Over 6,000 Ohio citizens live in adult care facilities or group homes. Right now, these homes are in DESPERATE NEED to supplies to protect their residents from the threat of COVID-19.

Many of the individuals living in these homes have co-occurring health conditions that put them at a higher risk of contracting the illness AND of having the most severe outcomes.

The operators of these homes, who house anywhere from 5 to 16 severely mentally disabled citizens, are trying to do everything they can to protect their residents, but necessary supplies are simply not available in the quantities that they need it.

Without cleaning supplies, ample amounts of food, and basic household essentials, the people living in these homes will die.

If you are able to purchase or donate any of the following items for these homes, NAMI Ohio will ensure the items get delivered to those who need it the most.

Most needed items include:


NAMI Ohio has decided that 100% of all donations made to our organization during this crisis will be used to purchase cleaning supplies and other much needed items for these homes.

NAMI Ohio will use our donations to purchase, collect, and distribute these items to adult care homes throughout Ohio (100% of all donations will go to this purpose).

If you have any items that you would like donate, you can do so at the NAMI Ohio office located at 1225 Dublin Road, Suite 125, Columbus, Ohio 43215. These items can be left outside the NAMI Ohio office door (Suite 125).

We are all in this together and we must protect Ohio’s most vulnerable citizens.

Anything you can do to help is greatly appreciated.


  1. Donate online via PayPal at
  2. Donate with cash or check by mail to 1225 Dublin Road, Suite 125, Columbus, Ohio 43215
  3. Donations can be left at the NAMI Ohio office at 1225 Dublin Road, Suite 125, Columbus, Ohio 43215 in the building lobby outside the NAMI Ohio office (Suite 125)

Thank you & God Bless,

Terry L. Russell

COVID-19 Updates

March 25, 2020

COVID-19 Related Federal Legislation Update

On March 6, President Trump signed into law H.R. 6074, Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act. This bill allocates $8.3B to be used for coronavirus preparedness and response, which includes $1.05B for grants to states and local governments.  The bill also temporarily modifies certain Medicare requirements to allow providers to offer telehealth services to beneficiaries outside of rural communities.  For a more detailed summary of information on H.R. 6074, click HERE.

On March 18, President Trump signed into law H.R. 6021, Families First Coronavirus Response Act. This bill provides FFY2020 supplemental appropriations to support expanded food and nutrition services, establish a federal emergency paid leave benefits program to provide payments to employees taking unpaid leave due to the coronavirus outbreak, expand unemployment benefits, and temporarily increase the Medicaid federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP). For a more detailed summary of information on H.R. 6021, click HERE.

SAMHSA Training and Technical Assistance Related to COVID-19

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is committed to providing regular training and technical assistance (TTA) on matters related to the mental and substance use disorder field as they deal with COVID-19. Click HERE for available TTA resources.

Free App to Support People in Recovery During COVID-19 Outbreak

As the nation grapples with COVID-19, it’s important to remember that social distancing doesn’t have to mean social isolation, especially for individuals in recovery from addiction, who rely on supportive networks as part of their healing. To help support individuals in recovery from substance use disorder, Addiction Policy Forum has partnered with CHESS Health to launch the Connections App, a free smartphone app that is scientifically proven to support patients in recovery by reducing relapse and promoting pro-social engagement.

For more information on Ohio’s response to COVID-19, visit or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634). For behavioral health-specific information, visit: For behavioral health-related questions, email For COVID-19-related OTP questions, email, for Housing questions, email and for Telehealth questions, email

Memo from OhioMHAS for Families

COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus, presents a major challenge to the behavior health system to be able to provide optimal services to adults, children and families in the State of Ohio.  The purpose of this memorandum is to make sure you know some of the directions that many of the behavioral health providers are instituting because of this virus.

First they are committed to the primary mission of providing service during this time but they must also must be committed to make sure their workforce and the persons served are protected at all times.  So, some of the changes you may experience are:

  • Home visits – may be limited, unless major crisis
    • Should ask these questions to help determine if they can come to the home:
  1. Do you currently have symptoms of corona virus (cough, fever of 100.4®F or higher or shortness of breath )?
  2. Have you had direct personal contact with someone who is positive for the corona virus?
  3. Have you been tested for the coronavirus?
  • Office visits – a number of offices are not accepting walk in for appointments and many are trying to reschedule appointments or conducting telehealth appointments
  • Telehealth – will have your meeting with worker via electronically such as face time, skype, etc.
  • Trainings, conferences, and larger meetings are being cancelled, you should contact the provider agency via telephone to make sure of all cancellations

If the you or your family members have symptoms please stay home and contact the Ohio Department of Health at (614) 466-3543 or 833-427-5634) for further guidance, which may include a recommendation for a self-imposed isolation of 14 days.

COVID-19 Resources to parents during this time:

County Crisis Resources

County Crisis Resources

If you are struggling with your mental health and need to talk to someone, please know resources are available. If you are currently connected to a mental health agency, you can call your therapist or case manager. Many of these organizations are doing tele-health services and still accepting patients.

If you cannot talk to anyone at your mental health agencies or if you need immediate help, please reference one of the guides below with crisis line contact information organized by county in Ohio.

Community Help and Crisis Lines Updated

County Board Directory



Template Essential Employee Letter

Below is a downloadable template Essential Employee Letter in accordance with today’s Stay at Home Order by the Director of Health that you can customize for your employee’s needs. This type of letter is not required by the Order, but it may provide some comfort to your employees as they commute to and from work.  In addition to the template attached, you will also want to consider a few, but important, employment considerations.  These range from ensuring that employees know of the employer’s expectation that they continue showing up for work to taking steps to comply with the specific, employment-related considerations in the “stay at home” order.  Providers should consult employment counsel for guidance on these issues.

Template Draft – OPRA Essential Employee