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Issue 14: Lorain County Health/Human Services


County voters will be tasked with deciding on the passage of Issue 14, a 0.3-mill levy to help operate Recovery One for five years.

Recovery One is a one-stop facility that the Nord Family Foundation, The LCADA Way, Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services Board of Lorain County, the Lorain County Board of Mental Health, Firelands Counseling and Recovery Services and Road to Hope are partnering with county commissioners to open at the former Golden Acres facility in Amherst Township.

The levy would raise $2 million annually and would provide funding to help operate the facility. It would cost the owner of a $100,000 home $10.50 annually.

Issue 14
What it is: 0.3-mill additional
Duration: Five years
How much it would raise: $2 million annually
Purpose: Provide revenue to help operate Recovery One, a one-stop recovery center for addiction
Cost to homeowner: The owner of a $100,000 home will pay $10.50 annually.

The commissioners have said they see Recovery One as a missing piece in the county’s battle with the opioid crisis, which has led to 132 overdose deaths in the county in both 2016 and 2017. Recovery One would bring medical, clinical and recovery experts together at a single location where those in need of detox and companion mental health and addiction recovery support would have a short-term, safe place to stay.

The commissioners say they hope to have 60 to 70 beds available in the facility for those battling addiction. The county lacks such a facility, and often addicts are detoxing on the floors of Lorain County Jail rather than under medical care, the commissioners have said.

Lorain County has been hit hard by the opioid crisis, prompting the federal government to designate it as an Operation S.O.S. area, in which the Department of Justice launched an enforcement surge.

The county also has been designated as a high-intensity drug trafficking area, which has led to more law enforcement being used to target the supply of drugs.

While those two programs target the supply and sale of opioids and other drugs, the county still lacks a centralized way to help those who are addicted, the commissioners have said.

A recent study estimated that the opioid crisis costs have a $200 million impact on Lorain County annually. It also has stretched county resources in the coroner’s office, prosecutor’s office and law enforcement, the commissioners have said.

If Issue 14 fails, the commissioners still plan to move forward with Recovery One, but they would have to scale back the model, meaning fewer beds and services.

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