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About the Levy

Keeping up with the times

The levy millage funding ADAMH services has not increased in nearly 30 years, while the number of people seeking help has increased dramatically. Just since 2014, the number of people being served with ADAMH funding has increased by 72%. Additional funding now will save our community money later.

Current Resources

More than 71% of the ADAMH resources come from the current 2.2 mill property tax levy that expires in December 2021. ADAMH needs additional funding now to deal with the increasing opiate crisis and devastating suicide rate which will save our community money later.

The Recommendation

The Human Services Levy Review Committee recommends and the Franklin County Board of Commissioners has approved placing a 5-year, 2.2 mill renewal levy with a .65 mill increase to support ADAMH on the November 3, 2020 ballot, with collection beginning in 2022.

Support Issue 24

The community is encouraged to support Issue 24, the ADAMH levy. If passed, homeowners would pay an additional $1.90 per month or $22.75 more per year per $100,000 in home property value for the continued vital services of ADAMH.

Donate today to support Issue 24

About the Agency

ADAMH helps Franklin County residents find the right places for affordable and quality--alcohol, substance use disorder and mental health services in Franklin County


Our mission is to improve the well-being of our community by reducing the incidence of mental health problems and eliminating the abuse of alcohol and other drugs in Franklin County.

Who We Serve

ADAMH’s role is to fund, plan and evaluate our community’s mental and behavioral health care services, making sure we are keeping our promise to taxpayers.


ADAMH funds more than 30 provider agencies in Franklin County that provide mental health and addiction services to a growing, vulnerable population.

Things to Know

  • Phone banks – Issue 24 Phone Banks begin on Tuesday. We’ll be calling likely supporters on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. throughout the month of October. Phone Bank sign up link:
  • Early Vote Center – We need volunteers to hold up yard signs or pass out literature to prospective voters at the Early Vote Center, 1700 Morse Road (43229). Early voting continues through November 2nd. Poll greeter sign up link:
  • Election Night – Please join us as we mark the close of the campaign in the best way we know how – by saying Thank You! Tuesday, November 3, 8:00 – 8:30 p.m. Register 
You can also send an email to [email protected] to volunteer.

Franklin County ADAMH board seeks increased tax levy Nov. 3

The Columbus Dispatch

As demand for mental-health services and addiction treatment continues to soar, Franklin County voters are being asked to approve a property tax increase for the public agency that helps to fund such care.

The existing 2.2-mill levy for the Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board of Franklin County has not been raised in about 15 years, according to the county. In that time, an epidemic of opioid addiction has taken root in central Ohio and throughout the nation.

The COVID-19 outbreak also has ushered in new crises and stresses that further illuminate gaps in care, said Erika Clark Jones, CEO of the ADAMH board.

Dispatch Endorses Issue 24

The Columbus Dispatch

The Dispatch also recommends “yes” votes on a Columbus proposal for electric energy aggregation and a levy supporting operations of the ADAMH board in Franklin County.

Voters also should approve a small increase in property tax support for the Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board of Franklin County. The ADAMH board has not requested an increase in 15 years, but much more is being asked of it as opioid addiction has grown and been exacerbated by social isolating that has accompanied the coronavirus pandemic.


Organizational Support:

  • Alvis House
  • Baptist Ministerial Alliance
  • Central Ohio AFL-CIO
  • Central Ohio Hospital Council
  • Columbus Building Trades Council
  • Columbus Education Association
  • Columbus Medical Association
  • Columbus NAACP
  • Columbus Urban League
  • Community Shelter Board
  • Concord Counseling
  • First Congregational Church UCC
  • Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities
  • Franklin County Children Services
  • Franklin County Democratic Party
  • Fraternal Order of Police Capital City Lodge 9
  • Freedom BLOC
  • Human Service Chamber of Franklin County
  • Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Columbus
  • Jewish Family Services
  • Lutheran Social Services
  • North Community Counseling Centers
  • Ohio Hispanic Coalition
  • PrimaryOne Health
  • SomaliCan
  • St. Vincent Family Center
  • Stonewall Democrats of Central Ohio
  • Syntero
  • Teachers for Betters Schools
  • Yes We Can
  • YWCA Columbus

Media Support:

Business Community Support:

  • AEP
  • Central Ohio African American Chamber of Commerce
  • Crabbe, Brown & James
  • Columbia Gas
  • Columbus Chamber of Commerce
  • Diversity Chamber of Central Ohio
  • EMH& T
  • Nationwide
  • OhioHealth
  • Robert Weiler Company
  • Worthington Industries

Individual Community Support:

  • Jamette Agyemang
  • Rev. Dr. Tim Ahrens
  • Kenton Beachy
  • Yolanda Board, MS, LPCC-S
  • Jon Bommarito
  • Lindsay Cornelius
  • Holly Dabelko-Schoeny
  • Juliet Dorris-Williams
  • Kari Dosmann
  • Scott Fisher
  • Tonya Fulwider
  • Paula Gaynes
  • Sonya Higginbotham
  • Carolyn Ireland
  • Linda Jakes
  • Larry James
  • Dontavius Jarrells
  • Areyah Kaltmann
  • Katrina Kerns
  • Rabbi Sharon Mars
  • LeeAnn Mattes
  • Rachelle A. Martin
  • Erin Michel
  • Allison Mitsui
  • Paige Pellegrino
  • Kathy Podlasiak
  • Carly Quick
  • Catherine Petrowski, Ph.D
  • Denise Robinson
  • Sarah Salyers
  • Shelli Sloan
  • Michelle Vargas
  • Sue Villilo
  • Robert Weiler Family
  • Nathan P. Wymer

Elected Official Support:

  • US Congresswoman Joyce Beatty
  • Ohio House of Representatives Assistant Minority Leader Kristin Boggs
  • Ohio State Senator Tina Maharath
  • Ohio State Senator Hearcel Craig
  • Ohio State Representative Erica Crawley
  • Ohio State Representative Adam Miller
  • Ohio State Representative Mary Lightbody
  • Ohio State Representative David Leland
  • Former Ohio House Speaker Jo Ann Davidson
  • President, Franklin County Board of Commissioners John O’Grady
  • Franklin County Commissioner Kevin Boyce
  • Franklin County Commissioner Marilyn Brown
  • Franklin County Auditor Michael Stinziano
  • Franklin County Sheriff Dallas Baldwin
  • Franklin County Treasurer Cheryl Brooks-Sullivan
  • Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther
  • Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein
  • Former Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman
  • Columbus City Council President Shannon Hardin
  • Columbus Council President Pro Tem Elizabeth Brown
  • Columbus City Council Member Shayla Favor
  • Columbus City Councilmember Rob Dorans
  • Columbus City Councilmember Mitchell Brown
  • Columbus City Councilmember Emmanuel Remy
  • Columbus City Councilmember Priscilla Tyson
  • Columbus City School Board Member Jennifer Adair
  • Columbus City School Board Member Michael Cole
  • Columbus City School Board Member James Ragland
  • Columbus City School Board Member Carol Beckerle
  • Columbus City School Board Member Ramona Reyes
  • Columbus City School Board Member Eric Brown
  • Columbus City School Board Member Tina Pierce
  • Grandview Heights City Council
  • Reynoldsburg City Council
  • Whitehall City Council
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The ADAMH Levy, Issue 24, is receiving enthusiastic support throughout Franklin County! Send us an email to add your name to the growing list of supporters.


Your vote is your voice. Your voice is needed in this election. Learn how you can vote in the 2020 General Election.

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The deadline to register to vote in the November 3 Election is Monday, October 5. Register to vote today.

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Click here to request an Absentee Ballot. Early, In-Person Voting begins, Tuesday, October 6 at the Franklin County Board of Elections, 1700 Morse Rd., Columbus, Ohio 43229.

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Commonly Asked Questions

What does ADAMH stand for?

ADAMH is the acronym for the Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health agency of Franklin County.

What services does ADAMH provide?

ADAMH works with 33 provider agencies who provide addiction and mental health services to individuals and families within the county. ADAMH also funds prevention and intervention services in all 16 Franklin County public school districts.

How many people did ADAMH serve in 2019?

ADAMH and its partners served more than 135,000 people in 2019, a 72% increase from 2014 numbers.

Why does ADAMH need a levy?

More than 71% of the ADAMH resources come from the current 2.2 mill property tax levy that expires in December 2021. The Human Services Levy Review Committee recommends and the Franklin County Board of Commissioners has approved placing a 5-year, 2.2 mill renewal levy with a .65 mill increase to support ADAMH on the November 3, 2020, ballot, with collection beginning in 2022. The ADAMH levy will be Issue 24 on the ballot.

What will ADAMH do with the increase in funding?

Most of the funding (approximately 85%) will be used to maintain existing service levels. However, some of the increased funding will go toward addressing the increased demand for services due to the opioid epidemic and the population growth.

How much will Issue 24, the ADAMH levy cost me?

If passed, homeowners would pay an additional $1.90 per month or $22.75 more per year per $100.000 in-home property value.

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