In 1988 Ohio passed the “Mental Health Act” which stressed the importance of community treatment rather than institutionalization. Community Mental Health Boards received even more authority to plan and develop local systems of care.

In 1989, Ohio recognized that a cabinet level department and local community control could best serve the recovery needs of Ohioans with alcohol and/or other drug addictions. Counties throughout Ohio reengineered their existing Community Mental Health Boards to also plan and oversee alcohol and other drug services.

Currently the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board for Montgomery County administrates the planning, development, funding, and evaluation of behavioral health services delivered by a network of nearly thirty (30) communities based organizations. In fiscal year 2010, this network provided service to more than 20,647 individuals at a system- wide cost of $64,008,719 million.

The Ohio Office of Health Transformation has been given a set of priorities that will impact the responsibilities and the role of the ADAMHS Board beginning July 1, 2011. These include:

• Improve Care Coordination
• Integrate Behavioral/Physical Health Care
• Rebalance Long-Term Care
• Modernize Reimbursement
• Balance the Budget

To ensure consistency with, and positioning to access future federal funds, the ADAMHS Board must realign its priorities with those identified as SAMHSA’s Eight Strategic Initiatives. These priorities are to focus SAMHSA in its use and allocation of its resources, thus allowing SAMHSA “to respond to national, state, territorial, tribal and local trends and support implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the Mental Health Parity and Addictions Equity Act and guide SAMHSA through 2014 to help people with mental and alcohol other drug disorders and their families”. The Eight Strategic Initiatives are:

- Prevention of Alcohol other drug and Mental Illness
- Trauma and Justice - Military Families
- Recovery Support
- Health Reform
- Health Information Technology
- Data, Outcomes and Quality
- Public Awareness and Support

Recent News

Medicare CMHC Conditions Of Participation Go Into Effect October 29, 2014

Medicare is preparing to implement new conditions of participation (CoPs) for community mental health centers (CMHCs), which go into effect on October 29, 2014. A final rule issued in October 2013 established the CoPs and a survey process by which Medicare will determine whether participating organizations have met the CoP requirements. CMHCs affected by the new CoPs are those that bill Medicare for partial hospitalization program services using place of service code...  ....More


Suicide Risk Management

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

After a traumatic experience, it's normal to feel frightened, sad, anxious, and disconnected. But if the upset doesn't fade and you feel stuck with a constant sense of danger and painful memories, you may be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It can seem like you'll never get over what happened or feel normal again. But by seeking treatment, reaching out for support, and developing new coping skills, you can overcome PTSD and move on with your life.   For more information, Click here  

New Bill Authorizes Grants to Combat Prescription Drug Abuse

New legislation introduced in Congress would offer a number of grants to deter prescription drug abuse and assist individuals receiving addiction treatment. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health, in 2013 an estimated 2.8 million people age 12 or older used an illicit drug for the first time, totaling more than 7,800 initiates per day. click here.