Behavioral Health & Substance Abuse


In central and southeastern Ohio, local alcohol, drug and mental health boards, together with service providers, are working to strategically respond to the growing service demands of individuals with severe and persistent mental illness and those negatively impacted by the opiate epidemic.  The Foundations recognize the importance of appropriate, timely access to behavioral health and substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery services in promoting overall health and well-being.  Foundation investments have supported community priorities, leveraged resources and helped to facilitate the provision of new, sustainable service delivery models in areas of greatest need.

Funding Partnership: Athens-Hocking-Vinton Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services 317 Board

In southeastern Ohio, the Foundation partners with the 317 Board to collaboratively support innovative and effective strategies designed to improve the health and quality of life for vulnerable individuals and their families affected by mental health and addiction issues. Through a multi-year, 1:1 funding match, the partnership will invest over $2 million in Athens, Hocking and Vinton counties. Funding awards have been allocated to integration efforts for behavioral health and primary care programs, as well as capital and infrastructure needs of behavioral health providers. To date, over 4,000 individuals have received integrated behavioral health services as a result of the funding partnership.

Year Two Progress Report

OHFN and the 317 Board are pleased to share this progress report. It highlights a funding partnership related to the integration of behavioral health and primary care in southeastern Ohio.


The 317 Board is responsible for designing policies, evaluating programs, accessing funds and monitoring alcohol, drug addiction, and mental health services in Athens, Hocking and Vinton counties. The 317 Board receives primary funding from the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and local tax levies. Currently, the 317 Board contracts with twelve local agencies to provide a comprehensive offering of mental health, drug, and alcohol addiction services throughout the counties.

 Funding Announcement: 2017
  Year Two Progress Report: February 2016
  Year One Progress Report: April 2015
Funding Announcement: April 2014
Funding Partnership: October 2013