The Urban Minority Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Outreach Program, Inc. (UMADAOP Lucas County) was started in 1980 as a result of a legislative bill passed by the Ohio General Assembly to address the problem of alcoholism and alcohol abuse in the African and Hispanic American community. A former Cincinnati state representative William L. Mallory was the founder and sponsor of the legislation that created the initial seven Ohio UMADAOP organizations. UMADAOP Lucas County serves residents that reside in Toledo, Ohio and throughout Lucas County located in Northwest Ohio.
Originally, the emphasis of the organization was on alcohol abuse and alcoholism. At that time, the organization’s name was the Urban Minority Alcoholism Outreach Program and it was known as (UMAOP). However, the need to provide similar Services for those at risk of abusing or becoming dependent on substances other than alcohol became increasingly apparent. Thus, in March 1989, the mission of the organization was expanded to include prevention and early intervention activities for those individuals at risk of abusing other drugs. At that time, the name changed to the Urban Minority Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Outreach Program and it has since been known as UMADAOP Lucas County. UMADAOP Lucas County is a private, not-for-profit corporation operating as a tax-exempt 501-(C) 3 organization under the laws of the United States Department of the Internal Revenue Service.