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NASW Ohio Chapter Endorses Issue 51 (Hamilton County)

23 Oct

ImageNASW Ohio Chapter Endorses Issue 51 (Hamilton County)

The National Association of Social Workers Ohio Chapter is proud to announce our endorsement of the Hamilton County Mental Health Levy.

In Hamilton County, 1 in 5 residents (or 160,000 people) are affected by mental illness each year. More than 42,000 individuals benefited from services funded by the Hamilton County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board in 2011. A yes vote on Issue 51 means children and adults with severe mental and emotional disabilities can continue to receive counseling, treatment, housing and job training, allowing them to remain valued, productive members of society.

Social workers work every day to help individuals lead more self-sufficient, productive lives. We literally meet people where they are–whether that is in residential treatment, outpatient counseling or anywhere in between–to ensure they have the resources they need to live safely in our community. Renewing the Mental Health Levy means social workers and other care providers can continue to give Hamilton County children and adults access to a wide range of quality mental health services.

A yes vote on Issue 51 is a sound investment in our county’s future; by renewing this levy, you ensure Hamilton County residents have continued access to cost-effective, community-based mental health services. Without these services, many individuals may turn to costly emergency room visits to manage chronic mental health issues. They may also enter other costly systems, particularly the criminal justice system. The more we invest in mental health, the stronger our community. And yet, your vote for Issue 51 will not raise your taxes; it is simply a renewal at the current millage.

It is crucial that we break down barriers and eliminate stigma surrounding mental health services. Social workers stand in support of this levy renewal because we know mental health works.

Leah Taylor & Kaitlyn Wessels
Region 6 (Cincinnati) Regional Directors
National Association of Social Workers Ohio Chapter

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