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.

The Passing of ADAMHS Board CEO Valeria A. Harper

It is with great sadness and broken hearts that the ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County

announces the untimely passing of its Chief Executive Officer, Valeria A. Harper.

Ms. Harper was a staunch advocate for those living with mental illness and substance use disorders in Cuyahoga County for more than 35 years and had been serving as the Board's Chief Executive Officer since August 1, 2017. She was passionate about her work, but more precious to her than anything else in this world was her family. She was a devoted and loving mother, grandmother, family member, friend and sorority sister to so many. The loss of Ms. Harper is indescribable.

The ADAMHS Board is grateful to the community for its outpouring of support during this trying time. As Valeria recently said, "The community is our greatest asset in addressing the disparities in treatment for those living with mental illness and addiction and in lifting up all those in recovery. When we come together, we can make greatness happen." She was a wise and wonderful woman and the Board will carry her message forward in all of its work.

Per the By-Laws of the ADAMHS Board, the Executive Committee met this morning to designate an Acting Chief Executive Officer. The Board has chosen Scott Osiecki, who has been with the Board for more than 20 years and also serves as its Chief of External Affairs.

Service Arrangements:

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Viewing at Calhoun Funeral Home from 2:00 - 8:00 PM 

Calhoun Funeral Home
23000 Rockside Road
Bedford Heights, OH 44146.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Wake at Good Shepherd Baptist Church from 10:00 - 11:00 AM.
The service will start at 11:00 AM.

Good Shepherd Baptist Church
17822 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44112

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.

Click the Chat Icon to learn more about Crisis Chat or access the confidential and anonymous service that is available daily from 3:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 

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.
NEW!! ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County Winter 2018 Training Schedule

Kick-start your 2018 by attending a workshop provided by the ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County Training Institute.

We are offering 10 workshops with CEUs/RCHs in January through March of 2018. Click here to review the schedule.   

Don't be left out in the cold - be sure to register early as seats are limited!

Call for Artists: 2018 Client Artwork Display Program

The ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County is calling for artists to display their artwork as part of the 2018 Client Artwork Display Program. This Program: 

     *Showcases Client and Consumer Artwork
     *Highlights Provider Agencies
     *Recognizes the Benefits of Art Therapy
     *Celebrates the Recovering Community
Each month, two-dimensional artwork (paintings, sketches, drawings, etc.) created by clients within the ADAMHS Board system will be featured in the Ohio Room at the ADAMHS Board’s offices. Artwork from different artists will be displayed each month and exhibit months are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

To participate in this program, please complete the application posted on our website: If you have questions about this program, please contact Beth DeJesus, External Affairs Officer via e-mail or by calling 216-241-3400, ext. 812.
FREE Online Behavioral Health Screenings - With Video Doctor!

The ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County is pleased to offer FREE and anonymous online screenings that feature Video Doctor (for depression and alcohol screenings), an 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. Video Doctor launches after a person completes an online screening and scores positive for having symptoms of depression or alcohol abuse.

We offer the following screenings:
     - Alcohol Addiction (with Video Doctor) 
     - Depression (with Video Doctor)
     - Bipolar Disorder
     - Eating Disorders
     - General Anxiety Disorder
     - Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
     - Brief Screen for Adolescent Depression

These screenings are anonymous and are not intended to be a diagnosis. The screening tools can help you identify signs that you or someone you know might have a mental health and/or addiction issue. The results only indicate that you may benefit from a professional consultation and services. 

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.        

Information on Opioid/Heroin Addiction and Help

Heroin is an opiate. Fentanyl and carfentanil are synthetic opiates. Opioids in all forms can be dangerous and are addictive. Anyone can become addicted and often times, heroin addiction begins with a prescription for painkillers. Overdose deaths are expected to reach approximately 800 for 2017. Opioid addiction is a brain disease that can lead to physical changes like depression, personality changes, G.I. problems, and general infections. When the drug is ingested into the body, it lights up a feeling of euphoria in the brain, and works to mimic many of the body's systems. After a user's first time getting high, it takes a higher and higher dose to recreate the feeling.

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.

Individuals abusing opioids/heroin/fentanyl need professional help. There are detoxification and treatment programs available in Cuyahoga County: contact our 24-hour information and referral line at 216-623-6888, or visit our Finding Help page for a list of treatment providers. Talk to your primary care physician or even go to the hospital emergency room for help.

The first step to recovery is seeking help. From there, sticking to treatment is the most important thing. Heroin abuse is a scary aspect of drug culture. Users can get very sick, very fast and are less likely to seek medical treatment for illnesses because getting high is their priority. Behavioral therapy, counseling, help with withdrawal symptoms - which can be important if the drug has done significant organ damage - is available.

Download the brochure: Heroin: Now What?

Recovery Speakers Bureau If you are living in recovery from mental illness and/or addiction and would like to share your story as a Recovery Advocate, please complete this interest form

Recovery Story Videos
             Click here to watch recovery stories of Travis, ShelliToni and Tyler.

Looking for a speaker about heroin addiction, treatment and recovery?

Contact Tonya Birney, Training Officer at or 216-241-3400 ext. 813.

Recovery is Beautiful
Ohio’s community mental health and addiction services system is in the second year of a 5-year transition from a system that focuses on acute care to a Recovery Oriented System of Care (ROSC) that focuses on recovery management to help individuals not only get well, but stay well.

This transition is called Recovery is Beautiful. The ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County is the organization responsible for ensuring that this transition to the ROSC takes place in Cuyahoga County.

If you want to learn more about the ROSC click here.

Problem Gambling & Resources The ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County provides Problem

Gambling information, warning signs and community resources
on its website. 

Click here or the icon to the left to be directed to the Problem Gambling page.

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention Training

The ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County is offering FREE Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Training to physicians, healthcare workers, and other gatekeepers in Cuyahoga County to help prevent deaths by suicide and reduce the stigma associated with mental illness. 

A gatekeeper is anyone in a position to recognize a crisis and warning signs that someone may be contemplating suicide.

QPR teaches three simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide.

90% of people in a suicidal crisis will give some kind of warning of their intention to those around them.

For more information on QPR Training,
click here

Project DAWN (Deaths Avoided With Naloxone): Naloxone Saves Lives!

The ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County supports MetroHealth's Project DAWN and is supporting the program with a $100,000 grant to help save lives from heroin overdoses. The grant will allow MetroHealth to buy 2,000 more naloxone kits.

Naloxone is an opiate blocker (antagonist) that can reverse the effects of an opiate overdose. Overdose deaths are especially common after an individual has had a period of sobriety, such as immediately after detoxification, upon leaving residential treatment, or when leaving jail or prison.

Naloxone is easily given to an unconscious patient as a nasal spray. It will not harm someone who is not experiencing an overdose. However, it has no effect on those who overdose on cocaine, methamphetamines, or alcohol.

Free Naloxone Kits are available to a person addicted to heroin and/or friends and family on a walk-in basis at the following locations:

Cuyahoga County Board of Health, 5550 Venture Dr., Parma, OH 44130
Fridays, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Circle Health Services
(formerly The Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland), 12201 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106
Tuesdays, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Fridays, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Thomas F. McCafferty Health Center, 4242 Lorain Ave., Cleveland, OH 44113
Thursdays, 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

City of Cleveland-EMS Headquarters, 1701 Lakeside Ave., Cleveland OH 44114
Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Ohio law contains a “Good Samaritan” clause that blankets prosecution of someone who gives naloxone to an overdosing person and then calls 9-1-1, even if the caller was using drugs, to eliminate the fear of calling for help. All first responders including police, firefighters and paramedics can also carry naloxone. Call 216-778-2100 for more information about Project DAWN.

Every person with opiate addiction and their families and friends should know about the potentially life-saving Project DAWN.
Click here to download a Project DAWN flyer with contact information.
RX Drug Drop Program:

Click here to view a flyer about the Cuyahoga County Prescription Drug  Drop-off Program, or visit or
Parking at the ADAMHS Board:

Free parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis. All visitors must check-in at the blue 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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