Mental Health & Recovery Board of Clark, Greene & Madison Counties
The primary role of the Mental Health & Recovery Board (MHRB) of Clark, Greene and Madison Counties is to plan, fund and monitor services for people with serious and persistent mental illness and alcohol and other drug addictions throughout the three county area.
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 three county area. These services grow even more important everyday as the financial and emotional pressures of the shifing economy weigh on individuals. This includes treatment services for individuals with mental health problems and/or addiction problems in the three county area as well as engaging residents in creating prevention-prepared communties.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health and 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 abuse dependence or abuse problem. Eleven (11) million are between the ages of 12 and 19.
The residents of Clark, Greene and Madison Counites are fortunate to have both supportive communities and a dedicated, professional, and compassionate team of caregivers and administrators serving the needs of over 16,000 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 increasing more important as community-based services have replaced state institutions. 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 70% and many people would no longer be able to get the help they need.
Without a doubt, the measure of care the MHRB provides our most at-risk citizens, with strong community support, is very high. With ongoing support, the MHRB will continue our vision of assuring access to quality behavioral health services.