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

-Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health: 12 days
-Coleman Professional Services: 0 days
-CommQuest Services: 9 days
-Stark County TASC: 2.3 days
-Summit Psychological Associates: 7.6 days
*Wait times reflect adult and youth services combined. The above wait times were reported to StarkMHAR from each provider organization.
Free Yoga for Addiction Recovery
Release Yoga offers a monthly class tailored to those in substance abuse recovery (and for the people that love them). Friends and family are welcomed and the cost is *FREE!*. Donations are encouraged with proceeds going to the Interval Brotherhood Home (IBH).

This is always a lively, soul stirring class. Check out the schedule here .
Bridging the Gap:
Connecting Community Mental Health and African American Faith
Facilitated by: Tracee’ L. Black-Fall

The training, Bridging the Gap: Connecting Community Mental Health and African American Faith Leaders provides mental health providers with a knowledge based regarding faith as a protective factor and the role spirituality can play in treatment and recovery. In training, no hold barred dialogue allows providers to ask questions and share their concerns, challenges and working with the African American and other populations at risk. The African American Church promotes changes in ones thinking and changes in one’s behavior. The common hymn, Can’t You See the Change in Me , is evidence that it is expected that we would come and receive and thereby be changed. There is an opportunity through the embracing of faith and partnership that encourages recovery and resiliency as a reality.

How do we begin to have needed courageous conversations and efforts to support populations at risk (African American, Latino, homeless, youth in foster care, LGBTQ, restored citizens, etc.) to seek treatment and care? Faith leaders and providers can partner to support community members moving from crisis intervention to prevention. They can (providers and faith leaders) work together to reduce the stigma and misconceptions that prevail and remove those barriers which frequently prevent persons with mental health conditions and co-occurring disorders and their families from participating in the full life of their communities. Additionally, faith leaders can be a valuable referral source for health care providers.

The faith institution is central to many communities especially the African American village for it has been the source of spiritual and social supports that are key to their survival. Faith leaders and providers have skills and intimate knowledge and through a partnership can work together supporting beyond a traditional matrix addressing health disparities and social determinants of health. SAMHSA’s 8 Dimensions of Wellness is an excellent resource to support efforts to improve the mental and physical health for persons living with mental and/or substance use disorders.

Limited space, please visit to register by Wednesday, January 2, 2019.
Zero Suicide Tidbit
Check out this link for a helpful guide to help you put meaning to your workforce survey results for Zero Suicide and decide next steps for your organization.
StarkMHAR Shout-out!
StarkMHAR would like to recognize Taevia Thornwell, CommQuest CPST. Taevia demonstrated appropriate advocacy for a client on her caseload during a housing promotion committee meeting. She also took on important tasks to help her client move towards maintaining her housing.

Thank you for all that you do!
Trauma Tidbit
"Tell an appropriate joke. Sing a song, Act a little goofy. Let our clients know that everyone has tough situations to handle and that it’s okay to see a brighter side. Our clients maybe don’t see as many bright sides as other people do, so it is up to all of us to help it along."

--Sue Bauer, Mental Health Practitioner: Northway IRTS
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Don't miss these upcoming trainings!
Learn more about upcoming trainings from the StarkMHAR Training Center !
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  • March 13: Mental Health First Aid Training for Adults RSVP »
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