About Us

The Recovery Council exists to help you build a foundation for independence and sobriety. We believe in Loving Yourself 100% and that Recovery Changes Everything.

Since 1977, The Recovery Council has worked closely with an extensive network of community members, passionate staff, and supporting agencies in Ross and Pike counties to provide comprehensive Substance Use Disorder (SUD) treatment and prevention services.

To see a full list of our clinical and non-clinical treatment services, visit the Treatment Services page. The Recovery Council serves all clients regardless of their ability to pay. Discounts for services are offered based on family size and income. For more information, please contact us.

We work with many local social agencies and treatment providers including drug courts in Ohio, Ohio Association of Recovery Providers, Children’s Services, Job and Family Services, County and Common Pleas Courts, Brigdehaven, Franklin County CATCH Court, Pike County Community Action Committee, Pike County Drug Abuse Prevention & Reentry Coalition, Pike County Health Department, HOPE Partnership, Valley View Health Center, and Piketon, Waverly, Western, and Huntington-Ross School Districts.

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Our agency conforms to the CARF standards and The Ohio revised code. We currently hold accreditation and licensing with CARF and ODADAS. The Pike County Recovery Council has been accredited by CARF (The Commission on Accreditation of Residential Facilities) for a period of three years for the following programs:

Case Management

Outpatient Treatment

Residential Treatment

Prevention & Diversion

The accreditation outcome, which represents the highest level of accreditation, is awarded to organizations that show substantial fulfillment of the standards established by CARF. An organization receiving a 3-Year Accreditation Outcome puts itself through a rigorous peer review process and has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit that its program and services are accountable, measurable, and of the highest quality.

Our Mission

The Recovery Council will provide evidence-based, quality integrated alcohol and drug abuse/addiction, and mental health services to support a life of recovery, as well as, evidence-based prevention services.

Service delivery will be focused on the people of the 5-county catchment area of the Paint Valley ADAMH Board (Fayette, Highland, Pickaway, Pike, and Ross) while accepting appropriate referrals from any of the 88 Ohio counties.

Board of Directors

Nancy Harris

Jane Reed

Linda Gullion

Dustin Holbrook

Katie Radford

Ruth Cook

Dan Ward

McKenzie Gullion

Executive Leadership

Deputy Director:
Michelle Black

Director of Clinical Services: Bill Shepherd

Executive Director:
Pam Johnson, Ph.D.


If you would like to help, we are always in need of donations of personal care items for the people in our programs. If you have any questions about donating daily needs items, please see our contact form here. Questions about monetary donations can be answered by our Admin office located at 14416 US Rt. 23, Waverly, OH, or by contacting Michelle Black at 740-947-6727.

Our Story

The History of the Pike County Recovery Council began in 1977 when a group of citizens concerned with the growing alcohol/drug problems in the county met to discuss solutions. From that meeting at Waverly High School, Pike County Recovery Council was born, and with aid of using federal CETA monies, a part-time Director was hired.

The first office of the PCRC was located in the Health Department and the first Director was John Gaston, who later became the Regional Council Director for all the surrounding counties. Chuck Harris, one of the original members of the concerned citizen’s group, became the Recovery Council’s second Director and was in the leadership for over three years. During his time as director, he was able to secure funding to move out of the Health Department and also make the Director a full-time position and hire a receptionist.

In July of 1985, Tom Johnson was hired as Director. At that time the agency was certified by the Ohio Department of Health for alcohol treatment and 72 hour DUI residential intervention program. 1988 was the first time to certify the Recovery Council was an ODADAS (alcohol/drug treatment) facility. It was also the year that the Recovery Council received funding for the first time from the 317 Board and was able to hire three full-time counselors.

1991 was the first year that the Recovery Council contracted to provide services for Medicaid-eligible clients. In 1992/1993 the Medicaid contract continued to grow, allowing the Recovery Council to offer more diverse services including transportation and child care. The staff continued to grow, offering more opportunities to our clients.

In 1993 the Recovery Council purchased two buildings in Waverly at 111 North High Street and 196 East Emmitt Avenue. We have used the 111 North High building for AOD treatment services, board meetings, AA meetings, training, and now a Women’s Residential facility. The 196 East Emmitt building has been used for DUI schools, prevention activities, AA meetings, and a Women’s Residential facility.

In March 2009, we became ODADAS certified to provide outpatient treatment at 46 East Water Street in Chillicothe, Ohio. By November 2010, we had outgrown the 46 East Water Street building and we moved out outpatient services to 126 East 2nd Street. Referrals in Chillicothe continue to increase. We have added staff, services, women’s programs, and evening hours.

On October 6, 2010, the 196 Emmitt Avenue building was dedicated to the memory of Georgie Harris, one of the original board members. The building is being used as a Women’s Residential Treatment Center. On November 26, 2010, our first residential client came into our program.

On May 1, 2011, we moved our Waverly outpatient treatment services to 14572 US Rte 23 in Waverly, Ohio. Our referrals for outpatient treatment services continue to bring in new clients. Our treatment schedule includes groups two times a day, five days a week, a women’s program, case management, GED classes, a parenting program, and anger management. We also provide transportation for many clients. Also in May, our 111 North High facility received certification from ODADAS to provide residential treatment at the above address. Our first client entered Monday, May 23, 2011.

In 2019 The Pike County Recovery Council became accredited by CARF (The
Commission on Accreditation of Residential Facilities) for Case Management, Outpatient Treatment, Residential Treatment, Prevention/Diversion services.