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Health messages in American Sign Language and audio formats

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) 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). Under each video message in ASL, visitors can also access the same information in print form with vocal narration.

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.

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.

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.