We’d like to introduce you to another member of the Richland County Opiate Board:

The Richland County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board

(The Board) is the local government statutory authority to plan, design, implement and evaluate publicly funded mental health and addiction services within the County. The Board does not provide direct services, so we contract with 5 local private non-profits, consisting of; Catalyst Life Services, Mansfield Urban Minority Alcohol and Drug Abuse Outreach Program (UMADAOP), Family Life Counseling and Psychiatric Services, Community Action for Capable Youth (CACY) and The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Richland County. In addition, we work with several other private organizations including; Third Street Family Health Services, Healing Hearts Counseling Center, The Community Alternative Center, Abraxas Ohio, Foundations for Living, Village Network, Visiting Nurse Association and several grassroot advocacy organization including Starfish Project, Project One, Reformer’s Unanimous and Fusion Church.

The Board works to assure that local programs are meeting the needs of the community in a trauma-informed and recovery-oriented manner and that local, state and federal tax dollars that are directed to treatment, prevention, education and support services are being used efficiently and effectively. The Board works to secure funding through a local levy, state and federal block grant funding as well as private foundations or other grant-based organization to continue to assure the provision of new and innovative practices in the behavioral health field.

The Board is also part of the joint effort to build the

New Beginnings Withdrawal Management Center

A ground-breaking ceremony was held for a the 16-bed Withdrawal Management and a 16-bed Residential Treatment Facility on August 27, 2018 at 11:00am at 711 Scholl Road, Mansfield, Ohio 44907. This project is being collaboratively funded by a State of Ohio Capital matching grant through the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. The local match is being collaboratively funded by the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board, Richland Foundation, S.N. and Ada Ford Foundation and Ohio Health. The treatment programming will be provided by Catalyst Life Services with medical services provided under subcontract with Third Street Family Health Services. This is truly a community wide effort to help address substance use disorders in Richland and surrounding counties. We will continue to provide updates as these buildings approach completion.

Richland County Mental Health And Recovery Services Board Logo
87 East First Street, Suite L, Mansfield, Ohio 44902
Phone: 419 774 5811 | Fax: 419 774 5816
Facebook: RichlandMentalHealth
Download our Richland County 1 pager of Mental Health & Addictions Service Providers

The RICHLAND COUNTY OPIATE BOARD is a unique broad-based collaboration of people from the treatment, enforcement, and judicial professions. It was formed to develop a proactive response to the Opiate Crisis in Richland County by people who are committed to the reduction of the fatal consequences of opiate abuse through education, response teams, and assistance in finding treatment.

Our Mission

Our mission is to create a system that allows the resident in need to effectively connect with and complete the opiate addiction recovery system in Richland County.

Our Goals

  1. To better understand the nature of the opiate problem through comprehensive information sharing between members of the board.
  2. To develop innovative proactive responses to the population of Richland County.
  3. To focus limited enforcement and intervention activities on identifiable risks. This is to include prevention and community education/awareness.

This website provides information, insight and most importantly connection to the help and hope available in Richland County, Ohio.

Two items you may want to download now to have on hand are; the Richland County 1 Pager, a simple document listing Richland counties addiction and mental health services and the Opiate Task Force Recovery Packet you can download here Opiate Task Force Recovery Packet

We will continue to update and add materials to help you, your loved ones, neighbors, friends and co-workers.

To help you become familiar with our local services we will regularly share about the members of the Opiate Review Board and how they serve you. Meet METRICH in our next post.

Richland County Opiate Board logo



The METRICH Enforcement Unit is a Multi-Jurisdictional Task Force responsible for investigating all aspects of drug trafficking and the crimes associated with importing drugs into Richland County, Ohio. The METRICH Enforcement Unit works closely with all Richland County law enforcement agencies as well as state and federal law enforcement agencies to disrupt the flow of illegal drugs being imported into Richland County, Ohio. METRICH’s proven methodology combines both long term and short term investigative efforts. Short term investigations are designed to have an immediate impact on neighborhood concerns and quality of life issues. Our long term investigations focus on identifying and eliminating drug trafficking networks between regional suppliers and source suppliers.

METRICH also assists area law enforcement agencies with overdose investigations, demand reduction presentations, neighborhood watch meetings, prescription drug diversion investigations and participates in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s “National Prescription Drug Take Back Day” twice a year. This drug take back initiative removes thousands of pounds of unused or expired medications every year which prevents the misuse or diversion of prescription medications.

METRICH also focuses on demand reduction presentations in the Richland County, Ohio community. The goal of demand reduction presentations is to educate the community about the current trends in the drug culture and METRICH detectives are available for presentations by calling the task force line at 419-755-9728.

The METRICH Enforcement Unit recognizes that we cannot arrest our way out of this opiate epidemic and while most of our responsibility is on the enforcement side, we have adopted the three pronged strategy of ENFORCEMENT, EDUCATION and TREATMENT. METRICH will assist those addicts who want to get help and direct them to those resources for treatment.

METRICH Commander: Lt. Joseph D. Petrycki– Mansfield Division of Police


Crime Line: 419-52-CRIME (419-522-2763)

Task Force Line: 419-755-9728