    5. 15187 Palmer Road, Reynoldsburg/Etna, OH 43068. 740-927-7729

    We offer these two clinics EVERY Wednesday NIGHT, from 6:30 to 8:30PM

    1. Free medical care for the poor and uninsured, EVERY Wednesday night. We have a medical doctor and nurses available. Prescriptions can be written and we give $4 gift cards to purchase one month’s supply of prescriptions. We do not do narcotic drugs, nor do we have any drugs at the clinic. 6:30 to 8:30 PM EVERY Wednesday.
    2. Free pregnancy care clinic for any lady EVERY Wednesday. We offer free pregnancy testing, free ultrasound. We also offer mentor mothers, safe housing and new baby supplies for the first two months.

    We also offer these following clinics ONCE a month, on the FIRST Wednesday of each month.

    1. Free vision care. We have two eye doctors who will do a complete eye exam and write a prescription. We also offer free eye glasses if the doctor can match the patient with donated glasses. We also attempt to help patient buy glasses at discount prices.
    2. Free legal assistance. We have three lawyers who offer free legal advice.
    3. Free tax preparation. We will prepare simple W-2 income tax returns during the months of Feb, March and April. We do not do business returns.
    4. Free financial advice. We offer free assistance in financial management and budgeting. We also offer financial advice on collection social security, pensions, insurance and retirement.
    5. Free computer repairs. We have three IT professionals who will repair computers that are brought in. We do not provide hardware but if the owner brings the hardware we will install it.
    6. Free bicycle repairs and give away. We offer free bicycle repairs and give away bicycles for free as they are donated to this clinic. If we have the right supplies to match the bicycle we provide that for free if we do not, we ask the owner to go and purchase the pieces needed and we will install for free.
    7. Free dog obedience. We offer free dog obedience training to dog owners.

    All the clinics are completely free. No appointments necessary. People are served on first come first serve basis.

    1. Columbus Free Clinic 2231 N. High St, 614.404.8417
    2. New Life UMC Clinic 25 W. 5th Ave, 614.294.0134
    3. Xenos Free Clinic 1934 N. 4th St and 40 Chicago Ave, 614.823.6510
    4. Columbus Neighborhood Health Centers 614.645.5500
    5. East Health Center - 1180 E Main St
    6. John Maloney Health Center - 3781 S High St
    7. St Stephen's Health Center - 1500 E 17th Ave
    8. Columbus Northeast Health Center - 3433 Agler Rd
    9. West Family Health and Wellness Center-2300 West Broad Street
    10. ARC (AIDS Resource Center) Ohio, confidential testing and safer sex supplies at no cost, 4400 N High St, Suite 300, 614.299.2437

    Prescription Drugs

    1. Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio free medicine 614.227.0301
    2. Ohio's Best Rx free prescription discount card 866.923.7879
    3. Franklin County NACo discount prescription card

    Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug (AOD) treatment



In Crisis? Help is now a few clicks away


Netcare's new Live Crisis Chat offers the opportunity for anyone to chat online directly with a licensed social worker or counselor live, via a secure online chat service. While chatting, they can find out more information about Netcare's services or ask for help for themselves or a loved one.


When the Live Crisis Chat is available and a counselor is ready to chat a red tab appears on the left-hand side of any page on Netcare's website and also on the Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board (ADAMH) of Franklin County website - Chatters can access the service from a computer or mobile device that's connected to the Internet.

Learn about Netcare at Upcoming Sessions

Netcare Live was developed as a response to the numerous requests from students, area professionals and agencies for Netcare visits or presentations. Each hour-long session includes an informative presentation, a tour of our building, and a Q & A opportunity.


Interested in joining an upcoming session? Check out our website for more information: 2017 Netcare Live Sessions.