Livingston County Mental Health Board Executive Director Carol Flessner with her award for 30 years of service to the county and businessman Collins Miller addressing the board concerning recreation plans/Photo by WJEZ staff
In her report, Livingston County Mental Health Board Executive Director Carol Flessner told board members that demand for mental health services has generally been increasing.She pointed to increases in the number of unduplicated cases at IHR, in the Livingston County Jail, and in services started in smaller communities in the county.
Flessner praised the board for providing the funding necessary to meet the needs of area residents.
Board Chair Marty Fannin surprised Flessner after her presentation with an award recognizing her 30 years of service to Livingston County.
Carol Flessner, executive director of the Livingston County Mental Health Board, along with employees connected with the programs in Livingston County, as well as representatives from the Livingston County Jail, approached the committee asking that the original levy that was proposed and voted down by the board at its November monthly meeting, be reconsidered.
While there were many arguments about why the levy should be amended for the mental health board, some board members pointed out that the mental health board has worked with a "cushion" and never depletes its funds, so they didn't understand why Flessner was asking for more money.
Board member Mark Runyon asked if this request was being made to make up for the 20 percent decrease in funding from the state, to which Flessner said it would help, but not cover completely.
Carol Flessner, executive director of the Livingston County Mental Health Board, gave her annual report, which showed that 2,219 unduplicated residents were served by her department in 2012, as well as 150 children.She also said that Futures Unlimited serves 365 unduplicated individuals, many daily.
She was asked about Mental Health Court, which was started in April, and she said that there are currently only two people enrolled and that, despite some barriers, it is moving ahead.