The Four County ADAMhs Board has received thousands of dollars from the state to help improve the lives of inmates who suffer from mental illness as they rejoin society.

Up to $30,000 has come to the local ADAMhs (Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services) Board from the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services to “provide necessary supports to successfully transition offenders with mental health problems into treatment programs prior to their release from prison,” according to a news release from the board.

At its Oct. 10 meeting, the board approved making these funds available to three agencies, including Maumee Valley Guidance Center, A Renewed Mind Behavioral Health and Recovery Services of Northwest Ohio.

Board CEO Rob Giesige said the funds could be used for a variety of non-treatment needs that would aim to help the offender link up with services upon their release from prison.

In other business, the board approved contracts with several organizations to provide D.A.R.E. programming in their communities.

The Defiance and Williams county sheriff’s departments will each receive $7,500 while the Fulton County prosecutor’s office will receive $6,500 and the village of Fayette will get $1,000.

A Henry County organization, Pillars of Success, will also receive $15,000 to help provide housing for families with a member who is recovering from a substance use issue. In order to receive housing assistance from Pillars of Success, an individual or family must be a Henry County resident who is homeless.

Two contract amendments were also approved for agencies to provide housing for clients.

Recovery Services will receive $8,873 to place a client in a group home, and Maumee Valley Guidance Center will receive $3,102 for a two-month residential placement.

Additionally, the board approved an expenditure of $5,000 as its share of the cost of a Williams County health needs assessment. Giesige explained that the board contributes to the cost of each county’s health needs assessment since it uses the results to help plan program and funding priorities.

The board also allocated $1,000 to four agencies to purchase IT equipment to report board-required client outcome and client satisfaction reports. Those agencies include A Renewed Mind, the Center for Child and Family Advocacy, Maumee Valley Guidance Center and Recovery Services of Northwest Ohio.

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