Ohio Department Of Mental Health and Addiction Services

The head of the state’s mental health and drug addiction agency says she has tested positive for COVID-19. 

Ohio Public Radio

Millions of Ohioans are staying home as ordered, as schools have closed, employers have ordered them to work remotely and entertainment options have been shut down.

Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Director Lori Criss has toured a youth behavioral facility in Columbus after reports of alleged violence and sexual abuse against children and staff.

Records obtained by the Associated Press show the state did not hesitate to spend the first round of federal funding targeting the opioid crisis, unlike other states, to expand Medicaid.

Ohio Governor John Kasich has named a new director for the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. 

The state has yet to spend any of the 5 million dollars allocated this year for services for troubled youth at-risk of being removed from their homes or entering the juvenile justice or foster-care systems.

During his State of the State speech, Ohio Governor John Kasich announced plans to rebuild central Ohio’s mental health hospital with capital improvement dollars. 

There are as many as 170 thousand Ohioans who abuse or are addicted to opioids, according to a recent study from Ohio State University’s Swank Program in Rural-Urban Policy.

President Trump is promising a large ad campaign to try to stem opioid deaths, but Ohio has seen its tally increase even with such ads.

Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

The bank robbery suspect who escaped from a Hilltop psychiatric hospital is back in custody. 

Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

Columbus police say a dangerous inmate being treated at a state psychiatric hospital has escaped.

New limits on prescription painkillers took effect this week.

State records show the rate of drug-addicted newborns last year was more than eight times higher than in 2005.

The state is announcing training for survivors of human trafficking to help other victims recover from their experiences.

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services has launched a system allowing people in stressful situations to text counselors for help, day or night.

Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services officials say accidental drug overdoses killed a record 3,050  Ohioans last year,  an average of eight per day.

State officials will launch a campaign on Monday to educate the public about fentanyl and heroin overdose deaths. 

The Ohio Inspector General's office says a full-time Department of Medicaid employee improperly used state hours and resources working a side job under a contract she was awarded by another state agency.

State Agencies To Target Gambling Addiction

Aug 24, 2015

The state is launching a new campaign targeting the 5 percent of Ohioans struggling with problem gambling. 

Ohio is using a federal grant to help expand families' access to drug courts to address the impact of the state's addiction epidemic. 

The state plans to invest 10 million dollars to expand housing options for recovering drug addicts. 

The state is receiving $4 million in federal money to bolster services for young adults with severe mental illness.