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 alcohol and other drug addiction services delivered to the residents of Cuyahoga County. Under Ohio law, the ADAMHS Board is one of 50 Boards coordinating the public behavioral health system in Ohio.

The Board is a quasi-independent part of county government, governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Board has the legal responsibility and authority for the provision of mental health and addiction treatment services and contracts with provider agencies to deliver services that assist consumers and clients on the road to recovery.

NEW! ADAMHS Board Training Institute Early Winter 2014/15 Training Schedule

The ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County is pleased to announce the release of its Early Winter 2014/2015 Training Institute Workshop Schedule. Click here or on the Training Schedule Icon to review the schedule.

The ADAMHS Board is using Eventbrite to manage ALL registrations to its Training Institute workshops. Payment can be made by credit card or check. Organizations can be invoiced. Please see page 5 of the Workshop Schedule for details.

Suicide Prevention/Mental Health Crisis Services

FrontLine Services, operator of the Cuyahoga County Suicide Prevention Hotline, is now offering Crisis Chat and Crisis Text, emotional supports for anyone who is depressed, despaired or thinking about suicide. 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. You can also text “FLS” to 741741 to start Crisis Texting.

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

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.    

Looking for Mental Health Services?
If you are a resident of Cuyahoga County, have no insurance and are new to the community mental health and addiction system seeking mental health treatment services for you or a loved one age 18 or over, please contact our SCALE Central Intake program at 1-877-236-8676.

SCALE is not intended for individuals who have private health insurance, or for those who have already been linked to treatment or an agency in the community mental health and addiction system within the past six months, except for crisis services.

Click here to find out more about SCALE.
Looking for Information on Heroin Addiction and Help?

Click here for information on heroin and how to get help.

Download the brochure: Heroin: Now What? 

Project DAWN: Naloxone Saves Lives!

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 every Friday through Project DAWN, from 9:00 a.m. - noon at the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, 5550 Venture Dr., Parma, OH 44130, and from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland, 12201 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106. 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.

NEW!! - Call for Conference Workshop Proposals

ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County
Roads to Recovery ’15: Destination Recovery 

The Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board of Cuyahoga County is seeking proposals for workshops for its Roads to Recovery ’15: Destination Recovery. This biennial regional conference for clients of mental health services, individuals in treatment from addictions, family members, and providers of mental health and alcohol and other drug treatment/prevention services will be held Monday, September 21, 2015, at the Marriott Cleveland Airport on West 150th Street.

We anticipate attracting 300 clients, family members and workers from mental health and alcohol and other addiction treatment/prevention providers. Workshops will be presented throughout the day from 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Deadline for workshop proposals is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 27, 2015. Click here for the complete Call for Workshop Proposals.

Ebola Related Behavioral Health Resources from SAMHSA

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has new resources to support individuals, communities, and responders in dealing with the Ebola outbreak. Resources include new Tip Sheets on coping with stress and talking to children about the Ebola epidemic, a letter from SAMHSA Administrator, Pam Hyde, and a new Ebola-focused Disaster Behavioral Health information Series collection. Click here or the image to access the resources through the SAMHSA Website.

Federal Breaking Addiction Act of 2014

The Federal Breaking Addiction Act of 2014 has roots right here in Cuyahoga County and is making local headlines. Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (D,OH-11) introduced the Breaking Addiction Act of 2014, co-sponsored by Congressman Tim Ryan, (D, OH-13) during a press conference at the ADAMHS Board on July 18.

This legislation introduces a five year demonstration project with $300 million to fund the legislation and study the impact of allowing federal Medicaid reimbursement of substance abuse treatment provided in community-based Institutions for Mental  Diseases (IMD). 

Read and share this Plain Dealer editorial that calls for bipartisan support to help break the heroin epidemic by saving lives! 

House bill closing outdated Medicaid drug-treatment loophole needs bipartisan backing

If you support this measure, tweet to your representative to support H.R. 5136, or visit their facebook pages and/or contact them through their websites available by clicking:

Here are the Twitter handles of some Ohio lawmakers (Marcy Kaptur is not included because she has signed on as a cosponsor):

RX Drug Drop Program:

Click here to view a flyer about the Cuyahoga County Prescription Drug  Drop-off Program, or visit or

    Behavioral health care is treatment of addiction and mental illness. Health care is the treatment of the body. Since the brain is an essential part of the body -- BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CARE IS HEALTH CARE!  Join the Board in participating in the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities and the Ohio Coalition for Healthy Communities Bandaid Campaign

Here’s how you can participate!  Visit to find out about the campaign and get the artwork and codes to: Place a bandaid with the slogan in all your outgoing messages; print bandaid label sheets; place the bandaid on your Web site, and find art to make your own bandaids of any size.     

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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