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ADM Board chair asks for support of Issue No. 1

10/17/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Letter to the Editor

To the editor:

There have been many opportunities throughout the year giving me, as well as countless others, the opportunity to sit behind the ADM [Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services] Board’s banner handing out pens, wrist bands, T-shirts, book bags and multiple forms of literature. Many of us have been in the parks, zoo and malls, at concerts and in many parades spreading the word about the highly successful programs and available treatment and recovery services in Summit County.

If I heard it once, I heard it countless times, from a woman or a man, walking slowly up to our table and humbly stating, “I just want to say thank you. You have literally saved my life.” In other public settings, while wearing an ADM T-shirt, I have been stopped and asked for a T-shirt with the ADM logo on it, with someone saying, “I’m not one … but I like what you do for so many others.”

With days like that makes me place without any hesitation my support on Nov. 5 for the County of Summit Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board Issue No. 1.

Fortunate for us in Summit County that we have the ADM Board that responsibly manages our tax dollars and funds available treatment and support services for our youth, teens and adult citizens with mental illness and/or alcohol/drug addiction.

Funds received from the passing of Issue No. 1 will continue to support “innovative, research-based programs that work to help people of all ages to recover.”

In addition, budgeted monies are used to help our veterans, families facing issues with teens and young children, and it helps to provide programs aimed to keep our communities safer. By assisting local agencies that service our youth — arming them with alternatives to drug and alcohol abuse, the ADM Board also seeks ways to prevent the crisis of crime as it relates to addiction in our communities.

As the slogan states, “Recovery Starts Here”… a vote for Issue No. 1 equals a vote for someone we know and love who may have used and/or who are in need of mental health and recovery programs. Thank you for supporting Issue No. 1.

Not a new tax … not a tax increase.

Reneé Greene, West Akron, ADM Board chairperson

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