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 DAYTON, OH – The Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) collaborated with the National Alliance on Mental Illness for Montgomery County (NAMI) to honor African American pioneers in the field of mental and behavioral health.

ADAMHS Executive Director, Helen Jones-Kelley, stated, “I believe it is very important that we honor and pay tribute to those who have contributed to the mental well-being of people across the world, in addition to paving the way for people of color in this field.” Jones-Kelley went on to add, “I am proud of the collaboration ADAMHS continues to have with our behavioral health system, including NAMI, to bring awareness about mental health to the black community, which ultimately reduces negative stigma around depression and anxiety. 

NAMI supports individuals and families by providing education and advocacy to those affected by biologically based brain disorders or mental illness. NAMI’s Executive Director, Linda Stagles stated, "I am personally excited and inspired by the African American Mental Health Pioneer campaign as I have learned a great deal and I believe gaining knowledge is the first step to gaining wisdom. Sharing it is the first step to humanity."

The campaign will honor the following African American mental health pioneers:

  • Solomon Carter Fuller, M.D.
  • Paul Bertau Cornely, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Mamie Phipps Clark, Ph. D.
  • Beverly Daniel Tatum 
  • Dr. Freda Lewis - Hall

If you have any questions regarding the campaign, please contact Samantha Elder, Director of Strategic Initiatives and Communication for Montgomery County ADAMHS at 


About Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS):

Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) is responsible for the planning, funding, and monitoring of public mental health and addiction treatment services for individuals and families of Montgomery County, Ohio. Under Ohio law, the ADAMHS Board is one of 50 Boards coordinating the public behavioral health and addiction treatment and recovery system in Ohio.