Provider Wait Times - May 2020*
Wait Time to Initial Diagnostic Assessment:
  • Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health: 2.5 days
  • Coleman Professional Services: 0 days
  • CommQuest Services: 10 days
  • Summit Psychological Associates: 3.7 days
  • TASC: 1.75 days
Post-Hospitalization Wait Time to Initial Diagnostic Assessment
  • Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health: 2 days
  • Coleman Professional Services: 0 days
  • CommQuest Services: 6.5 days
  • Summit Psychological Associates: 2 days
Post-Hospitalization Wait Time to Initial Med/Som Appointment
  • Coleman Professional Services: 15 days
  • CommQuest Services: 11.5 days

*Wait times reflect adult and youth services combined. The above wait times
were reported to StarkMHAR from each provider organization.
Recovery Workforce Scholarship
StarkMHAR is currently accepting applications for a $1000 Recovery Workforce Development Scholarship ! This scholarship is offered to individuals in recovery seeking to advance their education in a Mental Health, Alcohol or Drug related field. Applicants must be a Stark County resident with lived experience interested in working in the behavioral health field and advancing their education through enrollment in an accredited vocational, technical or college program. Easily apply online by July 10th .
Ohio Prevention Conference
The Ohio Prevention Conference has gone virtual. In an effort to provide opportunities for training and continuing education, a variety of web-based offerings will be available throughout the summer and fall at no cost to attendees.

Between June 29th and July 1st, the Featured Speaker Series will host six live presentations on a variety of topics.
A Virtual Training Series will also take place every Thursday from 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. through September 24th. Attendees of live sessions will receive up to 1.25 CEUs for each session.
Youth to Youth Virtual Training Conference
Youth to Youth engages young people through meaningful activities and experiences to develop and implement their own ideas to create positive change. Although the in-person conference had to be canceled, they are offering a free virtual conference from July 22nd - 24th.
Encourage the youth you work with to attend the Y2Y conference. If they enjoy it, have them check out Stark County Youth Led Prevention to get involved with making a difference in our community.

Follow SCYLP on Instagram @starkyouthled
June is Pride Month
Pride events may be canceled, but COMMUNITY PRIDE
is essential and alive in all of us.
For the past few years in the month of June you can hear members of the LGBTQ+ community say, “Happy Pride”. This statement is more than just a saying but a way to celebrate the diversity of our community. June 2020 marks our 51 year of LGBTQ+ Pride marchers, even though pride is celebrated throughout the year in all over the US and world. This year all pride events in Ohio and across the US have been canceled, but this does not mean that LGBTQ+ Pride has stopped but is still happening in our community no matter where we are at. This month we wanted to say to all our LGBTQ+ community “HAPPY PRIDE”.

For those who are not part of the community but are wanting to become or be a better ally, start by reaching out to any family, friend, and/or coworker and say, “Happy Pride”. Being an ally for the community can help more than you know. Here are three important facts to know and why being an ally is important:

  1. About one-in-five U.S. adults know someone who uses pronouns other than he or she. Normalizing all pronouns can ensure that all of those five people can feel supported.
  2. Using a person’s chosen name is linked to reduced depressive symptoms, suicidal ideation, and suicidal behavior among transgender youth. Using a person’s “dead name” (or the name they were given at birth) can have negative impacts on depressive symptoms and suicidal thoughts and behavior.”
  3. In 2019, the Trevor Project released a national study that, along with many other important findings, uncovered that having at least one supportive adult in the life of a young person who identifies as LGBTQ reduces the chance of a suicide attempt by 40%.
Being an ally is a verb and to be an effective one, you need to do the work. Happy Pride and let’s celebrate our community with all of its beautiful color of diversity.

1)       Geiger, A., & Graf, N. (2019, September 5). About one-in-five U.S. adults know someone who goes by a gender-neutral pronoun. Retrieved June 19, 2020, from
2)       Russell, S., Pollitt, A., Li, G., & Grossman, A. (2018); Journal of Adolescent Health, 63(4), 503-505, doi:10.1016/j.jadohealth.2018.02.00.
3)       The Trevor Project. (2019). National Survey on LGBTQ Mental Health. New York, New York: The Trevor Project. Retrieved June 19, 2020, from
Self-Care for Behavioral Healthcare Workers
Self-Care for Behavioral Health Workers
June 25th
from 12:00-1:00pm

A FREE virtual support group for all those who work in the Stark County behavioral health world- both public and private

To sign up for the last session, please register by emailing Mary Kreitz . There is a max of 15 participants.

Read the full flyer by clicking the image.

Healthcare professionals and essential workers are showing up on the frontlines during the coronavirus pandemic, risking their health every day to help other people. Crisis Counseling is available fast, free, and 24/7 #ForTheFrontlines.

Text FRONTLINE to 741741.

The National Academy of Medicine’s  Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience   has resources to support the health and well-being of clinicians during the COVID-19 outbreak. Even before the COVID-19 outbreak, many clinicians already faced burnout, as well as stress, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and even suicidality. Now this crisis is presenting clinicians with even greater workplace hardships and moral dilemmas that are very likely to exacerbate existing levels of burnout and related mental health problems. The resources on their website offer more information on how to support the health and well-being of clinicians during public health emergencies, including the COVID-19 response. 
COVID CareLine - 1-800-720-9616
The COVID CareLine is a new, toll-free number and emotional support call service created by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Behavioral health professionals will staff the CareLine from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., 7 days/week. They will offer confidential support in times of personal crisis when individuals may be struggling to cope with current challenges in their lives. After 8 p.m., the CareLine will forward to the National Suicide Prevention Helpline, allowing those calling to have access to someone 24 hours/day.
StarkMHAR Updates

StarkMHAR's New Podcast: Stark Talking

StarkMHAR has it's own podcast! Search " Stark Talking " in your favorite podcast app or click the link below to be directed to an episode in the Apple Podcast app!

Difficulty coping with emotions can contribute to mental health and substance use issues; however, the ability to manage emotions is a skill that can be improved with practice. Box breathing is a technique used to help calm the body and quiet the mind. Click on the image to try it with us. Feel free to share it with your clients!
Looking for something fun to do with your kids while school is closed? Need a new way to engage your youth clients? Have parents asked you for activity ideas? StarkMHAR's Conversation Cards are fun and can help increase resiliency factors in youth .

StarkMHAR has recently printed a publication on the Mobile Response program available for both youth and adults in Stark County. Mobile Response Publication. This will be distributed throughout the community, but it is also available to download from our website .

Please share on your social media and include it on your websites.
Provider Updates
Nearly all Stark County behavioral health agencies are OPEN during the COVID-19 outbreak! We do not recommend skipping behavioral health appointments during the outbreak. Telehealth services are available to patients. Please contact your behavioral healthcare provider for more information.
For up-to-date announcements regarding COVID-19 and behavioral health services in Stark County, please visit our website or follow our Facebook page .
BrightView : Outpatient addiction medicine centers remain open and are accepting walk-ins on a daily basis. appointments can be scheduled using our 24/7 access line 833-510-HELP (4357).
All four Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health * offices (Alliance, Belden, Canton and Plain) remain open and are accepting new clients. This includes Psychiatric Services. Call 330-433-6075.

Coleman Professional Services * is offering Call-In Clinics and telehealth sessions. They also continue to operate crisis services, including mobile response.
CommQuest Services *: All outpatient counseling and psychiatry offices, residential treatment centers, detox units, the Family Living Center and medication-assisted treatment locations remain open with adjustments including individual and group sessions being offered via telehealth. The Canton Friendship Center will remain closed through July 4th.
Domestic Violence Project, Inc. 24/7 Help is still available for domestic violence. Elevated stress, uncertainty, and drastic changes in day-to-day life all contribute to negative outcomes, including a local increase in incidents of domestic violence. Call the local hotline at 330-453-SAFE (7233) or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
Foundations * : Office phone lines will be answered during normal business hours from 9am-5pm; Classes and support groups are being hosted through Zoom and can be accessed at; Warmline is available every day from 9am-11pm at 330-455-1234. Peer Run Respite Services are still available 24/7 with a referral.
Hope United has resumed in-person support group meetings. Please visit their website for the schedule or call 330-520-8700 to learn more.
OhioGuidestone offices are still open and available for telehealth assessment, therapy, TBS, and psychiatry. A filllable PDF referral form is available and can be sent to to
Pathway Caring For Children * offers counseling and support services through telephone and video, accessible through your smartphone, tablet, laptop or computer. You can reach them at 1-800-838-7284 or through email to schedule an appointment with one of their qualified mental health professionals.
Stark County TASC, Inc. * provides assessment, care coordination, case management, and counseling services to adults and youth involved in the justice system who are dealing with substance use and/or mental health issues. Services can be introduced to individuals at any time during the justice process, from arrest through probation or parole. Telehealth services are available. Visit their website or call 330-479-1912 for more information.
Summit Psychological Associates * has transitioned to telehealth remote services. New clients can email or contact the Canton office at 330-493-2554.
Please take note that the phone number to reach W.A.T.O.E.S.* has changed. The new numbers are 330-806-6323 for the office and 234-458-4551 for the administrative cell phone.

* = within StarkMHAR Care Network
If you have updates you would like added to a future newsletter, please contact Justina Gorman
COVID-19 Resources
Many agencies and organizations have compiled lists of resources, apps, and ideas for helping providers and their clients manage mental health needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Below are just some of those lists:
Mental Health Technology Transfer Centers (MHTTCs) have created several resources to support providers and patients during COVID-19. Check out the links below for resources and upcoming events.

Treating Suicidal Patients during COVID-19: Best Practices and Telehealth webinar from Suicide Prevention Resource Center

Coronavirus Information from OhioMHAS

COVID-19 Telehealth Toolkit from the National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers

Fill Your Recovery Toolbox from Hope United

Resources for the COVID-19 Crisis from the Education Development Center

The research-based Connections App (pictured to the right) is a free smartphone app that is scientifically proven to support patients in recovery by reducing relapse and promoting pro-social engagement.
With the app you can…
  • Track your sobriety,
  • Access e-therapy to learn new recovery skills, 
  • Connect with trained counselors and peers through messaging, 
  • Access clinical support 7 days/wk, 9am-10pm EST
  • Track your treatment plan and set reminders, 
  • Journal daily about your journey, 
  • And discover helpful videos, testimonials and more through the unique resource library.
Connections App information and photo from:
StarkMHAR Shout-out!
This month, StarkMHAR would like to give a special shout out and recognition to Rochelle Jimenez and Michelle Dellick from Coleman Crisis for all their hard work and determination to make Outpatient Commitment (OPC) in Stark County successful again. They have been coordinating with the courts and hospitals to identify appropriate candidates and have not let any road blocks get in their way! Thank you for all you have done!

Thanks Rochelle and Michelle!
Zero Suicide Tidbit
Suicide is Different is resource for suicide caregivers; a person who supports someone experiencing thoughts of suicide. The website is meant to help people navigate through their experience as a suicide caregiver.

Trauma Tidbit
The Tristate Trauma Network (TTN) will be offering virtual trainings for the next several months. The first offering covers a topic on many people's minds after school and life routines were disrupted by the pandemic. When school resumes in the Fall, there will be an even greater need than usual to understand and respond appropriately to trauma experienced by students. In this 3-hour training hosted on Zoom, learn from licensed social worker and university professor, Dr. Amanda Brown, ways to promote resilience and employ trauma-informed strategies for students of all ages (Kindergarten through college age). 

When: Tuesday, August 11th from 9:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Cost: $20 for TTN Members; $30 for Non-members
Think ROSC
For many people of color, having a therapist of the same race or ethnic background as oneself can be beneficial towards building towards and sustaining long-term recovery, especially during this critical time. This resource provides information about some options available that promote Black Mental Wellness.
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.

Meets the second Wednesday of every month from 3:00-4:30 at StarkMHAR.

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

Meets the third Friday of every month from 11:30-1:00 at StarkMHAR.

Until further notice, all coalition meetings are only being held remotely through Microsoft Teams. P lease email Justina Gorman to be added to the listserv of your choice for meeting reminders and links.
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