OACFA Members of the Board
- Mark Mayle, President, Minerva
- Fraz Betts, Toledo
- Mark Zidian, Youngstown
- Ken “Skip” Hennessey, Cleveland
- Will Robbins, Cincinnati
- Gregory Jones, Cleveland
- Heidi Steens, Akron
- Dawn Campbell-Lavey, Lancaster
- Alando Longmire, Cincinnati
- Edward Fields, Cleveland
- Mike Falin, Dayton
Due to the closing of ten of Ohio’s psychiatric hospitals, approximately 20 years ago, there was a need for a structured and nurturing housing option for Ohio’s severely mentally disabled. Residential Class 2 Facilities (Adult Care Facilities) were established as private businesses or were part of a faith-based missions to serve these citizens.
The world of mental health is complicated and difficult. When it comes to advocacy and education, our goal is to make this process as easy as possible for those who are providers and those in search of quality housing for a loved one.
Society has rejected those that live with mental illness due to stigma, both historically and to this day. Most have even been rejected by their loved ones and families. Some were and presently are inappropriately placed in nursing homes, or other inadequate housing systems which are not equipped to handle their mental health needs.
The world of mental health is complicated and difficult. When it comes to advocacy and education, our goal is to make this process as easy as possible for those who are providers and those in search of quality housing for a loved one. These residential facilities provide a family-like atmosphere for those in their recovery process. We advocate for the general well-being, respect for those who live within these homes, the enhancement of those homes, identifying and promoting effective supports, resources and activities to increase the quality of life for those living with mental illness.