The Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities (OACBHA) is the statewide organization that represents the interests of Ohio’s county Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Boards at the state level. The Association works with a variety of governmental bodies including the Ohio General Assembly, the Office of the Governor, the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, and other organizations and coalitions to seek support for initiatives that will help expand and enhance mental health and substance abuse prevention, treatment, and support services. Most importantly, OACBHA gives the Boards a forum to address statewide issues and provides Boards with the means to communicate their positions and concerns with a single voice.
The membership of the Association is made up of county behavioral health authorities in Ohio, including Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health (ADAMH) Boards, Community Mental Health (CMH) Boards, and Alcohol & Drug Addiction Services (ADAS) Boards. The Boards are statutorily empowered to plan develop, fund, manage, and evaluate community-based mental health and substance abuse services. Boards are funded through a combination of federal, state, and local sources. The Boards are responsible for ensuring that alcohol, drug addiction, and mental health services are available to those who need them, regardless of their ability to pay.
The Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities (OACBHA) will lead Ohio’s diverse local communities in advancing recovery to achieve health and wellness.
The Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities is the statewide unifying voice for quality and cost effective prevention, treatment, and support services. The Association shall provide leadership and advocacy to promote public policies and initiatives that support the local administration and delivery of mental health, alcohol and other drug services.