Hancock County Sheriff Receives Distinguished Leadership Award

On January 31, 2017, the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities, which represents Ohio’s Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Boards, held its annual Legislative Day. This event was designed to convey how through collaborations and partnerships, Ohio’s ADAMH Boards are leading efforts to develop Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care. During the luncheon, OACBHA presented the 2016 Annual Awards to leaders from throughout Ohio who have been working to ensure that community mental health and addiction services and supports are available for all Ohioans.

At the award luncheon, volunteer Board members, Board Executive Directors, and community leaders joined OACBHA in honoring Hancock County Sherriff Michael Heldman who received the 2016 CEO’s Award for Distinguished Leadership. While presenting the award, Cheri L. Walter, CEO of OACBHA, stated that, “As a leader in Ohio’s law enforcement community, Sheriff Heldman’s support of community mental health and addiction services, his focus on ways to build creative partnership to address Ohio’s opiate epidemic, and his support of individuals in recovery and their families make him a true leader in this field.”

The day’s activities concluded with a reception in the Statehouse Museum Gallery that included Board members, advocacy groups, treatment providers and members of the Ohio General Assembly.

The Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities is the statewide association that represents Ohio’s alcohol, drug addiction and mental health boards which are statutorily empowered to plan, develop, fund, manage and evaluate alcohol, drug addiction, and mental health services.  For more information, visit www.oacbha.org or call (614) 224-1111.

(PHOTO: OACBHA CEO Cheri L. Walter and Sheriff Michael Heldman)