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One way that the Ohio Department of Mental Health (ODMH) supports recovery is by employing consumers to provide customer service to other consumers and family members who call a toll-free bridge line. Toll-free bridge representatives provide information, and referrals to mental health services and organizations statewide, while also serving as a single point of entry to ODMH for consumer and family complaints, grievances and appeals.
(614) 466-7228 (local)
Research evidence strongly supports the critical impact that employment plays in promoting recovery. Many consumers of mental health services desire employment and can locate, obtain and maintain employment if they are given support and guidance from peers and family members.
Assuring that language, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, customs, values and the traditions of all Ohioans are considered when developing statewide policy, programs and practices is necessary to support recovery and deliver consumer-driven, person-centered mental health services.
Recovery is facilitated when safe, decent and affordable housing options are provided to Ohioans experiencing mental illness. These options may include adult care facilities, transitional housing, permanent supportive housing with on-site or mobile services as well as completely independent living arrangements, such as home ownership. The ultimate goal is to provide the highest possible degree of functional living and independence, whatever living arrangement a consumer chooses.
When experiencing mental illness, people often return to their faith-based roots for support to understand their illness. Opportunities for organizations to partner with institutions of faith to share information with parishioners on recovery and resiliency can benefit overall wellness in our communities. One of the faith-based initiatives that the Ohio Department of Mental Health (ODMH) supports is Tova's N.E.S.T. (Nutrition, Education, Sleep, Therapy) Inc.
Scholarship and Technical Assistance Funds
Scholarship and technical assistance funds are available to eligible consumer and family members to attend workshops, conferences or to participate in educational trainings. Mental Health America of Franklin County manages these funds statewide for ODMH. To learn more about these funds and to download an application, visit the Scholarships section on the Mental Health America of Franklin County Web site.
ODMH Consumer and Family Partnership Team
The Consumer and Family Partnership Team advocates for increased and strengthened consumer and family representation on ODMH committees and workgroups.
Ohio Community Support Planning Council
The Ohio Community Support Planning Council works to enhance the recovery process and to improve the quality of life of people with mental illness in Ohio. Members also evaluate the mental health block grant application.
Ohio Empowerment Coalition
Formed during 2009, the Ohio Empowerment Coalition is a network of individual members and affiliate organizations dedicated to mental health recovery and establishment of a shared vision for mental health advocacy. The OEC is an independent, consumer-run group funded by, but autonomous from, the Ohio Department of Mental Health. It represents the collective voices of consumers and advocates statewide, and seeks to educate peers about resources, rights, self-empowerment and personal advocacy. The OEC offers several different ways for individuals and organizations to become involved.