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Mingo native appointed to State Dept. of Mental Health & Addiction Services

Lori Criss, a Mingo Junction native, was appointed to the State Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Thursday by Governor-Elect Mike DeWine.

Lori Criss, a Mingo Junction native, was appointed to the State Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Thursday by Governor-Elect Mike DeWine.

Opioid addiction and preventing youth suicide are priorities of that department, said DeWine.

"I've just been very impressed by her, the knowledge that she has in both areas, as well as the passion she has,” he said.

"There's an opportunity to engage everyone who is interested in good policy and an efficient use of resources to make sure that all the men, women, children, and families who are affected by mental illness and addiction have the best opportunity to prevent pain and suffering from those diseases,” said Criss.

Criss’s father is Joseph Hamrock, Sr., the former, longtime Jefferson County clerk of courts.

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