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, 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 49 Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health (ADAMH) Boards, one Community Mental Health (CMH) Board and one Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services (ADAS) Board. 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.