ABOUT AKRON UMADAOP
Ohio’s Urban Minority Alcoholism Drug Abuse Outreach Programs (UMADAOPs) were founded in 1980 based on state legislation intended to meet the needs of Ohio’s African American community in the field of substance abuse education, prevention, and treatment. The Akron center, located in the city’s Highland Square neighborhood, also offers services for members of the Hispanic community. Services consist of outpatient addiction treatment, re-entry services for those involved in the criminal justice system, and preventative and educational programs.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
The center provides culturally specific, holistic, and multidisciplinary care. UMADAOPs view addiction as an illness of the whole person, including his or her physiological, psychological, social-cultural, and spiritual background.
The center offers intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) in the daytime and the evening, as well as general outpatient care. Programs use case management services as well as individual and group counseling. Assessments are conducted on-site, and the center also provides, though it does not specify what these are.
Most services are offered during the week; Saturday appointments are available by request only.
The center also runs youth mentoring and youth-led prevention programs designed for those ages six through 18. Programming aims to be preventative and to provide education about substance abuse. The UMADAOPs criminal justice re-entry programs are built around case management and life-skills training services.
The center’s staff consists of medical doctors and counselors. Both individuals polled by Best-rehabs.com to date gave the center five out of five stars for its staff’s level of training and experience.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The single alum polled by Best-rehabs.com to date would recommend treatment at Akron UMADAOPs. “Decent treatment,” they wrote anonymously, giving the center four out of five stars for its overall effectiveness and its counseling options, and five stars for its family program.
At the time of this writing, the center had a three-star rating and a four-star rating, based on five stars, with no accompanying commentary, on Facebook.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The single loved one polled by Best-rehabs.com to date gave very positive feedback, awarding the center four or five out of five stars in all 15 of the evaluated treatment metrics, including its overall effectiveness, its family program, its counseling options, and its treatment for co-occurring disorders. “Very nice, helpful, experienced staff. Worth the cost and stay, excellent experience,” they wrote.
WHAT STAFF SAY
At the time of this writing, Akron UMADAOP had a five-star rating and a three-star rating, based on five stars, on employment review site Indeed. Both reviewers praised the work itself: “Staff was wonderful. working with the youth was excellent. workshops and conferences was excellent,” one former prevention specialist wrote anonymously in a representative review; however, the same reviewer cited “a lot of conflicts between managment and employees.”
As a state agency, the center is funded by local government boards such as the Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services; however, it’s not clear whether clients must pay any supplementary fee for services. The two reviewers polled by Best-rehabs.com to date gave the center a two-star rating and a five-star rating for its affordability.