The Urban Minority Alcoholism Drug Abuse Outreach Programs of Ohio [UMADAOPs of Ohio] were established in 1980 via legislation spearheaded by former State Representative William L. Mallory and other pioneers such as Former State Senator 9th District, William Bowen; State Senator, Ray Miller, Jr.; Professor Jackie Butler, University of Cincinnati; Former Vice President of the Volunteer Resource Division at the Community Chest in Cincinnati, Ohio, Don Turner; and Jewell Neely, Deputy Director of Program Services, Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services.
Since our inception, the UMADAOPs 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’s founder, William L. Mallory, believes that no other State has such a network and that the UMADAOPs of Ohio are to be A MODEL FOR THE NATION.
Our 2019 Governing Board
Mr. Rick Hirt, Chair
Mr. Robert Terry, Vice Chair
Mrs. Yolanda Neal, Secretary
Dr. E. Lee Byrd II, Treasurer
Attorney Edward Smith
Mr. Donald Christian, CEO
The Akron-Urban Minority Alcoholism Drug Abuse Outreach Program, Inc.’s basic philosophy is that addiction is best treated and prevented when the cultural dynamics of the group being targeted is addressed and included in the process of recovery and education.
Akron-UMADAOP, Inc. believes that addiction is a primary, progressive, chronic, fatal and treatable illness, which cannot be cured, but can be arrested. It is an illness of the total person, which has physiological, psychological, social-cultural and spiritual components and, therefore, requires a holistic approach.
The philosophy of Akron-UMADAOP, Inc. is that substance abuse education, prevention and treatment efforts must be culturally specific if the needs of the minority community are in reality going to be addressed.
The Akron-Urban Minority Alcoholism Drug Abuse Outreach Program, Inc. utilizes a holistic approach to provide multifaceted substance abuse education, prevention, treatment, and other services, which promote health and wellness within our communities, with emphasis on African Americans and other minorities. These services are rendered in a manner that is reflective and responsive to the cultural essence of the individuals, families and communities we serve.
We seek to provide successful, quality and appropriate levels of care for all residence of Summit County affording them an opportunity to reach self-sufficiency and improve their quality of life through Drug Free Living, thus, contributing to better schools, brighter futures and stronger communities for all.