ADAMH: ‘Removing barriers and opening doors’


The Paint Valley Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health (ADAMH) Services Board has been awarded a 21st Century Cures Act grant through The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OMHAS). Over $500,000 of federal funds will be used to assist in the treatment of individuals with a substance use disorder (SUD) within the service district.

The grant dollars will be used to create a program termed “The Working Poor” and will offer residents of Fayette, Highland, Pickaway, Pike, and Ross counties open door access for outpatient substance use disorder (SUD) treatment. “The Working Poor” program is for individuals who have insurance but have high deductibles, high co-pays, or their insurance carrier is not paneled with the provider agency.

Much like the safety net provided for services to individuals on a sliding fee scale who have no insurance, these dollars will be used to allow the same sliding fee scale to be applied and high deductibles disregarded when seeking outpatient treatment for a substance use disorder, according to ADAMH.

Executive director Penny Dehner said, “We are excited to offer funding to our treatment providers with covering underinsured individuals so people can be treated early in addiction, hopefully reducing the need for long-term treatment. Addressing the addiction issue early, while individuals are still employed, is the absolute right thing to do.”

Additionally, the board of directors’ approved funding to provide mental health treatment through contract agencies participating in the SUD, “The Working Poor” program, at the June 2018 board meeting. Board chair Jack Clark said, “We know we must not only treat the addiction, we must treat the mental health issues as well.”

The board of directors’ also approved plans to further expand access to mental health treatment, by funding “The Working Poor” program for individuals with mental health struggles and who are underinsured with high deductibles and high co-pays.

The ADAMH Board is pleased to offer provider choice, outpatient mental health, and substance use disorder treatment services to individuals within its region by contracting with two providers within each county. These services are available by contacting one of the following providers:

* Scioto Paint Valley Mental Health Center (Clinics in Fayette, Highland, Pickaway, Pike and Ross counties)

* The Recovery Council (Clinics in Ross and Pike counties)

* Pickaway Area Recovery

* Fayette Recovery Services

* Family Recovery Services (Highland County)

All treatment providers contracted with ADAMH are OMHAS certified, have obtained National CARF accreditation, and must meet quality standards and offer both mental health and substance use disorder treatment.

The Paint Valley ADAMH Board is a political subdivision of state government created in 1967 by the Ohio legislature to ensure the availability of community-based alcohol, drug addiction and mental health services for the residents of Fayette, Highland, Pickaway, Pike and Ross counties.

The Record-Herald