Despite the unique challenges thus far in 2020, ADAMH - the Alcohol. Drug and Mental Health Board of Franklin County - and our System of Care, comprised of more than 30 not-for-profit agencies in Franklin County, has remained open to serve those who are struggling with the stress and isolation of our current predicament and for those living with a mental health or substance use disorder. Together, our network is moving forward and serving our community in new ways.

If you have been experiencing emotional distress, we encourage you to call 614.276.CARE (2273) talk to a licensed Netcare Access social worker or counselor who can provide emotional support and direct you to helpful resources. This service is available to anyone 24/7.

The pandemic is shining a light on the increased need for mental health resources in Franklin County. This increased need along with the opioid epidemic and years of significant population growth have stressed ADAMH's resources to their limit. ADAMH's current levy expires in 2021, which provides more than 71% of ADAMH's resources.

On Tuesday, July 14, the Franklin County Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution placing a 5-year, 2.2 mill renewal levy with a 0.65 mill increase for ADAMH on the November 3 ballot. We are grateful for the support ADAMH has received from the Franklin County Board of Commissioners and the Human Services Levy Review Committee during this process. We appreciate the thoughtful questions and recommendations that illustrate our need for an increase in the level of behavioral health and crisis care service across the county. More than 85% of the additional millage requested (0.65) will be used to maintain existing behavioral healthcare services for Franklin County residents. ADAMH will use the remaining additional funds to address continuing population growth and address the emerging needs of the community like expanded crisis services, school-based prevention services, suicide prevention programs and housing. Learn More.

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