When it comes to behavioral health services in Lake
County, I frequently hear the word collaboration mentioned by leaders who visit
from outside the area.
, who is the Ohio Department of Mental
Health and Addiction Services director, is no exception.
Plouck visited the county this week to speak with local
leaders and to visit several facilities that provide services.
She took part in a roundtable discussion at the Lake
County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services board’s office that
included many of the folks who are directly involved in the behavioral health
field in the county.
Among them were elected officials such as Sheriff Daniel A. Dunlap
Juvenile Court Judge Karen Lawson
and Mentor Municipal Court Judge John Trebets
who also runs a mental health and drug court.
Also part of the discussion were members from the ADAMHS
board and its management team including Executive Director Kim Fraser
Lake County Job and Family Services Director Matt Battiato
, Lake County Educational
Service Center Director Brian Bontempo
, NAMI Lake County Director Carole Jazbec
and Lake County Ombudsman Christi Farmer
As jails continue to be overcrowded and caring for many
people who need mental health and addiction treatment, Plouck talked about
developing partnerships with sheriffs across the state and increasing the
dialogue with courts to help improve services.
The state continues to integrate physical health along
with behavioral health to treat the person as a whole, Plouck said.
Her impression of Lake County leaders is they operate with
a great degree of collaboration, and she said she was particularly struck by
the compassion they have to help people who are struggling.
Plouck wrapped up her visit to the county by serving as
one of the featured speakers at the 20th anniversary reception in Willoughby
for BRIDGES: Mental Health Consumer Empowerment.
The three candidates for Eastlake mayor turned in
pre-election campaign spending reports for this past Thursday’s deadline.
The primary will be held for Eastlake voters Sept. 17 with
the top two vote-getters advancing to the Nov. 5 ballot.
Candidates are incumbent Ted Andrzejewski
, Council President
and Councilwoman Cindy Quinn-Hopkins
Here’s a quick glance at their warchests, according to
campaign finance reports turned in to the Lake County Elections Board.
Andrzejewski raised $23,263; spent $14,648, received $779
as in-kind contributions and had $1,900 in outstanding loans owed by the
Morley raised $2,376 and spent $1,320.
Quinn-Hopkins raised $3,425, spent $1,334 and made $450 as
Quinn-Hopkins will host a soup-and-crackers free lunch
event from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Surfside Towers Party Room in Eastlake.
Candidates in Lake, Geauga and eastern Cuyahoga counties
who appear on the Nov. 5 ballot may send in listings of endorsements they
receive for the upcoming election via email, fax or standard mail. They will
appear online periodically on The News-Herald’s Northern Ohio Politics blog.
A summer buffet fundraiser for Sarah Fowler
state Board of Education District 7, 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Orchard Hills
Event Center in Chester Township. See Fowler.
n Susan McGuinness
, candidate for
Painesville Township trustee, hosts a ’60s Night fundraiser, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 19 at Harry Buffalo in Painesville Township. See Susan or Ray McGuinness
Lake County Commissioner Daniel P. Troy
hosts Fall Classic golf outing and Clam Bake, 12:30 p.m. shotgun start Sept. 27
at Lost Nation Municipal Golf Course in Willoughby. See Kip Molenaar
Morley hosts Steak Roast
Fundraiser, 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 6 at Boracs Landing in Eastlake. See Donna Vaughn
or Dale Bradley
John Arthur Hutchison
Labels: Daniel A. Dunlap, John Trebets, Karen Lawson, Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Tracy Plouck