Read the full proclamation here
At their session October 26, 2021, the Miami County Commissioners passed a Proclamation endorsing the Tri-County Mental Health and Recovery levy renewal on the November 2 ballot. In presenting the Proclamation, Commissioner Greg Simmons said, "This is very, very important to our community."
Read the full proclamation here
Shelby County Commissioner Julie Ehemann, second from right, presents a signed copy of a resolution endorsing the Tri-County Mental Health and Recovery Levy Renewal to Terri Becker, Executive Director of the Tri-County Board of Recovery and Mental Health Services, as (l-r) Commissioner Bob Guillozet, Tri-County Board Director of Community Resource Development Brad Reed, and Commissioner Tony Bornhorst look on.
At its October 21 2021 session, the Board of County Commissioners of Shelby County adopted a resolution endorsing the Tri-County Mental Health and Recovery Levy Renewal on the November 2 ballot.
Read the full resolution here.
The Shelby County Drug Free Coalition and other community partners are making Deterra® drug disposal pouches available at no cost to residents of Shelby County as part of drug take back and safe disposal efforts.
The launch of the safe-disposal program will coincide with National Drug Take Back Day October 23. Drug Take Back Day is promoted by the Drug Enforcement Agency as a way to safely remove unwanted and unused prescription medications from homes, to prevent theft, abuse and accidental poisoning.
Distribution points are being set up throughout Shelby County, and include: Senior Center of Sidney, Fair Haven, The Meal Prep Life, Wilson Health, Bunny’s Pharmacy, Family Resource Center, Jackson Center Pharmacy, and the Sidney-Shelby County Health Department. Other agencies also participating include: STAR House, Samaritan Works, Mercy Mission House, Shelby County Veterans Services, Botkins Village Hall and Jackson Center Village Hall. The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and the Sidney Police Department, including the Sidney Addiction Assistance Team, will make the disposal bags available along with the drug take-back drop boxes in their respective lobbies.
The Deterra® pouches use activated charcoal and water to dissolve and deactivate a wide range of medications, including fentanyl, ketamine, quetiapine, tramadol, and zolpidem. Unlike most drug take-back drop boxes, which will only accept pills or powders, the pouches can also neutralize creams, liquids, patches and films. Once in the bag and deactivated, the substances cannot be absorbed by the body, even if ingested. They are also prevented from entering the ecosystem, as can happen when flushing or disposing in landfills without a deactivating process.
Shelby County Commissioner Julie Ehemann said: “Shelby County is excited to be launching a project utilizing Deterra® pouches, which can rid any home of dangerous, leftover drugs in minutes. Our goal is to reduce the risk of abuse, misuse and accidental ingestion of leftover medication, especially prescription opioids.”
The pouches were obtained through the Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative and Shelby County Department of Job & Family Services at not cost to the county. The Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative (RALI) convenes national, state and community leaders to exchange best practices and provide resources that help prevent misuse of prescription medicines.
The Tri-County Board of Recovery and Mental Health Services maintains a list of area drug take-back drop boxes on its website at www.tcbmds.org/disposal.
Seated, l-r, Commissioners Matt Aultman, Mike Stegall, Larry Holmes. Standing, l-r Brad Reed, Director of Community Resource Development for the Tri-County Board of Recovery and Mental Health Services; Tri-County Board members Dennis Butts, Terrance Holman, Mandy Martin, and Jason Wagner; Terri Becker, Executive Director; and Steve McEldowney, Director of Finance and Administration.
Darke County Commissioners at their session Monday October 4 2021 endorsed the Tri-County Mental Health levy renewal with a Proclamation of Support.
The Tri-County Mental Health & Recovery levy is a 0.6 mill, 5-year renewal to provide ongoing funding for counseling and supportive services to children and adults through the operation of alcohol and drug addiction programs and mental health programs. Levy funds are administered by the Tri-County Board of Recovery and Mental Health Services.
Tri-County Board Executive Director Terri Becker expressed her appreciation to the Commissioners for their support, saying, "The levy is a crucial part of the Board's funding that enables us to continue to address the mental health and addiction services needs in Darke County. The Commissioners are active partners in identifying local needs and solutions and we thank them for their endorsement."
Since 2006, the levy has passed with about 2 of 3 voters in Darke, Miami and Shelby counties supporting. More information about the renewal can be found at www.YESforMentalHealth.com.
Brad Reed is Director of Community Resource Development at the Tri-County Board of Recovery and Mental Health Services.