London council learns about mental health services

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(Posted Aug. 8, 2019)

By Andrew Garrett, Staff Writer

Mental health was a focal point during London city council’s Aug. 1 meeting.

Dr. Greta Mayer, CEO of the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Clark, Greene and Madison Counties (MHRB), took the podium to present the board’s latest brochure and inform council members of the services the organization coordinates.

According to Mayer, MHRB supports a system for delivering mental health, alcohol and other drug treatment, prevention, education and advocacy services. The board coordinates services between agencies and distributes funding to these agencies for programming and services. The board also acts as a governing body, providing oversight for agencies under its umbrella. In Madison County, those agencies include Mental Health Services of Clark and Madison County and Madison County Family Council.

Substance abuse, particularly the opioid epidemic, is one of the major problems rural counties face, Mayer said, adding that suicide is another concern. She reported that MHRB will be part of a state-wide task force on suicide prevention for farmers.

The board consists of 12 members, with Kathy Brinkman and Howard Maynard acting as Madison County’s representatives.

According to Mayer, Madison County’s primary funding contribution to MHRB comes from a 0.5-mill property tax levy.

Later in the council meeting during round table discussion, council member Andy Hitt suggested that MHRB could help boost the city’s housing resources by looking into purchasing and repurposing any of the properties the city soon will have up for sale.

Council authorized advertisement for bids on three of its properties: 100 S. Main St. (the building that formerly housed the board of public utilities, tax department and city law director’s office); a vacant lot at 33 Vernon Ave.; and a parcel lying within a floodplain located at 79 Willis Ave.

In other business, council authorized the city to allow the State of Ohio to perform bridge inspection program services.

They also approved a request made through the Ohio Department of Liquor Control for a B-1 liquor license to be issued to Big Money Billiards Parlor at 116 W. High St. A B-1 permit allows for the distribution of beer, ale, stout and other malt liquor.

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