Provider Wait Times
March wait time to initial Assessment:*

-Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health: 28.9 days
-Crisis Intervention & Recovery Center: 9.62 days
-Coleman Professional Services: 0 days
-CommQuest Services: 11.5 days
-OhioGuidestone: 6.8 days
-Stark County TASC: 6.75 days

*Wait times reflect adult and youth services combined.
The above wait times were reported to StarkMHAR from each organization.
AMSR Suicide Prevention Trainings
What: This 1-day workshop was designed to train behavioral health professionals in how to recognize and assess suicide risk, plan for client safety, and manage the ongoing care of at-risk youth and young adults ages 10-24. Two upcoming opportunities to attend the training are below.

When: 5/11/18 from 8:30 am-5:00 pm
Where: Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany (150 W Main St. New Albany, OH 43054 )
Click here to register for this event!

When: 5/23/18 from 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Where: Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County (6393 Oak Tree Blvd. South, Independence, OH 44131)
Click here to register for this event!
Program Spotlight: OhioGuidestone Nurturing Parenting
OhioGuidestone’s Nurturing Parenting ® Mentoring Program is designed to strengthen family relationships, build resiliency, and increase joy in your family! This prevention program serves elementary through high school aged youth and their families across Stark County.

This home based, evidence based program works to increase skills, to increase knowledge of community resources and wellness options, and to increase social connectedness and social supports.

To learn more about this program, please call 1-440-260-6466, email, or check out our website at
Prior Authorizations of BH Services
Recently, Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) released a BH MITS BITS communication with reminders about what not to include in a Prior Authorization (or PA) request. To reiterate:

When submitting a PA request in MITS for services such as Assertive Community Treatment (ACT), Intensive Home Based Treatment (IHBT), SUD partial hospitalization, SUD residential treatment, DO NOT ENTER ANY MODIFIERS (e.g., TG or HK) on your PA request. Leave the modifier fields on the PA blank. Modifiers should only be submitted on Medicaid service claims in order for the claim to be paid correctly.

Be sure to NOT ENTER THE NPI OF AN ORDERING PRACTITIONER on your PA request. Like the “Modifier” field, the “Ordering” field is optional. Leave it blank. The only exception is if the requested service will be rendered by an RN or LPN.

The purpose of prior authorization is to obtain approval from Ohio Medicaid before certain services are rendered. ODM uses this as a way of assuring that the client meets the eligibility criteria and/or clinical level of care for that service. From January 1, 2018, through March 1, 2018, ODM allowed – and instructed its PA vendor, Kepro, to approve – PA requests for retrospective start dates. This was allowed until Kepro was able to work through the large volume of PA requests submitted. Kepro caught up with that inventory backlog in mid-February. So beginning in March, ODM instructed Kepro to no longer approve PAs for retro dates. Agencies should submit a PA request as soon as they have determined that a client meets the eligibility criteria and/or level of care for service being requested. If all the clinical documentation is not yet complete at that time, it can be submitted later. Providers who believe they have a compelling reason to request prior authorization for retrospective dates should contact Kepro at 844-854-7281 with their request.

For additional instructions on how to submit requests for prior authorization of services, please view the prior authorization training slides and webinar found on the BH Redesign website at:
Changes to Parking Garage at StarkMHAR
There have been some recent changes to the parking garage at StarkMHAR. For guests who park in the garage, they can pay with credit card at the exit gate or with cash or credit card at the machine, which is now located between the outside doors to the lobby. Below are the new prices for the garage based on the minutes parked:
0-30     $1
31-60   $3
61-90   $5
91 over $7 (All day) Has A New Look
The PEER Center and OhioMHAS are pleased to announce that has a new look. A streamlined new look has been introduced to make finding what one needs easier. 
What is ? It's the website made by The PEER Center, in cooperation with OhioMHAS, to bring information about peer recovery support in Ohio. One can even find the forms needed to become certified.
New SAMHSA Evidence-Based Practice Resource Center Launched
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced the launch of an Evidence-Based Resource Center to better equip clinicians and strengthen communities. This new resource center has replaced the National Registry for Evidence-Based Practices (NREBP).
Trauma Tidbit
"Research has demonstrated the benefits of gratitude, including improved sleep, reduced anxiety and depression, increased energy, and feeling more or improved social connectedness. Take time each day to think about things you are grateful for in your personal lives, careers, and in or about yourselves. Identifying good things that happened and your part in them builds resilience and optimism."

--Lisa Powers, MSW, LICSW, Central MN Mental Health Center
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