155 East Main St., Kent, Ohio 44240

Your Vote Counts: FAQs about Issue 29

Every Vote Counts, Here are Your Voting Options

Please vote on Tuesday, November 8th! The polls are open from 6:30 am to 7:30 pm. To find your polling place, click here

If you desire to vote early, you can come to the Portage County Board of Elections located at 449 S. Meridian Street, Room 101, Ravenna, OH on the following dates and times and vote in person: 

  • November 1-4            8 am to 7 pm
  • November 5               8 am to 4 pm
  • November 6               1 pm to 5 pm
  • November 7               8 am to 2 pm

On November 8, I hope you will cast your vote for the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County renewal levy, Issue 29. This is the replacement levy for the services our organization provides to the residents of Portagc County, including the student population at Kent State University, Hiram College and Northeast Ohio Medical University

Here are some of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about this levy. If you have any other questions, please feel free to call our office at 330-673-1756 weekdays between 9 am and 5 PM and ask to speak to Joel Mowrey or myself. 

FAQs About Issue 29

Who Does the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County Serve? 

We serve all residents of Portage County, including temporary ones, such as students and international workers. We work in tangent with Children’s Advantage, Coleman Professional Services, Family & Community Services, Inc., and Townhall II to provide the most comprehensive mental health and recovery services to our constituents. 

What Is the Levy and How Much Will It Cost?

This levy is a 10-year, .3 mill replacement levy. 

The cost will be $10.50 a year for the owner of a $100,000 house. 

Where Can Residents Go for Our Services? 

Our office is located at 155 E. Main Street in Kent. However, you can call our 24/7 crisis hotline at either (330) 678-4357 or (330) 296-3555 and a trained professional will assist you with the closest location within Portage County to serve your needs. 

When are the Mental Health & Recovery Board Services Available? 

The short answer is, 24/7! The long answer is, it all depends on what services are required. For example, if you or someone you love is in crisis, Coleman Professional Services has a crisis center that is open around the clock.

Why is Issue 29 needed?

Local levies funds services that are not provided through state and federal governmental grants, such as, funding for access to treatment services for those who do not have the means to pay for this type of service. 

How do Individuals Benefit From the Services Provided by the Levy? 

The following services are just a few ways individuals benefit from the levy: 

  • Suicide prevention and survivor support programs
  • Drug and alcohol abuse prevention and treatment programs
  • Mental health treatment and support options
  • Providing specialized training for police officers working with people in crisis
  • 24/7 crisis information and referral services
  • Individual and online mental health screenings
  • Behavioral health evaluation and treatment for Portage County school children



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