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Terry Russell Named to Governor DeWine’s Recovery Council

Posted on Jan 22, 2019

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has announced the creation of a new council, the RecoveryOhio Advisory Council, that will advise the Ohio Governor’s Office on critical matters concerning mental illness and substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery support services in Ohio.

Governor DeWine stated, “As I travel the state, I constantly hear from struggling families who say Ohio’s system for treating those with mental health and substance use disorders needs repair,” said Governor DeWine. “I’m calling upon the members of this council to advise my administration on strategies to mend this fractured system. With improvements, I truly believe that Ohio can better assist those who are struggling to recover and help them lead high-quality, productive lives.”

RecoveryOhio Director Alisha Nelson will chair the council, which includes a diverse group of individuals who have worked to address mental illness or substance use issues in prevention, treatment, advocacy, or support services; government; private industry; law enforcement; healthcare; learning institutions; and faith organizations.  The council also includes individuals who are living with mental illness and/or a substance use disorder and their families.

Among those appointed is NAMI Ohio Executive Director Terry Russell, who said “RecoveryOhio Advisory Council members will be tasked with issuing actionable recommendations to Governor DeWine and each cabinet-level state agency, board, and commission that provides services to individuals with mental illness or substance use disorders. NAMI Ohio is appreciative that Governor DeWine recognizes that NAMI Ohio is the voice on mental illness in Ohio for the thousands and thousands of individuals and family members that deal daily with the impact of mental illness on their lives. Access to quality services and essential support services, such as housing, transportation, employment and peer support, has long been the focus of NAMI Ohio. Having the Governor of Ohio recognize the extreme importance and urgency certainly gives hopes to families and individuals throughout Ohio. ”

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Posted on Sep 11, 2018

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Adam - Amanda Mental Health Rehabilitation Center

Posted on Jan 25, 2017

                     

In 2010, Adam Knapp, a 30-year old man living with schizophrenia and an avid outdoorsman lost his life to suicide. Just eighteen days before, he had attempted suicide and filtered in and out of three different Ohio hospitals. When leaving the last hospital, his parents described him as symptomatic, yet he was released anyway.

Amanda Baker was a fervid mental health advocate who testified for Senate Bill 43, which gave judges the ability to order outpatient treatment for people with mental illnesses. This cause hit close to home for her and her family. She struggled with depression and lost her life to suicide at age 26.

In both cases, the loving and supportive families of these young people tried desperately to get them help. Unfortunately, the mental health system failed them.

Hospital stays are often too short to properly stabilize people and prepare them for life outside a secure hospital environment. With many other major hospitalizations, patients are sent to a rehabilitation facility after discharge to recuperate and rebuild strength. This isn’t the case with mental illness. Patients are often sent home alone, dropped at a homeless shelter or released to a family member ill-equipped to offer the needed rehabilitation services. 

As the deaths of Adam and Amanda illustrate, the consequences of inadequate treatment can be tragic. Many people discharged end up back in the hospital, in prison, homeless, or dead due to the lack of community supports. The suicide rate in adults with mental disorders within the first ninety days after discharge is over fourteen times higher than the average rate of suicide in the United States.

The fact of the matter is that there simply are not enough mental health resources available upon discharge to care for this vulnerable group.

The deaths of these two people are tragic, but we can help prevent future tragedies by working to change the mental health system little by little.

In honor of these two individuals who lost their battles with mental illness, NAMI Ohio is excited to share a new approach to this crisis. The Adam-Amanda Mental Health Rehabilitation Center in Athens, Ohio will be a pilot facility and the first of its kind. It provides a place for people with severe mental illness to go after release from the hospital and stabilize under supervised care before re-entering the community.



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