Volunteers Needed!

The 2016 ADAMHS Levy Campaign Committee is preparing to launch a door-to-door canvass campaign as a final push to “get out the vote” before November 8. We intend to carry out this campaign the last two weekends of the election season (October 29/30, November 5/6).

We need your help!

We have a target for each volunteer team (teams of two) to knock on 100 doors during each shift.

In order to accomplish this goal we are asking you to select a day during the campaign that you are able to volunteer three hours to canvass a designated neighborhood, promote the Mental Health Levy and encourage everyone you speak with to vote for the Mental Health Levy on November 8.

In order for this to be the most effective campaign, we are asking for thirty volunteers for each of the four days of canvassing.

If you would like to assist us with our campaign, click HERE for more information.

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2016 Ethics Training Opportunity – Registration

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ADAMHS 2016 V.I.P Awards Nominations

In 1996, Mark Mueller, the Chair of the Hancock County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services established the V.I.P. Awards to recognize individuals and/or organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to promote the mission of the Board.  Since that time, the Board has continued to acknowledge individuals and/or organizations.

Individuals and/or organizations are recognized for their work in one of three areas: Volunteer; Involvement; Professional.

Although no specific criteria must be met in order to qualify for receipt of this award, it is understood that those who are selected must have demonstrated efforts that reflect the mission, values, and goals of the Board.

Click HERE to Read about the Nomination Process

Click HERE to See a List of Past V.I.P. Award Recipients

Click HERE to Download the V.I.P Nomination Form

Click HERE to Submit a Nomination On-Line

Nominations will be accepted October 1, 2016 – October 31, 2016.

ADAMHS 2016 V.I.P Awards Nomination Online Form

2016 V.I.P Nomination On-Line Nomination Form

Minimize Risk – Maximize Life

Alcohol use by youth has been the focus of this country’s prevention efforts for decades; the consequences, the harm, the impact…the solutions. But shouldn’t looking at adult alcohol use and adult prevention be one of those solutions? Adults need concrete, straightforward, no-nonsense answers to questions about alcohol use: These trainings will provide those answers.

Trainer: Christi Valentini, OCPS

Minimize Risk – Maximize Life: Wednesday, October 26, 2016

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Minimize Risk – Maximize Life – TRAINING OF TRAINERS: Wednesday, November 16, 2016

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Course Goals:

  1. Increase the use of low-risk drinking guidelines among adults.
  2. Decrease high-risk alcohol use among adults.
  3. Decrease problems associated with high-risk alcohol use.
  4. Increase understanding of low-risk drinking guidelines language and concepts to share with others.
  5. Increase understanding of how the media affects

Minimize Risk – Maximize Life Training Registration

Minimize Risk - Maximize Life Training Registration

    Participants must attend the General Training to attend the Training of Trainers. If you register for both trainings at the same time, total cost is $40.00 (save $10.00)
    Payment or copy of Purchase Order must be received by October 21 to be permitted to attend.
    By checking the box above, I understand that my registration fee must be received by the deadline listed above. If I register for training and do not attend or cancel my registration less than 48 hours before the training, I will not receive a refund.

Hancock County Team Holds Stepping Up Planning Session with Retired Justice Elizabeth Stratton to Reduce the Number of Persons with Mental Illness in Ohio Jails

On Wednesday, August 10, Retired Justice Elizabeth Stratton and other state officials met in Findlay to lead a group of community leaders through a planning session as part of the Ohio Stepping Up Initiative.


Ohio has joined a growing national effort to reduce the number of persons with mental illness who cycle through county jails. The Stepping Up Initiative brings local criminal justice and behavioral health systems together to improve public safety, access to services, and treatment outcomes.


The Stepping Up Initiative was launched in May 2015 as a partnership of The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice CenterThe National Association of Counties, and The American Psychiatric Association Foundation. The initiative is designed to rally national, state, and local leaders around the goal of reducing the number of people with mental illnesses and substance use disorders in jail.


“Ohio has been a leader in establishing mental health and veterans courts, developing Crisis Intervention Teams in law enforcement, and other efforts to reform the criminal justice system for persons with mental illness,” said retired Ohio Supreme Court Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton, who will serve as project director of the Ohio Stepping Up Initiative. “Once again, we are proud to be a leader in a national effort. Our work through the Stepping Up Initiative will improve public safety, break the cycle of jail for persons with mental illness, and increase their access to treatment.”


Each year, an estimated two million people with serious mental illnesses are admitted to jails across the nation – a rate that’s three to six times higher than that of the general public. Nearly three-quarters of these adults also have drug and alcohol use problems. Once incarcerated, individuals with mental illnesses tend to stay longer in jail and upon release are at a higher risk of returning to incarceration than those without these illnesses.


“The number of people with mental illnesses in U.S. jails has reached a crisis level,” said OhioMHAS Director Plouck, who also serves on the CSG Justice Center’s national board of directors. “The vast majority of these individuals who have committed minor offenses can be safely treated, and if necessary, placed under community supervision, instead of being put behind bars. We’re excited to join this effort and look forward to working with our partners at all levels to help counties achieve their goals.”


Since its launch, Stepping Up has garnered widespread support among criminal justice, behavioral health and advocacy groups such as the National Alliance on Mental Illness. To date, more than 270 counties in 41 states have passed resolutions to advance the goals of Stepping Up.


“NAMI Ohio has advocated for better coordination between the criminal justice and mental health systems for years,” said Terry Russell, executive director. “We look forward to further collaboration with Ohio’s county sheriffs, jail administrators, judges, community corrections professionals, treatment providers, family members and people impacted by mental illness to provide them with the tools, resources and technical assistance to deal with this issue in a more humane and cost effective manner.”


Learn more about the Stepping Up Initiative at https://stepuptogether.org/. View a map of participating Ohio counties, and discover more about Ohio’s efforts to reduce the number of criminal offenders with untreated mental illness and/or substance use disorders who continually cycle through county jails at: http://mha.ohio.gov/Default.aspx?tabid=852