Earl Hopkins, The Columbus Dispatch

Franklin County voters overwhelmingly approved a tax levy Tuesday to help fund soaring demand for mental-health services and addiction treatment.

The issue on the ballot was a renewal of the existing five-year, 2.2-mill levy for the Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board of Franklin County, also known simply as ADAMH. It passed with 70.4% of the vote, according to official returns.

Until Tuesday night’s approval, the levy hasn’t been raised in nearly 15 years, according to ADAHM’s Chief Executive Officer Erika Clark Jones.

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“We are grateful for the investment Franklin County voters have made, once again, to ensure that ADAMH and its network of agencies continue to provide mental health, alcohol and drug addiction programs for the most vulnerable in our community.” – Erika Clark Jones, ADAMH CEO
“These vital services for children, adults and families, including crisis, residential and outpatient treatment programs, school and community-based prevention programs, housing and recovery supports, are needed more than ever, and we are thankful for the vote of confidence that Issue 24 has received.” – Erika Clark Jones, ADAMH CEO
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