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Our Vision

The vision of UMADAOP of Cincinnati is that we provide an array of behavioral health services with a focus on marginalized populations within the urban community. We feel that it is imperative that both the mental health and substance use disorders are integrated and must be treated simultaneously. To provide programming with the belief that mental health and substance abuse is best prevented and treated when the cultural dynamics of a group are addressed and included in the process of prevention, intervention, and recovery. Chemical dependency is viewed as an illness of the total person, which has physiological, psychological, social-cultural, and spiritual components that required.


Our basic philosophy embraces a belief that addiction and mental health is a primary, progressive, chronic, and treatable illness that affects the total person, and has physiological, psychological, social-cultural and spiritual components that requires a holistic treatment and recovery support approach.

Our Goals

Our goal is to facilitate programs to empower adults and youth alike in developing positive decision-making processes that will not only drastically impact their lives but the lives of those within their communities.

Leah Dennis Ellsworth

CEO/Executive Director

Shawn Butler

Board Chair

Craig Farley

Board Treasurer
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The Urban Minority Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Outreach Programs (UMADAOP) of Ohio were established in 1980 via legislation spearheaded by former Majority Leader William L. Mallory. Mr. Mallory was informed by Don Turner of Cincinnati, a professional in the field of substance abuse, that the culturally specific needs of African Americans were not being met. Jacqueline P. Butler, a long time advocate for under-served populations, shared with Mallory and others that state monies were available to possibly fund a substance abuse service delivery system specially targeting Ohio's minority community. Under the guidance of Mr. Mallory, along with former Ohio State Senator William F. Bowen, Turner, Butler and many others worked to develop a statewide network that adequately addressed the prevention of alcohol abuse among African and Hispanic Americans throughout Ohio. In the early years of UMADAOP, the main programming emphasis was on community outreach and education. It was important, then as it is now, to work around cultural barricades and get people to see that they could exist without alcohol and to develop the total individual so that they could live a life independent of substances. Since their inception, the Urban Minority Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Outreach Programs of Ohio have grown to become a vital force in meeting the substance abuse education, prevention and treatment needs of African and Hispanic Americans throughout the state of Ohio. UMADAOPs of Ohio are grateful for the insights of those who worked toward the programs establishments. There's a saying: "None of us is free until all of us are free." To that end, the Urban Minority Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Outreach Programs of Ohio will continue to service Ohio's under-served populations by providing culturally appropriate substance abuse prevention and community outreach services to African and Hispanic Americans.

William Mallory Sr.

Storycorps Interview



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