Welcome to Akron UMADAOP

First, let me say thank you on behalf of the Board of Trustees and the staff for taking the time to visit our website. Our site was designed to provide information that is user friendly and accessible.

Working with reduced staff and resources these past several years has been challenging, but has forced Akron-UMADAOP to be creative with our time and resources, while still preserving the quality of care to our clients. Serving others is key to our mission and the success of our organization is based on relationships, trust, commitment and perseverance.

Having been with this organization for 24 years, I am constantly reminded that nothing is more important than providing and restoring the gift of health to those in our community who have somehow fallen short. Nevertheless, nothing is accomplished without people that are committed to service as you all have been. Everyday individuals come to us for services that I am very proud to say are delivered to them in a manner that demonstrates dedication, commitment and total competency. More importantly, it is provided by individuals such as you that continue to have our Agency at the Cutting Edge of Services and Best Practices.

Akron-UMADAOP, Inc.’s Mission is to utilize a holistic approach to multifaceted substance abuse education, prevention, treatment and other services, which promote health and wellness within our communities, with emphasis on African Americans and other minorities. It is my desire that we continue to strive to develop comprehensive Prevention and Treatment systems that create healthy communities in which the people of Summit County may continue to enjoy quality lifestyles.

Thank you for making all of this possible. We could not do this everyday, day-in and day-out, for our children and their families without your continued commitment. Let us all continue to pull together and be a pillar for each other so that Akron-UMADAOP, Inc. can remain a special place - a place of hope and healing, a place of second chances, a place of smiles and a place for a brighter tomorrow.

Yes, these are uncertain economic times, but the children and their families do not stop needing our care because of the challenges facing our communities and our nation. Thank you for giving and caring. Though we have achieved much, there is still much to do, as we stand firm on our commitment to continue to make a significant difference!

Donald Christian

Our History

The Urban Minority Alcoholism Drug Abuse Outreach Programs of Ohio [UMADAOPs of Ohio] were established in 1980 via legislation spearheaded by former State Representative William L. Mallory and other pioneers such as Former State Senator 9th District, William Bowen; State Senator, Ray Miller, Jr.; Professor Jackie Butler, University of Cincinnati; Former Vice President of the Volunteer Resource Division at the Community Chest in Cincinnati, Ohio, Don Turner; and Jewell Neely, Deputy Director of Program Services, Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services.

Since our inception, the UMADAOPs of Ohio have grown to become a vital force in meeting the substance abuse education, prevention, and treatment needs of African and Hispanic Americans throughout the State of Ohio. UMADAOPs of Ohio’s founder, William L. Mallory, believes that no other State has such a network and that the UMADAOPs of Ohio are to be A MODEL FOR THE NATION.

The Akron-Urban Minority Alcoholism Drug Abuse Outreach Program, Inc. utilizes a holistic approach to provide multifaceted substance abuse education, prevention, treatment, and other services, which promote health and wellness within our communities, with emphasis on African Americans and other minorities. These services are rendered in a manner that is reflective and responsive to the cultural essence of the individuals, families and communities we serve.


We seek to provide successful, quality and appropriate levels of care for all residence of Summit County affording them an opportunity to reach self-sufficiency and improve their quality of life through Drug Free Living, thus, contributing to better schools, brighter futures and stronger communities for all.


The Akron-Urban Minority Alcoholism Drug Abuse Outreach Program, Inc.’s basic philosophy is that addiction is best treated and prevented when the cultural dynamics of the group being targeted is addressed and included in the process of recovery and education.

Akron-UMADAOP, Inc. believes that addiction is a primary, progressive, chronic, fatal and treatable illness, which cannot be cured, but can be arrested. It is an illness of the total person, which has physiological, psychological, social-cultural and spiritual components and, therefore, requires a holistic approach.

The philosophy of Akron-UMADAOP, Inc. is that substance abuse education, prevention and treatment efforts must be culturally specific if the needs of the minority community are in reality going to be addressed.

© 2018 Akron UMADAOP

Accredited by: Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations

Prevention Certification by: Ohio Department of Alcohol & Drug Addiction Services
Prevention and Treatment Certified by: Ohio Department of Alcohol & Drug Addiction Services

Funded by: County of Summit Alcohol Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board
Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services
Summit County Juvenile Court
Summit County Children Services