For Immediate Release: June 22, 2021
UMADAOP chapters across Ohio receive grant support
The Urban Minority Alcohol and Drug Abuse Outreach Programs (UMADAOP) provide substance misuse education, prevention outreach, and treatment services focused on the needs of African and Hispanic/Latinx Americans throughout Ohio.
The Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative of Ohio (RALI Ohio) is providing grant funding to all UMADAOP chapters, to assist in their mission to offer community-based programs through 11 chapters in Ohio located in Akron, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Hispanic, Lorain, Mansfield, and Youngstown (Cleveland Hispanic and Toledo chapters have grants in process).
“The UMADAOP chapters in Ohio play an important role in addressing alcohol and other substance misuse, because they offer culturally-appropriate programs designed to serve African-Americans and Hispanic populations,” said State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton, and Chair of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus). “I am proud of the fact that the UMADAOP was initiated in 1980 through state legislation spearheaded by the late Rep. William Mallory, who served for 28 years in the Ohio Legislature.”
The UMADAOP chapters will apply RALI Ohio grant support to various programming needs including prevention education, re-entry services, youth activities, drug testing supplies, operational expenses, or other programming needs.
The Ohio Mental Health Addiction Services department assist the UMADAOPs who follow four prevention goals:
To increase abstinence from alcohol and illicit drug use
To defer the onset of alcohol use
To eliminate high-risk use of alcohol and other legal drugs
To impact environmental risk factors in communities
About RALI Ohio: The Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative (RALI) of Ohio is an alliance of local, state, and national organizations committed to addressing the epidemic of substance misuse in the state through support for effective education, prevention, treatment, and recovery programs. Visit ralioh.org for more information.