Addressing Addiction and Mental Health Services At a Local Level

An app made with the Dayton community in mind to make services for mental health and addiction more accessible.

Client // MCADAMHS
The Problem

In May 2016, Dayton, Ohio was ranked number for most overdoses. Now coined the “Heroin Highway”, we’ve learned that our beloved city is actually attracting people suffering from addiction to the area just to buy Heroin or Heroin fentanyl. Some return home, some overdose and die in public. The epidemic isn’t just affecting the stereo-type addict. Fentanyl addiction knows no age, gender, or class. Many people are becoming addicted after having received pain medication containing synthetic opioids after having surgery or being injured. Miami county exceeded it’s record in drug related deaths in 2017 with over 400 people dying by May.

“Phil Plummer, the sheriff of Montgomery County, responds to an overdose call in North Dayton at 1:52 P.M. According to Plummer, the peak time for overdose is 6 P.M.”
Photography and description taken from THE NEW YORKER.

In 2017, Suicide Rates in Dayton are at a 30 year high. Records of suicide have jumped 24% across the United States just in the last 15 years. “As part of our investigation, we obtained records from the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office and looked at the details of every suicide in Montgomery County over the past 10 years. We learned that 3.5 times as many men choose suicide over women and Caucasians are 6 times more likely to die by suicide. The suicide rate in Montgomery county rose from 76 in 2015 to 87 last year.” -WHIOTV

“1 in 5 Adults have a mental health condition. That’s over 40 million Americans; more than the populations of New York and Florida combined.

Youth mental health is worsening. Rates of youth with severe depression increased from 5.9% in 2012 to 8.2% in 2015. Even with severe depression, 76% of youth are left with no or insufficient treatment”

The State of Mental Health in America
A Solution

The Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) of Montgomery County is responsible for the planning, funding and monitoring of public mental health and alcohol and other drug addiction services. When they came to the public asking for help to create a tool that would help EMTs and other public servants provide access to Addiction and Mental Health Services for people in the community, we were more than eager to rise to the challenge. With ADAMHS having received the highest level of recognition by the Ohio Association of County Behavorial Health Authorities for administering increased accountability and consistent standards that advance the behavioral health system, we were confident this tool would be an important first step in addressing the challenges facing our community.