Franklin County Urban Coalition (FCUC):  What is exciting about this coalition is that it is centered in prevention, and geared towards impacting community norms, lowering access and availability, changing media messages, and increasing policy and enforcement related to both alcohol and marijuana.

Coalition Partners:



Our Mission:

"To provide statewide leadership in establishing a high quality addiction prevention, treatment and recovery services system of care that is effective, accessible and valued by all Ohioans."

Our Vision:

"An addiction-free Ohio that promotes health, safety, and economic opportunity."


OHIO Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF SIG)

Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant. The Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant program is one of Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) infrastructure grant programs. SAMHSA's infrastructure grants support an array of activities to help grantees build a solid foundation for delivering and sustaining effective substance abuse and/or mental health services. The SPF SIGs, in particular, provide funding to States, Territories, and federally recognized Tribes and Tribal organizations to implement SAMHSA's Strategic Prevention Framework in order to:

  • prevent the onset and reduce the progression of substance abuse, including childhood and   underage drinking,
  • reduce substance abuse-related problems in communities, and;
  • build prevention capacity and infrastructure at the State/Tribal/Territory and community levels.

SAMHSA has funded 49 States, 19 tribes/tribal organizations, 8 Territories and the District of Columbia.

The Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) uses the following five-step process:

1. Assessment – Assess their prevention needs based on epidemiological data

2. Capacity – Build their prevention capacity

3. Planning –Develop a strategic plan

4. Implementation – Implement effective community prevention programs, policies and

5. Evaluation –
Evaluate their efforts for outcomes

Throughout all five steps, implementers of the SPF must address issues of sustainability and cultural competence.

Ohio's SPF SIG Goals are to:


  • Decrease the number of 18 to 25 year olds engaged in high risk use of alcohol
  • Decrease the number of 18 to 25 year olds engaged in the use of illicit drugs
  • Decrease the number of 18 to 25 year olds misusing prescription medications


ADAMH Board of Franklin County

ADAMH—the Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board of Franklin County—is making a difference in our community, restoring and improving people's lives. ADAMH funds, evaluates and plans for the necessary services in our community then purchases care from community experts.


Community for New Direction


Community for New Direction is an alcohol, tobacco, other drug and violence (ATOD-V) Prevention agency that believes in giving youth the best chance at a healthy and bright future.

CND gives skills in preparing our youth to be future leaders today.  As our children prepare for the future understand their roles as leaders among those that are younger and their peers.  Community for New Direction gives these leadership tools through our program, Future Opportunities Created for Urban Students in which students go through a 32 week leadership course that prepares them for the job force and higher education.

The roots of the New Direction program can be traced back to mid-1980's. The lack of positive opportunities in the community had caused too many youth to turn to the negative choices of drugs, alcohol, gang activities and crime. Several volunteer attempts to create positive recreational opportunities for Sullivant Gardens youth eventually grew into an official program called the Franklin County Youth Leadership Program in the spring of 1988. The program received administrative support from the Franklin County Juvenile Court and Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority(CMHA) and was funded by the Governer's Office of Criminal Justice Services through the Alliance for Cooperative Justice. The program was housed in a two-bedroom apartment, located at 610 Van Buren Drive, Apt. B.

Building on the work of the Youth Leadership Program, New Direction started as a consortium of county and state agencies working together to provide a range of services to high risk youth. The New Direction program as it currently exist officially began in February, 1989 as one of four demonstration projects funded through the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services(ODADAS), Franklin County, Alcohol Drug and Mental Health Board (ADAMH) and the Governor's Office on Criminal Justice Services(OCJS).

In 1990 the collaboration made a funding request to Columbus City Council to renovate the old laundromat building located at 651 Harmon Avenue.The City Council responded with a grant of $45,000 and the building opened for community use in late 1990.

In October 1991, the program went through a restructuring process. In the process, the program's focus on at-risk youth broadened to include comprehensive services to families,schools and the community. The new structure included the following: after-school social adjustment groups, employment stipend training, individual/family counseling, crisis intervention and in-school staff development training and mediation.

In October 1993 the New Direction program relocated its administrative office from the two bedroom aptartment on Van Buren to 859 West Mound St.

On April 27, 1994 the New Direction Program incorporated and became an official entity under the new name of the Community for New Direction. We were approved for 501(c) (3) status in April of 1995.

In 1999 the agency expanded to two locations after receiving a grant from the ADAMH Board..


Columbus Public Health


Protecting health, improving lives.

The department is charged with assuring conditions in which people can be healthy. Columbus Public Health is made up of a range of programs providing clinical, environmental, health promotion, and population-based services. The department has an annual budget of approximately $46 million and is staffed by 400 full-and part-time employees.


The mission of Columbus Public Health is to protect health and improve lives in our community.

Our Vision

The Columbus community is protected from disease and other public health threats, and everyone is empowered to live healthier, safer lives. CPH is the leader for identifying public health priorities and mobilizing resources and community partnerships to address them.

Our Public Health Goals

  • Identify and respond to public health threats and priorities.
  • Collaborate with residents, community stakeholders and policy‐makers to address local gaps in public health.
  • Empower people and neighborhoods to improve their health.
  • Establish and maintain organizational capacity and resources to support continuous quality improvement.


Columbus UMADAOP

The Urban Minority Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Outreach Program of Franklin County Inc. (UMADAOPFC) is designed to deliver Alcohol, tobacco, and other drug (ATOD) prevention services to the African American community in Franklin County. The agency uses a culturally specific approach to delivering direct services to our target population as well as advocating for their needs. UMADAOPFC uses evidenced based prevention for African Americans, which offers a theoretical approach that gives focus, and direction for programming and at the same time allows for creativity.



Maryhaven is Central Ohio’s oldest and most comprehensive behavioral healthcare organization specializing in treatment for addictive illness. Maryhaven incorporates a holistic approach to personal health and wellness that focuses on each patient’s individual physical and mental health needs to live a healthy and productive life. Our mission is to help men, women, and adolescents restore their lives when those lives have been interrupted by addictive or mental illness.

Maryhaven’s Gambling Intervention Program started in 2010 through a grant from The Columbus Foundation. One year later, funding was provided by the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services (ODADAS), now merged into the Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS), through the Ohio Lottery. Currently funding is received from the newly merged Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) as well as the Alcohol Drug and Mental Health Board (ADAMH) of Franklin County; these funds allow us to provide services at no cost to those in need.

Clarity Creative Institute

Clarity Creative Institute is a Digital Literacy organization that specializes in educational consulting, multimedia presentation, childhood obesity prevention, professional development and digital citizenship advocacy.


S4DDS (Services for Data Driven Solutions)

S4DDS-logo-greenS4DDS (Services for Data Driven Solutions) is a minority-female owned consulting firm providing custom research, evaluation and data services. Founded by Dr. Yvonne Olivares, a sociologist and applied methodologist, S4DDS specializes in hard-to-reach populations and technology research. S4DDS combines private sector practices with academic rigor to provide organizations with the information they need to make well-informed data driven decisions.


S4DDS is committed to providing data and information that provide Franklin County urban core communities a voice.


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Coalition Sector Representative Members:

Coalition Sector Representative Members


Prevention Organization 

Gregory Jefferson, OCPS

John Dawson, OCPS



Nettie Ferguson

Aaron Riley


Civic/Service Org

Craig Comedy, OCPS II



Yohannan Terrell

Alonzo Edmundo




John Logan



William Livisay, OCPS II


Young Adults

Georden P. Burton

Whitney Garrett

Tristen Hall

Devon McCallister



Pete Maneff



Denise Montgomery



Dr. Yvonne Olivares



Rev. Mike Dean


Law Enforcement

Steve Curl

Krysten Palmore



OSET is here to support participating Ohio county SPF SIG work. We are evaluators from Ohio University and the University of Cincinnati tasked with supporting Ohio SPF SIG sub-grantees. We are guided by Ohio's SPF SIG mission and mandate: To reduce alcohol and other drug consumption among individuals between the ages of 18-25. Specifically, we will assist in efforts to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate county prevention efforts. As counties move through the SPF process, we will be here to encourage documentation of day-to-day work, data-based decision making, and implementation of evidenced-based, culturally-competent practices.