Sober-living program will continue to operate while owner faces criminal charges

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REYNOLDSBURG, OH (WCMH) — A Reynoldsburg sober-living housing program that was shut down last week after the Attorney General’s office reported financial exploitation and abuse will continue to operate under new management. 

Tuesday, A Franklin County judge approved Lighthouse Behavioral Health Solutions, a treatment agency to permanently work with residents of the Summer Rays sober-living program. 

“Hopefully, but still unknown. it’s something I can go with at least. The security of me and other people,” said Shane Duty, current resident with Summer Rays program. 

That’s security Shane Duty and a hundred other people can count on, at least for now. 

According to a court order, 120 people trying to maintain their sobriety from drug and alcohol addiction won’t be forced to move out of their sober-living homes that were being operated by Summer Rays. 

The new agency taking over the program is Lighthouse Behavioral Health Solutions. The new inpatient and outpatient treatment agency met with Summer Rays residents on Tuesday at what staff called a “provider fair”. Franklin County Job and Family Services, The Mid Ohio Food Bank, SNAP and others came out to set residents up with the basic things they need. 

“We want to transition them from being so dependent on the system that they are dependent on now,” said Alisha Rineheart, Chief Clinical Officer. She says they will be taking over 21 of the sober-living homes.

The 10-year program was previously run by Chuck Kirk who now faces charges of abuse and financial exploitation. 

Rineheart says she knows it will be a challenge gaining residents’ trust, but adds the agency is committed to seeing each client succeed. 

“Just being something different from what they’ve known. We also have to be very cognitive of the fact that treatment doesn’t look the same for every person,” said Rineheart. 

Residents are remaining optimistic. 

“Looks good on paper but only time can really tell,” said resident David Burrows. 

 Lighthouse is working with a court-appointed receiver to keep the homes open. 

The agency says they will not add any new clients to the homes as of right now. Making its focus on the success of the current residents. 

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