Helpline: 1-800-686-2646 or text NAMI to 741741 1225 Dublin Road, Suite 210, Columbus OH 43215

We are a friend. We are a helping hand. We are caring.

Due to the closing of ten of Ohio’s psychiatric hospitals, approximately 20 years ago, there was a need for structured housing for Ohio’s severely mentally disabled. Residential facilities class 2 (adult care facilities) were established as private businesses or were part of a faith-based mission to serve these citizens – most have been rejected by their families. Some were inappropriately placed in nursing homes – which were not equipped to handle their mental health needs. These residential facilities provided a family-like atmosphere needed in their recovery process. We advocate for the general well-being and the enhancement of these residential facilities and promote appropriate treatment for their residents.

Our Mission

To represent the Ohio residential facilities class 2 industry. To continue to improve the quality of service and care. To provide training, technology, and advocacy for this purpose.

Our Purpose

To advocate for the general well-being and the enhancement of adult care facilities; To advocate for the continuing availability of adult care facilities in all Ohio Counties; To provide training to member-operators and enhance the effectiveness of their adult care facilities; To assure appropriate treatment for Ohioans living within adult care facilities; To foster and develop public education to work toward the expansion of adult care facilities throughout Ohio, as viable providers of meaningful housing services to the severely mentally disabled; To advocate for the inclusion of adult care facility operators in the decision-making process with policy-makers, as it relates to housing for this disabled population; To advocate for the adult care facility provider to participate in decisions concerning the care and treatment of individuals residing in their homes; To promote new legislation and/or revision of existing legislation at the state level of government; To coordinate activities of the OACFA affiliates and serve as the state organization in cooperation with regional adult care facility supports groups; and To solicit, receive and expend funds to manage, hire staff & personnel for the accomplishment of the above goals.


Board of Directors

Mark Mayle, Minerva, OH

Fraz Betts, Toledo

Mark Mayle, Minerva

Mark Zidian, Youngstown

Ken “Skip” Hennessey, Cleveland

Will Robbins, Cincinnati

Gregory Jones, Cleveland

Heidi Steens, Akron

Dawn Campbell-Lavey, Lancaster

Alando Longmire, Cincinnati

Edward Fields, Cleveland

Mike Falin, Dayton