Ongoing efforts have been made towards outreach to individuals and families who need treatment, ensure access to treatment, continue to reduce barriers to treatment and initiate strategies for engagement. 


Maximize access to Federal, state, and local funding for community-based treatment for addictive disease. 

Access to Treatment

Continue to focus efforts on increasing access to treatment for minority communities and promote the work of the African American Engagement Workgroup (AAEW). 


Analyze data related to efficacy of treatment services and routinely report the results to the Coalition. 

Treatment Projects

African American Engagement Workgroup (AAEW)

The AAEW is co-chaired by John Young and Dr. Kamaria Tyehimba.

Mission: To ensure that African Americans are aware treatment is available, accessible, and affordable.

The AAEW has partnered with the faith-based community as a grassroots effort to save lives within the African American Community.  AAEutilize multiple strategies including overdose prevention through education, naloxone training and distribution, MOUD treatment referrals and warm hand-offs to treatment providers and recovery support services. 

Churches are natural community resources and a frontline of defense. AAEW's goal is to continue to provide the skills and support to the faith leadership and their Champions. 

The Champions are members of community churches that work to welcome people off the street and in their congregation who suffer from substance abuse and to assist them in accessing treatment services.

Since January 2023

  • Six churches have participated in an updated Champions training with 21 participants.

  • A second training has been scheduled for March 21, 2023 to train new members from four additional churches.

  • There are bimonthly Pastor trainings facilitated by an AAEW member.

  • A new coalition “A1 Harm Reduction Coalition,” has been established that focuses on the Avondale community.

  • AAEW presented at the statewide QRT conference in February 2023

  • AAEW has been asked to present their model at three additional conferences to be held in Columbus, Cleveland and Boston.


To date, the faith-based initiative has connected 178 adults and 3 youth to treatment.  

The African American Engagement Workgroup meets on the third Thursday of the month at 1pm at the Hamilton County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board. Please email: Connie Hillman at [email protected] to get connected. 


In 2018, County Commissioners pursued and were awarded a $2.5 million Ohio state capital grant to aid the Justice Center's build-out expansion project. The CARE Pod construction is nearing completion. 

The CARE Pods will provide additional substance use disorder (SUD) treatment services for those in need, including evidence-based SUD treatment and recovery support services and wrap around linkages to care upon release.

There are a total of 92 beds in four dormitory-style pods. Two of the pods will serve inmates suffering from SUD and the other will serve inmates with mental health conditions. The SUD pods will serve medium/maximum security offenders. 

Treatment Resources

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Treatment works.

Recovery takes more than just physical detox. In fact, some won't experience physical withdrawal at all. Treatment and recovery require attention to all aspects of our lives … physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social.

Treatment can provide the tools needed to deal with the desire to use, help control cravings and begin to heal. Staying connected to treatment and/or a recovery community, supports long-term recovery and the restoration to a life of which to be proud.


Drug Addiction Services Provider Agencies

Addiction Services Council: (513) 281-7880

Beckett Springs: (513) 817-0907

BrightView: (513) 834-7063

  • BrightView Website
  • 446 Morgan Street, Cincinnati, OH 45206
  • 6527 Colerain Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45239
  • 5108 Sandy Lane, Fairfield, OH 45014
  • 2300 Wall Street, Suite F, Cincinnati, OH 45212

Camelot Community Care: (513) 961-5900

Center for Addiction Treatment: (513) 381-6672

Central Community Health Board: (513) 559-2000

  • 532 Maxwell Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45219

Central Clinic-Court Clinic: (513) 352-1342

Central Clinic-MHAP: (513) 558-6501

The Crossroads Center: (513) 475-5300

First Step Home: (513) 961-4663

Prospect House: (513) 921-1613

Sunrise Treatment Center: (513) 941-4999

  • Sunrise Treatment Website
  • 6460 Harrison Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45247
  • 680 Northland Blvd., Cincinnati, OH 45240
  • 160 N. Breiel Blvd., Middletown, OH 45042

Talbert House, Inc.: (513) 751-7747

University of Cincinnati Addiction Sciences: (513) 585-8227

Urban Minority Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Outreach Program of Cincinnati, Inc (UMADAOP): (513) 541-7099

Get Educated

Addiction, like any other illness, requires treatment to recover.

Effective treatment attends to multiple needs of the individual, not just his or her drug abuse. As with other chronic illnesses, relapses to drug abuse can occur. Relapse signals the need for treatment to be reinstated or changed. It does not indicate that the individual can't get better.

To learn more, visit the National Institute on Drug Abuse website:

Families suffer, too.

National surveys indicate that 1 in 4 families are struggling with alcohol and/or drug addiction in a family member. Alcoholism and drug addiction affects the whole family - young, teenage, or grown-up children; wives or husbands; brothers or sisters; parents or other relatives and friends.

Without help, active addiction can totally disrupt family life and cause harmful effects that can last a lifetime.

Reaching out is critical.

Even when we know there is a problem with addiction and really want to fix it, going to an addiction treatment program for help can be really intimidating.

Sometimes it seems your calls get you nowhere. Maybe you have tried before and feel like you failed. Or maybe you are not sure what to expect and find the whole thing overwhelming.

Don't give up. There is help available.

Get Involved

What can I do as an individual?

If you are concerned about your alcohol or drug use, talk to a professional about it. There is help available. Recovery is possible.

If you are in recovery, share your story of hope.

What can we do as a family?

If you are concerned about a family member or friend, learn about addiction and connect with available resources. Regrettably, no family has innate knowledge of how to deal effectively with addiction. You can't control someone else, but you can have influence. Get support for yourself.

What can we do as a community?

It takes a village to deal with addiction. Addiction is a public health problem that requires a community solution.

Learn what you can about this devastating illness.

We need available treatment for addiction just like we do for any other disease.

Don't give up. There is help available.