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ADAMH, the Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board, is Franklin County's safety net of care for people seeking mental health, alcohol and drug abuse prevention and treatment services. Through more than 35 local community agencies, ADAMH helps nearly 40,000 Franklin County residents get the help they need to lead healthy, productive lives. And with the help of a sliding-fee scale, anyone in the community can receive quality, affordable ADAMH services at one of our neighborhood agencies located throughout Franklin County.


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October 2011 

davidADAMH Celebrates Collaboration


David Royer, ADAMH CEO
David Royer, CEO

Every September, our community joins millions across the country to celebrate recovery and educate others about substance use and mental disorders.  


Locally, ADAMH hosted our annual Recovery Month Kick-Off on Thursday, September 1 at the King Arts Complex.  The event brought together the entire recovery community - consumers, family members and providers - to celebrate.   


As this year's recovery celebration comes to a close, ADAMH knows it is important to continue collaborating with the community to help those who have yet to find recovery seek the treatment they need.


One important collaboration is the partnership ADAMH has with the local faith community. Historically, pastors have provided support to members of the community through pastoral counseling and other supports to address behavioral health issues within their congregations and community.    


For more information about ADAMH Collaboration Efforts here!

gabeConsumer Corner 
What it's Like to Live With Mental Illness
By Gabe Howard


As a mental health advocate, I'm asked many questions.  As a person living with mental illness, I'm asked many questions.  Over the years, some questions have come up more than others, and I've developed standard, almost scripted, answers to these common questions.


Every now and again, however, a question

comes up that I not only haven't heard before, but haven't even thought of myself.   The question will linger in my mind and I'll sit back, quietly, and ponder it.   Trust me; sitting quietly is rare for me, so not just any question will do it. 


For more about Howard's story here.

cfacCFAC Member Spotlight: Durrie Allen  


durrie allen
Durrie Allen - CFAC Member

After months of searching for ways to get involved, Durrie Allen has finally found a home with CFAC, the Consumer and Family Advocacy Council at ADAMH. 


Allen recalls, "I was looking for a place to engage in the recovery community and a peer told me about CFAC and I thought, why not?"



Read more of Allen's story here.

awardsADAMH Accepting Nominations for Annual Awards


Each year at our annual meeting, the ADAMH Board of Franklin County recognizes members of the community who have been exceptional in helping others find their path to recovery. ADAMH is currently accepting nominations for three award categories.  The award categories are: 
 Randall M. Dana Award of Excellence
 Barry Mastrine Award
 Art Lynn Consumer & Family Advocate Award

To learn more about the criteria for each award or to download a nomination form, please visit the ADAMH website.


Read more about the 2011 ADAMH Annual Awards process here.

concordConcord Celebrates Grand Opening


concord openingIn May, Concord Counseling Services re- located to 700 Brooksedge Boulevard in Westerville. The organization, previously located at 774 Park Meadow Road in Westerville, purchased its first building in 40 years. Concord maintained the same phone numbers, email addresses and services in its new location.


To celebrate the acquiring of the new building and Concord's 40th Anniversary, on August 25, Concord hosted a community open house and the theme of the free event was "the 70's." Guests were invited to dress in tie-dyed shirts, bell-bottoms or "Granny" dresses, wear big sunglasses, Afro wigs, or flowers in their hair. 


Read more about Concord's new home here.

providerProvider News Updates
eventUpcoming Events! 
  • October 6: ADAMH Faith Leaders Symposium will be held at the Ohio State University - Fawcett Center. All faith leaders are welcomed to attend. Contact 614.222.3757 for more information.
  • October 17: MHAFC will host A Difficult Balancing Act, Helping Children & Adolescents with Bipolar Disorder at Mount Carmel East Siegel Center, 5975 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43213 from 7-9 p.m. Visit or call 614.221.1441 for more information.
  • October 18: Netcare will host Netcare's Italian Festa at LaScala Italian Bistro located at 4199 East Dublin Granville Road from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.  Contact 614.278.0109 for more information.
  • November 5-6: ADAMH Board Member, Dr. J.S. Jindal will chair the 2011 International Festival at the Veterans Memorial. Details can be found at the 2011 International Festival website.
  • November 13: Westgate Church will host its Celebrate Recovery event at 61 South Powell Avenue. For directions please visit: or
    Call 614.274.4271, Rev. Brenda Buckwell with questions.
Treatment works. Recovery happens.