Ms. Polly Patin-Mellor, Dover and Michael “Mickey” Zimmerman, New Philadelphia, were appointed to the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board (ADAMHS) of Tuscarawas and Carroll Counties. Each were administered their oaths of office during the Board’s April Governing Board meeting.
Patin-Mellor previously served on the Board and was reappointed by the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and fulfills a Board member slot as a client of the mental health system. She was first diagnosed with a mental health disorder in 1971 (postpartum depression) following the birth of her son. Her illness evolved into a sometimes debilitating battle with bipolar disorder leading to numerous interruptions in her life. Her first treatments included “electric shock” therapies in Canton, Ohio, followed by numerous interventions, including six hospitalizations for up to two months each during these episodes of care. Patin-Mellor began writing poems as a part of a recovery program while she was a patient at Harding Hospital and completed a book of poetry titled “Dear God Poems” to assist others in their recovery from mental illnesses. Her advice to individuals experiencing severe and persistent mental illness is “…whether you’re going through a difficult time or you’re feeling good about yourself, write down your feelings and thoughts in a journal. Then periodically review them when things are tough in order to know that you can and will feel better.”
She obtained an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts from Kent State University in order to pursue a career in rehabilitation therapy. Locally, she has worked as an activities therapist at West Lafayette Nursing Care Center as well as Community Mental Healthcare, Inc. in Dover. She is the founder of the Tuscarawas County Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness which is still in existence.
She volunteers her time and talents on behalf of a number of individuals and organizations including: Story-telling for patients of Hennis Home Care; producing “cancer pillows” for patients of both Union and Aultman Hospitals; and reaching out to persons with mental illnesses. In recognition of her contributions to the mental health field, Ms. Patin-Mellor received the Robert E. Torgler award from Community Mental Healthcare in 2004. She is also a member of New Pointe Community Church in Sugarcreek. Polly is currently training a group of individuals to create greeting cards for sale as a permanent fundraiser for Advocacy, Choices and Empowerment. Please contact Todd Little for products and pricing at 330.308.8604.
Zimmerman of New Philadelphia was appointed by the Tuscarawas County Board of Commissioners. He is a graduate of New Philadelphia High School, earned an undergraduate degree from Bowling Green State University and a Juris Doctor from Case Western Reserve University in 2014. In addition to serving on the ADAMHS Board, Zimmerman is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Tuscarawas County Humane Society. According to Zimmerman “alcohol addiction, drug addiction and mental health matters are extremely important to me and I welcome the opportunity to help others. Being on the ADAMHS Board places me in a position to help our community at-large”.
As a division of county government established in Ohio Revised Code 340, the ADAMHS Board is governed by a fourteen member volunteer Board and charged with ensuring that a full continuum of mental health and recovery services are available to residents of the service district. The Board carries out its mission primarily by contracting with local behavioral health intervention and prevention provider agencies which serve individuals and families with psychiatric and addictive disorders.
A statewide network of 53 ADAMHS Boards actively engages in community planning, system financing, legislative advocacy and service coordination in support of community-based interventions and treatment on behalf of Ohio’s 88 Counties.