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ADAMH supports Robby's Voice recovery center

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MEDINA — The Medina County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Board is offering its support to the new Robby’s Voice recovery center in the city.

The recovery center, which will host its ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2 p.m. July 17, is at 538 W. Liberty St., Medina, in the former Medina Steak & Seafood restaurant.

“The ADAMH Board is very pleased with the opening of Robby’s recovery center,” Phillip Titterington, executive director of the ADAMH, told Medina County commissioners Thursday. “We realize the potential of the center to provide individuals in recovery with invaluable tools and support.

“The board is in the beginning stages of discussions with (Veronica) Perry and the court about what role the ADAMH Board and our contract agencies could play in the development, operation and long-term success of Robby’s recovery center.”

Perry, who is Medina County’s chief probation officer, secured a $300,000 grant from the state to help fund the recovery center. Medina County Common Pleas Judges Christopher Collier and Joyce V. Kimbler also have expressed support for the facility.

Titterington said he wants to make sure the recovery center is a “successful venture.”

He told commissioners about some of the programs the board is implementing and what its budget would look like if a proposed sales tax increase of 0.25 percent is approved and the board receives additional money.

In May, Medina County Administrator Scott Miller said the additional sales tax was needed to address issues facing the county, including building deterioration, space issues and cuts in services.

Based on 2016 sales tax revenues, Miller said a 0.25 percent increase would generate approximately an additional $6.5 million.

County commissioners have made no decision on placing a sales tax increase on the ballot. The deadline to file for November is Aug. 9.

If the ADAMH Board receives additional funding next year, Titterington said, it might donate $50,000 to the recovery center.

“We are still in discussion regarding how we will collaborate with Robby’s recovery center and have not yet donated any funds,” he said.

New partners emerge

Titterington said the board has “ramped up” services with Alternative Paths, largely because of the opioid crisis. Alternative Paths is private, nonprofit agency that offers outpatient behavioral health care services.

The ADAMH Board is re-establishing services in Wadsworth at 1 Park Center Drive through Alternative Paths.

“They are operating in Wadsworth five days a week, and they also have evening hours,” Titterington said.

He said it has added 60 clients at the Wadsworth facility as of the end of March.

Alternative Paths also has offices at 246 Northland Drive, Medina, and Lodi Community Hospital, 225 Elyria St.

“They are a gatekeeper for clients that need to get into detox,” Titterington said.

The ADAMH Board previously announced that as of July 1, it did not renew a contract for services with Medina-based Solutions Behavioral Healthcare.

“Instead, we have extended a contract to OhioGuidestone,” he said.

“They are a large agency and are very stable. They have seven board contracts throughout the state. They can provide all the mental health and substance abuse services for both children and adults.”

Titterington said one benefit of OhioGuidestone is that it provides in-home counseling.

“The client is allowed to stay at home where they are comfortable and it also allows the clinician to get into the environment to see if there’s anything in that environment that needs any help,” he said. “It also eliminates transportation barriers and even child care barriers it may affect.”

OhioGuidestone’s main hub is in Berea, but it has established roots in Medina County.

“They have been providing clinical services to the Brunswick school system for three or four years,” Titterington said. “They have an office in the Lodi Family Center.”

He said the organization has experience partnering with recovery houses.

OhioGuidestone announced Thursday that it has opened an office in the county complex at 246 Northland Drive, Medina. It offers youth and adult mental health and substance abuse treatment services, including psychiatry and psychological testing and medication-assisted treatment. Its phone number is (440) 260-8300.

OhioGuidestone said it has been supporting the needs of Medina County for more than four years with community-based early childhood mental health services, mental health and substance abuse counseling for people of all ages and school-based mental health services.

Dollars and cents

Titterington said the board will receive $192,289 from the commissioners in 2017. He said he’d like to bump that figure up to $397,000 for next year. Its remaining funds come from federal and state sources.

The board’s projected revenue for this year will be $3,795,635.

Total expenditures for 2017 are expected to be $3,847,894, which will leave a deficit of $52,259. He said he expects to cover the deficit with the board’s general reserves.

The biggest reason for the projected deficit, Titterington said, is the board’s intention to re-establish a service presence in Brunswick, Lodi and Wadsworth through Alternative Paths and OhioGuidestone.

“That is a goal of mine,” Titterington said. “We are moving forward with that.”

In May, Alternative Paths CEO Mark Trew said the agency is receiving $1.5 million from the board in fiscal year 2017.

Titterington has said Guidestone and the ADAMH Board will operate under a contract not to exceed $422,000 annually.

If the sales tax proposal is voted down, he said he would still carry out plans to expand into Wadsworth. In that scenario, he said they would have to make a cut in Brunswick.

Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or rfinnan@medina-gazette.com.



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