Research has shown that at least 30 percent, and possibly as high as 70 percent, of families served by Summit County Children Services have mental health or substance abuse issues or both.
While this trend presents a strong demand for assessments and services, those families have traditionally been reluctant to participate — and this reluctance has hindered our agency’s ability to solve family issues, leading to high rates of child removal and placement in substitute care.
Further, we know that children exposed to untreated substance abuse or mental health problems can have serious addiction and behavior issues themselves in the future.
Thanks to the support and involvement of local partners — among them the County of Summit Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADM) Board — Children Services successfully obtained $2.5 million in federal grants last year to begin to address the critical issue of parental substance abuse.
This is just one of countless examples of how our local ADM Board has taken a leadership role in developing and implementing innovative new programs and services to aggressively tackle the serious alcohol, drug addiction and mental health problems that negatively affect the lives of countless children and families throughout our area.
The help provided by the board and its excellent array of partner agencies to those struggling with alcohol and drug dependency or mental health issues is truly invaluable. Treatment does work.
Personally, and on behalf of Summit County Children Services, I strongly urge you to support the ADM Board by voting for the renewal levy, Issue 1 on the Nov. 5 ballot.
Summit County Children Services
What about getting care?
Does anyone else see the irony in the fact that two “right to life” organizations are suing to stop the expansion of Medicaid?
Actually, maybe the word choice should be “hypocrisy.” They want the working poor to have those babies, but forget about prenatal care.
Unnecessary tax incentives
Giant Eagle is threatening not to move forward on its larger-scale development in Cuyahoga Falls without a measly tax incentive of $104,000 over four years from the city.
Seriously? The incentive is a drop in the bucket when you consider the construction costs the company will incur for a new facility. How many jobs would $26,000 a year cover for four years? Maybe one, if it’s part time. Giant Eagle does not need this abatement, and to threaten not to build the more upscale amenities in the Falls is a laugher by any standard.
Omnova Solutions corporate headquarters is moving to Beachwood from Fairlawn with a bevy of tax incentives. The Ohio Tax Credit Authority is providing a tax credit in the range of $381,000, and Jobs Ohio, the questionable private development corporation that does its business in secret using our tax dollars, is providing a $3 million loan at an interest rate a citizen would die for.
What is interesting about this giveaway is the fact the Fairlawn Mayor Bill Roth put together a very competitive incentive package to keep Omnova in his city. Where were the state’s incentives when these negotiations were occurring?
There are times, albeit very few times, when incentives are necessary to attract a business from out of state.
But we shouldn’t be playing one Ohio community against the other and use our tax dollars to do it. At least in Cuyahoga Falls incentives are debated and voted on where we can actually see them and, if we so choose, attend a council meeting to voice our opinion for or against.
Not so at JobsOhio, the state of Ohio’s private development corporation. We are expected to trust the private development arm of the state making decisions in our best interest. We should all be skeptical until a microscope is placed directly on the decision-making process to hand out our tax dollars.
A judge’s curious story
A Copley Township police officer testified that he observed Judge Joy Oldfield and public defender Catherine Loya in a state of undress in the back seat of a SUV at about 2 a.m. in a shopping plaza lot. The vehicle smelled of alcohol.
At her disciplinary hearing, the judge testified that they were in the front seat and only talking.
I’m pretty sure a police officer would know the difference between a front seat and a back seat. I only wish I could have been present for that “conversation.”
Judge Oldfield claims that Loya was sober, but didn’t testify at Loya’s trial, where she was convicted of physical control of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Judicial discretion?
It appears that the judge will only receive a public reprimand. I recommend all law schools add a course to their curriculum entitled “Common Sense 101.”
Failing to govern like a team
The current state of affairs in Washington, D.C., can be summed up in one statement: “We have met the enemy, and it is us.”
Democrats are eager to pass out food stamps like candy on Halloween, while the GOP is willing to shoot itself in the foot by recalling state senators in Colorado for refusing to pull the trigger on easy access to deadly weapons.
As we approach the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy and the first anniversary of the Sandy Hook tragedy, let’s keep these two thoughts in mind: Fear and anger will always create more problems than they can possibly solve, and all rights (constitutional and otherwise) come with responsibilities.
A powerful nation that prefers to assign blame over sharing credit is like a powerful team with players who are more interested in breaking individual records than winning games. We are ripe for an upset. Our foreign enemies are watching with delight while we oblige them.
Michael J. Walzer