Huron County Board of Mental Health and Addiction Services
The primary role of the Huron County Board of Mental Health and Addiction Services (MHAS) is to plan, fund and monitor services for people with serious and persistent mental illness and alcohol and other drug addictions throughout our county.
The Board's MISSION is to educate and advocate for community members while providing resources for prevention, treatment and recovery supports.
It's been said that the measure of a community is the manner in which it cares for its most vulnerable citizens. Indifference is not an option. We all share in the responsibility to provide help and hope when our citizens need it.
Primarily, this includes mental health, alcohol and drug abuse recovery services for the area. These services grow even more important every day as the financial and emotional pressures of the shifting economy weigh on individuals. This includes treatment services for individuals with mental health problems and/or addiction problems in the county as well as engaging residents in creating a Recovery Oriented System of Care.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, an estimated 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older--about one in four adults--suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year, while about 6 percent suffer from a serious mental illness. According to the partnershipatdrugfree.org, 23 million Americans have a substance dependence or abuse problem. Eleven million are between the ages of 12 and 19.
The residents of Huron County are fortunate to have both supportive communities and a dedicated, professional, and compassionate team of caregivers and administrators serving the needs of over 3,000 of our friends and neighbors. This dedicated team serves the behavioral health needs of all ages--children, adults and senior citizens--regardless of income or ability to pay.
Local funding has become increasingly more important as community-based services have replaced state institutions. During the last decade, State funding has been reduced, and the demand for the locally accessible services has increased. Without local community levy support, the availability of local services would be cut by approximately 30% and many people would no longer be able to get the help they need. Thanks to the residents of Huron County for supporting and voting for this much needed tax.
Without a doubt, the measure of care the MHAS Board provides our most at-risk citizens, with strong community support, is very high. With ongoing support, the MHAS Board will continue our vision of assuring access to quality behavioral health services so that Huron County will be a community where all individuals are mentally and emotionally healthy and addiction free.
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