CEO Les McCaslin, who is retiring at the end of this month, attended his final ADAMhs Board meeting Thursday, Dec. 12. As the meeting wrapped up, he reflected on his 24 years with the board, first as associate director and for the last 13 ½ years as the CEO.
He explained the most impactful change that occurred during his time as CEO was the decision in 2015 to work with Health Partners of Western Ohio to bring a federally qualified health center to the area that would provide primary healthcare services and a pharmacy to clients served by the ADAMhs-funded system.
For many of the behavioral health clients, this was their first opportunity to have a family doctor they could see regularly. The board took the step to make sure their physical health needs were met as well as their mental health needs. Consequently, their overall health has improved.
Since then, dental and chiropractic services have been added at the Bryan Community Health Center.
Along those same lines, before the end of December a mobile dental van will begin travelling to 16 area schools and the Maumee Valley Guidance Center office in Defiance to provide on-site, basic dental services for children and adults who otherwise don’t have a dentist. And, when school isn’t in session, the van will go to parks and other places where people gather to provide services.
During the meeting, several business items were approved.
• A Renewed Mind Behavioral Health received a contract for up to $125,000 to administer the Criminal Justice Behavioral Linkage Grant at the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio from January 1, 2019 through June 30, 2019.
• A Napoleon organization called Pillars of Success will receive up to $15,000 during the current fiscal year. The organization helps families with an individual in early recovery from a substance use issue secure transitional housing.
• A contract amendment of up to $9,520 was approved for Maumee Valley Guidance Center to provide residential placement for a client.
• Following an executive session, the board approved a contract with Rob Giesige to become the board’s new CEO effective Jan. 1, 2019. He has been the board’s director of finance and administration since July 2009.