August 2020 | Volume 8, Issue 2
Provider Wait Times - July 2020*
Wait Time to Initial Diagnostic Assessment:
  • Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health: 6.5 days
  • Coleman Professional Services: 0 days
  • CommQuest Services: 14 days
  • Summit Psychological Associates: 4.7 days
  • TASC: 2.5 days
Post-Hospitalization Wait Time to Initial Diagnostic Assessment:
  • Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health: 1.5 days
  • Coleman Professional Services: 0 days
  • CommQuest Services: 5.5 days
  • Summit Psychological Associates: 5.5 days
Post-Hospitalization Wait Time to Initial Med/Som Appointment:
  • Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health: 1.5 days
  • Coleman Professional Services: 13.32 days
  • CommQuest Services: 8.67 days

*Wait times reflect adult and youth services combined. The above wait times
were reported to StarkMHAR from each provider organization
StarkMHAR Shout Out
This month, StarkMHAR would like to recognize Kathy Baylock, Executive Director for We Are Troubled On Every Side (W.A.T.O.E.S.). Kathy not only leads her organization, but she is present in the community, outreaching those impacted by trauma in the community. In regards to recent fatalities surrounding gun violence in Stark County, Kathy has been very responsive and hands on with the victims and their families. Kathy also displays a persistence in her willingness to continually learn the intricacies of Stark County’s behavioral health system.
Thanks for all you do, Kathy!
If you would like to nominate someone to be recognized in our monthly shout out, please email Justina Gorman.
Back to School Resources
There’s truly no one-size-fits-all solution for how families will transition back-to-school this year. With the many changes and questions COVID-19 has created the past several months, parents may feel overwhelmed with the task of learning and interpreting ever-changing information, guidelines and mandates to keep their families safe.
Akron Children's Hospital has created a one-stop resource for guidance and information to help kids transition, adjust and succeed during this upcoming 2020/2021 school year. Click on the image to read more.
The stress and anxiety about this school year, your sports season, and other COVID-19 worries can be staggering. Even if you have never considered counseling before, now might be the time to connect with a professional who can help you move forward more peacefully and give you some tools for healthy interaction as your family copes with these situations. System of Care Family Engagement Coordinator, Bev James, shares her feelings and available resources.
The Child & Adolescent clinical staff has created tip sheets to help parents and teachers navigate the 2020-2021 school year. The tip sheets touch on a variety of topics from dealing with anxiety and depression to time management and substance use.
Now, more than ever, youth need a safe and positive environment to spend with peers. Stark County Youth Led Prevention, hosted by Child & Adolescent, is a youth-led, adult-guided leadership development group focusing on promoting and celebrating healthy lifestyles. This collaboration was created to empower students to impact their schools neighborhoods, and communities. They are looking for youth who want to make a positive impact on the world around them.

Click on the image to see the flyer or email co-facilitators Hannah Cowie and Marissa Cooney for more information.
Free Mail-Order Narcan Kits
Naloxone, more commonly known as Narcan, is an opioid overdose-reversal medication that serves as an important tool in reducing overdose deaths. Opioid Use Disorder has been called an “epidemic within a pandemic,” so it is more critical than ever to have access to this life-saving medication. Canton City Public Health has made Narcan kits available for free through mail-order for residents of Stark County. Click the image to complete the request form.
Ohio Behavioral Health Information System
OhioMHAS is launching OBHIS (Ohio Behavioral Health Information System) on October 1st. OBHIS is a client-level episode of care information and outcomes reporting system. OBHIS will be a requirement for community behavioral health providers providing mental health or substance use disorder treatment to clients paid for by state or federal public funds.
September is Suicide Prevention Month
Suicide Prevention Month is just around the corner. Throughout the month, the Stark County Suicide Prevention Coalition will be sharing a variety of posts on their Facebook page to inform the community about facts, warning signs, how to reach out to others, and more. Please LIKE and SHARE these posts all month long so the information spreads as widely as possible.

To get involved with the coalition, email Elena Aslanides-Kandis.
Recovery Week - September 12th - 18th
Each day is new for those who are battling mental health or addiction issues. Help reduce the stigma of seeking treatment by promoting the hope of recovery with StarkMHAR's new Facebook frame.
  1. From the Facebook app on your phone, click on your profile photo
  2. Select "Add Frame"
  3. Search "Recovery is Possible"
  4. Scroll until you find the frame authored by StarkMHAR and click on it
  5. Click "Save"
CommQuest's Annual Recovery Picnic
will look a little different this year- they are picnicking COVID Quarantine style, or as they like to call it CQ style! Here’s how it works:
1. Get Your FREE Tickets!
Go on-line & secure your free ticket for you and all members of your family who would like to participate. Remember, everyone must have a ticket to get a meal.
2. Show Up & Drive Thru - Don't Forget Your Tickets!
On Saturday, September 12th, come to our Massillon Recovery Campus (1680 Nave Road SE, Massillon, OH) anytime between 11:30 and 1:30, drive through to receive your free meals and swag bags filled with lots of goodies and community information.
Ice Down Your COVID Stressors

Hosted by Coleman Professional Services on Wednesday, September 16 from 12-2PM at the main entrance courtyard area of the 400 Tuscarawas St W, Canton location. There will be a Kona Ice Truck and mindfulness activities. Physical distancing is required, and hand sanitizer will be available.
Zero Suicide Tidbit
This sheet provides information on the risk factors for and impact of loneliness and social isolation on older adults, tools to identify loneliness in older adults, and interventions and resources to reduce loneliness and isolation.
Trauma Tidbit
Victims of human trafficking often experience multiple layers of trauma from physical and psychological damage. One organization,, has seen a "massive increase in those searching for help for victims of human trafficking" since the shutdowns due to COVID-19. Join's webinar on September 2nd to learn more about the current state of human trafficking in Ohio and how you can get involved in some grassroots efforts working to make a difference.
Think ROSC
How To Be An Ally in The Fight Against Racial Injustice and For Better Mental Health For All

"Racial justice is a mental health issue. We, as white allies, must participate in change and recognize the emotional impact of oppression. If our goal is mental wellness and the emotional well-being of everyone, then we must be willing to do the necessary work for racial equity."

Healthcare professionals and essential workers are showing up on the frontlines during the coronavirus pandemic, risking their health every day to help other people. Crisis Counseling is available fast, free, and 24/7 #ForTheFrontlines.

Text FRONTLINE to 741741.

The National Academy of Medicine’s Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience has resources to support the health and well-being of clinicians during the COVID-19 outbreak. Even before the COVID-19 outbreak, many clinicians already faced burnout, as well as stress, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and even suicidality. Now this crisis is presenting clinicians with even greater workplace hardships and moral dilemmas that are very likely to exacerbate existing levels of burnout and related mental health problems. The resources on their website offer more information on how to support the health and well-being of clinicians during public health emergencies, including the COVID-19 response.
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. The number is 1-800-720-9616
While it can feel counterintuitive in such an uncertain and demanding time, health care professionals need to make time for their own coping and self-care. Psychological research has consistently shown that self-care not only benefits people’s health but enables them to carry out their jobs more effectively.

Download and share these free resources designed to help increase health care professionals’ ability to cope in the now and get through the challenges they are facing daily during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Now Open - Sunrise Vista Health & Wellness
Sunrise Vista is currently operating 8 beds for adult and geriatric clients.

Located at 1223 Market Ave North in Canton, the 72-bed facility will offer behavioral health services, along with addiction treatment and substance abuse treatment. Care programs will include inpatient short-term stabilization, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient services for adolescents, adults and senior citizens. Call (234) 999-4900 or email to learn more.
Provider Updates
For up-to-date announcements regarding COVID-19 and behavioral health services in Stark County, please visit our website or follow our Facebook page.
Children's Network*: Ms. Denise Smith, Program Admin. in the Children Services Division is handling inquiries. E-mail:
Telephone: 330-451-8840

CommQuest Services*: CommQuest Services will temporarily combine Deliverance Houses I and II, starting Friday, August 14th. All women’s residential services will be provided at Deliverance House I, located on Spring Avenue in Canton. This temporary consolidation resulting from reduced referrals for women’s residential services due to COVID-19 coupled with available staffing will allow the agency to continue providing long-term, high quality care for women’s recovery services.

OhioGuidestone: Recently received OCTF funding to provide Nurturing Parenting services for Stark County families. It can be up to 12 sessions virtually, in office, or outside in green space, and there is no cost to families. They can be in behavioral health services elsewhere, as we do not provide diagnosis or treatment in this program. The purpose is to build positive family relationships, resilience, skills, and supports. If you know anyone that could benefit from this program, you can refer them using this form and fax to 1-330-438-1748, they can call 1-440-260-6466, or you can email

Stark Community Support Network* is not answering their regular phone line during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please contact them by phone at 330-412-4410 or by email at
* = within StarkMHAR Care Network
If you have updates you would like added to a future newsletter, please contact Justina Gorman
Coalition Corner
Did you know that 8 of 10 teens who misuse prescription drugs get them from friends or relatives? Opiates are prescribed for everything from sports injuries, to dental work, to managing pain. While they are prescribed by most physicians for all the right reasons, at times they get into the hands of others who mean to use them for the wrong reasons.

Since we are unable to host the Drug Take Back Day this year, Drug Free Stark County and the Opiate & Addiction Task Force want to encourage you to clean out your medicine cabinets and dispose of unneeded, unwanted, and expired medications using one of Stark County's 18 permanent drug collection boxes located at police departments across the county. These boxes are free of charge.
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.

Meets the second Wednesday of every month from 3:00-4:30 at StarkMHAR.

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

Meets the third Friday of every month from 11:30-1:00 at StarkMHAR.

Until further notice, all coalition meetings are only being held remotely through Microsoft Teams. Please email Justina Gorman to be added to the listserv of your choice for meeting reminders and links.
COVID-19 Resources
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:

Coronavirus Information from OhioMHAS

Mental Health Technology Transfer Centers (MHTTCs) have created several resources to support providers and patients during COVID-19. Check out the links below for resources and upcoming events.

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

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.

Announced in July: Through a new partnership, Addiction Policy Forum and Foundation for Oioid Response Efforts (FORE) will extend the Connections App to patients in drug courts and other criminal justice diversion programs. Read more here.
Trainings, Webinars, & Resources
StarkMHAR Trainings
All Held via Zoom. Registrants will receive a link the week before.
Thursday, August 27, 2020 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
The military culture is one of unique practices, traditions, and beliefs that represent a shared unifying language with a distinct set of guiding principles. As veterans reintegrate into civilian life, the values and aspects of identity they acquired while serving will continue to be important as they move forward. We will learn how to ensure effective, understandable and respectful care for veterans as we increase our knowledge and understanding of the community’s needs. 2.0 CEUs pending.

Friday, August 28, 2020 from 9:00 AM-12:15 PM
A growing recognition for the advantages of integrating treatment for youth with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders has been expanding. We have moved beyond Sequential or Parallel treatment options to integrating services into a single treatment plan. However, simply addressing substance use and mental health needs and goals on a single treatment plan is just the first step. 3.0 CEUs pending.

Friday, September 4, 2020 from 9:00 AM-12:15 PM
This training presents and describes, briefly, pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic aspects of the nine specific classes of drugs identified in the DSM-5 and also presents several examples of psychoactive substances that may be more common to youth experimentation included in the tenth class of ‘other’. 3.0 CEUs pending.

Monday, September 15th and Tuesday, September 16th from 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
This training is for non-clinical staff. Someone you know could be experiencing a mental illness or crisis. You can help them. Mental Health First Aid teaches a 5-step action plan to offer initial help to people with the signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in a crisis, and connect them with the appropriate professional, peer, social, or self help care. Anyone can take this 8-hour course. 8.0 CEUs and 3-year certification.

Thursday, September 17th from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Throughout our journey of the Population Focus Learning Series, we have talked about topics on several different cultural communities. We will continue this journey by exploring unconscious bias. Unconscious biases are social stereotypes about certain groups of people that individuals form outside their own conscious awareness. We will learn about the different variations of unconscious bias, how to raise our awareness of them, and most importantly how we can address them. 2.0 CEUs pending.

Monday, October 5th from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The Cultural Competency Training (CCT) will be going over topics that are the fundamental of cultural competency to cultural humility, which will help attendees gain a better understanding of the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) and develop skills in diverse communities. The CCT curriculum includes, but is not limited to: compelling reasons for cultural competence, the dynamics of diversity, the impact of personal culture on communication, the cultural bumps, and communicating effectively through an interpreter. Attendees must attend this training if they want to attend the advanced module on Monday, October 12, 2020.

Monday, October 12th from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The Cultural Competency Training (CCT) Advanced module will increase the awareness, knowledge and skills required to function effectively with cultural differences that may be present in the area of medical services, service organizations and agencies, medical interpretation and community partnership. The CCT Advanced curriculum includes, but is not limited to: building a culturally competent system of care and community partnership.
Supporting BIPOC
In this multi-part recorded webinar series, Mark Sanders LCSW, CADC, provides an overview of substance use disorder treatment for African Americans and offers practical, evidence-based strategies that counselors and other can use to help engage their African American clients in treatment and succeed in recovery.

Conversations on race and racism are not necessarily easy or comfortable, but they are imperative. To have informed, constructive conversations with our children on this subject, we must first lay the foundation. We can do so by discussing some key terms with them.
Videos, podcasts, and print media were created by the PTTC Network to assist prevention professionals as they transition to delivering services and programming from face-to-face to virtual settings. Select the title of a resource to be redirected to view or download that resource.

Tuesday, September 1st from 2:00 - 3:30 PM
Criminal thinking is defined as patterns of thought that perpetuate criminal behavior. Understanding the nature of criminal cognition and how it differs from non-criminal thinking provides critical insight for criminal justice practitioners as they design programming intended to reduce recidivism among individuals under supervision. Participants will be introduced to emerging cognitive-behavioral interventions for criminal thinking, including two commonly employed approaches designed to address criminal thinking and decrease recidivism: Thinking for a Change and Moral Reconation Therapy.

Wednesday, September 2nd from 1:00 - 4:15 PM
This workshop is a brief overview of engagement, assessment, goal setting and integrative interventions to working with family. In this program clinicians will learn how readiness to change can affect the family therapy process. Clinicians will acquire tools and techniques for working with families. Approved for 3 CEUs.

Thursday, September 3rd from 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
The training aims to provide participants with the background knowledge and practical skills that they need to address suicidal risk and behaviors in clients in care for substance use disorder treatment. Participants will have the opportunity to increase their knowledge and apply practical skills in the following areas: Approaching your Work, Understanding Suicide, Gathering Information, Formulating Risk, and Planning and Responding. Approved for 6.5 CEUs; limited to first 50 registrants.

Friday, September 11th from 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
The training aims to provide participants with the background knowledge and practical skills that they need to address suicidal risk and behaviors in clients in care for substance use disorder treatment. Participants will have the opportunity to increase their knowledge and apply practical skills in the following areas: Approaching your Work, Understanding Suicide, Gathering Information, Formulating Risk, and Planning and Responding. Approved for 6.5 CEUs; limited to first 50 registrants.

Monday, September 14th - Wednesday, September 16th from 9:00 AM - 2:15 PM
NADD’s mission is to promote leadership in the expansion of knowledge, training, policy, and advocacy for mental health practices that promote a quality life for individuals with dual diagnosis (IDD/MI) in their communities. The theme of the 2020 conference is "Mental Health Aspects: Treatment and Support." Find the conference brochure here.
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