As the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues to expand globally, the Mental Health & Recovery Services Board of Lucas County (MHRSB) has worked to develop and implement strategies to ensure access to the most essential services are maintained while minimizing the spread the virus. In efforts to balance protecting Board Staff’s health, while simultaneously continuing to support the Board’s mission, Board Staff have been given the option to work remotely.
Other implementations include:
- MHRSB will close the office to public visitors
- Board Meetings will occur twice a month on the first and third Tuesdays
- Board Meetings will be hosted virtually- please visit https://www.lcmhrsb.oh.gov/calendar/ for details on public access
- Board packets will no longer be sent by USPS, packets will be sent by email or can be obtained at www.lcmhrsb.oh.gov
- email@example.com has been created to streamline request regarding the pandemic
- MHRSB Strategic Planning Retreat has been postponed
- MHRSB 7th Annual Recognition Ceremony has been postponed
As always, our primary concern is your continued health and well-being. For assistance, managing anxiety, or other mental health concerns, support is just a call or text away. If you or a loved one are in need of mental health or substance use disorder treatment, please call the Recovery Helpline 24/7 for assistance at 419-255-3125. Spanish Speaking individuals may also contact the Adelante Latino Resource Center from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Monday-Friday) at419-244-8440 for a Behavioral Health Navigator. You can also text ‘4hope’ to 741-741 to access the Crisis Text Line and get connected to a crisis counselor. In addition to the lines mentioned above, MHRSB has created the Lucas County COVID-19 Emotional Support Line to provide support to Lucas County residents who are experiencing anxiety, loneliness, depression, or other emotional challenges due to the pandemic. The line is staffed by the Wellness Center under the management of Neighborhood Properties Inc. of Toledo. Access the Emotional Support Line by calling 419-442-0580.
If you feel you have been exposed to the virus, or if you start to experience symptoms, we recommend calling either of the Lucas County Coronavirus hotlines that are available 24/7 and are operated by nurses at 419.251.4000 or 419.291.5355 * (*Limited English Proficient (LEP) immigrant community members are encouraged to call this call line number as it has multilingual language access including in Spanish, Arabic, and Chinese).
MHRSB will continue to actively monitor the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Ohio Department of Health, and the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department guidelines and recommendations and provide updates as needed. Please note as this is a rapidly evolving situation, the above information is subject to change as deemed necessary by MHRSB leadership.
The Mental Health & Recovery Services Board of Lucas County (MHRSB) is aware of the many effects this pandemic will have and is committed to providing aid to our service providers in Lucas County. MHRSB understands the vital nature of maintaining essential services in our community; as a result, we developed a strategy to counter the financial burden caused by the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.
MHRSB has prioritized three domains as the most essential services: uninterrupted access to crisis services, maintaining treatment services, and housing stability. MHRSB defines essential services as the following:
1. Crisis services include emergency services, specifically prescreening, mobile response/MRSS (mobile response stabilization services), and Health Officer services; Recovery Helpline; Crisis Stabilization Units/Child and Adolescent Crisis Stabilization Units; crisis intervention
2. Maintaining treatment services includes treatment access strategies (inclusive of telehealth utilization) as well as strategies that will ensure timely access to psychotropic and substance-use related medications
3. Housing stability includes emergency shelters; group homes (adult care facilities); residential treatment; permanent supportive housing; recovery housing
Relief for Residential Care Facilities-
MHRSB will provide financial support to Class 2 and 3 OhioMHAS licensed Residential Care Facility Operators to address the needs of their facility’s residents related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Operators that operate more than one facility will receive funds for each facility, and the level of financial support will differ depending on the capacity of the facility. For more detailed information, please see the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).
In order to receive the COVID-19 Pandemic relief funds, please complete and sign the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA). Once completed, email the signed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Once the signed MOA has been received and processed, you will receive a check from Neighborhood Properties, Inc. (NPI). Please contact email@example.com or (419)213-4665 with any questions.
Click HERE for Memorandum of Agreement (MOA)
Relief for MHRSB Contracted Providers and for OhioMHAS-Licensed Providers-
Using the templates below, we are asking programs and services currently funded by MHRSB as well as OhioMHAS-licensed providers that are not currently funded through MHRSB that are located within Lucas County to communicate your needs specific to maintaining identified essential services, as well as funded non-essential services, while minimizing the spread of COVID-19. Requests should be sent to Cami Roth Szirotnyak firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
Click HERE for MHRSB Funded Provider Template
Click HERE for OhioMHAS-Licensed Provider Template