The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) oversees a statewide mental health and alcohol, drug and gambling addiction service system that consists of 51 county-based boards, as well as hundreds of community behavioral health agencies that provide addiction and mental health treatment or prevention services. Forty-seven of these county-based boards are known as Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) boards, three are Community Mental Health (CMH) boards and three are Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services (ADAS) boards.
OhioMHAS also operates six regional psychiatric hospitals that work with the county boards and community agencies to admit, treat and discharge individuals in need of acute care and community supports. Admission to these hospitals generally occurs through local community mental health centers that have arrangements for this responsibility with the county boards and our hospitals. Patients are also referred to our hospitals by the county criminal courts when legal charges are involved.