Provider Wait Times - January 2020*
Wait Time to Initial Diagnostic Assessment:
  • Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health: 6.3 days
  • Coleman Professional Services: 0 days
  • CommQuest Services: 18 days
  • Summit Psychological Associates: 3.05 days
  • TASC: 2.25 days

Post-Hospitalization Wait Time to Initial Diagnostic Assessment
  • Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health: 1.6 days
  • Coleman Professional Services: 0 days
  • CommQuest Services: 4.5 days
  • Summit Psychological Associates: 6 days

Post-Hospitalization Wait Time to Initial Med/Som Appointment
  • Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health: 0 days
  • Coleman Professional Services: 12.66 days
  • CommQuest Services: 8 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.
It's Awards Season!
Presented annually, the HOPE Awards honor people and organizations who are making strides and influencing change to advance behavioral health right here in Stark County. In 2015, StarkMHAR introduced the HOPE Awards to recognize community members and outstanding work in prevention, intervention, treatment, recovery, innovation and reducing social stigma. The HOPE Awards honor people and organizations within the five following categories: Community Champion, Advocate of the Year, Young Advocate of the Year, Professional of the Year, and Innovation Award.
To be presented annually, the new Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Awards honor people who are advancing best practice in encounters involving people who may be struggling with substance use and/or a mental illness. The CIT awards recognize those who are making a significant positive impact in Stark County efforts to use de-escalation techniques in crisis situations improving the safety of the officer, consumer and family.
Nominations for both the HOPE and CIT Awards
will close on Wednesday, March 4th.
The winners will be presented at the Leadership Breakfast on June 3rd.
Standard Authorization Form
A reminder that if the Standard Authorization Form from the Ohio Department of Medicaid is accurately filled out, organizations have to accept it and cannot mandate their own.

"The purpose of the form is to improve care coordination for a patient across multiple providers by making it easier to share protected health information in a secure manner. The form is applicable to all covered entities in Ohio. It is not required to be used, but a properly executed form must be accepted by the receiving entity . The requirement to accept a properly executed form is applicable within 30 days of January 3, 2019."

More information and instructions can be found on their website .
Project ECHO ® Model
Since 2017, the Department of Psychiatry at NEOMED has offered consultation, training and clinical mentorship as a hub for the national Project ECHO® model.

"Using proven adult learning techniques and interactive video technology, the ECHO Model™ connects groups of community providers with specialists at centers of excellence in regular real-time collaborative sessions. The sessions, designed around case-based learning and mentorship, help local workers gain the expertise required to provide needed services. Providers gain skills and confidence; specialists learn new approaches for applying their knowledge across diverse cultural and geographical contexts. As the capacity of the local workforce increases, lives improve."

To learn more about NEOMED's Project ECHO®, visit their website or check out their YouTube page .
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The S Word - Free Event
When: Sunday, March 8th
Time: 1:00pm
Where: Canton Palace Theatre
What: A documentary film based on a suicide attempt survivor who is on a mission to find fellow attempt survivors. She documents their stories of unguarded courage, insight, and humor. The director, Lisa Klein, will be here to present the film.

This film is geared towards adults; it is NOT recommend for youth.

The goal is to continue to raise awareness while expanding the conversation so that we can talk openly about suicide in a completely different way. We know that speaking the word “suicide” isn’t the problem, it’s the silence that often surrounds it.

The event is being sponsored by The Stark County Suicide Prevention Coalition and StarkMHAR.
Lunch & Learn - Pharmacology: Understanding the Basics of Medications
When: Wednesday, March 4th from 12:00 - 1:00
Where: StarkMHAR Inclusion Room
Cost: Free - bring your lunch!
Who: Open
About: Attendees will be able to understand the:
  • basics of medications;
  • role medications have on behavioral health;
  • common medications clients may be prescribed; and
  • possible common side effects.
Motivating Behavior Change: It Begins with Us
When: Monday, March 16th from 9:00 - 4:30
Where: StarkMHAR Inclusion Room
Cost: Free; 5.5 CEUs pending
Who: Open to housing and support staff

About: Assisting individuals to consider
and embark upon behavioral changes that promote recovery is an important foundational skill for all providers. The purpose of the training is to promote in providers a heightened sense of self-awareness regarding their impact and influence on the change process of the people they serve. Participants will be asked to focus less on their clients’ change process and focus more on how their own beliefs, perceptions, behaviors and chosen forms of communication that influence their work.
Frontline to Freedom VI:
Changing Perspectives on Human Trafficking
Brought to you by: Children’s Network of Stark County Child Advocacy Center

Friday, April 24, 2020
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

NewPointe Community Church Canton
5305 Broadmoor Circle Northwest
Canton, OH 44709

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. Megan Mattimoe and Ra'Shya Ghee will share current information on recruitment and trafficking techniques, survivor Dee Roman will share her powerful story, Carrie Schnirring will help us manage our secondary trauma, Jeff Stewart will educate us on human trafficking and the Latino community, and we'll end our day learning how our everyday choices lead to environmental destruction through forced labor.

$35 Fee includes CMEs; CLEs; and EMS, Counselor and Social Work CEUs; training materials, continental breakfast, lunch, snacks, and event t-shirt.
Populations Focus Learning Series
The Populations Focus Learning Series is a great way to gain information on various cultures in our community. Three sessions are scheduled over the next few months, so save the dates and be sure to register for the one coming up on Friday, March 6th.

Friday, March 6th from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Populations Focus Learning Series: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Culture and Community.  The Deaf and Hard of Hearing community is diverse. There are variations in how a person becomes deaf or hard of hearing, level of hearing, age of onset, educational background, communication methods, and cultural identity. How people “label” or identify themselves is personal and may reflect identification with the deaf and hard of hearing community, the degree to which they can hear, or the relative age of onset. For example, some people identify themselves as “late-deafened,” indicating that they became deaf later in life. *  2.0 CEUs pending. Held at the Malone University, Johnson Center; 2600 Cleveland Avenue NW, Canton, OH 44709.
Thursday, June 25th from 10:00am – 12:00pm
Populations Focus Learning Series: Veterans Culture and Community 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 understand of the community’s needs. Held at the Malone University, Johnson Center; 2600 Cleveland Avenue NW, Canton, OH 44709.
Thursday, September 17th from 10:00am – 12:00pm
Populations Focus Learning Series: Unconscious Bias Culture and Community 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. Everyone holds unconscious beliefs about various social and identity groups, and these biases stem from one’s tendency to organize social worlds by categorization. Many of the cultural communities with which we've met through this series encounter unconscious bias in their daily lives. 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. Held at the Malone University, Johnson Center; 2600 Cleveland Avenue NW, Canton, OH 44709.
Resource of the Month
You may know that Direction Home Akron Canton provides supports to help empower the elderly and individuals with disabilities to remain independent and secure at home.

But did you know they also offer a variety of Continuing Education Courses for healthcare professionals? A few of their upcoming trainings include:

  • Friday, February 28th from 9:00-4:30 at Hartville Kitchen
  • Hoarding: A Deeper Dive into Human Behavior, Change, and Interventions
  • $75 includes lunch and 6 CEUs
  • Friday, March 6th at Cambria Hotel Akron Canton
  • Dealing with Anxious Feelings from 9:00-12:15
  • The Power of the Moment from 1:15-4:30
  • $75 for both sessions plus lunch or $45 for one session
  • Friday, March 13th from 9:00-4:30 at Hartville Kitchen
  • Trauma: Unsolved Trauma can be a Monster of Pain and Fire
  • $75 includes lunch and 6 CEUs
  • Thursday, March 19th at Holiday Inn Belden Village
  • Strategies to Manage Difficult Behaviors from 9:00-12:15
  • Aging Parents: When to Step in and How to Approach Critical Conversations from 1:15-4:30
  • $75 for both sessions plus lunch; $45 for one session
  • Monday, March 30th at Hartville Kitchen
  • The Substances of Abuse from 9:00-12:15
  • The Principles of Treatment: Stages of Change from 1:15-4:30
  • $75 for both sessions plus lunch; $45 for one session

For more information or to register, visit their website .

Resource of the Month is designed to highlight a resource available at StarkMHAR, in the community, or online.
If you have a resource you would like to share, please email
StarkMHAR Shout-out!
This month, StarkMHAR would
like to recognize Ali Graham from Coleman Crisis . Ali has made tremendous efforts to provide the highest level of client care.
She provides services for a population that adamantly relies on the success of stabilization, housing placement, and engagement in
on-going treatment. Ali ensures treatment planning is attainable, realistic, and meets the need of the client. In one day, StarkMHAR received two separate compliments on Ali’s behalf for her determined engagement with her clients.
 She has been a key player in the community mental health field and remains a strong and reliable resource in Stark County.
Thank you for all that
you do, Ali!
Zero Suicide Tidbit
MY3 is a mobile application (“mobile app”) that features a support system, safety plan and resources with the goal of giving your clients a tool to use in a time of need.

After you have completed the Stanley-Brown Safety Plan in session, clients can download the MY3 app to stay connected to their support system.

For more information visit  and keep this flyer handy in your office.

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Trauma Tidbit
Source: Revolutionary Self-Care via Facebook
Coalition Corner
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.

Suicide Prevention Coalition
Meets the second Wednesday of every month from 3:00-4:30 at StarkMHAR.
(please note the new start time)

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

Opiate and Addiction 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
  • Thursday, March 19th - Youth Mental Health First Aid RSVP>>
  • Thursday, March 26th - Equity and Inclusion: Cultural Competence and Humility in Health and Human Services Overview RSVP>>

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