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Education & Prevention Classes

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

Center for Family Safety & Healing

Addresses all aspects of family violence including child abuse and neglect, teen dating abuse, domestic violence and elder abuse. They offer a continuum of research-based prevention, intervention and treatment programs for individuals (like counseling, prenatal/early intervention services, medical services for foster children and community training programs) who have experienced family violence.
655 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205

  • General: (614) 722-8200
  • Adult Counseling Services: (614) 722-8293
  • Child Assessment Center: (614) 722-3278
  • Child & Family Counseling: Intake – (614) 722-8212 or Questions/Concerns – (614) 722-8210
  • Community Training Programs: (614) 722-4830
  • Fostering Connections Program: (614) 722-6789

familysafetyandhealing.org

Children & Adults with Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) of Columbus

This national organization has a local chapter that offers support and guidance to children and adults with ADHD. Visit their website for contact information.
Program: support groups and educational events
Eligibility: males and females, teens and adults, no age or education requirements
Cost: some events are free and others require a small membership fee
Referral: no referral needed
Marburn Academy
9555 Johnstown Road, New Albany, Ohio 43054
ADHD Helpline: (800) 233-4050
columbuschadd.weebly.com
National website: chadd.org

Columbus Area Integrated Health Services

Program: intensive outpatient individual and group substance abuse counseling for adults, youth prevention programs, adult employment readiness programs, primary care, 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-area.com

Columbus Urban League (CUL)

A community‐based, non‐profit, advocacy organization that works to empower African Americans and marginalized groups through economic, educational and social progress with programs, classes and services. Visit the website to learn more about the different programs that fall under these six categories:

788 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 257-6300
cul.org

Directions for Youth & Families (DFYF)

Program: Offers youth and their families mental, emotional and behavioral health programs and services. Licensed social workers and counselors provide counseling and clinical treatment programs addressing a range of issues including school concerns, sexual abuse, delinquency, domestic violence, family conflict, substance abuse and mental health issues. They also offer parenting classes, free kindergarten readiness programs and after-school and summer programs at their two youth centers.
Eligibility: male and female, ages vary per program
Cost: government insurance (Medicaid, Molina, Caresource), private insurance and self-pay (sliding scale fees based on income); most programs are free
Referral: 
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

  • DFYF Main Office
    1515 Indianola Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
    (614) 294-2661
  • DFYF East Office
    3616 East Main Street, Whitehall, Ohio 43213
    (614) 251-0103
  • Ohio Avenue Youth Center
    657 South Ohio Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 258-8043
  • Crittenton Center
    3840 Kimberly Parkway, Columbus, Ohio 43232
    (614) 694-0203

Intake: (614) 294-2661
dfyf.org

Drug Safe Worthington

Provide resources, services and workshops the promote a culture that prevents drug and alcohol abuse, while supporting individuals and families affected by substance abuse. Visit the website for contact information.
Worthington Resource Pantry
6700 Huntley Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
drugsafeworthington.org

Franklin County Public Health (FCPH)

Offers many services and resources, including:

  • Free tobacco cessation counseling for residents over the age of 18
  • Birth/death certificates
  • Plumbing inspections
  • Low cost healthcare and immunization clinics
  • Community training on naloxone and opioid overdoses
  • Lead inspection
  • Free home radon test kits

280 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 525-3160 or (800) 750-0750 TTY/TDD
Weekend, Holiday and After Hours Emergency Hotline: (614) 525-3965
myfcph.org

Mental Health America of Franklin County (MHAFC)

Offers advocacy, pregnancy and postpartum mental health services, support groups for people struggling with various mental health challenges, workplace and community educational programs, professional training and an online resource directory. Their free, confidential Ombudsman Program for residents of Franklin County offers a caring, knowledgeable mental health professional who helps individuals and their family members resolve problems related to mental health services. They listen to concerns or complaints and can help parents and families find needed community resources.

2323 West Fifth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43204
Mental Health America: (614) 221-1441
Ombudsman Program: (614) 242-4357
mhafc.org

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Franklin County / Ohio

Provides support, advocacy and education to improve the quality of life for people with mental illness, and offer support to their families and close friends. Support groups and educational classes are available free of charge throughout Ohio for various ages and stages of development. Franklin County residents may call 9-1-1 and request a police officer who has received specialized training in mental health and substance abuse issues (a CIT officer). NAMI Franklin County Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Program is a police-based pre-arrest jail diversion program.
1225 Dublin Road, Columbus, Ohio 43215

  • Franklin County: (614) 501-6264
  • Ohio: (614) 224-2700

namifranklincounty.org
namiohio.org

Ohio Preschool Expulsion Prevention Partnership (OPEPP)

Helps licensed preschools and child care providers in Ohio with preschool-age children whose behavior poses challenges in the preschool setting, putting them at risk for expulsion. To access on-site consultation services call the number below or complete their online request form. OPEPP is a collaboration among the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS), Big Lots Behavioral Health Services at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and local early childhood mental health providers.
(844) 678-2227
nationwidechildrens.org/preschool-expulsion-prevention

The PEER (Peers Enriching Each Others’ Recovery) Center

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.

  • 205 North Hamilton Road, Columbus, Ohio 43213
    (614) 453-4830
  • 860/866 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43222
    (614) 453-4840

Warmline: (614) 358-8255
thepeercenter.org

Youth to Youth International

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.
Office: 1420 Fields Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43211
Mailing: 547 East Eleventh Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43211
(614) 224-4506
youthtoyouth.net