The Paint Valley Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health (ADAMH) Board wants to show their appreciation for the first responders of Fayette, Highland, Pickaway, Pike and Ross counties for being frontline heroes.  

These frontline heroes include individuals providing treatment in emergency rooms, as well as law enforcement personnel and EMS. They tirelessly work to help keep our communities safe and to help those struggling with mental illness and addiction get the services that they need. Their strength, dedication and care are greatly appreciated.

Along with Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services, Paint Valley ADAMH is setting the week of Sept. 20-26 aside as a week of appreciation to honor these frontline heroes. As a personal thanks, ADAMH has delivered insulated tumblers to these first responders’ front doors.

“We sponsored this annual Week of Appreciation because we see every day the difficulty and pain so many of our frontline fighters face as they work to help individuals in need,” Board Executive Director Penny Dehner said. “COVID-19 has only added to their already stressful work environment. 

“The positive impact that recovery can have on individuals, families, job growth, community safety and overall economic development cannot be overstated. Treatment works and people recover. Saving individuals and helping to open the door to recovery for those living in our board region who need treatment services and supports is not only the right thing to do, it is the smart thing to do. Our community will be stronger for it.”