Mental Health Renewal Levy, Allocations Discussed At October ADAMhs Board Meeting

With early voting underway and the election just over three weeks away, Four County ADAMhs Board CEO Les McCaslin updated the board on the mental health renewal levy at Thursday’s (October 13) ADAMhs Board meeting.

The seven-tenths mill renewal levy that is on the ballot generates just over $1.7 million a year and represents 29 percent of the board’s total operating revenue. First approved in 1982, voters have renewed it every five years. For the owner of a $100,000 home, the levy costs $16.45 a year.

Last year, the levy helped fund a variety of behavioral health services for 7,037 residents of Defiance, Fulton, Henry and Williams counties.

McCaslin also reported that Upton Heights Apartment, a 10-unit supervised housing complex in Defiance, is costing the board less than anticipated. He explained that most of the residents are employed and able to pay their share of the monthly rent without ADAMhs Board assistance.

Later this month, he will participate in two Defiance County drug forums where he will explain treatment options. The forums will be in Hicksville on October 18 at the Huber Opera House and in Defiance on October 20 at the Defiance Community Auditorium. Both forums start at 6:30 p.m. and are open to the public.

He also reported that the board and NAMI Four County are co-sponsoring a week-long CIT (crisis intervention team) training for area law enforcement later this month.

The board approved a number of business items, including:
•$15,000 for Pillars of Success, a Henry County organization that provides transitional housing and supportive services for families or a single parent with children while the adult establishes a solid recovery plan and support.

•Transferred $61,000 of unused building funds that had been approved to help construct a 10-bed adult crisis stabilization unit on the Comprehensive Crisis Care complex in Napoleon. The funds were moved to the agency’s operating budget for the adult CSU once it opens early next year. McCaslin explained that the project, which is nearing completion, is both under-budget and has received an additional $100,000 in state funding.

•$28,200 for Maumee Valley Guidance Center for client placements in a group home.

•$7,000 for Recovery Services of Northwest Ohio to start an in-home detoxification program primarily for opioid or other non-life threatening detoxification needs. McCaslin explained that the protocol is for a course of treatment of up to seven days and utilizes home health nurses under the supervision of the agency’s doctors as a less expensive detox option for clients who do not need to be hospitalized.

•A $15,000 increase in the amount of money allocated for adolescent placements. This brings the total amount allocated for adolescent placements to $111,000 for the fiscal year. Placement costs are typically shared by several organizations.

•Up to $31,062 for the Defiance, Fulton, Henry and Williams county Family and Children First Councils to use to fund short term respite care for children and youth. The purpose is to provide families and unpaid care-givers temporary relief from the around the clock care of children under the age of 21 who have a mental illness.

Katie Rosenbeck, a pediatric nurse practitioner with the Bryan Community Health Center, gave a presentation on the services that they provide for children as well as adults. She told the board that when adult, children and adolescent patients come to the Health Center they receive a comprehensive screen to determine their overall health status.

As a pediatric mental health specialist she explained that she has been trained to recognize children who may have behavioral, emotional and mental health or mental health issues. She noted that the Health Center has two mental health professionals on staff and that they will also refer patients who might be best served by another ADAMhs-affiliated agency to that agency.

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