Provider Wait Times
July 2018 Wait Time to Initial Assessment: *

-Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health: 7.2 days
-Coleman Professional Services: 0 days
-CommQuest Services: 9.5 days
-Stark County TASC: 6 days
-Summit Psychological Associates: 5.8 days
*Wait times reflect adult and youth services combined. The above wait times were reported to StarkMHAR from each provider organization.
Zero Suicide
Zero Suicide is an evolving initiative and a key concept of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention and is supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The foundational belief of Zero Suicide is that suicide deaths for individuals under care within health and behavioral health systems are preventable. It is a framework defined by system-wide, organizational commitment to safer suicide care.
The programmatic approach of Zero Suicide is based on the realization that suicidal individuals often fall through the cracks. Through the seven elements of safer suicide care, systems can improve outcomes and close gaps by using evidenced based tools, systematic practices, training and embedded workflows.
Please join us in recognizing the following systems that participated in the The Zero Suicide Academy which was held on August 7 and 8 th : Akron Children’s Hospital, Alliance Community Hospital, Alliance Family Health Center, Inc., Aultman Health Foundation, Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health, Coleman Professional Services, CommQuest Services Inc., FrontLine Service, Mercy Medical Center, OhioGuidestone, Pathway Caring for Children, Phoenix Rising and Behavioral Healthcare, Inc., Stark County Sheriff's Office, Stark County TASC, Summit Psychological Associates, Inc. StarkMHAR is pleased to champion these agencies and systems as they continue to be dedicated to improving patient care and outcomes.

For upcoming training opportunities, including CAMS and AMSR training, please visit
For further information or questions please contact: Elena Aslanides-Kandis, Suicide and Community Response Coordinator,
Zero Suicide Tidbit
Resources are available for clinicians who have lost a client to suicide. Visit the Clinician Survivor Task Force (through The American Association of Suicidology) for information or to join the listserv for clinician survivors.
StarkMHAR Shout-out!
StarkMHAR would like to recognize Terry Smith, Clinical Director, and Eric Mitchell, Case Manager, for doing outstanding work in their positions. Their advocating and collaborative efforts to address the needs of clients at Phoenix Rising is truly appreciated.

Thank you for all that you do!
Detox services in Stark County
13th Street transitioned to ReCOR; Alliance remains unchanged
As previously announced, detox services and 23 hour observation beds - services previously provided by Crisis Intervention and Recovery Center's 13th Street location - have been transitioned to CommQuest’s Regional Center for Detox & Recovery (ReCOR) located in Massillon.

(Detox related services are still available in Alliance, too - those are unchanged.)

As part of supporting a smooth transition, here is information that may be useful about the ReCOR facility and its services:

ReCOR offers 14 detox beds and two observation beds serving adults who struggle with substance use. While at ReCOR, clients receive 24-hour medical care with medication management to help alleviate their withdrawal symptoms. Additionally, clients receive counseling and case management services designed to help prepare them for treatment after detox ends. The length of stay varies depending on the severity of withdrawal symptoms and availability of on-going care. 

The intake process is designed to ensure quick access to care. Clients receiving services will go through the following process on the first day:

  1. Client may either call (330) 837-9411 to schedule an appointment or may walk in 24/7. 
  2. A formal intake is completed to gather background information on the client. 
  3. Client will receive a comprehensive assessment with a member of ReCOR's counseling staff. The assessment is designed to determine client substance usage and begin treatment planning. 
  4. Client will be drug tested to see which substances are currently in their system. 
  5. Client will receive nursing evaluation to go over client's health. 
  6. Client meets with medical doctor to determine best treatment option. 

Finding ReCOR:
ReCOR is located on CommQuest's Massillon Recovery Campus - see map above. The address is:
1660 Nave Rd. SE
Massillon, OH 44646

Anyone unsure or concerned about the continuity of their care should call John Miller, Transition Liaison, at (330) 452-6000.
Streamlined Peer Recovery Supporter Training and Certification
The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) recently initiated a LEAN Six Sigma method process to improve the peer training and certification processes. In partnership with stakeholders, OhioMHAS announced a modernization to the peer recovery supporter program including the creation of streamlined training, certification, and re-certification applications, new training and certification applications, streamlined the certification process and website.

To simplify the certification application process, OhioMHAS will begin receiving certification applications directly at . T he Peer Center will continue to process certification applications until Aug. 15., but will forward any applications received to the OhioMHAS Peer Recovery Services Team. This work will support the vision to place increased emphasis on integrating certified peers into the workforce and provide increase access to services for people with mental health and/or substance use disorders. Please visit our new Peer Recovery Support Services landing page for additional information and progress updates.  
Trauma Tidbit
“Open your perspective and your heart to truly listen to others and try to understand them. In doing so we truly connect with others.”

--Kristi Sandin-Rieck, MSW, LICSW.
Take Me Home Program
Family members of those with communication challenges can find the "Take Me Home" registration form here . The registrant can include a description, a photograph, and cues for officers to use to assist with communication. Officers in the field who make contact with someone unable to communicate with them or confused about where they belong have immediate access to the database using any web-enabled device. Officers can search by description or geographically to find information about the individual.
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Don't miss these upcoming trainings!
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