Hello my name is Ron.

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I am a grandfather, hard worker and respected community member. I have my own apartment and a steady job as a skilled lawnmower. I work hard every day to make a life for myself and to give back to the community.

When I was 22-years-old I was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder. Although I did okay being around people, I was more comfortable being by myself.  I also suffered with insomnia before finally getting the treatment I needed.  When I first learned of my condition I was unprepared and uneducated. Over the next 16 years I was hospitalized eight times. Not taking prescribed medication consistently was one of my biggest mistakes, although we all make mistakes.

The reality is that no one is perfect, we are all human. My turning point occurred when I realized I did not have to be perfect in order to give back to society. I felt a strong desire to repay the community – a community that did so much for me.

In 1982 I came to the Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board (ADAMH) of Franklin County for a consumer focus group and since then I have been involved in countless community volunteer roles including: ADAMH workgroups; AmeriCorpsVISTA ; a governor’s study committee; chairman of the Ohio Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) committee; Severe Mental Disorder (SMD) Taskforce; Netcare’s Advisory Board and Consumer and Family Advocacy Council (CFAC) president. I have presented at conferences at least 10 or 12 times. Community service is a therapeutic tool for me; helping others brings joy to my life.

Today, routine is key for my recovery so I make sure to take time to exercise and relieve stress daily. Every morning I am mowing lawns by 10:30. Besides working hard, I love to fish! I just got back from a trip to Wisconsin with a friend where I caught a 32” northern pike.

I am a proud fan of Ohio State football, the Dallas Cowboys and the Cincinnati Reds. I enjoy attending Clippers games with friends. My family usually gets together for the holidays, which I always love. I owe so much to my family.  Through all the ups and downs, I had my parents, aunts and daughter to support me.

Mental illness is the same as any other illness – nothing more, nothing less. Acceptance and understanding happen when the community learns enough about mental health so they can see me as Ron and my disorder as just one aspect of who I am. I am living proof that treatment works and recovery happens.

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Improving Franklin County

Our mission is to improve the well-being of our community by reducing the incidence of mental health problems and eliminating the abuse of alcohol and other drugs in Franklin County.

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ADAMH Board of Franklin County
447 East Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43215

Phone: (614) 224-1057
Fax: (614) 224-0991

System Directory

Africentric Personal Development Shop
www.apdsinc.org
1409 East Livingston Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43205
Phone: 614-253-4448
Email: arubin@apdsinc.org
Alvis, Inc., dba Alvis House
www.alvis180.org
2100 Stella Court
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: 614-252-8402
Fax: 614-252-5326
Email: info@alvishouse.org
Amethyst, Inc.
www.amethyst-inc.org
455 East Mound Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: 614-242-1284
Fax: 614-242-1285
Buckeye Ranch
www.buckeyeranch.org
5665 Hoover Road
Grove City, Ohio 43123
Phone: 614-384-7700
Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging
www.coaaa.org
174 East Long Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: 614-645-7250
Fax: 614-645-3884
Email: coaaa@coaaa.org
CHOICES, Eliminating Domestic Violence
www.choicescolumbus.org
P.O. Box 06157
Columbus, Ohio 43206
Crisis Hotline: 224-4663 (V/TTY)
Phone: 614-224-7200
Columbus Area, Inc.
www.columbus-area.com
1515 E. Broad Street
Columbus, Ohio 43205
Phone: 614-252-0711
Fax: 614-252-9250
Columbus Public Health
http://publichealth.columbus.gov
/alcohol-and-drug-abuse.aspx

240 Parsons Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: 614-645-7417
614-645-7041 (TTY)
Fax: 614-645-7633
Columbus Urban League
www.cul.org
788 Mt. Vernon Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43203
Phone: 614-257-6300
Fax: 614-257-6327
Email: info@cul.org
Community for New Direction
www.cndonline.org
2323 West Fifth Avenue, Suite 160
Columbus, Ohio 43204
Phone: 614-272-1464
Community Housing Network
www.chninc.org
1680 Watermark Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: 614-487-6700
Fax: 614-487-0405
CompDrug / Youth to Youth
www.compdrug.org ; www.youthtoyouth.net
547 East Eleventh Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43211
Phone: 614-224-4506
Fax: 614-291-0118
Concord Counseling Services
www.concordcounseling.org
700 Brooksedge Boulevard
Westerville, Ohio 43081
Phone: 614-882-9338
Fax: 614-882-3401
COVA
www.cova.org
3770 North High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43214
Phone: 614-294-7117
Fax: 614-294-7443
Directions for Youth & Families
www.dfyf.org
1515 Indianola Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43201
Phone: 614-294-2661
Fax: 614-294-3247
Syntero at Dublin Counseling Center
www.syntero.org
299 Cramer Creek Court
Dublin, Ohio 43017
Phone: 614-889-9335
Email: info@syntero.org
HandsOn Central Ohio
www.handsoncentralohio.org
195 North Grant Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: 614-221-6766
614-341-2271 (TTY)
24-Hour Information/Referral: 614-221-2255
Volunteer Referrals: 614-341-2277
FoodLink: 614-341-2282
Fax: 614-224-6866
House of Hope for Alcoholics
www.hofhope.org
825 Dennison Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: 614-291-4691
Huckleberry House
www.huckhouse.org
1421 Hamlet Street
Columbus, Ohio 43201
Phone: 614-294-8097
Crisis Hotline: 614-294-5553
Maryhaven
www.maryhaven.com
1791 Alum Creek Drive
Columbus, OH 43207
Phone: 614-445-8131
Fax: 614-445-7808
Mental Health America of Franklin County, Inc.
www.mhafc.org
2323 West Fifth Avenue, Suite 160
Columbus, Ohio 43204
Phone: 614-221-1441
Fax: 614-221-1491
Email: info@mhafc.org
NAMI Franklin County
www.namifranklincounty.org
4500 East Broad Street
Columbus, Ohio 43213
Phone: 501-NAMI (6264)
Fax: 614-501-6267
National Church Residences
www.nationalchurchresidences.org
2335 North Bank Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43220
Phone: 614-451-2151
614-442-4390 (TDD)
Nationwide Children's Hospital Behavioral Health Services
www.nationwidechildrens.org
700 Children’s Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43205
Phone: 614-722-2000
Netcare Access
www.netcareaccess.org
24-Hour Emergency Services, 614-276-CARE (2273)
199 South Central Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43223
North Central Mental Health Services
http://www.ncmhs.org
1301 North High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43201
Phone: 614-299-6600 (V/TTY)
North Community Counseling Centers
www.northcommunity.com
4897 Karl Road
Columbus, Ohio 43229
Phone: 614-846-2588
Syntero at Northwest Counseling Services
www.syntero.org
1560 Fishinger Road
Columbus, Ohio 43221
Phone: 614-457-7876
Email: info@syntero.org
P.E.E.R. Center
www.thepeercenter.org
P.E.E.R. Center
1221 East Broad Street
Columbus, Ohio 43205
Phone: 614-453-4840
Fax: 614-453-4845
Email: info@thepeercenter.org
Schottenstein Chabad House - Friendship Circle
www.friendscolumbus.com
6220 East Dublin Granville Road
New Albany, Ohio 43054
Phone: 614-939-0765
Fax: 614-939-4617
Southeast, Inc., Recovery and Mental Health Care Services
www.southeastinc.com
16 West Long Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: 614-225-0990
614-744-8115 (V/TTY)
Fax: 614-225-0988
St. Vincent Family Centers
www.svfc.org
1490 East Main Street
Columbus, Ohio 43205
Phone: 614-252-0731
Email: intake@svfc.org
TBI Network
2050 Kenny Road
Martha Morehouse Pavilion, Suite 3300
Columbus, Ohio 43221
Phone: 614-685-8511
Fax: 614-293-9502
E-Mail: tbinetwork@osu.edu
Twin Valley Behavioral Healthcare (TVBH)
2200 West Broad Street
Columbus, Ohio 43223
Phone: 614-752-0333
614-274-7137 (TTY)
Fax: 614-752-0087
Urban Minority Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Outreach Program
www.umadaopfc.com
510 East Mound Street, Suite 100
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: 614-227-9694
Village Network
www.thevillagenetwork.org
1751 East Long Street
Columbus, Ohio 43203
Phone: 614-253-8050

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