Northland News

Local woman earns ADAMH award

Northland resident Heather Detwiler was honored with the Art Lynn Consumer and Family Advocate Award at the 2013 ADAMH annual meeting, held late last month at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center.

This award is named in honor of Art Lynn Jr., professor emeritus of the Public Policy and Management School at Ohio State University and a longtime member of the ADAMH board of trustees.

"The Consumer and Family Advocacy Council established this award to recognize a person who has contributed outstanding efforts in order to improve the quality of life for Franklin County citizens," according to the announcement.

While Detwiler was incarcerated at the Ohio Reformatory for Women, she entered the Tapestry Therapeutic Community, a program designed to help addicted inmates change the direction of their lives during their incarceration.

According to the announcement of the award, Detwiler is attending Columbus State Community College. She is enrolled in the program for chemical dependency and mental health, and has been on the dean's list seven consecutive times.

ADAMH is Franklin County's authority for planning, funding and evaluating mental health, alcohol and drug abuse prevention and treatment services. ADAMH-funded services are provided by a local network of more than 40 not-for-profit providers and offered on a sliding-fee scale, making them affordable for any county resident, regardless of income.

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