The Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board of Cuyahoga County is responsible for the planning, funding and monitoring of public mental health and addiction treatment and recovery services delivered to the residents of Cuyahoga County. Under Ohio law, the ADAMHS Board is one of 50 Boards coordinating the public mental health and addiction treatment and recovery system in Ohio.

The Board is a quasi-independent part of county government, governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Board contracts with provider agencies to deliver services that assist clients on the road to recovery.

First Responder Appreciation Week: Showing Thanks and Appreciation Year-Round!

The week of September 20-26 is the statewide celebration of First Responder Appreciation Week, which is a time to thank first responders for their care and compassion when responding to overdoses and administering Narcan to save lives.

First responders bring help and hope year-round, so the ADAMHS Board wanted to find a way to keep the thanks going all year-round too! This year, we created a calendar that includes a collection of thank you messages from individuals in recovery from substance use disorders who wanted to thank first responders for saving their lives and helping them reach recovery. Every police and fire station in Cuyahoga County is receiving a thank you calendar in the mail. Here is a video of thank you messages also.

At the ADAMHS Board, we know that treatment works and people recover. We hope these thank you messages help first responders across the county see that too since they do not usually get to see the people they help living in recovery. Over the next year, we hope the messages of thanks and appreciation give first responders renewed hope and compassion to do the challenging work they do every day.

This project was made possible by donations from the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities (OACBHA) and the Academy of Medicine Education Foundation (AMEF). AMEF is the charitable arm of the Academy of Medicine of Cleveland & Northern Ohio (AMCNO). AMEF’s mission is to enhance health care through education of the medical profession and the community at large.

September Virtual Client Information Meeting

The ADAMHS Board is hosting a virtual client information meeting on Thursday, September 24 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. We respectfully ask that this meeting only be attended by clients. At this meeting, representatives from May Dugan Center and University Settlement will share information about community food pantries. Click here to view the meeting flyer.

Clients can join the meeting by video using a computer or smartphone. If using a smartphone, download the free Zoom app. Click here to join the meeting on a computer or smartphone. If you would like to join the meeting by phone, dial (301) 715-8592. You will be asked to enter the meeting ID: 838 7380 6302.

OACBHA's Virtual Recovery Conference

The Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities will host its first Virtual Recovery Series, in place of its annual Recovery Conference, beginning September 29. Sponsored by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and The Cardinal Health Foundation, the series will highlight important issues related to recovery from both mental illness and substance use disorder and provide opportunities for learning and connection for those in recovery, their loved ones, and behavioral health professionals.

First Series Event: September 29, 2020 | 2:00 PM
Featuring Zack McDermott, Author of Gorilla and the Bird: A Memoir of Madness and a Mother’s Love, Co-Founder of the GorillaBird Foundation

This virtual event is free to attend. Please register in advance here. If you will be joining the meeting as a group (several people viewing on one device), only one registration is required.This training qualifies for Continuing Education Credits for Certified Peer Supporters. Attendees will receive a certificate of completion following the event.

Contact Michaella Radich at

ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County Submits 2020 Community Plan:

Each Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board is required by Ohio law to prepare and submit to the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) a community mental health and addiction services plan for its service area. The plan is prepared in accordance with guidelines established by OhioMHAS in consultation with Board representatives. A Community Plan approved in whole or in part by OhioMHAS is a necessary component in establishing Board eligibility to receive State and Federal funds and is in effect until OhioMHAS approves a subsequent Community Plan.

Check out the community plans here.

Cuyahoga County Strive for Five Challenge

The ADAMHS Board invites everyone in Cuyahoga County to join the Strive for Five Challenge to connect with others when we can’t be together. The challenge is simple - choose five people to check in with every day for 30 days. You can call, text or send a letter!

When you choose your five people to connect with, think about individuals who may need extra support right now. Consider people you know who live alone, live with mental illness or in recovery. Also people who have recently lost a loved one or a job. It is important to check in with people during this time of staying at home because isolation can increase stress, anxiety and depression.

The Strive for Five Challenge promotes not only connectedness, but also reaching out when you need help through Cuyahoga County resources like:
• 24-Hour Suicide Prevention, Mental Health/Addiction Crisis, Information and Referral Hotline operated by FrontLine Service: 216-623-6888
• 24-Hour Peer-to-peer Warmline operated by Thrive Behavioral Health: 440-886-5950
And national and state resources like:
• Crisis Text Line: Text “4hope” to 741-741
• OhioMHAS COVID Emotional Support Careline: 1-800-720-9616
• SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990

Does your organization want to help promote the Cuyahoga County Strive for Five Challenge? Click here to access the campaign toolkit with social media graphics and sample posts. Be sure to use #Strive5CC when posting!

Thank you to OhioMHAS and MHARS Board of Lorain County for bringing the New York-based Strive for Five idea to Ohio.


Cuyahoga County is continuing to see a high number of overdose deaths. Please share this information and help save lives:

Naloxone is an opiate blocker (antagonist) that can reverse the effects of an opiate overdose. The ADAMHS Board encourages everyone in the community to carry naloxone. Please share information for Project DAWN with all of your stakeholders and learn more about Fentanyl Test Strips below.

Fentanyl test strips are available through funding from the County and ADAMHS Board. Fentanyl test strips are easy to use and can detect fentanyl in drug residue. Anyone using illicit drugs – heroin, cocaine, crack – can use these strips to see if the drugs they bought contain fentanyl and make an informed decision about using that drug. Learn more about fentanyl test strips and where to get them at Want to become a fentanyl test strip distribution site? Please contact Beth Zietlow-DeJesus, Director of External Affairs.

If you know someone struggling with substance use, make sure they know about fentanyl test strips and Project DAWN. Help us share the message and save lives: "Your drugs may contain fentanyl. Test your drugs, never use alone and carry Naloxone/Narcan."

Are you or someone you know ready for help? Call the 24-hour Suicide Prevention, Mental Health/Addiction Crisis, Information and Referral Hotline at 216-623-6888.

Recovery from opioid addiction is possible. And, those in recovery from addiction often play a vital role in helping others who are living with substance use disorders, including heroin addiction. Medication Assisted Treatment is also successful in aiding with recovery from opioid addiction.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Resources

Together we can prevent the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease, the ADAMHS Board encourages community members to follow important guidance from our local and statewide public health officials.

Get your information from a reliable source: Get regular updates on COVID-19 and useful information from the Ohio Department of Health, Cuyahoga County Board of Health or CDC.

  • The Ohio Department of Health COVID-19 Information Line is: 1.833.4.ASK.ODH (1.833.427.5634). The phone line is open 7 days a week. 
  • OhioMHAS COVID Emotional Support Careline: 1-800-720-9616
  • MetroHealth has a COVID-19 hotline is: 440-592-6843. This hotline can assist persons with questions, allow people to talk through symptoms they may be experiencing, and if necessary ,connect them to a doctor for a telehealth or video consult to assess if direct care is needed
  • If you are experiencing stress or anxiety: Call the Cuyahoga County's 24-hour Warmline at 440-886-5950 to talk though things with a peer. Here are some OhioMHAS tips for managing Coronavirus-related stress.

COVID-19 Addiction Recovery Supports

COVID-19 Mental Health Supports

COVID-19 Resources for First Responders

Other Helpful COVID-19 Resources

  • Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation’s media toolkit to promote mental health and safety during this period of uncertainty
  • Resources for providers on OhioMHAS website

Monthly Client Art Display Program is Now Virtual!

The monthly art display program that showcases client artwork is now virtual. Thank you to Far West Center's Art Helps and Heals program for displaying artwork this month in our new virtual platform! To enjoy this month's art, click here. This virtual art display program will continue through the end of 2020. No new artwork submissions are being accepted at this time.

Complete Your 2020 Census Questionnaire Today!

Take 10 minutes today to complete your Census online at: or by phone at 844-330-2020. The Census takes only 10 minutes to complete and will impact our community for the next 10 years. Click here  to learn more about the importance of the Census.

24-Hour Suicide Prevention/Mental Health & Addiction Crisis Services

If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide call the 24-Hour Cuyahoga County Suicide Prevention Hotline operated by Frontline Service, Inc. at 216-623-6888.

24-hour Crisis Text "4HELP" to 741741. A live, trained crisis counselor will respond within five minutes. The crisis counselor helps you move from a hot moment to a cool calm to stay safe and healthy using effective active listening and suggested referrals – all through text message using Crisis Text Line’s secure platform. 

The Suicide Postvention Response Team serving Cuyahoga County responds to those most immediately affected by suicide loss. The team of volunteers will provide timely response to survivors, a listening ear and information about local resources available to survivors. Contact Pete Bliss at 216.509.3594 or

Signature Health provides 24/7 access to mental health and substance use disorder treatment services by streamlining access to care and linkage of clients to appropriate levels of care. The central point of contact will assess clients for immediate harm or crisis and link clients to the appropriate provider for care needed. They will also verify that the provider with which they are connecting the client accepts the client’s form of insurance, payment or funding. To be linked with services, please call: 216-312-5605

FREE Online Behavioral Health Screenings - With Video Doctor!

The ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County offers a free online tool that simulates a conversation with a doctor and guides a person through a series of questions about his/her emotional well-being and readiness to seek help. Click this link to access the screening program

Please Note: The online screening program is an education initiative of Screening for Mental Health, Inc. (SMH), and all screenings are informational, not diagnostic. The online screenings, like the paper and pencil screenings held on SMH national screening days, are conducted anonymously and diagnoses and treatment recommendations are not provided.

Parking at the ADAMHS Board: Free parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis. All visitors must check-in at the Parking Attendant Booth located in the lot directly behind the building on the east side of West 26th Street. 

Visitors are to inform the attendant that they are visiting the ADAMHS Board and will be directed to available parking spaces
Free and metered parking is also available on the street.  




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