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The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

OhioMHAS was established on July 1, 2013, as a consolidation of the former Ohio Departments of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services (ODADAS) and Mental Health (ODMH). The transition to a single agency has resulted in greater value to taxpayers, better alignment in community planning and more coordinated services to Ohioans.

Through a behavioral health system of county boards and local providers, OhioMHAS works to support evidence-based prevention efforts, quality treatment and access to recovery supports in communities statewide. This public system serves as a safety net, providing for the uninsured, people of poverty and those who require specialized care.

Ohio’s publicly funded mental health and addiction service system provides care to approximately 500,000 adults and children each year. Each day, approximately 1,000 adults with the most acute mental health needs are receiving inpatient treatment in our six state-run regional psychiatric hospitals, a high percentage of whom have co-occurring addiction issues. These large numbers represent only those receiving direct services and do not include the thousands of Ohioans who benefit from education and outreach.

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