Advocacy Efforts

A primary focus of MHAFC is advocacy for people dealing with mental health issues and their families. One of our main advocacy efforts is through our full-time Ombudsman who helps individuals and their family members navigate the mental health and alcohol/drug system. We also follow all current mental health legislation and advocate for people with mental health issues through enlisting volunteers and speaking on the behalf of those who may not have a voice. MHAFC is dedicated to ending the stigma and discrimination against those dealing with mental health issues through building awareness and understanding.

We help individuals seeking help:

  • sort through the maze of mental health services, both public and private
  • connect with the assessment program at Netcare Corporation, the agency that determines eligibility for community treatment teams, or other agencies such as Advocacy and Protective Services, or Ohio Legal Rights Service
  • connect with a Client Rights Officer at the mental health agency if they wish to file a grievance
  • communicate with their mental health center to help clarify any information necessary for optimal treatment
  • obtain in-depth information and educational materials about mental illness

We help family members seeking help:

  • understand confidentiality and its limits
  • learn how to get emergency services in a crisis
  • problem solve when the client is refusing help
  • connect with support groups and educational programs
  • connect with other community resources
  • obtain in-depth information and educational materials about mental illness