David A. Royer, CEO
David A. Royer joined the Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board of Franklin County, ADAMH, as the Chief Executive Officer in May 2000. ADAMH is the largest combined alcohol, drug and mental health board in Ohio. The board funds, evaluates and plans for the necessary mental health and substance abuse treatment and prevention services in our community, then purchases care from community-based non-profit organizations.
Most recently, the Franklin County Board of Commissioners and Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther tapped Royer to lead the creation of the Franklin County Opiate Action plan. In order to create a comprehensive, collaborative plan, ADAMH staff met with more than 100 people representing over 60 organizations to better understand how the opiate epidemic impacts them. From these conversations, ADAMH identified over 60 total measurable actions in four key areas (prevention and community education; treatment and supports; healthcare and risk reduction; and first responders and law enforcement) to address this public health crisis in the Franklin County community.
In addition, Royer directed the successful 2015 ADAMH levy campaign that passed with the highest rate in the history of the board, 74 percent. He has remained staunchly committed to protecting local resources to fund much-needed care for mental health and substance use treatment and prevention services for those in need and educating the broader community to reduce stigma related to these diseases.
Royer came to ADAMH with extensive experience in caring for people in Ohio’s evolving system of publicly funded substance abuse and mental health care. He served as a board director at the Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services Board of Butler County for almost 10 years prior to joining ADAMH. During his tenure, he helped create some of Ohio’s first drug courts, a diversion program aimed at reducing addiction-related offenses. In addition he led efforts to build new residential treatment centers and the first exclusive outpatient center for women and children.
Royer has a Master of Science degree in Health Services from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Wright State University. Royer currently serves as the President of the Ohio Association of Urban Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board.