Community Resource Spotlight

Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) – Eradicating the stigma and societal barriers of mental health and addiction so more people can access treatment and services!

On December 12, 2018, I had pleasure of interviewing Paula Cosby, the Director of External Affairs for ADAMHS. We had a great discussion about her organization and I am excited to share their information and the resources available for you and your faith community.


Montgomery County’s ADAMHS provides community leadership in planning, developing, and supporting high quality, innovative, and accountable mental health and addiction services and strategies so that all Montgomery County residents achieve wellness.


In 1963 Congress enacted the Community Mental Health Centers Act, making the care of mentally ill persons a community responsibility. Community-based facilities and programs provided prevention and rehabilitation services as well as treatment services.

Montgomery County’s ADAMHS Board was started in 1968 and was referred to as a “648” Board because of its roots in House Bill 648. Montgomery County ADAMHS is one of 46 Boards in Ohio with the dual responsibility of providing alcohol and drug addiction, and mental health services.

Their responsibility:

Under Ohio law, ADAMHS is a state mandated agency formed to oversee the planning, development, funding, and evaluation of alcohol/drug treatment and behavioral health services delivered by a network of nearly 30 community-based organizations. Although they do not provide direct services to our community, last year 18,827 people were provided services through ADAMHS’s system of care. ADAMHS contracts with local agencies to provide prevention, outpatient counseling or residential treatment or care for those persons with alcohol/drug addiction or mental illness.

Money for contracted services with local agencies comes from three basic sources:

  • Federal monies channeled through the Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services (OHMHAS) and/or Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
  • State dollars appropriated by the legislature and administered through the OhioMHAS
  • Local money raised from fees, voted levies and donations

To see a current list of resources, visit Addiction and Mental Health Information. Download the list of current addiction and mental health providers.

What are a few things people might not know about ADAMHS?

ADAMHS has a Training Department. The ADAMHS Training Department offers educational experiences to a wide variety of audiences ranging from community organizations, first responders, chemical dependency and prevention specialists to general consumer advocates; most at low or no cost. Topics focus on stigma reduction, increasing awareness and workforce skills development such as:

  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Trauma Informed Care
  • CPR/First Aid/AED

Their staff of skilled trainers are also available to come to your location. To find out more about their trainings visit Training and Events.

ADAMHS and Technology

GetHelpNow Montgomery County App

GetHelpNow Montgomery County is a free, easy-to-use app that instantly connects you with local service providers for addiction, rehab, mental health, and more. Simply use the interactive directory to find a facility near you, and put the treatment, support, housing, and 24/7 urgent services you need right at your fingertips. Download links available from the App Store or Google Play.

Mental Health Kiosks

Two mobile kiosk units sponsored by ADAMHS have been placed in the community to promote mental health awareness. Early identification of mental health challenges facilitates improved health outcomes. The kiosks provide anonymous access to free online mental health screenings that include:

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • post-traumatic stress disorder
  • alcohol use disorder
  • bi-polar disorder
  • psychosis awareness

The assessments are free, and anyone can walk up to the kiosk and take one or more of the assessments. If you are interested in hosting a kiosk at your business or organization, email Paula Cosby or call her at (937) 443-0416(937) 443-0416.

Montgomery County Emergency Room Overdose Notification system (MC-ERON)

MCERON is a program being implemented in partnership with the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association (GDAHA). This new real-time response system notifies providers of Montgomery County residents when someone presents to a local hospital with an overdose; resulting in those individuals being connected to services as soon as possible. It is so important that we not only save those who have overdosed, but also that we connect them to resources to help them deal with their addiction. They are hopeful that this response system will get people connected quicker and result in more people getting treatment and eventually overcoming addiction. Just like smoking, those that are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol attempt to quit, on average, 7 times before they are successful.

Service Area: ADAMHS serves the entire Montgomery County region. Classes/trainings provided by ADAMHS are available to anyone inside or outside of Montgomery county. If your faith community is not in Montgomery county, don’t hesitate to contact ADAMHS for connections they may have to resources in your area.

The Health Ministries Program would like to thank Paula for taking the time to share about her organization. If you have any questions about ADAMHS and how their services can benefit your faith community, please email Paula Cosby or call her at (937) 443-0416(937) 443-0416.

Article written by Michelle Randall, Health Ministries Program Coordinator

Interview with Paula Cosby, Director of External Affairs, Montgomery County ADAMH