The Ohio mental health system’s mission is two-fold: establish mental health as a cornerstone of health in Ohio and ensure that quality mental health care is available to all Ohioans at all stages of life. In order to meet these goals, the Ohio Department of Mental Health (ODMH) provides the following:
ODMH provides quality inpatient and outpatient services in five regional psychiatric hospitals in six locations across the state. These hospitals are dedicated to caring for people in need by providing innovative, quality and effective psychiatric health services. Health care professionals focus on maximizing the potential for recovery so that people with mental illness will be successful and satisfied with the level of support needed and wanted. They also provide care to patients committed by criminal courts.
Warehouse and Pharmacy Goods and Services
ODMH provides goods and services to designated community agencies, including food, paper products, pharmaceuticals, medical and laboratory supplies, dental supplies, forms and sundries.
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Training, technical assistance and linkage resources
ODMH provides training, technical assistance and linkages focused on promoting mental health in various areas including...
- Children, youth and families
Many children and adolescents in Ohio struggle with a serious mental disorder that causes significant functional impairments at home, at school and with peers. ODMH is committed to ensuring appropriate identification, evaluation and treatment for children and adolescents with mental illnesses and to foster the hope of recovery. Areas of focus include early childhood mental health (birth through five years), transition age youth (ages 14-25) and children's mental health and school success.
- Intensive Home-Based Treatment (IHBT)
This service for children and youth helps them live and function successfully in their homes, schools and communities. It is intended to prevent or provide transition from out-of-home placement.
- Assertive Community Treatment (ACT)
This nationally recognized, evidence-based practice addresses symptom management and everyday problems of people with severe mental illness who are not well engaged in traditional services.
- Forensic Services
The interface between the mental health and criminal justice systems is significant. ODMH collaborates with involved constituencies to develop forensic policies, propose programs, assist in legislation, provide clinical and organizational consultation and provide education and training.
- Faith-based Initiatives
Faith-based initiatives offer great opportunities for organizations to partner with institutions of faith to share information with parishioners on recovery and resiliency for overall wellness.
- Older Adults
As the population grows older, mental illness among older adults is becoming a more widespread problem. However, there has been rapid growth in the number of clinical, research and training centers dedicated to the mental health-related needs of older people.
- Emergency Preparedness
A number of materials are available to assist Ohioans in understanding the behavioral health effects that children, youth, adults, the elderly, first responders and emergency workers might experience during and after a traumatic event.
Trauma survivors are likely to have histories of physical and sexual abuse and other types of trauma-inducing experiences, and this often leads to mental health and other types of co-occurring disorders, such as health problems, substance abuse problems or eating disorders.
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