The Four County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services approved service contracts for the fiscal year starting July 1, 2016 totaling $4,266,500 at Thursday’s meeting (April 14).
The contracts with 11 of the board’s largest service providers cover a variety of mental health, addiction and family violence services as well as job training and housing services for qualifying individuals served by the ADAMhs Board system.
Specific agencies and contract amounts approved Thursday include Maumee Valley Guidance Center, $1.1 million; Family Services of Northwest Ohio (dba Four County Family Center and Comprehensive Crisis Care), $1 million; Recovery Services of Northwest Ohio, $550,000; and Health Partners of Western Ohio, $400,000.
Also: A Renewed Mind, $340,000; New Home Development Co., $279,000; Arrowhead Behavioral Health, $225,000; Quadco Rehabilitation Center, $169,000; the Center for Child and Family Advocacy, $126,500; Northwest Ohio Community Action Commission (the P.A.T.H. Center), $65,000; and Glenn Adult Foster Care, $12,000.
All of the contracts are essentially a continuation of current services and amounts except for Quadco and Arrowhead Behavioral Health.
The $169,000 contract with Quadco Rehabilitation Center is an additional amount of local funding. It is planned to provide job training and support services for clients who have successfully completed the Williams County Drug Court program and Health Partners of Western Ohio’s medication-assisted treatment program for addiction.
Clients who are capable of working, but lack some of the needed skills can be referred to Quadco to prepare them to become wage earners.
Next year’s contract with Arrowhead Behavioral Health was increased by $25,000 – primarily for detox services.
The board approved one other contract for next year with Toledo attorney Carla Davis to represent the board at civil commitment hearings at the state psychiatric hospital in Toledo. Her rate of pay will be $110 per hour.
The board approved a contract for outpatient psychiatric services with Unison Behavioral Health Group for the current year not to exceed $3,600. The Henry County sheriff’s office will receive $7,500 for the current fiscal year to support D.A.R.E. programming for fifth graders in that county.
Board CEO Les McCaslin reported that the state has approved $300,000 for an addiction clinic that A Renewed Mind plans to build later this year in Napoleon. Plans for the facility that is intended to be built on seven acres along Commerce Drive were announced last December; however, the project has been delayed for the completion of soil testing at the site.
McCaslin also reported that the Bryan Community Health Center has seen a tremendous growth in the volume of patients served. Operated by Health Partners of Western Ohio, the Center has seen increased patient volume in both February (900 patients) and March (1,100 patients) compared to an average of 170 patients a month before they moved into the much larger facility at 228 S. Main St. in late January.
“The health center is very busy, doing exactly what we want it to do,” he said.
He explained that a large part of the increase is due to the dental clinic that is operated from the center; however, all of its services have seen an increase in volume simply because they only had two patient rooms at their previous location in Bryan.
McCaslin also noted that most of the patients who receive medication-assisted treatment for opiate addiction through Health Partners are now self-referred. In the past, most of the patients in Health Partners’ Vivitrol program for the treatment of heroin or other opiate addiction were court-referred.
Through March, McCaslin reported that the board’s utilization of bed days at the state psychiatric hospital was 595 days, or nearly 37 percent, under budget.
Later this month, McCaslin told the board that he will attend a training in Miami, Florida, to become certified as a “treatment fellow” for the area juvenile courts. This is part of the statewide “Reclaiming Futures” program, which he explained as comparable to a drug court for juvenile offenders. The purpose of the program is to assure that juvenile alcohol and drug offenders receive treatment for their substance abuse problems.
At the end of the business meeting, the board met in executive session to discuss its performance evaluation of the CEO. Following the session, the board approved a three percent salary increase for McCaslin for each year of his contract.