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LifeLines prepares for third try at levy passage



Published: Thu, July 4, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



LifeLines provides alcohol, drug and mental health services through 23 contracted agencies.

By DENISE DICK

VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF

WARREN -- Trumbull LifeLines plans to decentralize its campaign efforts as it tries for a third time to pass a 1-mill, 10-year levy.

The LifeLines board, formerly Trumbull County Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board, voted earlier this year to return to the ballot in November seeking passage of the levy.

Trumbull commissioners adopted a resolution Wednesday, asking the auditor's office to certify the revenue that would be generated by the levy.

Voters rejected the levy in November 2001 and in May 2002. LifeLines works with 23 contract agencies that provide alcohol and substance abuse services and mental health programs.

To try to stress the importance of LifeLines programs, the agency plans to get people from various parts of the community involved.

"We want to get agencies and community leaders in different parts of the community to work together," said Nickola Ceglia, executive director.

"In Niles for example, we hope to have labor and church groups and agencies working in Niles."

Niles voters rejected the levy in the May primary.

Numbers served

LifeLines agencies provide clinical services to about 10,000 people annually and preventive services for about 20,000 people, according to the agency.

Ceglia said the need for the levy is especially crucial in light of expected cuts in the state budget. The state department of alcohol and drug addiction services is expecting a 1.5 percent cut in funding this year.

Although the cuts that county agencies will suffer hasn't been determined, Ceglia said the agency experienced reduced state funding last year also.

"It's time for us to step up again and take care of our own," he said.

The May 2002 levy failed by just more than 1,000 votes, and low turnout may have been a factor, he said.




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