The information contained below was provided and drafted by the Mental Health Recovery Board Serving Warren & Clinton Counties.  The WCCC forwards the same as a courtesy to its members.  The forwarding of this information is not an endorsement of the above information and/or levy in general, and any questions, comments, etc. concerning the information provided above or levy in general should be directed to John Cummings, jcummings@mhrbwcc.org.

Why the mental health levy matters – and why it needs your support

By John Cummings, Deputy Director of Communications, Mental Health Recovery Board Serving Warren & Clinton Counties

The panic attack happened out of the blue.

A relative of mine had been the picture of happiness and a good life – an active and devoted mom, a caring and loving wife, a dedicated educator, and an involved community member. Everything in her life seemed to be easy.

The reality was far from it, and it took its toll. One evening we got a call that shook me deeply. She needs help, and she needs it now.

Thankfully, that help was as close as her phone. A call to her local Crisis Hotline got her calmed as another relative sat with her and held her hand. She got a referral to one of the agencies her local board contracts with, and the pieces to start on the road to recovery fell into place.

While this all happened before I started working for the Board, it focused my attention on the importance of those vital crisis resources as well as the many others that she and may fellow community residents would need and could access easily. Those resources are necessary to help residents find the help they need for any mental health or addiction concern – before it takes even more resources to recover.

That’s exactly why the funding generated by the mental health levy for Warren and Clinton Counties is so vital. Community support – at just a little over $28 a year for each $100,000 of property value – generates vital funding to support many services and programs like:

  • The crisis hotline
  • Mental health and substance use disorder consultation, counseling, and therapy
  • Respite care for severely emotionally disturbed youth
  • Prevention services for kids and youth
  • Peer support services
  • Vocational services
  • Recovery housing

There are many more. The point is this: your support for the renewal of the mental health levy on November 2nd will not only enable the Board to keep services up and running for kids and families that need them – it helps to meet the changing needs of our growing communities, too.

My relative is better now. And it’s thanks to the people of her community that supported a levy. When we care for one another, our communities are stronger.

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