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

-Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health: 19.7 days
-Coleman Professional Services: 0 days
-CommQuest Services: 12 days
-Stark County TASC: 2.25 days
-Summit Psychological Associates: 4.5 days
*Wait times reflect adult and youth services combined. The above wait times were reported to StarkMHAR from each provider organization.
Standard Authorization Form Finalized
Under Ohio Revised Code § 3798.10 , the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) is required to develop a standard authorization form covering the use and disclosure of Protected Health Information (PHI) in alignment with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy of individually identifiable health information rule 45 C.F.R. § 164.508 and 42 C.F.R. Part 2 regarding the confidentiality of substance use disorder patient records by a Part 2 program.

The purpose of the standard authorization form is to improve care coordination for Ohio patients, including making it more efficient to share PHI in accordance with federal and state requirements and to streamline the integration of physical and behavioral healthcare in Ohio. While Ohio healthcare providers are not required to use the form, they are required to accept and act upon a properly executed form.

ODM has posted information on the Standard Authorization Form in the providers section of their website here: . Scroll about half way down the page and you will find the “Standard Authorization Form” information which include a link to a fillable PDF version of the form, instructions for completing the form, a fact sheet about the form and the e-mail address of where questions about the form may be submitted.
Stark County MSW Cohort
The behavioral health care field, both locally and nationally, is experiencing a workforce shortage.

StarkMHAR has partnered with the University of Akron School of Social Work to create a cohort model for a master’s degree program in Social Work located at the StarkMHAR office in Canton to help address this growing issue. 

The MSW Cohort has been postponed until Fall 2019 . For additional questions, please contact Jeannie Cool, Manager of Programs & Evaluation at StarkMHAR.
Zero Suicide Tidbit
Reducing access to lethal means, such as firearms and medication, can determine whether a person at risk for suicide lives or dies. Access the FREE and newly updated training on Counseling on Access to Lethal Means (CALM) here .
StarkMHAR Shout-out!
StarkMHAR would like to recognize Angenita Daniels from Coleman. Angenita worked with a client that was having difficulties with stabilization and because of this, was at jeopardy of losing his housing. Angelita was able to appropriately advocate and assist with planning and coordinating in order for the client to maintain stable housing.

Thank you for all that you do!
Doing Better Together
Doing Better Together is a DBT skill building group for adolescents. This group uses Dialectical Behavior Therapy, which is a highly effective treatment for people who have difficulty controlling their emotions and behaviors.

When and Where?
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health (Plain Local Office)
1811 Schneider St NE Canton, OH 44721

Want more information?
Talk to your provider or call us at
330.433.6075 ext. 219
Trauma Tidbit
“Consider how your behavior every day may contribute to the stress and/or health of another. Warmth, genuineness and empathy is a good place to start.”
-David Earl Johnson, MSW, LICSW, Central MN Mental Health Center
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Learn more about upcoming trainings from the StarkMHAR Training Center !
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