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Consumer Involvement
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.
The GAP Network
Initially motivated by losses felt by families in southeast Ohio, The GAP Network of family engagement groups seeks to end the crisis of substance abuse, specifically prescription drug and opiate addiction in all Ohio communities. These groups provide support to individuals and families affected by addiction, advocate for policy changes that can change environmental conditions that encourage drug use and mobilizing communities to affect their own change. Learn more from the Prevention Action Alliance.
Mental Health America
Mental Health America - This nonprofit organization is dedicated to helping people live mentally healthier lives.

Affiliates operate in these Ohio regions:

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Ohio Chapter NAMI provides education, advocacy and support for people with mental illnesses and their families. Its Family-to-Family Education Program is a 12-class course designed for families experiencing the effects of severe brain disorders, and focuses on three major psychiatric illnesses: schizophrenia, bipolar disorder (manic depression), and major depression. Throughout the program, family members learn to be effective providers and advocates for an ill relative. Peer-to-Peer is a learning program for people living with any serious mental illness who are interested in establishing and maintaining their wellness and recovery. Mentors are trained in an intensive three-day training session and graduate ready to offer the course through their local NAMI affiliates. Contact your local NAMI affiliate or NAMI Ohio at or 800-686-2646
Ohio Citizen Advocates for Addiction Recovery
The purpose of Ohio Citizen Advocates for Addiction Recovery (OCAAR) is to help 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. As a Recovery Community Organization, OCAAR's board members and staff actively work to reduce stigma and increase public awareness of the truth about addiction and that recovery is possible. Their work includes advocacy training, public education, leadership development, peer supporter certification training and organizing of statewide recovery events.
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.

Peer Support
Peer Support is a process of giving and receiving support and education from individuals with shared life experiences. Through the promotion of sharing personal experience and knowledge, individuals engaged in peer support play an active and vital role in laying the foundations for sustained recovery. Learn more about peer support offered through Ohio's Consumer Operated Services.