Please join me in voting "Yes" to renew Issue 3, the 1-mill Portage County Mental Health and Recovery levy.
Voting "Yes" on Issue 3 will not increase taxes. It will provide, however, for continued critical mental health and recovery treatment, education and crisis services for thousands of Portage County citizens.
Of the 7,200 Portage County residents receiving Mental Health & Recovery-funded services in 2012, almost 3,000 of those recipients were children and teens. As a medical sociologist and 10-year board member of Children's Advantage Family Behavioral Health Services, a Mental Health & Recovery Board-funded agency, I know the positive impact mental health and recovery services have for families in need.
For years, Children's Advantage has provided consultation and prevention services for children in preschool through 12th grade in every Portage County school district. The agency's clinic and school-based services provide a wide variety of services that help families address issues and problem-solve in healthy, effective ways. When my own high school-aged children unexpectedly lost their father several years ago, Children's Advantage provided them with a caring, safe place to process their loss, while also teaching them tools to move forward as healthy young adults.
Please vote "Yes' on Issue 3 to assist Portage County in continuing to build strong families and children.
Pam Ferguson Freeman, President, Children's Advantage Board of Trustees