Provider Wait Times
December 2019 Wait Time to Initial Assessment: *
  • Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health: 6.6 days
  • Coleman Professional Services: 0 days
  • CommQuest Services: 17.5 days
  • Summit Psychological Associates: 4.35 days

*Wait times reflect adult and youth services combined.
The above wait times were reported to
StarkMHAR from each provider organization.
ASAM Criteria Training
The ASAM Criteria is the "national set of criteria for providing outcome-oriented and results-based care in the treatment of addiction. Today the criteria have become the most widely used and comprehensive set of guidelines for placement, continued stay and transfer/discharge of patients with addiction and co-occurring conditions."

As part of the State Opioid Response (SOR) grant, The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services is sponsoring
two-day ASAM Criteria Implementation Trainings
as well as three-day ASAM Criteria Leadership Implementation trainings.
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CIT Dispatcher/Call-Taker Training
When: Wednesday, February 5th
Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Where: StarkMHAR Leadership Room
Cost: Free; parking vouchers will be supplied

Emergency dispatchers are a critical link in the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program and may include call-takers, dispatchers and 911 operators. The success of CIT depends on their familiarity with the CIT program, knowledge of how to recognize a CIT call involving a behavioral crisis event, ability to solicit information that will help the community member and the responding CIT Officer, and appropriate dispatch of CIT Officers.

Registration closes January 29th.
February 13th - Two Trainings Offered
Working with Families - 9:00-12:00pm

Families are a vital part of a child’s development and education. In order to encourage familial engagement, participants will be encouraged to reflect on current practices, cultural humility, personal bias, and strategies for engagement. Additionally, participants will identify the benefits of true engagement and how it differs from involvement and identify ideas to help families engage.

In this workshop, participants will learn the four goals of children’s misbehavior and focus on the goal of power. Through lecture, video, small and large group activities, and role plays, participants will learn strategies to prevent power struggles in the classroom. Participants will be introduced to a script to use for disengaging from power struggles while shifting the struggle into an opportunity to learn conflict management skills.

Both trainings are held at First Christian Church.
Click on the title of the training to register by February 5th.
Resource of the Month
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Grief requires us to navigate the world without someone important, deal with complex feelings and emotions, and figure out ways to move forward when everything seems kind of bleak. What's Your Grief promotes grief education, exploration, and expression in both practical and creative ways. Check out their blog, grief recipe stories, creative coping, and more.

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 Kyle Howard from Stark County TASC. He is a peer support at the jail and Polaris, the municipal mental health specialized docket.

Kyle does a phenomenal job outreaching individuals and engaging them. This can be a challenging population, but he manages to make meaningful, genuine connections and really help the people he serves. His team at Polaris and the jail all really appreciate the work he does!
Thank you for all that you do, Kyle!
Zero Suicide Tidbit is an online video-based free public resource that provides evidence-based teachings, examples, and resources for managing suicidal thoughts and intense emotions focused largely around skills from dialectical behavior therapy. These tools are not considered a replacement for one-to-one counseling.

You do not have to have suicidal thoughts or mental health problems to use these tools – they are useful for most people and many problems. Check out the website and share with your clients.
Trauma Tidbit
Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) is an approach that explicitly acknowledges the role trauma plays in people’s lives. TIC means that every part of an organization or program understands the impact of trauma on the individuals they serve and adopts a culture that considers and addresses this impact.

Save the date for this year's TIC Summit. More information will be provided when registration opens.
Coalition Corner
We are excited to share that most of our coalitions have started to offer remote access to our monthly meetings. When reminders are sent, there will be a "Join Teams Meeting" link to click the day/time of the meeting. Although we have only used this option a few times, those that joined remotely provided great feedback about the process.

If you have hesitated to join a coalition because of the meeting times, but think a remote option may allow you to participate, email Justina Gorman to have your name added to the listserve.
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 3:30-4:30 at StarkMHAR.

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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If so, forward this email, and they can click the blue button to sign up to receive StarkMHAR’s monthly Clinical eNewsletter.
Save the Dates
  • Wednesday, March 4th from 12:00-1:00 - Lunch & Learn: Pharmacology: Understanding the Basics of Medications RSVP>>
  • Friday, March 6th from 10:00-12:00 - Populations Focus Learning Series: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Culture and Community RSVP>>

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