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VNA of OH Awarded $824K Grant from ADAMHS Board to Support Mental and Behavioral Health

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 29, 2021


Innovative Collaborate, Advocate, Redefine and Educate (CARE) Program Provides High Quality Care

CLEVELAND, OH: The Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio (VNAO), a home-based services provider, has received an $824,912 grant from the ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County, which is responsible for the planning, funding and monitoring of public mental health and addiction treatment and recovery services delivered to the residents of Cuyahoga County.

The ADAMHS Board grant supports VNAO’s efforts for the newly created Collaborate, Advocate, Redefine and Educate (CARE) Program which provides home-based wraparound services and supports for individuals 18 years or older with severe mental illness and substance use disorders. CARE works to establish a support network for each patient which includes a Community Health Worker to connect the patient to social services in the community, an assigned Social Worker, an Occupational Therapist, if needed, and matching the patient with a peer. Using a single team approach with a customized plan, patients benefit from coordinated services and enhanced communications with healthcare providers to decrease hospitalizations and provide necessary tools and resources for compassionate home care.

On receiving the grant VNAO President Lisa Von Lehmden Zidek said, “The COVID-19 pandemic has caused an increase in people experiencing anxiety, mental illness and substance use disorders. VNAO is proud to support people in recovery, and the CARE program will be our cornerstone.” Zidek continued, “We are grateful to the ADAMHS Board for their support and recognizing our mission to build a comprehensive program focused on people in the place they want to be the most, their homes.”

VNAO Clinical Manager for Behavioral Health Tara Brown said of the CARE program, “I’m honored to lead VNAO’s Behavioral Health team, and we are excited to bring a team of experienced clinicians directly to our patients to provide compassionate healthcare and truly make a difference in our community.”

For additional details about this grant please visit the ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County announcement at:

About Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio (VNAO) – Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio is a nonprofit agency that provides expert and comprehensive home health and hospice care in the privacy and comfort of patients' homes. Founded in 1902, VNA of Ohio helped pioneer home healthcare; today it’s the largest home healthcare provider in the state, serving thousands of patients and families throughout Northeast, Northwest, Central, and Mid-Ohio. For more information, visit

Lisa Von Lehmden Zidek, President
Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio