New Web Site Increases Cuyahoga County Residents and Organizations' Access to Mental Health Services

Nov 4, 2005
Cuyahoga County Community Mental Health Board (CCCMHB)

Cuyahoga County, Ohio – Residents and organizations of Cuyahoga County who are seeking a user-friendly Web site to find information on mental health, identify available services, and even keep personal records on secure servers, now have a new resource thanks to the Cuyahoga County Community Mental Health Board (CCCMHB). The CCCMHB recently unveiled this new Web site - www.cuyahoga.oh.networkofcare.org/mh - during its Roads to Recovery Conference.

Users can search the site's comprehensive service directory for mental health treatment and supportive services offered by the CCCMHB and other organizations. The site also supplies up-to-date information about diagnoses, insurance, legislation, advocacy, emergency services, anddaily news from around the world concerning mental health. It even allows users to establish private and secure folders to keep important information about health care, community support services and more, that can be shared with family, friends and providers. A special section for providers allows for the exchanging of ideas and challenges through private message boards and creation of separate Web sites.

"Most consumers, families and providers want up-to-date information about the symptoms of mental illness, as well as details on effective treatments and supportive services. But reliable information is not always available on the Internet. That is why we have decided to offer this service that provides accurate information about mental health," explained William M. Denihan, CEO of the CCCMHB.

CCCMHB's site, which is available in English, Spanish, Cantonese, Russian, Tagalog and Cambodian, is part of a model program that was developed in California and showcased in President Bush's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health Report. Funding for this project was provided by the Ohio Department of Mental Health in partnership with the CCCMHB.