Delaware-Morrow Mental Health & Recovery Services Board Requests Voter Approval of Levy on Fall 2021 Ballot

August 4, 2021– Today, the Delaware-Morrow Mental Health & Recovery Services Board announced that it is seeking a funding request on the November 2, 2021 ballot. The Board is asking voters to support a renewal of its current 1 mill property tax with an additional .5 mills, bringing the new total to 1.5 mills. The DMMHRSB funds behavioral health programs and services for residents in the two-county area, largely through the funds generated through the current levy. If approved, the levy will cost a property owner $41.56 – just $3.46 per month – for every $100,000 of taxable property value.
The funding will ensure the ongoing availability of a safety net of mental health and substance use treatment and prevention services. These services include crisis care, programs for children and families, prevention, and many more across the behavioral health continuum. Specialized programs for providers, first responders, healthcare workers and other essential workers facing burnout, significant stress, anxiety, depression, or other issues would also continue.

The Board currently partners with the following behavioral health providers in Delaware and Morrow Counties:

• Big Brothers Big Sisters
• Del-Mor Dwellings
• HelpLine
• Jacob Edward Walls Foundation
• Maryhaven
• NAMI Delaware and Morrow Counties
• Prevention Awareness Support Services
• Recovery & Prevention Resources
• Safe Harbor Peer Support
• Southeast Healthcare, Inc.
• Syntero
• Turning Point

In addition, passing this levy will allow the Board to maintain and expand provider capacity for a rapidly growing population in need of mental health and recovery services. Increased funding will help meet the evolving mental health and addiction services needs and create innovative solutions for those in crisis, including outreach, in-school counseling, services for parents, family counseling, and early intervention.
Tiesha Johnson, Delaware-Morrow Mental Health & Recovery Services Board Member, and Mike Schnell, Morrow County Drug & Alcohol Awareness & Prevention of Morrow County Coalition Member, will serve as co-chairs of the levy campaign committee.

“We’re working very hard to continue supporting those with mental health and addiction needs in the two counties,” said Johnson. “But we’re also finding ways to meet the incredible demand for these services. More and more people want and need help, and this levy will allow us to be there for them. Without it, we won’t be able to purchase these effective and efficient services that are so desperately needed right now.”
“Living through a pandemic, people looking to take care of their mental health in large numbers,” said Schnell. “As we continue to recover from COVID-19, this levy will fund services dedicated to helping essential workers, first responders, and recovery crisis services through HelpLine’s 24/7 Hotline, same-day services at Southeast Healthcare and Maryhaven, and more.”

“We are at a crucial point with behavioral healthcare in our area,” said DMMHRSB Executive Director Deanna Brant. “People are more likely to seek help, and we need to be there for them. Now, more than ever, it is crucial for voters to say ‘yes’ to mental health.”

About Tiesha Johnson
A resident of Delaware County since 2019, Tiesha is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner for Nationwide Children’s Hospital and is responsible for diagnosis and management of psychiatric disorders in children that are associated with medical conditions, acute injuries and certain treatments and interventions.

About Mike Schnell
Mike is the sales manager for WVXG and WDLR radio stations. He has been a firefighter EMT for the past 39 years and currently runs with the Leesburg and Union Township Fire Departments. He has been the host of Morrow County’s United Way Radiothon for the past five years, Morrow County Chamber Member of the Year in 2019, and received the Guardians for Good Award in 2020 from HelpLine.
If you have interest in volunteering with the DMMHRSB and its partners on this campaign, please contact Kyle Lewis at klewis@dmmhrsb.org.

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The Delaware-Morrow Mental Health & Recovery Services Board is moving email servers. All Board email addresses will now end in “@dmmhrsb.org” beginning today, December 28. Emails sent to previously used email addresses will forward to the new addresses temporarily.

Board Office Email List:
Deanna Brant, Executive Director: dbrant@dmmhrsb.org
Rhianna Mattix, Associate Director: rmattix@dmmhrsb.org
Kristan Warren, Community Impact Director: kwarren@dmmhrsb.org
Beth Anderson, Finance Director: banderson@dmmhrsb.org
Kyle Lewis, Communications Director: klewis@dmmhrsb.org
Karen Mohr, Finance Specialist: kmohr@dmmhrsb.org
Kelly Wood, Administrative Assistant: kwood@dmmhrsb.org
Virginia Schminke-Yaussy, AmeriCorps Vista: vista@dmmhrsb.org

Information Request: info@dmmhrsb.org
Invoices: invoice@dmmhrsb.org
Purchase Request: purreq@dmmhrsb.org
CIT Information: cit@dmmhrsb.org

The Delaware-Morrow Mental Health & Recovery Services Board is required to release an Annual Report yearly to the public. Click the link to see our FY 2019 report:

FY19 Annual Report

We are thrilled to invite you to our 2020 Annual Meeting! Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this year’s Annual Meeting will be held virtually, as a broadcast on our Facebook and YouTube pages. This year’s host is Tony Coder from the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation. Keynote speakers are Heidi Kegley, Superintendent of Delaware City Schools and Ryan Danley from It’s the Danleys. Keep an eye on this page and our website for more information and a registration link. See you then!

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The Delaware-Morrow Mental Health & Recovery Services Board will present two awards to deserving members of the community at our upcoming annual meeting, and we need your help to decide who will get these awards! Read through the quick descriptions, and if you know someone who should be honored then fill out the forms and send them to us. Submission details are below

The 2020 Helping Hands Award

The Helping Hands Award recognizes and those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to persons served by the
mental health and recovery services system.

The 2020 Dr. Arthur S. Flemming Award

The Delaware-Morrow Mental Health & Recovery Services Board is seeking nominations to recognize individuals who have made exceptional contributions to their community. The Community Service Award is named in honor of Dr. Arthur S. Flemming and is a way to recognize an individual’s personal and professional contribution to our community.

Submissions are due by Thursday, November 5, 2020 at 5:00 P.M.

Submit forms to Deanna Brant at

or send via mail to:

Delaware-Morrow Mental Health & Recovery Services Board
Attn: Deanna Brant, awards
40 N. Sandusky St
Ste 301
Delaware, OH 43015

The Morrow County Family Children First Council is seeking proposals for Coordination of Multiple Grants and Services.  The application deadline has been extended to May 7, 2020 at 3:00 pm.  Due to concerns from COVID-19, paper applications will not be accepted.  All digital applications should be emailed to 

karen.keeran@jfs.ohio.gov

The application can be found at this link: Morrow County FCFC RFP

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.dmmhrsb.org/annualreport.

“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.

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