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Urban Minority Outreach

The Urban Minority Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Outreach Programs (UMADAOP) of Ohio believe that substance misuse is best prevented and treated when the cultures of a group are recognized and embraced.

The UMADAOPs were originally established in 1980 to aid in the prevention of alcohol misuse among African and Hispanic Americans throughout the state. Now, OhioMHAS supports 11 UMADAOPs and one specialized program around Ohio. They are a vital force in meeting the substance misuse education, prevention and treatment needs of African and Hispanic/Latinx Americans throughout the state of Ohio.

Prevention strategies include giving information information, education, providing healthy alternatives, problem identification and referral, community-based process and environmental strategies outlined by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP).

UMADAOPs of Ohio also conduct programming to achieve OhioMHAS' four prevention goals:

  • To increase abstinence from alcohol and illicit drug use
  • To defer the onset of alcohol use
  • To eliminate high-risk use of alcohol and other legal drugs
  • To impact environmental risk factors in communities

All activities are designed to build and rebuild positive, violence- and substance-free lifestyles, families and communities. Seven of the UMADAOPs also provide alcohol and other drug recovery support services to reduce the rate of African American males returning to prison due to alcohol- or drug-related offenses.