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The Catholic Commission of Lake and Geauga County, with the approval of Bishop Lennon, has endorsed Issue 3, the Lake County ADAMHS Board Renewal Levy.

Here is the letter and resolution:

Dear Fr. George:

Please find enclosed a resolution from the Catholic Commission of Lake and Geauga County endorsing Issue 3, the Lake County ADAMHS Board Renewal Levy. The Lake County ADAMHS Bd. supports many vital services in Lake County.

Locally at Catholic Charities, our agency receives funding support from the Lake ADAMHS Bd. to provide Counseling programs, Hispanic Services, Interpreter Services and the Families of Promise program. We could not provide programs like these without the support from Lake ADAMHS and passage of this levy is vital.

Any support of this levy that you can provide to your congregation would be greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,

J. Clements LPCC-S, LSW, LlCDC-CS

Director

Resolution in Support of Issue 3, the Renewal Levy for Lake County

Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board

WHEREAS, “The Catholic Church has a well documented tradition in pursuit of the common good and care for “the least of these” (Mt. 25)” Catholic Social Teaching on Poverty, an Option for the Poor, and the Common Good, USCCB, 2009.

WHEREAS, “Whoever suffers from mental illness ‘always’ bears God’s image and likeness in themselves, as does every human being. In audition, they’always’ have the inalienable right not only to be considered as an image of God and therefore as a person, but also to be treated as such.” Message to Healthcare Workers, Pope John Paul II, 1996.

WHEREAS, “Every Christian, according to his specific duty and responsibility, is called to make his contribution so that the dignity of these brothers and sisters may be recognized, respected and promoted.” Message from Pope Benedict XVI for the 14th World Day of the Sick, 2006.

WHEREAS, Money generated from the levy is directed to mental health, suicide prevention and substance abuse prevention and treatment services through partner agencies, including Catholic Charities, which strengthen families and foster the dignity of the human person.

WHEREAS, The Lake County ADAMHS Board provided 60,277 instances of treatment and prevention services for Lake County residents last year.

WHEREAS, The Board has seen an increase in demand for services & a decrease in state & federal funding causing more than 60% of their budget to come from local support.

WHEREAS, Issue 3 is a 0.9 mill renewal levy, which means there is no tax increase for the citizens of Lake County.

WHEREAS, Voters have faithfully approved the ADAMHS Levy since its inception in 1976.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOL YED, The Catholic Commission of Lake and Geauga County endorses Issue 3, The Lake County ADAMHS Board Renewal Levy on the November 4,2014 Ballot.

Adopted by the Catholic Commission of Lake & Geauga County

September 15,2014

Kelly Ann Davis, Director Brian Rice, CCLG Chair

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