Seneca voters to weigh in on three-county mental health levy

FREMONT An additional tax levy could provide services for the mentally handicapped and people with substance abuse problems w
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

FREMONT

An additional tax levy could provide services for the mentally handicapped and people with substance abuse problems within a three-county area.

The Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot counties is requesting a .8 mill levy, which would help 3,500-5,000 any given day, said Nancy Cochran, executive director of the board.

"Since the Mental Health Act of 1988, the funding from the department of Mental Health has not kept up with inflation," Cochran said. "In the meantime, our services have grown about 30 percent about every five to six years."

Firelands Counseling and Recovery Services, a contract agency in Sandusky County, would likely have to cut services, Cochran said.

The levy was on the ballot before and defeated by a "good margin" said Sandusky County Commissioner Terry Thatcher.