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Education & Prevention Classes

Attention, If you are in crisis and need immediate help:

  • Franklin County youth up to age 17, call Nationwide Children’s Crisis Line (614) 722-1800
  • Franklin County adults ages 18 and over, call Netcare Access (614) 276-CARE or (614) 276-2273
  • Call 9-1-1
  • Visit the emergency room
  • Call the Columbus Suicide Hotline (614) 294-3300 or (614) 221-5445
  • Call the toll-free National Suicide Hotline (800) 273-TALK or (800) 273-8255

Columbus Area Integrated Health Services

Program: intensive outpatient individual and group substance abuse counseling for adults, youth prevention programs, adult employment readiness programs, behavioral health and wellness programs, re-entry support
Eligibility: males and females, age 18 and older
Cost: government insurance (Medicaid, Molina, Caresource), self-pay (sliding scale fees based on income), no private insurance
Referral: individuals may refer themselves or be referred by someone else
1515 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio  43205
(614) 252-0711

Columbus Urban League (CUL)

Provides free prevention and education classes for teens and families on topics such as HIV / AIDS, alcohol and drug use, violence and more. They also have mentoring and leadership programs for teens.
788 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 257-6300

Directions for Youth & Families (DFYF)

Helps children with behavior problems, violence, aggressive behavior, juvenile crime, low self-esteem and anger issues.
Program / Eligibility: Behavioral Healthcare & Counseling: in-home and office-based individual and family counseling, group counseling, psychiatry, counseling for non-violent juvenile offenders, counseling for children who witness violence, substance abuse counseling, counseling for victims of sexual abuse and parenting programs
Anger Management Options (AMO): individual and family counseling for children ages 7 to 18 with anger management issues
government insurance (Medicaid, Molina, Caresource), private insurance and self-pay (sliding scale fees based on income)
individuals may refer themselves or be referred by someone else for the counseling programs, for psychiatric services they need to be referred through a Directions for Youth counselor
1515 Indianola Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
1414 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 294-2661

Leadership & Mentoring Programs for Teens

Mentoring and leadership programs help teens learn to become leaders in their school and community. They also prevent involvement in drugs, alcohol, gang activities and crime. Visit the CAP4Kids mentoring page to find out more about these programs.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Ohio

Their free classes help families coping with children and teens who have mental or emotional disorders. Common illnesses that are discussed include depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, panic disorder and more. Classes are free and offered at several different community sites. Call to register.
4500 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43213
(800) 686-2646 or (614) 501-6264

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Education Classes

Offers a range of free and low cost classes for parents of kids of all ages (infants to young adults) and abilities. Classes include: basic babysitter training, topics on babysitting raising and parenting children with hearing impairments, ADHD, autism, special needs, developmental disabilities, diabetes and more.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 355-0662

Ohio Federation for Children’s Mental Health

Provides support, advocacy and education to families and agencies and empowers families to use their strengths.  Support groups are available throughout the state for various ages and stages of development.
1225 Dublin Road, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 224-2700

Ohio Minds Matter (Ohio Psychotropic Medication Quality Improvement Collaborative)

This is a quality improvement initiative looking to increase timely access to safe and effective psychotropic medications, improve pediatric patient health outcomes and reduce potential medication-related issues. This website contains information for parents, providers and schools. There is a family toolkit to help you make good choices with your doctor about mental health care. Download resources for parents, physicians and educators to help understand mental conditions and medications commonly prescribed to treat those conditions.

Parenting Programs

Parenting programs help parents cope with the challenges of raising a child with behavioral problems. They may also help prevent a child’s involvement in drugs, alcohol, gang activities and crime. Go to the CAP4Kids parenting page, which has more information about these programs.

St. Stephen’s Community House

Helps youth in the Linden area deal with the challenges of growing up. They have free after school and summer programs, developmental groups, tutoring, parenting classes, family strengthening programs, home visitation services and more.
1500 East 17th Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 294-6347

The Center for Family Safety & Healing Community Training Programs

Offers community training programs in family violence education and prevention, which are important steps to help break the cycle of family violence in the community.  Various topics and programs are available and can be customized for schools, colleges/universities, faith-based organizations, healthcare systems, employers, legal systems, service providers and other audiences.
655 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio  43205
(614) 722-4830

The PEER Center

The Peers Enriching Each Others’ Recovery Center (P.E.E.R.) is a drop-in wellness and recovery center that offers one-on-one and group peer support with daily recreational activities for mental health, trauma and substance abuse.  No appointment needed.  They also have a “Warmline” to call for non-crisis support.
East:   1221 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
West:  1114/1116 West Broad Street Columbus, Ohio 43222
(614) 453-4830
Warmline:  (614) 358-TALK (8255)

Youth to Youth International

Youth to Youth International is a community-based drug prevention and youth leadership program for middle school and high school students.  The goal of its many projects is harnessing the powerful influence of peer pressure, making it a positive force that encourages youth to live free of tobacco, alcohol and drugs.  Call for meeting schedules and more information. 
547 East 11th Avenue, Columbus, Ohio  43211
(614) 224-4506