Senator Manning (left) accepts the President's Partnering for Quality Award from OACBHA President, Elaine Georgas (right).

COLUMBUS—State Senator Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville) today was presented the President’s Partnering for Quality Award at the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities' annual awards luncheon for her efforts to increase awareness, treatment and rehabilitation for Ohioans struggling with addiction and other behavioral health challenges.

 

"I am honored to receive this award today— the goal of our work at the Statehouse is to support our local communities," said Senator Manning. "Our mental health professionals and law enforcement officials need the flexibility and training to effectively deliver critical services and carry out their missions."

 

The award highlighted Manning’s recent leadership on Senate Bill 71, which strengthens the ability of local Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services boards to address the individual needs of the communities they serve and support administrative efficiencies for board contracts.

 

Additionally, Manning was recognized for her work with the county on Senate Bill 57, which became effective in 2013, establishing a pilot program for first responders to carry the lifesaving drug Naloxone or Narcan.

 

"Senator Manning has spent a great deal of time studying the issues impacting the community addiction and mental health system and developing policy solutions," said Elaine Georgas, OACBHA President and Executive Director of the Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services Board of Lorain County. "In recognition of her dedicated advocacy on behalf of individuals, families, and communities throughout Ohio, I am honored to present Senator Manning this year's President's Partnering for Quality Award."

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"I am honored to receive this award today— the goal of our work at the Statehouse is to support our local communities," said Senator Manning. "Our mental health professionals and law enforcement officials need the flexibility and training to effectively deliver critical services and carry out their missions." 



 
 

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