The AssociationThe 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, other statewide office holders, cabinet agencies, partner associations, and along with individuals in recovery and their families. OACBHA works to provide education, develop policies, and seek support for initiatives that will expand and enhance mental health and substance abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery support services throughout Ohio. 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.
Ohio currently has 50 Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health (ADAMH) Boards. These boards are statutorily empowered to plan, develop, fund, manage, and evaluate community-based mental health and addiction services. Federal, state and local funds are utilized by local Boards as they work to ensure that mental health and addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery support services are available to individuals and families in communities throughout Ohio.
Ohio's Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Boards - Community Boards Responding to Community Needs
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 shall provide leadership as the unifying voice promoting local Recovery Oriented Systems of Care that provide mental health and addiction prevention, treatment, and supports services for all Ohioans.
- We believe all decisions and actions shall be guided by compassion and the needs and experiences of the people we serve and by a desire to improve their quality of life.
- We believe the Association can envision and create a better system of care through unified action than can any individual member acting alone.
- We believe that local communities are best able to identify their unique needs and to plan and administer services.
- We believe that incorporating and applying the best that science and technology have to offer benefits and strengthens local service delivery systems.
- We believe “our strength is our diversity and our greatness is our unity”. (Barbara Jordan)
- We believe in promoting high levels of professional competency and standards.