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Health & Wellness Help


find help in Tough Times logo Health & Wellness Help includes links to information and resources for low-cost health care, insurance, prescription drugs, mental health and disability services.


Ohio Here to Help from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services brings together additional resources including many on health.


Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services maintains a listing of available services in all 88 counties of Ohio. Programs include substance abuse treatment and prevention.

The Ohio Medicaid Program  provides medical assistance to people who qualify. Medicaid Fact Sheets answer many frequently asked questions

The Ohio Department of Health oversees numerous special programs such as Child and Family Services, Medical Specialty Clinics, the WIC program, and HIV care.  The ODH web site provides contact information. Vital statistics, licensees and registrants, and public health information are also available on the ODH web site.


Ohio's "Best Rx" is a prescription drug discount program designed to lower the cost of prescriptions for Ohio residents without prescription drug coverage who are 60 years of age or over or under age 60 with annual family incomes of less than 300 percent of the federal poverty level. You may apply online or obtain an application at many local community health centers, pharmacies, hospitals, or by calling 1-866-923-7879.


The Golden Buckeye Card, free to Ohioans 60 and over as well as adults age 18-59 with disabilities as defined by Social Security, offers discounts at merchants of all types, including prescription drug benefits.

If you recently lost your employer-provided health insurance or have been uninsured for some time, the Ohio Department of Insurance can help you understand the available coverage options.  Call 1-800-686-1526 for more information.

Apply Now for High Risk Pool! - The Temporary High Risk Pool is a federally subsidized health plan, authorized under the Affordable Care Act, which makes coverage for individuals with pre-existing conditions more affordable. The Ohio Department of Insurance chose Medical Mutual of Ohio to administer the program. In their proposal, Medical Mutual estimated that with the available funding they can cover more than 5,000 Ohioans through the duration of the program, with individuals paying a standard rate premium for their coverage. High Risk Pool FAQs.

The Ohio Department of Mental Health has a "Getting Treatment: Where to Get Help" web page listing over 20 different types of available support which can be located by zip code or county.

The federal National Mental Health Information Center has links to resources throughout the United States and serves as a primary advocate for mental health.

Suicide Prevention Hotlines for each county in Ohio may be found on the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation web site.  Or, call 800-273-TALK (8255) from anywhere in Ohio.

ACTION OHIO provides programs, services, and resources to survivors of domestic violence and works for the eradication of family violence. Domestic Violence Shelters in Ohio lists contact information by county for shelters in Ohio.  Their list of Links to Related Services provides many additional sources of help.

Ohio Legal Services, providing legal assistance to low-income Ohioans, maintains the Ohio DV Resource Center.

Many types of Resources and Support for Caregivers may be found at