Provider Wait Times
February 2019 Wait Time to Initial Assessment: *

* Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health: 15 days
* Coleman Professional Services: 0 days
* CommQuest Services: 1.5 days
* Stark County TASC: 2.25 days
* Summit Psychological Associates: 6.5 days
*Wait times reflect adult and youth services combined. The above wait times were reported to StarkMHAR from each provider organization.
National & regional presenters including: Elizabeth Van Valkenburg, LISW-S, CNM (Three Circles, LLC), Dr. Georgette Constantinou, Laura Palay and Kevin Aldridge (Aldridge Palay Consulting), Nate Jackson (Certified Yoga Instructor), and Deirdre Delong (Fraternal Order of Police).

Who should attend: Clinical staff, first responders, hospitals, health professions, school employees; people in a helping profession.

Why attend : The educational focus will be geared towards vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue and taking care of yourself, your staff, and others.
  • Education on emerging strategies.
  • Building a plan per organization on preventing burnout, compassion fatigue, and vicarious trauma.
  • Developing personal strategies for self-care.

Dress Code: In an effort to be trauma informed, StarkMHAR encourages participants to dress so that they are comfortable!

Location: First Christian Church, Heritage Hall; 6900 Market Avenue North, North Canton, Ohio 44721.

Cost: $20.00 per person; includes refreshments, buffet lunch, afternoon snack, and continuing education credit.

Education credits: 5.0 CEUs/CMEs pending for the day. (Supervision credits pending for Dr. Georgette Constantinou and Kevin Aldridge (afternoon) sessions, 2.0 total.)

There is limited space! Please visit the
StarkMHAR Training Center to register by April 24, 2019.
Stark County MSW Cohort Update
Stark’s MSW Cohort will start the fall semester of 2019. The coursework can be full-time or part-time. The deadline for applying is 6/1/19 and classes start in August. Check out this info for University of Akron's MSW program and how to apply.

For additional information, or to be added to the listserv for updated information, please contact Jeannie Cool at .
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 these five categories . Honorees are recognized at the annual Leadership Breakfast.

*Nomination deadline is Monday April 8, 2019.*
Zero Suicide Tidbit
Summit Psychological Associates, Inc. is now offering a Suicide Survivors Support Group designed to help survivors of suicide loss address their complex practical and emotional needs. Please share this resource with clients and anyone you may know that has been bereaved by suicide. If you are a clinician that has lost a client to suicide there are resources available for you as well.
StarkMHAR Shout-out!
StarkMHAR would like to recognize Sharon George, leader of the Safe Communities Coalition through the Stark County Sheriff’s Office. Sharon has also been a wonderful partner to Drug Free Stark County by coordinating compliance checks, TIPS trainings, and ARIDE (Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement) trainings, which help reduce youth access to alcohol and drugs and make roadways safer through impairment recognition.
As she prepares to retire in early April, we wish her the best, but will sincerely miss her passion and dedication to the safety and wellness of Stark County citizens.

Thank you for all that you do!
11th Annual Conference for Families & Educators of Children with Diverse Learning Needs
Saturday, April 27, 2019
8:30am - 12:45pm

The 11th Annual Conference for Families & Educators of Children with Diverse Learning Needs will be held at R.G. Drage Career Technical Center at 2800 Richville Drive SE in Massillon. This conference will provide three sessions ranging in topics from student success, strategies for trauma, and enhancing educational interventions. For more information, please visit State Support Team 9's website.
Trauma Tidbit
“Strive to build a supervisory alliance with any staff you supervise and create sanctuary. Allow them to process, reflect and question as it will enhance the quality of services we provide. Reflect on your own style of supervision and consult with other supervisors. Let’s work together to enhance both the supervisory experience and the support we offer to all staff.”
  -Steven Loos, Psy.D, LP, Clinic Manager, Trauma Informed Care Implementation Team Lead, Central Minnesota Mental Health Center, Monticello Office
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Don't miss these upcoming trainings!
Learn more about upcoming trainings from the StarkMHAR Training Center !
Save the dates!
  • April 23-24: DBT Skills Training RSVP »
  • May 8: Mental Health First Aid Training for Youth RSVP »
  • May 20-24: Integrated Ohio Peer Supporter Training RSVP »
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