STRYKER - Several contracts were approved by the Four County ADAMhs Board Thursday, Dec. 12 at its final meeting of the year. The largest contract was for $30,000 with Rescue Crisis Center in Toledo to provide inpatient stabilization beds for adolescents when needed.
A contract for $12,500 was approved for the Swanton Area Coalition to assist with substance abuse and addiction awareness efforts in the Swanton School District. A similar amount of money was provided to the coalition by the Lucas County ADAMhs Board as the school district includes portions of both Fulton and Lucas counties.
Maumee Valley Guidance Center will receive an additional $5,700 during the current fiscal year to pay for a client placement in a group home.
Board CEO Les McCaslin told the board that several projects are in the planning stage for 2014, including an expansion of non-behavioral health services that will be provided through the board’s partnership with Health Partners of Western Ohio. Heath Partners, a federally qualified health clinic, currently provides primary health care and pharmacy services through office space provided by ADAMhs funded agencies in Defiance and Bryan.
The board is also exploring the establishment of behavioral health courts with local judges, and looks to expand the use of telemedicine next year.
McCaslin reported that agencies are beginning to enroll qualifying clients in Ohio’s expanded Medicaid program that is set to begin Wednesday, Jan. 1, pending a case currently before the Ohio Supreme Court. A decision on that case is expected to be announced next week by the Ohio Supreme Court.