About Us

Step By Step is a nationally recognized, award winning, private non-profit mental health center. Step By Step is a leader in delivering exceptional results for individuals with autism, developmental disabilities and mental illness. Our unique approach allows individuals to receive customized, integrated treatment that incorporates Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) from an incredible team of Clinicians. In addition to center-based treatment, Step By Step proudly offers several mental health services, including the Outpatient Behavior Clinic (OBC), Speech-Language Pathology Therapy and Outreach Programs designed to support the ongoing needs of our community.

Our History

Step By Step was founded in September of 2002, serving nine children with autism. We were located on northwest side of Columbus, just north of Upper Arlington. We began by providing educational services and behavior supports to young children. As Step By Step began to grow, we became a certified community mental health agency. Step By Step was able to offer psychological evaluations, mental health treatment and case management services to the growing needs of our children and their families.  As the number of children we served grew, so did our need for a larger space.

Accreditation and our Campus

Step By Step has our three year national accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). By 2012 we had hired 10 mental health licensed professionals and were now renting four buildings.

After six glorious years being a part of the Worthington community, Step By Step purchased the 45 acre campus in early 2014.  We are serving over 800 individuals each year.  Step By Step is excited to grow with our community.  Come grow with us!


Step by Step has contracted with FCRS to provide executive decision making support as well as strategic leadership regarding the development of new services and the expansion of current programs.  The Step by Step Board of Trustees remains an active and engaged group of volunteers that contiunue to support the mission of Step by Step.

Mission: to offer excellence in the care of individuals and families with mental health and developmental disorder to be able to live, work and thrive in their community.