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Medina County addiction board switches agencies for treatment services

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MEDINA — The Medina County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Board announced Friday that it is not renewing a contract with Solutions Behavioral Healthcare Inc.

Medina-based Solutions provided mental health and substance abuse treatment services through the board. Berea-based OhioGuidestone will provide those services as of July 1, according to a news release.

Executive Director Phillip Titterington said that the board will monitor “client issues very closely” during the switch and that clients of Solutions will continue with that agency “on a transition basis to assure continued care,” according to the release.

OhioGuidestone’s website says the agency has 13 offices in seven counties. It notes that “many” staff members work in the homes of clients to provide treatment “in a comfortable environment.”

Titterington said OhioGuidestone has provided services in Brunswick and Lodi for four years with 2,500 clients annually. It also “serves nearly 30,000 children, adults and families annually” and has contracts for services in Lorain, Cuyahoga, Summit, Stark, Franklin, Tuscarawas and Carroll counties, he said.

OhioGuidestone will provide psychiatric treatment, medication-assisted treatment and prevention services to Medina County residents under the new contract.

The ADAMH board operates on a budget of about $4 million. Titterington has said Medina County commissioners grant about $192,000 to the agency and remaining funds come from federal and state sources.

The news release added that the ADAMH Board “also has provided additional resources and support” to Alternative Paths Inc. and Catholic Charities Services of Medina County.

Alternative Paths is a Medina-based not-for-profit that was founded in 1989 and focuses on mental health conditions such as depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Catholic Charities Services is a unit of the Catholic Diocese in Cleveland. Its Medina office is at 4210 N. Jefferson St., Suite A.

In May, the ADAMH Board approved setting aside funds totaling $7,643 for Catholic Charities and $212,473 for Alternative Paths.

“It doesn’t necessarily mean they need to spend it or they’re going to spend it, but in case, if it needs to (be spent), it’s been approved (by the board),” Titterington said then.

The ADAMH Board’s news release noted that Alternative Paths offers a crisis hotline phone at (330) 725-9195 for emergency help.

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