State officials came to Portsmouth on Wednesday to dispell those fears and meet with local officials to find a resolution.
The directors of the Ohio Department of Mental Health (ODMH) and Ohio Department of Drug and Alcohol Services (ODAS) met with the local ADAMH (Alcohol, Drug, and Mental Health) Board to find ways to keep crisis services in Scioto, Adams and Lawrence counties.
Don Thacker, director of Shawnee Mental Health, says he was not invited to the meeting but has been assured measures would be taken to keep those services.
“I received an assurance from Mr. (Tony) Pollard at the ADAMHs board that they would be working on processing some dockets to send over to the county auditor to be paid,” Thacker said.
“From what I understand there was a plan that was agreed upon that will keep Shawnee Mental Health open. There is a plan in place to fund non-Medicaid crisis services. These plans will continue and the parties will negotiate longer term decisions,” said Trudy Sharp, communications director of Ohio Department of Mental Health (ODMH).
Thacker said Shawnee Mental Health will keep providing services.
“Once we see the final procurement, that’s going to tell us to what extent we can serve folks and how many people we can serve within the year, and that’s kind of an unknown at this point,” Thacker said.
Some of those attending the meeting included Tracy Poluck, director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health, Orman Hall, director of the Ohio Department of Drug and Alcohol Services, along with agency staff. Also attending the meeting were staff from the Athens, Hocking and Vinton ADAHM boards. Sherry Walter, executive director of the state association of ADAMH board also attended. Calls to the local ADAMHs board were left unreturned.
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