MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ARE AN IMPORTANT COMMUNITY SAFETY-NET.
The residents of Lorain County have been essential partners in ensuring that families have mental health crisis options in emergencies; and treatment and prevention programs for children and adults.
Agencies funded through this levy provide valuable services to the community and benefits to our County.
Early voting begins April 10th. Election Day is May 8th.
Yes, we support helping families in crisis! We support Issue 4!
Sheriff Phil R. Stammitti, Lorain County Sheriff’s Office
We must continue to invest in our children, in our future, in the stability of our homes and neighborhoods by supporting mental health care for those in need. I’ll be voting for Issue 4 and urging everyone else to do the same.Issue 4 for Mental Health - Lorain County2018-03-28T13:42:17+00:00
Lisa Simpson, School Counselor for Midview Middle School
The Lorain County Board of Mental Health (LCBMH) has empowered the schools to help our youth end social isolation by funding the You Belong grant at our middle school. They have provided funds over the last three years to help us provide activities to encourage all students to feel like they belong at our school! We have seen a growth in the number of students caring for each other and reporting to adults when they are worried about friends who may be depressed and/or thinking of hurting themselves.Issue 4 for Mental Health - Lorain County2018-03-16T21:56:21+00:00
Fr. Bill Thaden, Pastor, Sacred Heart Chapel
Mental health care touches all of our families even if we don't know it. There will be no pain for us to support Issue 4, as it adds no new taxes, but much pain for people we love if we do not.Issue 4 for Mental Health - Lorain County2018-03-28T16:17:25+00:00
Bill Harper, Executive Director, United Way of Greater Lorain County
United Way of Greater Lorain County endorses Issue #4, the renewal levy for Lorain County Board of Mental Health.
The good work of our outstanding Board of Mental Health extends far beyond the essential mental health network it supports. We are proud to have Dr. Kathleen Kern and other key staff involved in our community collaboratives, supporting better lives for all of Lorain County through collective impact in health, education and financial stability.Issue 4 for Mental Health - Lorain County2018-03-16T21:25:58+00:00
Mary Scott Williams, School Counselor, Amherst Junior High
With the You Belong grant through the Lorain County Board of Mental Health, students at Amherst Junior High School are able to organize and implement events for all students that help students feel important, included and heard! With these funds, our school will continue to work towards ending student isolation and suicide.Issue 4 for Mental Health - Lorain County2018-03-28T13:43:07+00:00
Minister Gerald J. Evans
First Community Interfaith Institute of Ohio (FCII-Ohio) would like to endorse Issue 4, which supports the renewal of this levy.Issue 4 for Mental Health - Lorain County2018-03-28T16:52:49+00:00
Patti Fetzer, Director, Best Practices in Schizophrenia Treatment (BeST) Center, Department of Psychiatry, Northeast Ohio Medical University
The Lorain County Board of Mental Health provides vital funding that ensures access to effective treatment and supports for people and their families experiencing mental illness. Because of their leadership and support, citizens of Lorain County have access to FIRST Coordinated Specialty Care for First Episode Psychosis. By addressing the early stages of schizophrenia, young people have the opportunity to experience more complete recoveries and achieve their education, employment and other life goals. Please support Lorain County in continuing to lead the way in providing quality mental health care by Voting YES on Issue 4.Issue 4 for Mental Health - Lorain County2018-03-28T13:52:28+00:00
Greg Ring, Superintendent, Educational Service Center of Lorain County
The Board of Mental Health is a vital partner to our county's 14 school districts, offering treatment and prevention programs that support many of our students. Vote yes for Issue 4 on May 8!Issue 4 for Mental Health - Lorain County2018-03-16T21:46:49+00:00
Heather Wervey, School Counselor for Eastern Heights Middle School
It truly 'takes a village' and mental health agencies are a huge part of our village within the schools. At times, the need is overwhelming and the crises are many. However, with the support of our mental health agency, I have been able to refer students and families that need more intensive services and have been able to collaborate and work very closely with the therapists to address anything from grief to anger to anxiety and so on. It is when we address the mental health needs of students that we will begin to see change in our schools and it is then and only then, that our schools will be a kinder and safer place for our children.Issue 4 for Mental Health - Lorain County2018-03-16T22:00:04+00:00
Jim and Michelle Sustersic, Local Business Owners/Operators
We at JD Indoor Comfort, Inc., would like to fully endorse Issue 4 and the great work that the Lorain County Board of Mental Health does for our local families. Please, take the time to Vote Yes for 4 and renew this much needed levy. Our local families need your help.Issue 4 for Mental Health - Lorain County2018-03-16T21:51:27+00:00
Duane P. Streator, President, Lorain County Chiefs’ Law Enforcement Association; Chief of Police, Avon Lake
Law Enforcement in Lorain County has been very fortunate to rely on the Lorain County Board of Mental Health to provide support in many areas. [Their crisis intervention] training has given law enforcement officers the ability to better respond and provide the appropriate care for those in crisis.
The Lorain County Chiefs' Law Enforcement Association encourages the support of Issue #4, a renewal levy. It will not raise taxes and is necessary to provide the mental health resources that the citizens of Lorain County need and deserve.Issue 4 for Mental Health - Lorain County2018-03-22T20:08:16+00:00
Tina Drake, Wellington High School Principal
Having the support of the Lorain County Board of Mental Health (LCBMH) has been a huge benefit and asset for our schools; and the LCBMH has always done a great job supporting and helping Wellington High School in our time of need.
I am not quite sure how we would have gotten through some of the tough times we have experienced without the LCBMH. I am so grateful for everything the LCBMH has done for my staff and students!Issue 4 for Mental Health - Lorain County2018-03-16T21:24:52+00:00
Mike Von Gunten, Superintendent, Firelands Local Schools
Families with minimal resources are able to easily access and receive supportive care from our mental health partners, including in home and school based counseling supported through the Board of Mental Health. Without the Board’s assistance many students would not be able to receive services due to lack of insurance, accessibility due to transportation issues, or parental schedules. We have seen growth in students school performance both academically and emotionally that are participating in agency/school partnership.Issue 4 for Mental Health - Lorain County2018-03-28T13:44:06+00:00
Betty J. Weaver, M.S.S.A., Executive Director, Gathering Hope House
We stand with you and unite to act on Issue 4 to address the myriad needs of this vulnerable population.Issue 4 for Mental Health - Lorain County2018-03-28T16:59:45+00:00
Mental Health & Addiction Advocacy Coalition
We strongly support local funding for mental health services through the Lorain County Board of Mental Health. Maintaining the services provided in Lorain County is critical to the health and well-being of local residents, particularly as the need for these services continues to rise. The Mental Health & Addiction Advocacy Coalition has 125 member organizations across the state of Ohio, 76 of which are located in Northeast Ohio.Issue 4 for Mental Health - Lorain County2018-03-16T22:10:11+00:00
Clare Cygan Young, Executive Director, & Annette L. Wey, Board President, NAMI Lorain County
Lorain County has a proud history of supporting mental health through implementing the most current practices while maintaining the highest fiscal standards thus providing a critical safety net for families in crisis.Issue 4 for Mental Health - Lorain County2018-03-16T22:11:11+00:00
Kenneth A. De Luca Ph.D.
I completely stand behind supporting the community and their mental health. Issue 4 will not raise taxes. But it will help families in crisis. Vote for 4.Issue 4 for Mental Health - Lorain County2018-03-16T21:17:37+00:00
Juanita Senquiz, President, Coalition for Hispanic Issues and Progress (CHIP)
CHIP supports access to mental health and the Board's efforts because of the Board's work in improving access to mental health. For example, the Navigator service at 440-240-7025 provides guidance in locating services to Hispanic residents in Lorain County. The service ... is needed to assist our Hispanic population in effectively navigating healthcare resources in Lorain County. Our organization, the Coalition for Hispanic Issues and Progress (CHIP) says, "Yes, we support helping families in crisis! We support Issue 4! Vote for 4!"Issue 4 for Mental Health - Lorain County2018-03-28T13:47:54+00:00
Rosanne Catella, President, Ohio Business College
We certainly do support Issue 4 and appreciate all of the fine work done by the Lorain County Board of Mental Health.Issue 4 for Mental Health - Lorain County2018-03-28T15:34:39+00:00
Kelly Dylag, President/CEO, Far West Center
Voting for Issue #4 on May 8 is an investment in the well-being of our entire community. So many of our most vulnerable children, families, adults and seniors rely on the county's mental health safety net of support and care. The Mental Health Services Levy is critical to sustaining our essential services in the face of mounting needs.Issue 4 for Mental Health - Lorain County2018-03-16T21:47:57+00:00
Jackie Boehnlein, President/CEO, Lorain County Community Action Agency
Services funded by the 5-year renewal levy keep vital mental health programs for children, families and older adults in Lorain County accessible and affordable.
Lorain County Community Action Agency says 'Yes, we support helping families in crisis!' And, we support Issue 4!Issue 4 for Mental Health - Lorain County2018-03-16T21:54:49+00:00
Frank Whitfield, President & CEO, Lorain County Urban League
Lorain County Urban League supports Issue 4. I believe that many African American communities often suffer mental illnesses in silence, and this Issue provides the mental health resources to change that. It sends the message that we aren't alone in taking care of our mental health and the ones we love.Issue 4 for Mental Health - Lorain County2018-04-19T20:43:16+00:00
Jeffrey A. Lox, LISW-S, ACSW, Executive Director, Bellefaire JCB
The Board’s important work supporting the mental health network of this community helps to ensure access to needed care and services for our most vulnerable community members. The board has always demonstrated the highest commitment to children, youth and families in need of mental health care and their continued ability to do so improves the lives of Lorain county citizens at a time when the need to do so couldn’t be higher.Issue 4 for Mental Health - Lorain County2018-03-16T21:57:29+00:00
Dr. Chris Babiuch
Having community mental health services, like what Issue 4 provides, makes the entire medical and healthcare system better. As a physician and medical doctor, I support Issue 4.Issue 4 for Mental Health - Lorain County2018-03-16T21:18:31+00:00
Melissa Fischer, Project Specialist, Lorain County Sheriff’s Office, Co-chair of Stepping Up Lorain County
Stepping Up supports Issue 4 to continue and strengthen the partnership between the mental health and the criminal justice system and to focus the work of these systems in a county-wide effort to enhance services for the severely mentally ill of Lorain County.Issue 4 for Mental Health - Lorain County2018-03-16T21:50:07+00:00
Bonita Shumpert, Director, Catholic Charities Community Services of Lorain County
Catholic Charities Corporation is proud to say, ‘Yes, we support helping families in crisis! We support Issue 4!’ The support of the Lorain County Board of Mental Health has played a critical role in providing youth mentoring and support services as we assist our clients in overcoming their individual struggles, barriers, and challenges.
Issue 4 for Mental Health - Lorain County2018-03-16T21:58:29+00:00
It's a wonderful, very supportive Board. They accomplish a lot. They are behind us, the clients, 100%. They are behind the staff at the different agencies. I think they do a tremendous job.
Holly is a client who became a Peer Supporter employed by mental health agencies to help othersIssue 4 for Mental Health - Lorain County2018-03-16T21:53:42+00:00
Dr. Craig Koehler, Principal of Avon Middle School
For years the Lorain County Board of Mental Health has effectively served the communities and schools in our county through many direct services and resources that help meet the mental health needs of our families. With the growing needs and issues facing our families and youth, a continued partnership with the agency is essential to helping students and families manage the difficulties and challenges that may arise.Issue 4 for Mental Health - Lorain County2018-03-16T21:48:57+00:00
FAQs about Issue 4
A. Issue 4 for Mental Health. The Lorain County Board of Mental Health is on the May 8 ballot in all communities throughout Lorain County for an important issue: a renewal of an existing 0.6 mill operating levy. It will continue to fund critical mental health treatment and crisis programs.
Issue 4 will not raise taxes, but it will help families in crisis.
A. Without this levy, the range and amount of mental health services available today would be severely cut. Our Board would struggle to provide existing treatment, housing, and care programs.
State and federal funding for mental health has drastically declined. In Lorain County, local support typically provides 85% of the annual operating budget that makes services possible.
A. The Lorain County Board of Mental Health plans, funds, and monitors a network of mental health services and agencies that provides an important community safety net.
Our network of professionals provide mental health services in schools, homes, community agencies, helping our neighbors lead more self-sufficient, productive lives. We invite you to look through our Services Directory to learn more.
A. Yes. The Board has a strategic plan and can be found here along with annual reports. The strategic plan is used to establish priorities and respond to emerging trends.
A. Property owners currently pay $1.36 per month for every $100,000 of home market value as determined by the Lorain County Auditor.
For the cost of $1.36 per month, or $16.32 per year, Lorain County keeps the essential services that care for residents and their families in times of crisis.