Antonio Announces State Support For New Mental Health Facility
Release of funds will help build local permanent supportive housing
 
 

State Rep. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) recently announced the release of $500,000 in state funds to build a new multi-family apartment building for those with severe mental illness, with on-site staff assistance offering round-the-clock care. The non-profit contract agency of the Cuyahoga County ADAMHS Board, EDEN, Inc., agreed to provide Permanent Supportive Housing at the new building for the next 30 years.


“Collaborative work between the state and local organizations to provide essential resources for our neighbors who are struggling with serious mental health issues is incredibly crucial for our community,” said Antonio. “I am proud to have this work being done in my district, and I look forward to visiting the building once it is constructed.”


The project will help fund construction costs to build a three-story family-style supportive housing building comprised of sixty, one-bedroom units with case management, peer recovery services, and vocational services available on-site and regular visits from homeless services and the Veterans Administration. Additionally, psychiatry, primary care, dental, podiatry, individual counseling, partial hospitalization, group services and many other services will be available to residents as needed.

 
 
 
  
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Antonio Responds To Latest Ohio Opioid Crisis Report

 

The lead Democrat on the Ohio House’s Health Committee, Democratic Whip and state Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood), today responded to the latest dire report on Ohio’s statewide opioid overdose and addiction emergency.

The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences released the report “Taking Measure of Ohio’s Opioid Crisis” Tuesday, highlighting the grim realities many in the state are experiencing, but also making a case for greater treatment access and expanded educational and economic opportunities for Ohioans.

“This report confirms that treatment is necessary to stem the tide of this opioid crisis, and clearly we do not have enough treatment options currently available,” said Antonio. “We can do better. We must do better. Taxpayers deserve better economic opportunities, a strong and affordable educational foundation, and greater access to healthcare services – all things that we know will prevent opioid addiction and abuse.”

The report points to low education levels and limited job opportunities as central underlying causes of opioid abuse.