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The Campaign Opens for Ballot Issue 11

Sojourner’s Truth Staff

The campaign in support of Issue 11 for the Mental Health & Recovery Services Board (MHRSB) of Lucas County, got off to an impressive start on Thursday, September 6, as dozens of supporters gathered outside the Toledo headquarters of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) to cheer on the board and its campaign.

Issue 11 is a request of Lucas County voters to approve the renewal of a 1.0 mill levy. The levy, if approved, will be renewed for 10 years, will raise $7.1 million per year and will cost the homeowner of the property valued at $100,000 $30.22 annually.

“This is a renewal, not a new tax,” said Rev. D.L. Perryman, D.Min, board member and the chairman of the Citizens for Mental Health 2018 Levy Committee (Issue 11). “This is the 50th anniversary for the Mental Health Board. That’s five decades of helping people find their way. It’s safe to say our job has never been tougher – the opiate crisis, suicides are up 20 percent in the last two years, the demand for mental health services is rising …”

D.L. Perryman, D.Min

Dr. Donna Woodson, MD, a primary care physician who is serving as the honorary co-chairman of the of the renewal effort said: “Issue 11 will help badly needed recovery services get to people in the community … this will make our community healthier and safer.”

Also speaking at the kick-off event were Lucas County Sheriff John Tharp and NAACP President Ray Wood, among others.

MHRSB is authorized by the Ohio Revised Code as the community safety net for uninsured, underinsured or indigent persons who need mental health and/or substance abuse recovery services. In the current fiscal year, MHRSB is projected to spend about $24.5 million in public funds to support 67 programs that will provide prevention, treatment and recovery support services to an estimated 32,000 Lucas County residents. The programs are provided by 27 organizations that employ 1,800 local residents.

Sixty-nine percent, or about $17 million, of the MHRSB revenue is provided by three property tax levies: a 1.0 mill levy, first approved in 2012 for a period of 10 years; a .5 mill levy last approved in 2014 for a 10 year period and the expiring 1.0 mill levy, last approved for a 10 year period in 2008. The total 2.5 mills generate $17.78 million revenue annually.

The MHRSB does not provide prevention, treatment or recovery support services directly to residents but serves as a financial resource for organizations that do provide such services. Out of each dollar MHRSB takes in, 93 cents goes to such providers.


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Revised: 09/13/18 05:58:43 -0700.

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