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The Mean Disease 

The Mean Disease 

Written by Alan Johnson, NAMI Ohio

Mental illness is a mean disease. 

It can come unexpectedly, hide in plain sight, and cause unbearable grief. 

Kristin Jonsson knows that grief first-hand. She has suffered every day of the two years since Kristine, her smart, kind, artistic, sensitive and beautiful daughter, took her own life at the age of 16. 

Katherine, Kristine’s younger sister, knows the mean disease, too. “When I first found out, I was in shock,” she said. “I didn’t fully understand what had happened.” 

That’s where the story ends for too many people who have lost a loved one to suicide. They simply go on grieving. 

But not this story. Not for Kristin and Steinn, her husband, or for Katherine and her brother, Daniel. Not for a family determined to make Kristine’s life stand for something beyond how it ended, 

“I don’t want other families to go through the pain my family is living through,” said Katherine, now 12. “I want people to know that it’s ok to not be okay, and that it’s important to reach out for help.” 

With Katherine taking the lead, the family participated in the annual NAMI Walk sponsored by NAMI Franklin County. Katherine raised $2,223 as part of Team Kristine which raised $4,573. Both figures were tops in the Franklin County event which collectively brought in $68,043. 

Katherine and her family were honored with awards at the NAMI Franklin County annual meeting on Oct. 5th at the Wells Barn at the Franklin Park Conservatory. Katherine received the Youth Advocate of the Year Award, and the family was recognized for being the top walk fundraisers. 

The Jonssons received not one but two standing ovations. 

Two Years Ago 

It was just two years ago, in the midst of the isolation of the COVID19 epidemic, that Kristine shocked her family by ending her life. 

“We weren’t remotely prepared,” said the girl’s mother. “None of this was on our radar. To outside appearance, she was happy and doing better. We know now that she clearly had depression, but it wasn’t the stereotype that people think of. We were blindsided.” 

Kristine did not threaten suicide, but she left her family letters to be read after she was gone explaining her struggle with depression and anxiety. “She knew she could have asked for help, but she didn’t. Mental health in our family wasn’t a stigma. I have a history of depression and anxiety and she knew that,” Kristin said. “I don’t know why she felt she had to hide it. I don’t know if it was because of the pressure from the outside and the society we live in that does not treat people with mental illness well.” 

Meeting of Two Worlds 

Kristin met her future husband, Steinn (friends call him Stan because his name in Icelandic is too hard to pronounce) when they were both working in California. After they married, and with Kristine, their first-born on the way, they moved to Ohio, where Kristin is from. Stan is from Iceland. The couple and their two children, Kristine and Daniel, lived in Iceland for three years before returning to Columbus. It was there, in the land of fire and ice, that Katherine was born. She has dual citizenship in the U.S. and Iceland. 

The couple noticed that Kristine, their first child, was struggling. 

Kristine was a “cuddly and sweet baby,” but “was never good at sleeping” and had a difficult time when separated from her family members. “We noticed when she was three and we put her in pre-school for the first time, she cried and cried,” Kristin said. “That’s normal at first but she never got past it.” 

By age 6, Kristine had been diagnosed with both separation anxiety and sensory integration disorder, which made her extremely sensitive to being touched and wearing certain kinds of clothes. Coupled with the sleep disorder, the young girl was dealing with “a trifecta of issues,” her mother said, made more difficult by the upheaval of the family’s move to Iceland and back to Ohio three years later. 

To appease Kristine when they returned to Columbus, her parents got her a cockatiel which the family named Rainbow. The bird was special to Kristine, her baby. She trained Rainbow to wear a leash so she could take him on walks perched on her shoulder. She enthusiastically introduced him to people she met. 

Smiling Depression 

The Jonssons sought help for their daughter, getting her counseling, occupational therapy, and medication. It all seemed to help. By the time Kristine was 12, she was doing well academically in school, had made many friends, and was liked by her teachers. She was a talented artist, producing dozens of drawings and paintings. 

“After 12, what we think happened is she started to hide it,” her mother said. “We thought she was doing better. She wasn’t crying anymore. She had all these friends. She took these advanced classes because she wanted to. We didn’t push her…. We thought she was a teenager forming her own identity.” 

But inside, things were different. 

“There was this disconnect between how she appeared on the outside to everyone, including us, and what was going on the inside.” 

“We do everything to make our home as welcoming and gentle and kind and loving as we possibly can, but we still live in society,” Kristin said. “We can’t control those outside influences. I know kids in high school joke about suicide. They joke about mental illness. Inside my heart, I wonder if she didn’t reach out for help because she heard it from other people.” 

The Little Sister 

There was a six-year age difference between Kristine and Katherine, but they enjoyed being together, drawing, doing arts and crafts, listening to music, or reading side by side. Kristine introduced her sister to some of her favorite books, including Harry Potter and the Wings of Fire series. 

“She was kind and funny and could be sarcastic, too,” Katherine said. “We were very close.” 

When she lost her sister, Katherine was overwhelmed with emotion, sad and confused, but also somehow feeling guilty that she should have known Kristine was so troubled. “I know that I couldn’t have done something. But I feel like I should have.” 

Finding NAMI 

Finding NAMI broke through the gloom of grief and sadness for the Jonsson family. Kristin read about the NAMI, the largest grassroots group in the nation dedicated to help those with mental illness and their families, and decided to investigate. 

“NAMI has a wealth of information,” Kristin said. “It’s accurate and it’s helpful. They are trying to make a difference in the world in a way that hardly anyone is trying to make a difference. It’s cool to raise money for cancer. But raising money for mental illness is just as important.” 

“I thought it was awesome that there are people that can form an organization and make things better about mental illness,” Katherine added. 

Kristin embraced NAMI’s mission of ending stigma about mental illness, something she felt acutely when she lost her daughter. 

“People treated her passing differently than they treat it when someone dies like in a car accident, for example. There was some blame and some stigma and an unwillingness to even acknowledge that she existed. It was very hard for me.” 

Asked how she thought her big sister would feel about the fundraising and work she’s done to raise awareness about mental illness, Katherine paused and said through tears, “I think she would be a little shocked, but she would be impressed and proud of me.” 

Katherine says the ordeal has inspired her to think about becoming a teacher and help future generations of kids overcome the stigma that may have contributed to losing her sister. 

Kristin likewise thinks her oldest child “would be very proud of Katherine. She would look down and give her a big hug.” 




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Pleasant Valley Group Home Judy and Don Schritter South Point (740) 377-9664 Lawrence 
Powell House Bertha Powell Columbus (614) 476-2633 Franklin 
Precious Care Assisted Living Frank Coffelt Kirtland (440) 744-9017 Lake 
Preston Homes II, Inc. Brandie Preston Toledo (419) 531-1200 Lucas 
Priceless Senior CareShontayaPriceshontaya05@yahoo.comReynoldsburg(614) 354-7033Franklin
Prospect PointeBridget Cincinnati(513) 648-0808Hamilton
Pro-Visions Toni Otchere Cincinnati (513) 259-5311 Hamiliton 
Pyramid House, LLC Viceta King-Richardson Blacklick (614) 584-1625 Franklin 
Quality Community Living Limited Fraz Betts Toledo (419) 381-1808 Lucas 
Rehoboth House Lucinda Bridges Barberton (330) 745-5741 Summit 
Rely's Adult Family Homes Maria Cary Parma (440) 570-2258 Cuyahoga 
Right Way Haven, LLC Vivian Billups  Bedford (440) 439-3148 Cuyahoga 
River Crossing Kenneth Hennessey North Olmstead (440) 221-6973 Cuyahoga 
River Front Care Facility Misit  Karns Zanesville (740) 297-7683 Muskingum 
Royal Haven, Inc. Elizabeth Tilley Cleveland (216) 315-0256 Cuyahoga 
Sally Ann's Adult Care Facility Sarah Sova Parma Heights (440) 884-1075 Cuyahoga 
Salyer Adult Group Home Judith Salyer Hillsboro (937) 393-2099 Highland 
Secure-Care Residential Home Marilyn Merritt Trotwood (937) 232-2125 Montgomery 
Seeds2, LLC Monica Williams Garfield Heights (216) 475-3106 Cuyahoga 
Senior Living Christina Lynn DiMichele Canton (330) 452-9834 Stark 
Serenity Crossroads I, II, & III Cuyahoga Falls(330) 715-1326Summit
Serenity Homes Inc. of Ohio Cara McNeal Cincinnati (513) 504-0075 Hamilton 
Serenity House 1 John Stewart Cincinnati (513) 703-5412 Hamilton 
Serenity House 2 Elaine Rowland Cincinnati (513) 703-5507 Hamilton 
Sheila's Haven Sheila Pendleton Beloit (330) 584-1965 Mahoning 
Shining Star ACF Kimberly McGinister Toledo (567) 315-2633 Lucas 
Shore Acres Lester Fultz Cleveland (216) 789-9660 Cuyahoga 
Silver Wings Melissa Cook Seville (330) 591-5639 Summit 
Silviana's Adult Group Home, LLC Silvia Tec Parma (440) 668-5803 Cuyahoga 
Sonny's House ACF Joeann Jefferson Dayton (937) 231-0145 Montgomery 
Starkey Place, Inc. Jody Starkey Painesville (440) 350-1314 Cuyahoga 
Sunrise Adult Care Patricia Flagg Cincinnati (513) 372-0522 Hamilton 
Tarry House Respite Michael Bullock Akron (330) 253-6689 Summit 
Tender Love & Care I & II Krystal Robinson Canton (330) 284-3787 Stark 
Terrace View, LLC Doris Thomas Toledo (419) 870-1373 Lucas 
The Affinity House Sonya Allen Toledo (419) 469-5825 Ashland 
The Ambition House Sonja Coogler Toledo (419) 917-6214 Lucas 
The Beechwood Family Home Fitzgerald Lofters Cleveland Heights (216) 798-9325 Cuyahoga 
The Bradford House I Debra Cole Ashland (419) 289-1585 Ashland 
The Bradford House II Kelly Elliott Ashland (419) 289-4394 Ashland 
The Bradford House III Laura Good Ashland (419) 207-3087 Ashland 
The Camelot Group of Ohio, LLC Otto Campbell Cincinnati (513) 203-4319 Hamiliton 
The Elder House Gina Lucas Cleves (937) 545-8894 Hamilton 
The Grand Victorian Rose Rob Rose Dayton (937) 999-8423 Montgomery 
The Hatcher House Marita Hatcher Cincinnati (513) 851-0344 Hamilton 
The House by the Side of the Road Deborah Price Cincinnati (513) 846-8886 Hamiliton 
The Nord Center Philip C. Payne Lorain (440) 204-4241 Cuyahoga 
The Shepherd's Gate Assisted Living, Inc. Sherry Domer, RN Hartville (330) 877-3046 Stark 
Threads of Souls, LLC Arenia Jacobs Columbus (614) 403-4238 Franklin 
Thrower Manor ACF Glennis Thrower East Cleveland (216) 799-5338 Cuyahoga 
TMC - Helping Hands Susan Mbah Brice (614) 477-2243 Franklin 
Togetherness Family Home Sonya Durosinmi-Etti Columbus (614) 607-3656 Franklin 
Treasured Homes Kimberly Cunningham Toledo (419) 810-2561 Lucas 
Treehouse Julia Brownlee Toledo (419) 932-1802 Lucas 
Trice Home Silvia Trice Cincinnati (513) 258-6058 Hamilton 
Troy ResidentialArthaya & BobFinleyCincinnati (513) 235-5531Hamilton 
Veterans Home Solutions Robin Benton University Heights (216) 509-4085 Cuyahoga 
Villa MariaSherry Alliance (330) 929-1071Stark
Vron Place Joy Black Burton (440) 376-5097 Geauga 
Walden Group Home I Treva Mullins Cincinnati (513) 477-5572 Hamilton 
Walden Group Home II Treva Mullins Cincinnati (513) 477-5572 Hamilton 
Walden Group Home III Treva Mullins Cincinnati (513) 244-1540 Hamilton 
Washington Street Care Center Patty Thatcher Loudonville (419) 295-2844 Ashland 
We Care Like Family Tequise Johnson Cincinnati (513) 330-3200 Hamilton 
Will's Way Adult Living Mark Powell Cleveland (216) 410-8921 Cuyahoga 
Williams Landing Vanessa Williams Akron (330) 573-8819 Summit 
Wilson Family Homes, LLC Jenelle Wilson Cleveland (216) 244-3637 Cuyahoga 
Windhaven House, Inc. Mark Zidian Youngstown (330) 743-5454 Mahoning 
Wiseman Group Home Deb Wiseman Mogadore (330) 671-8692 Portage 
Wright Family Home Catherine Wright Cleveland (216) 640-6147 Cuyahoga 
Yolanda's Home of Cincinnati(513) 344-0238Hamilton


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


Training/Learning Series for Residential Facility Class 2 and Class 3 providers

Download the Residential Facility Class 2 training requirements.

Note: The following trainings meet the 6 hours Licensure and Certification requirement for Residential Facility Class 2 and Class 3 providers relevant to working with persons with a behavioral health disorder.

***Learn more about each training and review the online training protocols HERE***

Register for 2023 Trainings Using the Links Below:


3 Session Training (Must complete all three sessions to receive certification)


1/3, 1/10 & 1/24

10:30 AM – 12:30 PM




3/7, 3/14 & 3/28

10:30 AM – 12:30 PM




5/9, 5/16 & 5/30

10:30 AM – 12:30 PM




7/11, 7/18 & 7/25

10:30 AM – 12:30 PM




9/5, 9/12 & 9/26

10:30 AM – 12:30 PM




11/7, 11/14 & 11/28

10:30 AM – 12:30 PM





3 Session Training (Must complete all three sessions to receive certification)



2/7, 2/14 & 2/28

10:30 AM – 12:30 PM




4/4, 4/11&  4/25

10:30 AM – 12:30 PM




6/6, 6/13 & 6/20

10:30 AM – 12:30 PM




8/8, 8/15 & 8/29

10:30 AM – 12:30 PM




10/3, 10/10 & 10/24

10:30 AM – 12:30 PM



February 9

9:30 AM – 12:00 PM


March 23

9:30 AM – 12:00 PM


May 18

9:30 AM – 12:00 PM


July 6

9:30 AM – 12:00 PM


September 14

9:30 AM – 12:00 PM


November 16

9:30 AM – 12:00 PM



February 16

9:30 AM – 12:00 PM


April 13
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM


June 22

9:30 AM – 12:00 PM


August 17

9:30 AM – 12:00 PM


October 26

09:30 AM – 12:00 PM



February 23

10:30 AM – 12:30 PM


September 21

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM



April 20

10:30 AM – 12:30 PM


October 19

10:30 AM – 12:30 PM




May 25

10:30 AM – 12:30 PM


November 30

10:30 AM – 12:30 PM



August 24

10:30 AM – 12:30 PM