SAMI, or Substance Abuse Mental Illness, provides integrated, dual-disorder treatment services. An individual who suffers from a Dual-Disorder or Dual-Diagnosis needs a specialized treatment program that can treat both the substance abuse and mental health disorder.

The SAMI Programs are certified by Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services and Accredited by The Joint Commission.

The SAMI program is a court ordered program, created for the treatment of individuals who have been convicted of a felony and suffer from co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders. Together with the Butler County Court of Common Pleas, Horizon Services, Butler County TASC and Community Behavioral Health, SAMI Court provides participants with ongoing psychiatric treatment, case management, necessary medication, and substance abuse treatment.

The program length varies upon individual progress, but generally ranges from 12-24 months. The SAMI program aims to give participants the best years of their lives- sober, out of trouble, and on a regular medication to treat their disorders.

In order to qualify for SAMI court in Hamilton, a client must:

  • Be convicted of a felony
  • Suffer from an Axis I Severe Mental Health Disorder
  • Have a substance abuse problem
  • Be assessed by case manager and reviewed by a psychologist.
  • Judge must agree to placement.
  • A treatment team will decide to accept the client or refer them to another treatment program.

The SAMI program is a non-court ordered 36-week program offered to clients who suffer from both a substance abuse problem and a mental health disorder. The client does NOT need to be a felon in order to participate in the program.

For more information on SAMI, please contact:

Retrina Ralls, RN, Supervisor
(513) 868-5104

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