Marcia R Baldwin Juanita N Lewis Mary K Hilterbran Jack D Reed ‘I had no gumption except to get high’ Long-lost siblings meet for the first time after nearly six decades apart Freedom Festival to honor the American Flag ‘Music and Memory’ at Adams County Manor renews lives lost to dementia Adams County Sheriff’s Deputy takes gold at 2017 Ohio Police and Fire Games Toole awarded Winchester Alumni Scholarship Lady Devils host Summer Varsity Shootout In 14U, Peebles finishes regular season with blowout win Der professionelle Basketball-Traum Local pair attend Wabash College Wrestling Camp Shootouts in the summer time Eight dollars and three keys When life gets messy Hot summer days were no sweat Janice McGlothin Jeannine O Evans Gerald Grooms Marvin Setty Richard G Waldron Grand Marshals selected for West Union Fourth of July Parade Adams County, Maysville Vet team up to save injured dog Michael S Knauff Victor P Price Success builds from the bottom up Finalists named for 2017 Fair Queen Contest William Glenn DeWine, Reader Call For Tips in Rhoden Murder Investigation MHS principal to take superintendent post Peebles Skate Park now a reality 2017-18 Fur and Feather Ambassadors named Caley Grooms is Cattlemen’s Beef Ambassador Dr. Mueller leaving Health Department’s free clinic Hourglass Quilt Barn returning to Adams County Lung, Thornburg are First Team All-District selections North Adams hosts annual Boys Basketball Camps Walk-off winner Wanda Hill George D Johnson Life can be a juggling act My favorite thing to do on the farm Wolves in Adams County! Ronald L Wedmore Three lessons from Dad Donald D Morgan Wenstrup uninjured in Virginia shooting Portman staff to hold grant funding workshop Raymond E Applegate Keeping the Peebles tradition alive Back on the hardwood, local hoops squads compete in Monday Night League Seven county athletes recognized as All-SHAC Baseball honorees Stepping to the podium Lady Hounds host Youth Volleyball Camp Senior Profile: Bryan Young Junior Deputy Boot Camps kick off in Manchester Hayes pleads “not guilty” to 109 counts Six-year-old girl finds long-lost class ring Jefferson Alumni awards annual scholarships Paul Tate Jr Marcus I Cox Jewell Gill James M Hill Jr Jeffrey S Jones Samuel A Disher Jack Sterling BREAKING NEWS: Parents face charges after son overdoses on opiate License Hikes and Tall Turkey Tales Danger under every rock Reigning Miss Ohio USA will judge 2017 Adams County Fair Queen Pageant Gordley’s hoops career will continue at Mount St. Joseph Russell C Newman Kenneth C Thurman George Uebel Summer Reading Program underway Honor Flight carries local veteran to DC When rescuers become victims Passing the torch, West Union hosts week-long basketball camp for future Dragons SENIOR PROFILE: Sara Knechtly Terry L Powell Willie Shreffler James C Fitzpatrick Senior Profile: Austin Parks Six countians named to All-SHAC Softball squad Lady Indians get summer camp season underway Memorial Day services pay tribute to local veterans WUHS Steel Band will perform at Bogart’s SSCC announces Honors Lists for spring semester Peebles Elementary releases Honor Roll for final nine weeks West Union Elementary announces Honor Roll for fourth nine weeks Back to State! Mom calls daughter “living proof” seat belts save lives Rent-2-Own donation means new soccer scoreboard at WUHS NAHS student selected for Engineering Summer Camp Southern Hills Athletic Conferences honors Spring Sports athletes Senior Profile: Kailyn Boyd Madison Welch receives Riffle Scholarship Junior Achievement Volunteers visit county’s seventh graders

Mental Health levy on tomorrow’s ballot

image_311ADAMHS asks residents to support services for individuals and families in crisis –

Election Day Adams County voters will be asked to pass a county-wide levy benefitting the Adams, Lawrence, Scioto County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services(ADAMHS).
Funds generated by the levy will provide mental health and addiction treatment, crisis services, education and suicide prevention and awareness services through a network of local, community-based agencies.
“The services that this levy would create are critical to individuals and families in crisis,” said Susan Shultz, Executive Director of the ADAMHS Board of Adams, Lawrence, and Scioto Counties.
“The levy will be 1.5 mil for 10 years and will cost the average taxpayer with a $58,000 home, $30.45 a year.
“The levy will allow us to continue to support families and individuals with mental health and addiction needs,” said Shultz, “Without levy funding, there will be a decrease in the availability of services, due to significant cuts in state funding over the past six years.”
If voters approve the levy on Nov. 8, ADAMHS will continue to provide a safety net for individuals and families needing mental health and/or alcohol/drug addiction services who do not have Medicaid or insurance.
According to Shultz, the cost of treating mental health conditions is significantly lower than the cost to the community when people do not receive needed help. For every $1 invested in treatment, there is a $7 savings in costs to other systems such as jails, courts, hospitals, children’s protective services, schools and employers.
“Every dollar lost through lack of funding can limit services to Adams, Lawrence, and Scioto county residents who have mental illness or a drug/alcohol problems,” said Shultz, “Levy funds can help with these limitations.”
How do individuals, families and communities benefit from services funded by a mental health and addiction recovery levy?
“By supporting the levy you are making a difference for our communities and our future,” said Shultz.
“The levy will help create safe communities where residents in crisis (including those at risk for suicide) can access a 24-hour Crisis Hotline (1-855-381-1010) for information and referral services.
The levy will help create healthy and safe conditions for children and teens allowing them to grow up in an environment where mental health issues, including sexual/physical abuse, are taken care of in a timely manner.”
The levy will provide funding to educate students on the harmfulness of drug use and assist them in making healthy life choices.
Working adults will have access to services funded by the levy so they can remain on the job – which benefits their families and allows businesses to maintain a productive work force.
Levy money will help support the Suicide Awareness and Prevention Coalitions within our communities.
Community life is improved for everyone because levy funds ensure that residents with limited incomes have access to affordable mental health and addiction treatment. Individuals and families pay what they can afford based on income.
The levy provides funding which enables the county to respond to mental health and addiction issues in communities after a disaster or a crisis.
Safety personnel are safer and have more tools to help persons in crisis because levy funds support special Crisis Intervention Team training. They learn skills to stay safe on the job, while ensuring the person with mental illness is safe and receives appropriate services.
“We’d also like to get satellite crisis centers in Lawrence and Adams Counties,” said Shultz, “It’s often easier for a client to work on healing if they can remain in their own community. Sometimes it’s hard to be away from your family.”

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