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Health messages in American Sign Language and audio formats

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services is committed to using cultural and linguistic competence strategies to support outreach and delivery of high-quality, person-centered health care that is responsive and appropriate to the needs of all Ohioans. This page has been developed to provide messaging about behavioral health topics in American Sign Language (ASL) with captions and as screen text with voice over.

There is significant evidence of health inequities and disparities disproportionately impacting outcomes experienced by minorities when compared to the outcomes experienced by the general population. The agency formed the Disparities and Cultural Competence Advisory Committee to collaborate with state and local partners to address these issues and work toward health equity.

What is drug and alcohol addiction?

Click ABOVE to view Ohio Association of the Deaf Inc. President Verne Taylor Jr. explaining substance use disorder.
Click HERE to listen to the information voiced by OhioMHAS staff member Quan Howell.

Depressive Disorder

Learn about the condition and how to help yourself get better. Click ABOVE to view this captioned video in American Sign Language by Barbara Johnson at the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

Suicide Prevention. Talk. Listen. Reach out for help.

Click ABOVE to view Verne Taylor Jr. signing about suicide prevention.

Click HERE to listen to the information voiced by OhioMHAS staff member Nacrina Alvarez Blanco.

How to Apply for Medicaid

Applying for Ohio Medicaid coverage is easy through the Ohio Benefits portal. Click ABOVE to view this captioned message in American Sign Language by Aileen Vasquez of Greenleaf Family Center in Akron.

Traumatic events can impact lifelong wellness

Click ABOVE to view Verne Taylor Jr. signing information about the impact of trauma.

Click HERE to listen to that information voiced by Nacrina Alvarez Blanco.

Ohio Means Jobs

Ohio Means Jobs can help you find employment and learn about job accommodations. Click ABOVE to view a captioned message in American Sign Language by Laura Proudfoot of Triad Deaf Services in Canton.