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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GATEKEEPER SUICIDE PREVENTION TRAINING QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. This one-hour training helps you recognize the signs of suicide, know how to offer hope and seek help to save a life. Register TODAY online at https://tinyurl.com/yyy9ha69.

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If you or someone you know is suicidal call 211 or text helpline to 898211. If it is a life threatening emergency dial 911.

Suicidal thoughts, much like mental health conditions, can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. In fact, suicide is often the result of an untreated mental health condition. Suicidal thoughts, although common, should not be considered normal and often indicate more serious issues.

In 2016 alone, nearly 45,000 individuals died by suicide, leaving behind their friends and family members to navigate the tragedy of loss. In many cases, friends and families affected by a suicide loss (often called “suicide loss survivors”) are left in the dark. Too often the feelings of shame and stigma prevent them from talking openly.

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month—a time to share resources and stories in an effort to shed light on this highly taboo and stigmatized topic. We use this month to reach out to those affected by suicide, raise awareness and connect individuals with suicidal ideation to treatment services. It is also important to ensure that individuals, friends and families have access to the resources they need to discuss suicide prevention. For local mental health resources visit our Network of Care (CLICK HERE). For 24/7 support call 211 or text helpline to 898211. If there is a life threatening emergency call 911.