ADAMHSAlcohol Drug Addiction Mental Health Services (Ohio)
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Young people who attend ADAMHS are taught life skills from employment training to personal safety, independent living and interacting with others.
The ADAMHS can seem informal - but there is "serious thought" behind everything.
William Denihan, CEO of the ADAMHS board there, explains that Cuyahoga has been the biggest loser, since the Ohio Department of Mental Health cut funding for community services there by 60 percent in 10 years.
"No one ends up in jail rotting," Summit ADAMHS chief clinical officer Doug Smith promises me, dismissing the very notion of that happening here with a shake of his head.
More than six years ago, the ADAMHS Board reached out to the state with a proposal to build a new hospital in Cleveland, about 10 miles north of the Northcoast site.
Building on the steady leadership and sustained, core-program funding provided by the Lake County ADAMHS board, Damir and the BRIDGES team have repeatedly found creative ways to augment program services, develop valuable new curricula, and help the county's care system adapt to changes in Ohio's Medicaid program.