Substance Abuse Resources & Disability Issues

Josephine F. Wilson, D.D.S., Ph.D., Director

Deaf off Drugs and Alcohol


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Deaf off Drugs and Alcohol (DODA) is a grant-funded project to improve alcohol and drug treatment services for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. DODA counselors, case managers and coordinators are all fluent in American Sign Language and knowledgeable about deaf culture.

Why are alcohol and drug treatment services different for deaf and hard-of-hearing people?

One of the most important parts of treatment is communication. Deaf off Drugs and Alcohol will help treatment providers and deaf and hard-of-hearing consumers develop effective communication strategies so communication barriers are removed and treatment can begin.

Who is eligible?

Any deaf or hard-of-hearing person living in Ohio needing alcohol or drug treatment services or recovery support services is able to participate.

We can help

DODA will help deaf and hard-of-hearing people successfully participate in their local treatment program, while receiving additional educational and support services. DODA can:

  • Assist with finding and providing local treatment.
  • Develop a communication plan based on consumers' needs and preferences.
  • Assist individuals in developing a plan to live alcohol and drug free.
  • Provide additional counseling and case management services through videophone appointments.
  • Consult with treatment providers about interpreting needs.
  • Assist in finding interpreters for Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA).
  • Advocate for additional services or accommodations when necessary.

Is DODA a credentialed treatment program?

DODA is based in the Consumer Advocacy Model (CAM) program located in Montgomery County (Dayton) Ohio. CAM has dual accreditation from the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services (ODADAS) and the Ohio Department of Mental Health (ODMH). DODA counselors and staff members have more than 20 years of experience with deaf and hard-of-hearing people. DODA is a cooperative effort of the WSU Substance Abuse Resources and Disability Issues (SARDI) program, CAM, the Deaf Community Resource Center, CSD of Ohio and ODADAS. The program is funded by the SAMSHA Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (Grant #: TCE# 1H79T1019320).


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If you have questions, know someone who needs assistance or would like to receive help, please contact one of the following people:

Susan M. Fraker, AAS, BA, CI & CT, NAD IV
Project Coordinator, CAM
6 South Patterson Blvd.
Dayton, OH 45402
Voice: 937-222-2400, ext. 231
Videophone: 937-641-8173
Cell/text message: 937-231-3261
Fax: 937-222-7522
susan.fraker@wright.edu

Sandy Castle, AAS, LSW, MRC
Social Worker/DODA Counselor
Deaf Community Resource Center
3333 Stanley Ave.
Dayton, Ohio 45404
Voice: 937-227-3272, ext. 111
Video phone: 937-227-3272
TTY or fax: 888-827-9731
scastle@dcrcohio.com