Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Recognized with Everyday Ohio Hero Award

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Every April during National Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund honors Everyday Ohio Heroes in each of our eight prevention council regions.  This year the Western Ohio Regional Prevention Council is excited to announce that the Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, & Mental Health Services Board (ADAMHS) has been selected as the region’s award winner.

Helen Jones-Kelley, executive director of Montgomery County ADAMHS, said the agency was honored to receive the Everyday Ohio Hero’s Award. “I am very proud of our staff and the great work our agency does to prevent, treat, and raise awareness about childhood trauma,” she said. 

Childhood trauma will continue to be a focus for ADAMHS programs and services during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. “Our agency currently provides trainings to the community, some of which are specifically focused around the mental health and needs of children,” Jones-Kelley said. “Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be adding virtual training options and resources to our website to equip families and children with the tools they need right now.”

ADAMHS has trained over 2,600 professionals, parents, and caregivers in Trauma 101 and equipped over 100 individuals as trainers. The Western Ohio Regional Prevention Council includes 13 counties that have been able to engage local parents and community members in child abuse and neglect prevention by hosting ADAMHS trauma trainings.

“ADAMHS has demonstrated dedication and commitment to increasing awareness of the long-term effects of childhood trauma and building resiliency skills for families and caregivers,” said Geraldine Pegues, Director of Montgomery County Human Services Planning and Development, who nominated ADAMHS for the Everyday Ohio Heroes Award in the Western Ohio region. “We are thrilled to see them given this well-deserved recognition, and we celebrate their leadership team and staff members as Everyday Ohio Heroes.”

For more information about the Western Ohio Regional Prevention Council, please visit: https://octf.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/octf/what-we-do/regional-prevention-councils/Western