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Lindner Center of HOPE

4075 Old Western Row Road, Mason, Ohio, 45040
Struggles with mental health and addiction issues can be complex and complicated, so much so that typical acute inpatient and outpatient treatment options may not be able to get to the root of the issues. Whether the individual is stabilized after their first behavioral crisis or has struggled with long-standing mental illness, finding clarity in diagnosis is essential for planning next steps and ultimately achieving wellness. In addition, a solid foundation in clinical skill development is also crucial to being able to build a realistic future focus and better life.

Facility Highlights

  • Family Therapy
  • Community Support Groups
  • Vocational Support


  • Family Program

    Research shows that the odds of successful, sustained recovery from addiction are far higher when family members and loved ones are involved in treatment. Drug and alcohol addiction often have genetic roots, whether related to substance abuse, mental illness or both. Family dynamics also play a role and, often, family members are the first to realize a loved one has developed an addiction. Also, it’s important for family members to understand and embrace the lifestyle changes that are required to sustain recovery.
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

    The focus of cognitive behavioral therapy (also called CBT) is helping people to understand the thoughts and emotions that underlie their addiction with the goal of learning new, healthier and more productive ways to understand and express themselves.

Facility Settings

  • Private/Secluded

Meet the Staff

  • Clifford Q Cabansag, MD, CTTS
    Clifford Q Cabansag, MD, CTTS Addiction Medicine Physician
    As an addiction specialist, Dr. Cabansag brings addiction medicine expertise to the Lindner Center of HOPE team. Prior to joining us at LCOH, Dr. Cabansag trained as an Addiction Medicine Fellow at Cincinnati VAMC / University of Cincinnati, which was one of only 10 such fellowships to be recognized by the American Board of Addiction Medicine in their 2011 inaugural accreditations. While there, he received extensive training in substance use disorders, particularly in opioid, tobacco and alcohol use disorders. Likewise, his training included the treatment of co-occurring psychiatric disorders as well as motivational interviewing.
  • Sherry Knapp-Brown, PhD
    Sherry Knapp-Brown, PhDStaff Psychologist and Chemical Dependency Specialist
    Dr. Knapp-Brown has 25 years of experience in behavioral health organizations and is a licensed Ph.D. psychologist with specialty certification and training in substance use disorders, co-occurring psychiatric disorders, mood disorders, dialectical behavior therapy, and healthcare management. She is part of the Lindner Center of HOPE team which designed and is providing specialty treatment programming for persons with addictions and combined psychiatric and addictive disorders. With her specialized training and expertise in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, she is a key member of the hospital’s DBT Team which offers individual and group programming using this highly effective treatment approach.

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The Lindner Center of Hope in Mason, Ohio, offers residential and outpatient care to adults and youth (12 years old and older) seeking treatment for substance abuse and co-occurring mental health conditions. Within the state, 118 (28.9 percent) of facilities in Ohio offer programs for adolescents. A partial hospitalization program is also available. Detox services are not provided on-site.


Lindner Center offers four main programs. The first is a ten-day diagnostic assessment. In this program, the client will undergo a series of tests and assessments to help clinicians form treatment recommendations. These assessments take place at the Sibcy House or the Williams House.

The second is the 28-day residential treatment program, which places the facility among the 37 (nine percent) short-term Ohio facilities. This includes the ten-day diagnostic assessment, followed by 18 days of intensive treatment. Programming consists of a personalized mix of evidence-based therapy including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational enhancement therapy (MET), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), exercise, therapeutic recreation, individual counseling, and group therapy sessions.

The facility also offers a partial hospitalization program (PHP) option that combines some of the intensity of the residential program with the flexibility of the outpatient program. Clients live at home while they participate in full days of programming.

The fourth level of care is the facility's outpatient program, which takes place during the day or evenings for one to two hours of programming. This may include individual and group therapy, process recovery groups, medication management, and psychosocial treatments.


According to its website, Lindner boasts the “largest medical staff of any free-standing mental health center in the country.” The staff consists of clinicians with wide-ranging specialties and interests, including addiction counselors, social workers, child and adolescent psychiatrists, dietitians, spiritual care coordinators, psychologists, nurse practitioners, and others.

The facility is among the 24.7 percent of facilities in Ohio accredited by the Joint Commission. To date, the six individuals polled by Rehabs.com on the matter generally appreciated the aptitude of staff.

Staff Experience and Training: 4/5


Lindner Center is located on 36 acres of wooded land just over 20 miles north of Cincinnati. The facility features 80 fully-furnished private rooms, each with its own full bath. The main building features a fitness center, dining room, library, community living areas, and a faith center. To date, the six individuals polled by Rehabs.com on the matter praised the facility's upkeep and its amenities.

Cleanliness: 4.8/5
Exercise and Leisure: 4.3/5


The 26 alumni polled by Rehabs.com to date offered mixed opinions of the facility. This included positive feedback about the amenities and cleanliness of the facility, as well as a high client-to-staff ratio. Another described the staff as “very helpful and kind,” while a third added that Lindner had an “experienced and caring staff.”

A common complaint amongst reviewers was the cost of the facility. “Some programs are out of reach for all but the wealthiest patients,” alum Terri wrote. One anonymous reviewer enjoyed their stay, but noted: “They did not have many vegan options for meals.” However, some alumni were overall critical of the facility. Alum Graham wrote: “They don’t take you seriously. They minimize your issues.”

On Google, the facility earned 3.1 out of five stars from 92 reviews to date.[1] Similar to Rehabs.com reviews, negative reviewers also mentioned the high cost of treatment, while positive reviewers tended to praise the staff. Alum Tim wrote: "Everyone I've met at Lindner in various inpatient units and outpatient care have been excellent. They treat me (and others) with respect while also understanding the best approaches to use for getting better."


The six loved ones surveyed by Rehabs.com to date also offered generally mixed reviews, though skewed to the positive, especially in terms of the facility's programming.

Would Recommend: 4/5
Counseling Options: 4/5
Family Participation: 4/5

However, reviews were polarized in some areas. “They genuinely want their patients to heal,” a loved one wrote, while another disagreed, writing: “They only care about the insurance money and have no program during stay to help you emotionally or physically recover." Overall, the loved ones gave moderate ratings for holistic offerings and visitor policies.

Connectivity/Visitor Policies: 3.5/5
Holistic Offerings: 3.4/5


At the time of this writing, the sole staff member polled by Rehabs.com gave overwhelmingly positive reviews about Lindner. This individual gave five out of five star-ratings for the facility's holistic offerings, family participation, staff experience, and cleanliness.

On Indeed, 28 current and former employees gave an average rating of 3.6 out of five stars for the facility. [2] The feedback was generally mixed, with some positive feedback about the job itself and the ability to work somewhere that was “interesting and challenging.” However, some reviewers cited understaffing and difficulties with the administration as facility weaknesses.


Lindner Center of Hope accepts most major insurance plans, including Aetna, Cigna Behavioral Health, Humana, Medicare, Medical Mutual, and United Behavioral Health. Financing options are available, and some patients may qualify for financial assistance. Overall, the six individuals polled on the matter by Rehabs.com were critical of the facility's cost.

Affordability: 2.3/5

[1] GoogleReviews
[2] https://www.indeed.com/cmp/Lindner-Center-of-Hope/reviews

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