The sheriffs of all five counties served by the Paint Valley Mental Health & Prevention District have endorsed the upcoming Paint Valley levy, according to a press release from Paint Valley.
The levy will appear on the primary ballot in all five counties on May 2.
The Paint Valley Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health (ADAMH) Board, with a service district that includes Highland, Fayette, Pickaway, Pike and Ross Counties, is responsible for ensuring a comprehensive array of mental health, addiction treatment and prevention options are available to all residents of the service district, the press release stated
“The Paint Valley ADAMH Board has been providing help to our community for the past 50 years and has placed a 10-year 1-mill levy on the May 2, 2017 ballot, which would levy $3/month on $100,000 of property value,” according to the release.
Highland County Sheriff Donnie Barrera said Monday he supports the levy because he has seen firsthand the value of training provided by the ADAMH board to his deputies and corrections officers.
Barrera said just about all his deputies and corrections officers have taken weeklong Crisis Intervention Training courses provided by ADAMH that help law enforcement officials understand how to best deal with individuals suffering from various mental health issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder experienced by veterans.
“Hopefully, we’ll see the recovery housing and treatment facilities” needed to combat the epidemic, said Barrera. He said the services provided by Paint Valley are crucial to combating the growing drug crisis.
According to the Paint Valley press release, sheriff George W. Lavender of Ross County said, “This levy is a top law enforcement priority. Children and families in our communities need the levy in times of crisis, when they have no other counseling or treatment options, and no other places to turn. This levy helps loved ones with the emotional or mental health toll on families from drug abuse.”
Sheriff Robert B. Radcliff of Pickaway County said, “The demand for mental health recovery and addiction services has increased, and state and federal funding has declined. No families are immune from a mental health crisis and this levy provides the counseling services that people deserve in times of crisis.”
Early vote at the boards of elections and by absentee ballot is ongoing through May 2nd. Contact the local election board for more information on how to request absentee ballots.