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

-Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health: 14.6 days
-Coleman Professional Services: 0 days
-CommQuest Services: 10.5 days
-OhioGuidestone: 2 days
-Stark County TASC: 6.1 days
-Summit Psychological Associates: 7.85 days

*Wait times reflect adult and youth services combined.
The above wait times were reported to StarkMHAR from each provider organization.
In Case You Missed it: Governance, Administrative and Services Transition Happening within StarkMHAR's Care Network
On June 28, 2018, StarkMHAR released the following update regarding its Care Network.

This update is being provided by StarkMHAR to give you the latest information regarding service transitions in our care network.
Crisis Intervention and Recovery Center (CIRC), a provider in StarkMHAR’s care network and a community resource for both acute and ongoing behavioral health care services, has entered into an engagement with Coleman Professional Services (CPS) to operate under CPS as a stand-alone nonprofit company. This collaborative decision was made to prioritize client care, access to services and staff retention, and to ensure that critical and quality services are uninterrupted and sustained. 
Services that are most closely aligned with CIRC’s core mission – Crisis/Opiate Hotlines, Mobile Response and Crisis Stabilization Services (among others) – will continue to be provided by them. The H.O.P.E. and Free Space program for women have been transitioned to Summit Psychological Associates, and outpatient services are being transferred to alternate providers as well.
Like many providers, CIRC has experienced pressures related to Behavioral Health Redesign and the transition to managed care. John Aller, Executive Director of StarkMHAR, wants all community stakeholders to know that the emphasis throughout this process is being placed on the continuation of CIRC’s high quality services as well as retaining staff.
Liaisons have been established at the affected agencies to encourage swift coordination of communication and the best experience possible for those receiving services. Anyone concerned or unsure about the continuity of their care should call Gayle Stickley, Transition Liaison, at (330) 452-9812. is now live! is a search-focused site that can help you find local resources around mental health, basic needs like food and housing, child safety, at-risk youth, addiction, and more. You can start your search by age group too, ensuring you get connected with resources that are relevant to you.
AMSR Suicide Prevention Trainings in August
Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation has announced two AMSR suicide prevention trainings on assessing and managing suicide risk.

When: August 7, 2018 from 9 am - 5 pm
Where: The Lafayette Hotel; 101 Front Street, Marietta, OH 45750
Click here to register and receive 6.5 CEUs.

When: August 13, 2018 from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Where: Stow Armory; 4630 Allen Road, Stow, OH 44224
Click here to register and receive 6.5 CEUs.

Any questions regarding these opportunities can be directed to Austin Lucas at
New Chronic Pain Prescriber Rules
In a recent release from OhioMHAS, it was shared that Ohio is building on its work to reduce opiate prescriptions by issuing new rules for prescription opiates for the treatment of long-term pain (lasting 12 weeks or more) and sub-acute pain (lasting between six and 12 weeks).

Click here to access a fact sheet for more information.
Trauma Tidbit
“'Connection is why we’re here, it’s what gives us meaning and purpose in life.'-Brene Brown Since 40% of Americans report feeling lonely, make it a personal goal to really connect with a friend/group/family member, at least once a week. It will serve to keep you healthy-both physically and mentally, and will boost your spirits!"

-- Tracy Lord, Office Manager at Buffalo CMMHC
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