Providing Hope, Improving Health,
Creating Healthy and Safe Communities
Ohio’s Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services Boards are the hub of the local Recovery-Orientated System of Care (ROSC). Boards engage local partners to educate, advocate, coordinate, and facilitate the programs, services, and supports needed for individuals, families, and communities. In order to meet their statutory duties, Boards are responsible for the following:
Complete Continuum of Care: As required by HB 483, Boards access community needs, identify and develop programs and services to meet those needs, and evaluate those programs and services. Boards, either directly or by contract, ensure access to the following services and supports as they work to optimize the ability of clients and families to live healthy and full lives as contributing members of their local communities.
Client Protection: Boards protect and enhance the rights of individuals with a mental illness and/or addiction, promoting clients rights by:
Care Coordination: Boards ensure that clients are served in the most appropriate and least restrictive environment through:
Housing Development/Management: Boards work to provide adequate housing (recovery housing, adult care facilities, group homes, independent living, permanent supportive housing, etc) for individuals with a mental illness and/or addiction. Boards do this by:
Community Education and Awareness: Boards provide education and awareness on mental illness and addiction across communities to reduce stigma and remove barriers to care. Types of training provided include:
Critical Incident Management: Boards respond to the behavioral health needs in a crisis by:
Increasing access to services
through the effective & efficient use of resources.
There are only 53 Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and/or Mental Health Boards as opposed to 88 which is the norm with other local governments. Since 2006, the number of Boards has gone from 57 to 52, and as of July 1, 2015 Ohio will be down to 52 local Boards.
Boards have a long history of collaborating with one another in order to most efficiently and effectively utilize funding for the purpose of running their local system of care. Today, 100 percent of all Boards collaborate with mental health and addiction needs of their local citizens. Boards collaborate for the following types of programs and services:
Additionally, to further ensure the effective administration of their Board, 89 percent of all Boards have administrative agreements with at least one other Board for the purpose of the following types of activities:
Boards, as the community leaders for mental health and addiction programs, services, and supports act as the local hub in coordinating with local partners to ensure that local citizens have access to the necessary programs, services, and supports to promote healthy, safe, and drug-free communities. Examples are: