Voters asked to renew levy for mental health, addiction services

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The Mental Health and Recovery Board of Clark, Greene and Madison counties is asking voters in Clark County to approve the renewal of a levy on Election Day.

The 1-mill levy covers about 25 percent of the mental health and addiction services provided by the board in Clark County, according to Dr. Greta Mayer, CEO of the Mental Health and Recovery Board of Clark, Greene and Madison counties.

The funding from the levy stays in Clark County and benefits the residents there, Dr. Mayer said.

Eric Mata, who lives in Springfield, said he knows firsthand the importance of that funding.

“I remember telling myself, ‘How can I get off these drugs?'” Mata said.

Eight years ago, Mata said, he struggled with drug addiction and didn’t have health insurance. But the Mental Health and Recovery Board helped him turn his life around, with levy dollars funding his treatment services and transitional housing, he said.

“That’s why we have the levy dollars – that everyone has access to care,” Mayer said.

The 1-mill levy in Clark County translates to about $35 per year per $100,000 in appraised property value, Dr. Mayer said. Since it is a renewal of an already-existing levy, there would be no tax increase to residents, she added.

The renewal lasts 10 years and will generate $1.9 million in revenue annually, Mayer said.

“The local levy dollars prioritize that underserved population or underinsured,” she explained. “So even if individuals have insurance, even Medicaid. But Medicaid doesn’t pay for all of the long-term care that individuals need.”

“No matter what you do, who you are, where you come from – you are impacted by the funding one way or another,” Mata said. “Because these 11 agencies that are funded by the Mental Health and Recovery Board have a direct impact on the business community, on every community in Springfield.”

The Mental Health and Recovery Board provides services for more than 10,000 residents per year in Clark County, Dr. Mayer said.

The board also has levies in Greene and Madison counties, but those are not up for renewal this year.

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