Provider Wait Times - March 2020*
Wait Time to Initial Diagnostic Assessment:
  • Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health: 5.7 days
  • Coleman Professional Services: 0 days
  • CommQuest Services: 25.5 days
  • Summit Psychological Associates: 11.8 days
  • TASC: 2.25 days
Post-Hospitalization Wait Time to Initial Diagnostic Assessment
  • Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health: 4 days
  • Coleman Professional Services: 0 days
  • CommQuest Services: 6 days
Post-Hospitalization Wait Time to Initial Med/Som Appointment
  • Coleman Professional Services: 16.93 days
  • CommQuest Services: 8 days

*Wait times reflect adult and youth services combined. The above wait times
were reported to StarkMHAR from each provider organization.
COVID CareLine - 1-800-720-9616
The COVID CareLine is a new, toll-free number and emotional support call service created by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Behavioral health professionals will staff the CareLine from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., 7 days/week. They will offer confidential support in times of personal crisis when individuals may be struggling to cope with current challenges in their lives. After 8 p.m., the CareLine will forward to the National Suicide Prevention Helpline, allowing those calling to have access to someone 24 hours/day.
StarkMHAR Updates
StarkMHAR trainings have been canceled through June 30th.
If you had already registered for a training, you will not be assessed a no-show fee circumstances outside of anyone’s control and StarkMHAR is choosing to cancel. Thank you for your understanding and patience during this time!
Difficulty coping with emotions can contribute to mental health and substance use issues; however, the ability to manage emotions is a skill that can be improved with practice. Box breathing is a technique used to help calm the body and quiet the mind. Click on the image to try it with us. Feel free to share it with your clients!
Looking for something fun to do with your kids while school is closed? Need a new way to engage your youth clients? Have parents asked you for activity ideas? StarkMHAR's Conversation Cards are fun and can help increase resiliency factors in youth .

Download the cards today - two different sets available!

StarkMHAR has recently printed a publication on the Mobile Response program available for both youth and adults in Stark County. Mobile Response Publication. This will be distributed throughout the community, but it is also available to download from our website .

Please share on your social media and include it on your websites.
Provider Updates
Nearly all Stark County behavioral health agencies are OPEN during the COVID-19 outbreak! We do not recommend skipping behavioral health appointments during the outbreak. Telehealth services are available to patients. Please contact your behavioral healthcare provider for more information.
For up-to-date announcements regarding COVID-19 and behavioral health services in Stark County, please visit our website or follow our Facebook page .
BrightView : Outpatient addiction medicine centers remain open and are accepting walk-ins on a daily basis. appointments can be scheduled using our 24/7 access line 833-510-HELP (4357).
All four Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health * offices (Alliance, Belden, Canton and Plain) remain open and are accepting new clients. Call 330-433-6075.

Coleman Professional Services * is offering Call-In Clinics and telehealth sessions. They also continue to operate crisis services, including mobile response.
CommQuest Services *: All outpatient counseling and psychiatry offices, residential treatment centers, detox units, the Family Living Center and medication-assisted treatment locations remain open with adjustments including individual and group sessions being offered via telehealth.
Foundations * : Office phone lines will be answered during normal business hours from 9am-5pm; Classes and support groups are being hosted through Zoom and can be accessed at; Warmline is available every day from 9am-11pm at 330-455-1234. Peer Run Respite Services are still available 24/7 with a referral.
OhioGuidestone offices are still open and available for telehealth assessment, therapy, TBS, and psychiatry. A filllable PDF referral form is available and can be sent to to
Pathway Caring For Children * offers counseling and support services through telephone and video, accessible through your smartphone, tablet, laptop or computer. You can reach them at 1-800-838-7284 to schedule an appointment with one of their qualified mental health professionals.
Summit Psychological Associates * has transitioned to telehealth remote services. New clients can email or contact the Canton office at 330-493-2554.
Please take note that the phone number to reach W.A.T.O.E.S.* has changed. The new numbers are 330-806-6323 for the office and 234-458-4551 for the administrative cell phone.

* = within StarkMHAR Care Network
If you have updates you would like added to a future newsletter, please contact Justina Gorman
Coronavirus Social Story
Being Safe and With Others During this Coronavirus Time is a product from the collaborative effort between Finding Hope Consulting, LLC, Community Supports, Inc. and the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities. This social story was initially designed for developmental centers; however much of the information can be utilized in a wide variety of settings.
Managing Mental Health
during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Many agencies and organizations have compiled lists of resources, apps, and ideas for helping providers and their clients manage mental health needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Below are just some of those lists:

*NEW* - Treating Suicidal Patients during COVID-19: Best Practices and Telehealth webinar from Suicide Prevention Resource Center

Coronavirus Information from OhioMHAS

COVID-19 Telehealth Toolkit from the National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers

Fill Your Recovery Toolbox from Hope United

Resources for the COVID-19 Crisis from the Education Development Center

The research-based Connections App (pictured to the right) is a free smartphone app that is scientifically proven to support patients in recovery by reducing relapse and promoting pro-social engagement.
With the app you can…
  • Track your sobriety,
  • Access e-therapy to learn new recovery skills, 
  • Connect with trained counselors and peers through messaging, 
  • Access clinical support 7 days/wk, 9am-10pm EST
  • Track your treatment plan and set reminders, 
  • Journal daily about your journey, 
  • And discover helpful videos, testimonials and more through the unique resource library.
Connections App information and photo from:
Prevention Trainings
Ohio’s Coaching and Mentoring (CAM) Network, with support from PreventionFIRST! and OhioMHAS, is hosting a series of upcoming training webinars to help prevention practitioners build their skill-sets. Topics include: prevention ethics, coalition building, refining presentation skills, Prevention 101, introduction to SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention strategies, and the Strategic Prevention Framework. Click HERE for a schedule of upcoming webinars. CEUs will be provided.
Questions? Please email .
Strive for 5
The challenge is simple: find five people in your life and check-in with them every day for the next 30-days.

Ohio's Strive for Five Challenge is a new, statewide awareness campaign to help individuals and families cope with feelings of stress, anxiety, and isolation by connecting with others.

You are encouraged to reach out, connect, and comfort each other while we all work our way through the COVID-19 crisis and social distancing. Peer-to-peer support has great power in helping to calm anxiety and fear. By reaching out via phone, text, email, or even a hand-written note, you can help.
April is Alcohol Awareness Month
Now more than ever people may be struggling with alcohol use or maintaining recovery. Some of the reasons for increased risk include:
  • General increased preoccupation with alcohol use (e.g., "wine with DeWine" and the novelty of virtual cocktail/happy hours to connect with friends and co-workers)
  • Increased availability of alcohol (e.g., alcohol and cocktail deliveries being actively promoted as ways for people to drink without having to go to the store)
  • Social isolation, resulting in more people spending time alone and feeling less connected to co-workers, friends and family
  • Decreased support and accountability from counselors and self-help groups like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous as these resources become less available or move online
  • Increased stress and mental health challenges as we try to manage all the changes we are experiencing - without knowing when this will end or what the new "normal" will look like

It’s important to acknowledge and understand these challenges and make efforts to engage in healthy coping to avoid using alcohol to self-medicate. Find coping resources here .
Information adapted from Working Partners
StarkMHAR Shout-out!
Bernie Allen , Canton Payee Center, has demonstrated excellent client care as she continues to communicate with multiple provider agencies, ensuring the safety and security of her clients as well as the community. Bernie has put forth great effort and dedication within her position to increase collaboration and program efficiency. 
Thanks for all you do, Bernie!
Zero Suicide Tidbit
Now more than ever we are aware of the great burdens this pandemic is placing on some of our most vulnerable individuals in our community. Our work towards Zero Suicide must continue even through these challenging times. Visit this helpful resource and all its embedded links to identify how you and your organization can continue your Zero Suicide Implementation.
Trauma Tidbit
In February 2020, 23 staff across 8 Stark County organizations completed training to become trainers in Trauma Responsive Care. Training was provided by Lara Palay and Kevin Adridge of Aldridge Palay Consulting, which was made possible by StarkMHAR’s System of Care Implementation Grant. The goal of this train-the-trainer opportunity is to look to this cadre of trainers to fulfill presentation requests by the StarkMHAR community on the topic of Trauma Responsive Care.

The organizations with trained trainers include: Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health; Coleman Professional Services; CommQuest Services, Inc.; Pathway Caring for Children; Phoenix Rising Behavioral Healthcare and Recovery, Inc.; Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities; Stark County Family Court; and StarkMHAR. More will be announced about this presentation request process as it develops.
Think ROSC
Coalition Corner
Would you like to be more involved in the community?
Would you like to help effect change by working with community partners? Do you have resources or ideas you would like to share with us?
If you answered yes to at least one of these questions, consider attending one of StarkMHAR's coalition meetings.

Suicide Prevention Coalition
Meets the second Wednesday of every month from 3:00-4:30 at StarkMHAR.
(please note the new start time)

Drug Free Stark County
Meets the second Tuesday of every month from 3:30-5:00 at StarkMHAR.

Opiate and Addiction Task Force
Meets the third Friday of every month from 11:30-1:00 at StarkMHAR.

The aforementioned coalitions have recently been offering a remote attendance option through Microsoft Teams. If you have not been able to attend in person but would like to join remotely, please email Justina Gorman at to be added to the listserv of your choice for meeting reminders, updates, and the the link to join remotely.
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