Ordinary Dogs Transforming Lives
One in four Americans suffers from mental illness – yet less than a third of those people will receive treatment, often due to financial barriers and the stigma around mental health. Healing Companions, Inc. aims to change that.
Founded in 2013 as a 501(c)(3), Healing Companions, Inc. is committed to increasing awareness of and providing access to psychiatric service dogs (PSDs) as a form of treatment for mental illness. We seek to help individuals become more independent and self-confident, allowing them to lead more productive lives. We envision a future in which psychiatric service dogs are fully integrated into comprehensive care for individuals with mental illness. On the short-term, we work to increase awareness of the benefits of PSDs and to provide PSDs to residents of Northeast Ohio who are in need of an alternative form of treatment for their mental illness.
In addition to our focus on improving access to mental health services, Healing Companions, Inc. serves the community by training shelter dogs through the ARF Prison Foster Program and Lorain Correctional Institute. Healing Companions, Inc. assists in training the inmates’ techniques and skills to train the shelter dogs with the potential to become PSDs. Inmates learn valuable skills that can provide them with job opportunities upon release, while the shelter dogs become PSDs to improve the mental health of the individuals they assist.
In 2010, Executive Director Jane Miller published the book, Healing Companions: Ordinary Dogs and Their Extraordinary Power to Transform Lives. This inspirational guide to PSDs has served as the backbone for Healing Companions, Inc., and in the time since the book’s publication, the need for PSDs has skyrocketed.
Read some of our testimonials to see the difference these dogs can make – a difference we can’t make without you! Healing Companions, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that relies on donations and volunteers to complete our vitally important mission. Please help us continue to grow by donating or volunteering today!