During their regular June meeting on Thursday, the Four County board of alcohol, drug addiction and mental health services approved a renewal levy for the November ballot. This renewal issue seeks seven-tenths of a mill over a five-year period; to help fund behavioral health services, for residents of Henry, Fulton, Defiance and Williams Counties that have limited incomes.
This levy was first approved by voters in 1989, and has been approved by voters four times since then. The Four County Adams Board counts on this levy to generate 2.15 million dollars each year.
Last year, the Adam’s Board provided services in mental health, addiction, and family violence treatment to over 5,700 children and adults on a sliding fee basis. Executive Director for the Adams Board, Les McCaslin reports, since this renewal levy was passed five years ago, the state has cut funding for the four county agency by 1.6 million dollars.
The board also approved contracts of $120,000 for women’s counseling and residential treatment services for Recovery Services of Northwest Ohio.
An additional $70,000 was approved for the Maumee Valley Guidance Center. And the Adams Board made a commitment of $30,000 for a 10-unit permanent supported-living apartment complex in Defiance. Michael Chadwick of Liberty Center was elected chairperson of the board for the coming year; with Jim Watkins of Bryan selected as vice-chair.