For the first time since Healthy Communities began conducting Community Health Needs Assessments in 1996, Mental Health and Substance Abuse rose to the top of the list of unmet needs in our 2015 survey. For this reason, the Healthy Communities Council decided to provide a home and support to a community group that had been meeting on these issues for a couple of years.
The Mental Health and Substance Abuse Team officially came under the Healthy Communities umbrella in late 2015 and received funding to support a part-time staff member from the Columbus Regional Hospital Foundation in early 2016. Co-chairs Dr. Sherm Franz, Ray Morris, Shirley Arney and Larry Perkinson with support from staff member Nichole Vreeland, provide leadership to the team.
The Team’s goals are focused on: