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The Mental Health and Recovery Board (MHRB) is a branch of county government which is authorized and defined in the Ohio Revised Code, Section 340.  The board is comprised of 18 citizen volunteers who represent the community. They come from diverse backgrounds and are comprised of professionals, family members, people who have or are receiving services, advocates and other community members who wish to influence and promote mental health and addiction services in Ashland County.  In addition, the board employs an executive director and small staff who run the day-to-day operations of the board.

The board receives all of the public (state and federal) funding available to Ashland County for mental health and addiction services. In addition, the board is authorized by the Ohio Revised Code to leverage a property tax (with the approval of the county commissioners and Ashland County voters) in order to provide local revenue for services. Most counties in Ohio have such a levy, including Ashland. County boards do not provide direct clinical services, but rather purchase those services, primarily from local community agencies.

County boards are responsible to determine local needs, develop a community plan, set priorities, direct resources and monitor services in their district. This provides an opportunity to create integrated systems of care that are most responsive to the needs and desires of the local citizens. This is important because characteristics of counties vary widely and there is a mix of urban, suburban and rural areas in Ohio that makes a “one-size-fits-all” approach particularly ineffective.

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