The Hispanic UMAOP (Hispanic Alcohol Program) was initially established through UMAOP (Urban Minority Alcoholism Outreach Program) in 1979. Its services were first provided by the Cleveland Department of Health in 1981. At the time, one Spanish speaking outreach worker was employed to educate the Hispanic community and the treatment providers about the culturally specific needs of the Hispanic Alcoholics and Alcohol Abusers. By 1983, two bilingual/bi-cultural outreach workers were conducting classes, door-to-door canvassing, agencies in-service programs, and client identification and referral services.
In 1984, the Hispanic UMADAOP was moved to Catholic Counseling Center so that the staff could be located in an agency more closely serving the Hispanic Community. The staff grew to include a female outreach worker for women and family education, an outreach worker for Lorain, Ohio, a senior outreach and referral counselor and a project director. The time with Catholic Counseling Center was also viewed as an opportunity to develop the leadership skills of a new group of professionals: Hispanic alcoholism and drug prevention/education specialists.