Shelter + Care Housing Program –The ADAMHS Board has placed an increased emphasis on the importance of quality, affordable housing for individuals with mental health and addiction disorders. One channel to achieve that goal is through the administration of the Tuscarawas County Shelter+Care Program. Shelter+Care is funded through the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development and provides rental assistance, security deposits and utility assistance for individuals who are homeless and disabled. The program is funded to provide assistance to at least 21 individuals or families. There is typically a waiting list for the program, and applicants must provide proof of homelessness and a disability before being added to the list. For more information, please contact the Board at 330-364-6488.
L.O.S.S. Teams – In order to provide immediate support to family members and others at the scenes where completed suicides have occurred, the ADAMHS Board organized the creation of LOSS (Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors) teams in Tuscarawas and Carroll Counties. LOSS Team members work in conjunction with mandated first responders (Coroner and lead law enforcement) to provide 24-7-365 immediate on-site support to surviving family members and friends. The purpose of the teams’ response is to allow the family to begin the healing process as soon as possible after a completed suicide has occurred in addition to connecting them to resources like the survivor of suicice support group meetings. LOSS teams were pioneered by Dr. Frank Campbell of Louisiana. LOSS Teams consist of two or three trained volunteers (inclusive of a member who has lost a loved one to suicide), and are activated by the Sheriff’s Office’s 911 Dispatchers and a team leader from Community Mental Healthcare, Inc. Resource materials and complimentary items are also provided to family members and friends at each of the scenes. For more information please contact the ADAMHS Board.