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Jan 06, 2012
7:35 AM
I was told the sight of one of the University of Dayton Research buildings used to be the old children's mental hospital, but I don't seem to be able to find any information or history on it. The site in on Irving Ave near Wilmington. UDRI has been using it for 20 some years. Does anyone have some insight on this?
3 posts
Jan 06, 2012
2:02 PM
Wright State University has some archival information about the Child Guidance Center and the Dayton Children's Psychiatric Hospital. Here's the link to the site:


If you're in the area, you can visit the library and look at the documents.
Bryan St.John
5 posts
May 08, 2012
10:50 AM
I was at DCPH for awhile, It was run By Doctor Francis Wright, they used the seculsion rooms alot, it was a drug factory.All they did there was dope you up and say you were doing alot Better ( because you were a zombie) That place was a nut house and the staff there were worse then the kids, I was beaten harassed ridiculed and locked in that damned seclusion room alot,it made me worse.. I would not take their thorazine so they held me down and injected me with it.I finally ran off from there, everytime they would let us outside I would hit the fence, that was one place I would love to forget.It was aplace where I first saw CRAZY People! There were kids there that would eat their own feces,rape each other, sex between children in the stairwells was common.. The staff there for the most part treated you like you were scum of the earth there were one or two that really tried to help I was Beaten by a teacher in thier school one day for NOTHING Bruce Armstrong.. he was fired I remember Mrs Weeks and Miss Amber Jones teachers there that Cared.The place still looks about the same its erie....
Frank A.M.
1 post
Sep 23, 2014
9:48 AM
I worked as a Counselor at CPH during 1961-1962. At the time, I was a student at UD, majoring in Psychology . The facility was very advanced for the time, with individual modules (Wards)that were self contained with; kitchen facilities, a dining room, living room, bedrooms and bathrooms. There also was an office and examining room in each module. The drapes on the windows were attached with snaps so that if a child had a tantrum, and pulled the drapes down, they could be snapped back on without any damage occurring. The meals were delivered by a heated cart, and the children ate their meals together. There were padded isolation rooms, but I rarely recall them in use. There was an indoor swimming pool, and a fenced back yard for play. There were, I believe two other Psychiatrists on staff, besides Dr. Wright. In retrospect, after many years as a Psychologist, I believe the level of care that I observed at CPH was superior to the average facility of that time.
73 posts
Mar 22, 2015
8:57 PM
What is the building used for now? I seem to remember my older brother going there for some treatment.

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