As Thanksgiving approaches, and we seek different ways to safely celebrate this holiday season, there are so many things for which to be thankful – especially in the midst of this pandemic.
First, there is the ADAMH network of 33 providers, who have been and continue to be on the frontlines, providing mental health and addiction services and delivering care throughout the pandemic. I am grateful for their continued flexibility, ingenuity and commitment to finding new ways to safely work with their clients both in person and virtually. This season, join me in thanking the behavioral health heroes that power our mighty system.
The ADAMH Network of Care is possible because of the ongoing support of Franklin County voters. Thank you to Franklin County voters for passing Issue 24 with a resounding 70 percent “yes” vote, ensuring there are resources to provide vital mental health and addiction services for the most vulnerable in our community for the next five years.
As our country comes to grips with the legacy of systemic racism and inequities, it is inspiring to be part of a community that has come together to seek and implement solutions. There is more work to do to ensure equity in all areas of Franklin County’s behavioral health system. Our vision includes addressing the professional pipeline and ensuring a robust behavioral health workforce that looks like the people in the community we serve. It also includes your input about current and emerging behavioral health needs across our county. Please share your feedback through our Community Needs Assessment survey.
Lastly, I am thankful for the opportunity to lead ADAMH through these trying and transforming times. I am confident that we will emerge from this pandemic a stronger, more responsive and equitable system of behavioral health care.
Wishing you and your loved ones a safe and meaningful holiday season,
The year of 2020 has been a difficult one for many. If you are looking for ways to give back this holiday season and help those who are struggling most, here are a few opportunities in the ADAMH System of Care and at some of our community partner agencies: