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

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OhioMHAS Announces Community Innovations Initiative

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services announced it will invest $1.5 million next year in projects that help link non-violent offenders with community-based behavioral healthcare services. The investments into the 12 collaborative projects in 24 counties is part of the Department's new Community Innovations Initiative, which kicked-off last week at the University of Findlay. The funding was acquired through savings resulting from the consolidation of state-funded agencies for mental health and addiction services. ....More


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