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Homelessness and Housing Resources
The Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio (COHHIO) Directory of Services lists more than 900 nonprofit housing agencies and services that help prevent homelessness in Ohio. Organized alphabetically by county, this quick reference guide provides information to help people avoid homelessness and find affordable housing.

Mental Health America - Local Chapters
Mental Health America is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people live mentally healthier lives.

National Alliance on Mental Illness - Local Chapters
NAMI provides education, advocacy and support for people with mental illnesses and their families. Scroll down to find direct links to the Ohio chapter and the national site.

Ohio Behavioral Health Boards Online Directory
Ohio's behavioral health boards oversee mental health and/or addiction services at the local level.

Ohio Network of Care for Mental Health/Behavioral Health
Key behavioral and physical health data in an easy-to-read format for communities, hospitals, universities, providers, and the public. This site is being supported through the efforts of OhioMHAS’s State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup (SEOW). Funding for this effort is provided by SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF-SIG). Learn more about Ohio’s SPF-SIG.

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Communication Service for the Deaf (CSD) - Ohio Chapter
CSD is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing broad-based services, ensuring public accessibility and increasing public awareness of issues affecting deaf and hard of hearing individuals. Ohio's local chapter assists in the education of the community about deafness and the needs of the deaf community and also provides needed educational services to consumers on a broad range of subjects that directly impact their recovery.

Toll free Voice/TTY: 877-781-6670
Videophone: rcooper.csd.tv and 614-429-1358
Local voice/tty: 614-261-4000

Consumer and Family Partnership Team 
The Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services's Consumer and Family Partnership Team (CFPT) was designed to increase and strengthen consumer and family representation on OhioMHAS committees and workgroups.

Depression Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) - Ohio
DBSA chapters offer more than 1,000 peer-run support groups. The selection of services differs by chapter, depending upon the needs of each chapter's participants. Most support groups are run by volunteers and provide self-help through facilitated meetings.The toll-free number for DBSA-Ohio is (866) 854-9154.

Disability Rights Ohio
Disability Rights Ohio (formerly Ohio Legal Rights Service) is a non-profit corporation with a mission to advocate for the human, civil and legal rights of people with disabilities.

Phone: 614-466-7264 or 1-800-282-9181 (toll free in Ohio only)
TTY: 614-728-2553 or 1-800-858-3542 (toll free in Ohio only)

The Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio (COHHIO) Directory of Services lists more than 900 nonprofit housing agencies and services that help prevent homelessness in Ohio. Organized alphabetically by county, this quick reference guide provides user-friendly information to help people avoid homelessness and find affordable housing.

National Alliance on Mental Illness-Ohio Chapter
NAMI provides education, advocacy and support for people with mental illnesses and their families.

Multiethnic Advocates for Cultural Competence (MACC)
The mission MACC is to enhance the quality of care in Ohio's behavioral heatlh system and to incorporate cultural competence into systems and organizations that provide care to Ohio's most vulnerable and at-risk populations. It is MACC's vision that all people in Ohio's behavioral health system, as well as other care systems, experience and practice cultural competence that leads to optimal outcomes, providing a model for change.

Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities
This statewide organization represent the interests of all of Ohio's county alcohol, drug addiction and mental health boards at the state level.

Ohio Association of Child Caring Agencies (OACCA)
OACCA is a statewide association of agencies that provide a wide array of services to children and families across Ohio, including foster care and mental health services.

OHIOCares
OHIOcares purpose is to enhance the “safety net” of behavioral health services available for military personnel and their families including the services available through the Department of Veterans Affairs and Vet Centers. Psychological health coordinators can be reached through a non-emergency resource information line at 1-800-761-0868.

Ohio Citizen Advocates for Addiction Recovery (OCAAR)
OCAAR helps people find, sustain and celebrate their recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. A majority of its board members are in long-term recovery and provide a broad perspective from communities throughout Ohio.Their work includes advocacy training, public education, leadership development, peer supporter certification training and organizing of statewide recovery events. Contact them at (614) 486-2430.

Ohio Community Recovery Support Planning Council (OCRSPC)
OCRSPC is a federally mandated body that monitors, reviews and evaluates Ohio's block grant application. It also advocates for consumer and family oriented, integrated community-based systems supporting the highest quality of life. For further information, contact Liz Gitter at (877) 275-6364.

Ohio Council of Behavioral Health & Family Services Providers
This private, nonprofit corporation is a trade association representing provider organizations throughout Ohio that offer behavioral health care services to their communities.

Ohio Department of Veterans Services
This state agency has resources for counseling, health care and information to help active military personnel, veterans and their families.

Ohio Federation for Children's Mental Health
The Federation is a statewide parent-run organization that focuses on the needs of children and youth with mental health issues and their families.

Ohio for Responsible Gambling
Ohio Problem Gambling Helpline 1-800-589-9966.

Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation
The Foundation promotes suicide prevention as a public health issue by supporting local organizations that raise awareness and eliminate stigma, thereby increaseing help-seeking behavior for all Ohioans. 
2323 West Fifth Ave., Suite 160, Columbus, Ohio 43214, (614) 429-1528
If you are in crisis, call 1-800-273-8255.

National Resources

 

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Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

Center for Multicultural Mental Health Research

Child and Adolescent Depression Resource Center
This web resource for families, students and practitioners is maintained by the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

Communication Service for the Deaf (CSD)
CSD is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing broad-based services, ensuring public accessibility and increasing public awareness of issues affecting deaf and hard of hearing individuals. Through global leadership and a continuum of quality communication services and human service programs, CSD provides the tools conducive to a positive and fully integrated life.

Depression Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)
DBSA is a patient-directed national organization focusing on the most prevalent mental illnesses. The organization provides scientifically-based tools and information written in language the general public can understand. DBSA supports research to promote more timely diagnosis, develop more effective and tolerable treatments and discover a cure.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
NAMI provides education, advocacy and support for people with mental illnesses and their families.

National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy

National Disability Rights Network

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
NIMH is one of 27 components of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is the Federal government's principal biomedical and behavioral research agency. NIH is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Its mission is to reduce the burden of mental illness and behavioral disorders through research on mind, brain and behavior.

The National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse
This is a national technical assistance center for mental health consumers. Information about advocacy, self-advocacy, grant opportunities and free online publications are available.

Mental Health America
This nonprofit organization is dedicated to helping people live mentally healthier lives.

Mental Health Matters

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids
Scientists, parent experts and communications professionals help parents prevent, intervene in and find treatment for drug and alcohol abuse by their children.

Privacy Rights Clearinghouse: HIPAA basics

Research Institute on Addictions

SAMHSA's National Mental Health Information Center
Provides information about mental health via a toll-free telephone number (800) 789-2647), a Web site, and more than 600 publications.

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