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The Lake County ADAMHS Board

The Lake County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board is responsible for planning, funding and evaluating our local network of mental health and addiction recovery services.
  • We facilitate treatment for our neighbors who have a mental illness or addiction. We facilitate support for their family members.
  • We fund Lake County’s Suicide Prevention Coalition, Crisis Hotline, and Trauma Response team.
  • We’re partners in the Lake County Opiate Task Force and the Lake County Prosecutor’s Victim Assistance program.
  • We fund annual training for police, EMT, fire fighters and other first responders to help them react safely and effectively when they encounter mental illness symptoms in the line of duty.
  • We fund 24/7 trained social workers at LakeHealth’s Emergency Departments in Willoughby and Concord to help those experiencing a mental health crisis.

A board of directors – all Lake County residents who serve without compensation – oversees our work and votes on major funding decisions. Board members include medical professionals, mental health and recovery experts, consumers (people who need and use services), relatives of consumers, community leaders, and business professionals. The resulting blend of expertise and perspectives makes the Lake County ADAMHS Board uniquely qualified to handle these important issues effectively and efficiently.

Looking for help, but not quite sure where to start?

Recently, the Lake County ADAMHS Board launched a new initiative to shorten the distance between needing help and getting help. It’s called the Compass Line.


The Compass Line is a central, user-friendly entry point for those who find themselves in need of services, but aren’t quite sure where to start. “We felt that too often, people seeking help were being asked to figure things out on their own,” explains ADAMHS executive director Kim Fraser. “Deciding which agency offers the best potential match for a particular set of circumstances can be a bit daunting – especially for folks who have not navigated these waters before. That’s what the Compass Line is here to help with.” 

A call to the Compass Line at 918-2000 or 350-2000 (both 440) will put you in touch with a trained triage specialist – someone who will help you sort through feelings and symptoms, explore and explain options, and get you connected firmly and quickly with help resources. Compass Line hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 

More information about the ADAMHS Board, its network of service providers, and the Compass Line is available at www.HelpThatWorks.us.