DMMHRSB Annual Meeting

The Delaware-Morrow Mental Health & Recovery Services Board (DMMHRSB) held it’s Annual Meeting in Delaware County on November 14th at Brown Township Hall.  The theme of the meeting was: “Growing and Transforming Our Network of Care.”

We welcomed our guests with a hearty breakfast and warm cups of coffee to settle in and allow an opportunity for the Executive Director of DMMHRSB, Deanna Brant, to share a message about the value of our work and collaboration, while also expressing our continued gratitude to the people that make change happen. We then had the pleasure of hearing from Delaware Health Commissioner, Shelia Hiddleson, as our special guest speaker. She elaborated on the Community Health Improvement Plan strategies, statistics on mid-year accidental overdose fatalities, and the progress on our joint Screening, Brief Intervention & Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) program.  Also, sharing a few words was our DMMHRSB Board of Directors Chair, Joe Gigliotti, who spoke of the ongoing dedication from all the board members, recognizing them for their time and contribution. Their voluntary roles embody the spirit of goodwill we are so fortunate to have in our community.

A very special award – the Arthur S. Flemming Award – was presented to Paula Roller, Executive Director of Turning Point for her unwavering commitment to victims of domestic abuse. With the opening of a Turning Point facility in Delaware County, her fortitude and tenacity have proven truly invaluable. Her designs and aspirations will continue to serve others for generations to come.

The Helping Hands Award winners included:

  • Tammy Burton of Maryhaven – Tammy is the person who greets you with a warm smile and respect when you walk in the doors at Maryhaven in Mt. Gilead. She makes it a point to know every client by name and in turn, she herself is never forgotten! She not only provides encouragement to everyone in her path but models resilience through her own personal challenges.
  • Jennifer Simpson of Del-Mor Dwellings – Together with her team, Jennifer provides a first-rate balance to the residents of the Cheshire Street living environment through individualized support while still maintaining autonomy and independence. Her contributions promote wellness, improved relationships, and a better quality of life for the people calling Cheshire Street home.
  • Todd Walts, Executive Director of NAMI of Delaware and Morrow Counties – In his short tenure, Todd has shown enthusiasm and passion for his work that is unmatched. This shows through the support he has garnered, improvements in programming, and overall increase in class numbers and participation. He is a goal-setter with the end-game benefiting people who need it most.

Support services through DMMHRSB Network of Care Providers resulted in thousands getting much needed help as well as preventative interventions. Prevention and early intervention services reached over 18,000 individuals in FY2018. Through the Hotline and Information & Referral services over 6,000 individuals were connected to resources. To read FY2018 Annual Report visit www.dmmhrs.org.

“I’m proud of the strides we’ve made especially with our collaboration to improve the referral process to those people needing help by being progressive, proactive, and working together,” said Deanna Brant, Executive Director of DMMHRSB. Brant said “Everyone shares a role in making our community better. Our job is to figure out how to combine these parts to maximize our impact.”

The Delaware-Morrow Mental Health and Recovery Services Board (DMMHRSB) provides a comprehensive continuum of mental health and substance abuse prevention and treatment services in the two-county area.