Provider Wait Times
January 2019 Wait Time to Initial Assessment: *

-Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health: 14.4 days
-Coleman Professional Services: 0 days
-CommQuest Services: 1 day
-Stark County TASC: 2.25 days
-Summit Psychological Associates: 7 days
*Wait times reflect adult and youth services combined. The above wait times were reported to StarkMHAR from each provider organization.
Funding Opportunity
StarkMHAR is offering a funding opportunity for the development of new, and continuation of current, youth programs that address social factors such as education, poverty and lack of family supports that undermine physical and mental wellness. Eligible Stark County based 501(c)3 non-profit organizations may apply for up to $2,500. For more information, please visit
Organizer of Frontline to Freedom V:
Human Trafficking: Culture, Contributors and the Impact of Trauma
Dr. Celia Williamson will share her expertise on the culture of human trafficking and human trafficking in Ohio. Suzanne Lewis-Johnson with educate us on human trafficking. Survivor, Alicia Ley will share her powerful story in a trauma-informed manner. Detective Joe Mongold will discuss what’s happening right here in Stark County, what we’re doing about it, and how you can get involved. The fee includes CMEs; CLEs; and EMS, Counselor and Social Work CEUs; training materials, continental breakfast, lunch, snacks, event t-shirt and book.

Registration begins at 8am, with the training beginning promptly at 8:30. Come early to register, find a seat, get comfortable and enjoy a pastry and coffee.
Stark County MSW Cohort Update
Stark’s MSW Cohort will start the semester of 2019. The deadline for applying is June 1st, 2019 and classes start in August. Check out this overview for additional information and look for informational sessions coming this spring.

There are two informational sessions scheduled at StarkMHAR: Marcy 11th at 5:30pm or March 13th at 5:30pm. Representatives from The University of Akron will be present to answer any questions. A representative from StarkMHAR will be present to share Stark-specific updates.

For additional information, or to be added to the listserv for updated information, please contact Jeannie Cool at .
Outreach and “Enabling”
  • If your insight and judgment have failed you because of the symptoms of your mental illness…
  • If your brain’s reward circuitry has been physically altered…
  • If your anosognosia has left you unable to comprehend you have an illness…
  • If your coping skills have forced you to adapt to one bad circumstance after another…
then, you are not very likely to come seek help from the place that offers help for the problem that you don’t think you have.
  • And, if you are not very likely to come to seek help from the place that offers help for the problem that you don’t think you have…
  • We have to go to you, as it may be a matter of life and death.
  • Death is a poor predictor of recovery.
(Bond et al, 2001, Drake et al, 2008, White, 2008)
Zero Suicide Tidbit
Part of creating a competent and caring workforce is training staff on how to provide safer suicide care. Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk (AMSR) is a one day workshop designed to train behavioral health professionals in how to recognize and assess suicide risk, plan for client safety, and manage the ongoing care of at-risk youth and young adults ages 10-24.
StarkMHAR Shout-out!
StarkMHAR would like to recognize Kyle Howard, Peer Support Navigator, from Tasc . Kyle recently provided amazing guidance and advocacy to a client that was in the very early stages in his recovery. Due to Kyle’s involvement, this client and his family found the support they needed and will be forever appreciative of Kyle’s efforts.

Thank you for all that you do!
11th Annual Conference for Families & Educators of Children with Diverse Learning Needs
Saturday, April 27, 2019
8:30am - 12:45pm

State Support Team 9 is a team of consultants who collaborate with school buildings and districts to support achievement for ALL learners. We are regional partners who impact education through professional development, coaching and customized solutions.

The 11th Annual Conference for Families & Educators of Children with Diverse Learning Needs will be held at R.G. Drage Career Technical Center at 2800 Richville Drive SE in Massillon. This conference will provide three sessions ranging in topics from student success, strategies for trauma, and enhancing educational interventions.

For more information or to register, please visit the State Support Team 9's website.
Trauma Tidbit
“We owe our clients the best that we can give them each and every time they walk through our doors. We never know exactly what brought them here, or what they have faced in the week since we have seen them.”

- Stephanie Barnes, MSW, LICSW, Buffalo Clinic Manager, Central MN Mental Health Center
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Don't miss these upcoming trainings!
Learn more about upcoming trainings from the StarkMHAR Training Center !
Save the dates!
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  • March 21: Populations Focus Learning Series: Transgender Culture and Community RSVP »
  • March 18-22: Integrated Ohio Peer Supporter Training RSVP »
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