Provider Wait Times
July 2019 Wait Time to Initial Assessment: *
  • Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health: 6 days
  • Coleman Professional Services: 0 days
  • CommQuest Services: 0 days
  • Stark County TASC: 1.75 days
  • Summit Psychological Associates: 6 days
*Wait times reflect adult and youth services combined. The above wait times were reported to StarkMHAR from each provider organization.
Zero Suicide Organizations
Did you know in a Zero Suicide organization, ALL patients are screened for suicide risk on their first contact with the organization AND at every subsequent contact. The same tool and procedures should be used to ensure that clients at suicide risk are identified. As identified in your agency’s provider contract with StarkMHAR, the utilization of the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS) is the recommended screening instrument to identify individuals at risk of suicide.

Just as primary health care providers check blood pressure for every patient at every visit, we need to be assessing for suicide at every visit . To do this, utilize the first two questions on the C-SSRS. If the answer to both of these questions is “no” then screening is complete. If the answer to one or both questions is/are “yes”, then the clinician proceeds with completion of the C-SSRS.

If you have any questions about screening please reach out to Elena Aslanides-Kandis at .
Recovery Workforce Development Scholarship
Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery is pleased to offer individuals in recovery seeking to advance their education in a MH/AoD related field, an opportunity for an academic scholarship.

The scholarship will be funded through StarkMHAR’s Charitable Fund held locally at Stark Community Foundation.

Applicants must be either an employee of a not-for-profit behavioral health organization with lived experience located in Stark County, Ohio, or a Stark County resident with lived experience interested in working in the behavioral health field and advancing their education through enrollment in an accredited vocational, technical or college program.

Online applications should be submitted no later than September 11, 2019

If you have any questions about the scholarship or application, please contact Emily Provance, Resource Development Manager at 330-430-3948 or
Highlight Event
Join the Stark County Library and StarkMHAR on Thursday, September 12th at the Palace Theatre to meet author and award-winning anchor Elizabeth Vargas where she will discuss he memoir, Between Breaths: A Memoir of Panic and Addiction. Tickets are free, but registration is required.

With her signature candor and insight, Elizabeth Vargas gives audiences a behind-the-scenes look at today’s live news reporting and ever-evolving media. She shares her experiences breaking some of the biggest stories and reporting from the front lines around the world, from Hurricane Katrina to the war in Iraq, to the crisis in Beslan, Russia, and back to the White House. Vargas also bravely discusses how alcoholism has affected her life and career, and why she chose to share her struggle with the disease and her ongoing recovery.
17th Annual NADD State of Ohio Conference
After attending the conference, participants will be able to:
  • Know how to use a biographical timeline in reflecting upon the needs of people with multiple diagnoses and challenging behaviors
  • Describe various program models used in supporting people with IDD/MI
  • Identify how IDD/MI dual diagnosis best practices can be applied to all members of a persons support team
  • Cite examples of various strength-based approaches in treatment
  • Reflect on the lessons learned by people receiving treatment
  • Articulate systemic barriers and challenges in meeting the needs of people with complex behaviors
  • Identify IDD/MI treatment approaches reflecting collaboration
Resiliency Summit
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced that, in conjunction with the Ohio Children’s Hospital Association, he will host an event called Building Resiliency: A Pediatric Mental Health Summit in September to help communities support the mental health needs of their children.

Governor DeWine stated "Parents, teachers, and coaches can play a critical supportive role in helping build resiliency in children and reducing the negative impact of trauma. This summit will give members of the community tools to provide brighter outcomes for our children.”
Building Resiliency: A Pediatric Mental Health Summit is open to adults throughout Ohio who touch the lives of children, such as parents, coaches, school personnel, counselors, and health care professionals. Attendees will learn how to spot the signs and symptoms of trauma in children and tangible strategies to address it from experts in mental health, health care education, and other fields.

Questions? Please contact
Resource of the Month
Resource of the Month is a new feature in the Clinical eNewsletter! The goal of this section is to highlight a resource available at either StarkMHAR or in the community.

If you are unable to attend the Resiliency Summit or are looking for resources now, “ Growing Resilience ” is available to help parents understand the impact of trauma on children and how to help them heal. This online publication is a Strong Families Safe Communities project administered by Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services with funding support from the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities and the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.
Family Peer Mentor Job Opportunity
through a collaboration between Ohio START and Stark County JFS
Ohio START (Sobriety, Treatment, and Reducing Trauma) is an intervention program that provides specialized victim services, such as intensive trauma counseling, to children who have suffered victimization with substance abuse of a parent being the primary risk factor. The program also assists parents of children referred to the program with their path to recovery from addiction. Created while Governor DeWine was Attorney General in 2017, Ohio START requires the partnering of county Public Children Services Agencies (PCSAs), behavioral health providers, and juvenile/family courts. A key element of this program is family peer mentors who are paired with a child welfare caseworker to provide intensive case management services. Ohio START emphasizes a wraparound approach for at-risk parents that includes frequent home visits and mentorship from people who have lived experience with recovery and the child welfare system. 
Stark County Job and Family Services are part of this grant and are currently looking for a person to fill the position of the Family Peer Mentor (FPM). The FPM would work in conjunction with the Children Services staff to support, mentor and advocate for the family while they are working with the Children Services agency. The FPM would be required to complete home calls, transport clients to and from appointments, attend 12 step meetings with client as needed and attend all agency meetings regarding the family along with required trainings. 
For job description and more information please contact Cindy Moore at or at 330-451-8650.
New School-Based
Mental Health Services Web Page
The StarkMHAR website has a new page dedicated to information about the school-based mental health services offered throughout the county. It lists the district, school, the number of days a week the provider is at the school, and the agency providing the service.

Check out the new page by clicking here .
Zero Suicide Tidbit
A Journey Toward Health and Hope: Your Handbook for Recovery After a Suicide Attempt is a free handbook that guides people through the first steps toward recovery and a hopeful future after a suicide attempt. It includes personal stories from survivors who share their experiences as well as strategies, such as re-establishing connections and finding a counselor to work with.

StarkMHAR Shout-out!
Becky James from TASC is a peer support specialist that has been working with the Peers in the ED Program (formerly 21 st Century Cures, now SOR grant). They are required to collected GPRA data as part of this grant, and in the 3.5 months she’s been collecting it, they have had nearly 50 people interviewed.

Our Grant person from OhioMHAS was also impressed with her work: “It sounds like your TASC SOR Project is going very well. I was happy that Becky has completed [so many interviews]. Nice work.”
Thank you for all that you do, Becky!
Trauma Tidbit
“Too often we try to change behavior without actually knowing how it helps individuals. Having the client discover the adaptive nature of their symptoms can be validating and empowering. It also lays the foundation of finding a healthier way of achieving the same protection.”
--Steven Loos, Psy.D, LP, Clinic Manager, Central Minnesota Mental Health Center
Coalition Corner
The Suicide Prevention Coalition is hosting four QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer) Gatekeeper Trainings at different locations throughout the county for Suicide Prevention Month. These are designed to teach lay and professional “gatekeepers” the warning signs of a suicide
crisis and how to respond.
Please share with your adult clients and families so we can train as many people as possible.
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 or more of StarkMHAR's coalition meetings.

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

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

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

Hoarding Coalition
Meets the first Friday of every month from 10:00-11:00 at The Ken Weber Community Campus at Goodwill
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Save the dates!
  • September 19th: Populations Focus Learning Series: Mayan Culture and Community RSVP »
  • September 21st: Drug Take Back Day .
  • September 25th: Lunch & Learn Series: Homeless Navigation RSVP »

Look further ahead at upcoming trainings by visiting the StarkMHAR Training Center .
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