To represent the Ohio adult care facilities industry.
To continue to improve the quality of service and care.
To provide training, technology and advocacy for this purpose.
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. Adult care homes were established as primary 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 adult care facilities provided a family atmosphere needed in their recovery process. We advocate for the general well being and the enhancement of these adult care facilities and promote appropriate treatment for their residents (both men and women of all races).
- 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.
We currently have approximately 400 adult care facilities/adult family homes - housing approximately 5000 citizens -in
the State of Ohio. We want 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.
Our mission is to represent the Ohio adult care facilities industry, to continue to improve the quality of service and care,
and to provide training, technology and advocacy for this purpose.
We speak as "one voice" and are attempting to
eliminate the barriers of becoming a vital element of the community mental health system.
We 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.
We hope to overcome the lack of understanding and offer training to the home operators as
well as providing training/information to enlighten the workers in the mental health community about the
needs of our residents.
Our efforts on behalf of these home operators and citizens have been recognized and, for the past two years, we have
received a grant from the Ohio Department of Mental Health to provide training, technology, cultural competency and
We have also received financial support from the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Ohio (NAMI
Ohio). We have offered training retreats to our members as well as a rally and symposium at the Ohio Statehouse.
have published newsletters for our members, which have also been distributed to State’s Government Administrative
departments as well as to community mental health boards, State Representatives and State Senators.
We are eager to
educate and reach out to any organization or any individual who is willing to learn of our advocacy and of the need to
assist these “often forgotten” citizens.
Without our homes, these residents end up in jails, prisons, under bridges and in
homeless shelters and they are counting on us for their survival.
We will continue to advocate for the continuing/increased availability of adult care facilities in all Ohio counties.
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