PDT Staff Writer
Longtime Adams-Lawrence-Scioto Counties Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Mental Health Administration (ADAMHS) Executive Director Anthony Pollard retired effective July 30. According to the board’s website, www.adamhsals.org, Susan Shultz has been named Interim-Executive Director.
Missy Craddock, Deputy Director for Public Affairs, Ohio Department of Mental Health, Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services said the two agencies have been working with the local ADAMHS Board on a number of issues.
“We’ve been working with them on some general concerns of ours, a lot of it is trying to get better communication with the board director, so that we know what is going on and we are trying to make sure they fulfill their responsibilities as far as community planning and submitting reports to state agencies,” Craddock said.
“We are working with the state association of ADAMH boards along with staff from the Department of Mental Health and the Ohio Department of Drug and Alcohol Services are offering technical assistance to help the board figure out what things might need to be cleaned up or how we can best get back on track,” Craddock said. “We are pleased with their progress so far.”
She said there were concerns on a plan to provide crisis servers to the area after July 1.
“The contract they had with a local provider had run out and we were aware of that and were not sure there was a replacement. That is a critical service for every community to have access to,” Craddock said.
According to Stacey Frohnapfel Hasson, Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services Communications Chief, the current crisis provider for the three board area is FRS Counseling based out of Hillsboro in Adams County effective Aug. 1.
“Once Shawnee (Mental Health) gave their notice they were not going to provide those services any longer, the board reached out to other providers. FRS Counseling is the agency that’s taking that on, the hospitals, 9-1-1, the jails and everybody knows this,” Frohnapfel Hasson said.
According to Dr. Lorra Fuller, Director of Scioto County Childrens Services the agency had to change its after-hours reporting procedure in response.
“The reason why our on call number has changed is because the Crisis line that Shawnee Mental Health operated is no longer in service. We have used that number for numerous years and due to budget cuts, Shawnee Mental Health Center was no longer able to keep that line active. We had to change our on call procedure, people will now call the office number and will be prompted to call the on call workers pager number,” Fuller said.
According to Children's Services, in order to reach Scioto County Children Services to report emergency incidents of suspected abuse or neglect call the agency at 740-456-4164. You will be prompted to page the on-call worker. You will need to call the pager number where you can be reached. The on-call worker will respond to your emergency.
Representatives from the Adams-Lawrence-Scioto Counties Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Mental Health Administration declined comment.
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