Provider Wait Times - February 2020*
Wait Time to Initial Diagnostic Assessment:
  • Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health: 4.8 days
  • Coleman Professional Services: 0 days
  • CommQuest Services: 19 days
  • Summit Psychological Associates: 2.65 days
  • TASC: 2.25 days
Post-Hospitalization Wait Time to Initial Diagnostic Assessment
  • Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health: 2.5 days
  • Coleman Professional Services: 0 days
  • CommQuest Services: 3.5 days
  • Summit Psychological Associates: 5 days
Post-Hospitalization Wait Time to Initial Med/Som Appointment
  • Coleman Professional Services: 10.83 days
  • CommQuest Services: 11 days

*Wait times reflect adult and youth services combined. The above wait times
were reported to StarkMHAR from each provider organization.
Managing Mental Health
during the COVID-19 Pandemic
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:

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:
NextGen Update from Partner Solutions
The PartnerSolutions Health Informatics NextGen consortium moved its hosting facility from NTT Datacenters in Cincinnati to Amazon Web Services the weekend of March 14.
As expected, we’ve worked through some issues with users adjusting to a slightly different look and a different way to connect to the system. The flow of member enrollment, claims generation, and EHR documentation has gone off without a hitch. Our team, in conjunction with both NextGen hosting and the Practice Migration Task Force, continue to press forward to get all the kinks worked out. Meanwhile, the main cash flow-generating workflows (from client intake to 837 claims file generation) are flowing uninterrupted, as if the migration had not occurred. 
This would not have been possible with the Practices’ dedicated Migration Teams, the hosting engineers at NextGen, and our own PSHI team. Well done!
Ethical Decision Making - Online CEU Opportunity
Join Allison Bruce and Elizabeth Bach Van Valkenburgh for a 3 hour virtual training on ethical decision making. Participants will delve into actual case studies with direct supervision from facilitators and learn how to employ an ethical decision making model.

Date : Friday, April 24, 2020
Time : 9am - 12pm
Where : hosted in Zoom (link will be sent to you upon purchase)
Cost : $45
CEUs : 3 clock hours for counselors & social workers through Ohio State Board
Workforce Scholarship
The StarkMHAR scholarship program, funded through a charitable fund at Stark Community Foundation, provides two $1,000 scholarships annually—the Spring Workforce Development Scholarship and the Fall Recovery Workforce Scholarship.

The Workforce Development Scholarship is offered to current workforce to extend their training and education in the Mental Health, Alcohol or Drug field. Applicants must be an employee of a not-for-profit behavioral health organization located in Stark County. This scholarship is awarded at our annual Leadership Breakfast in June. Scholarship applications from eligible applicants, with required narrative, should be submitted online. Only complete applications will be accepted.

Application form will close on Friday, April 10, 2020.
March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month
Based on the Ohio Problem Gambling Prevalence Survey, approximately 10% of adult Ohioans have experienced problems related to gambling, and nearly 1% meet the criteria for a gambling disorder.

Unfortunately, gambling is often a hidden addiction that can result in devastating consequences such as financial issues, ruined relationships, or death by suicide.

Now is the opportune time to raise awareness about this issue. Find resources at , promote the Ohio Problem Gambling Helpline (800-589-9966), and get involved with the Problem Gambling Network of Ohio to learn more.

You can also "unlock the reality of youth gaming" at Change the Game Ohio . Lottery tickets, role play strategy games, internet challenges and more can put youth at risk for developing a gambling problem later in life. Check out the website for resources for parents, educators, and youth.
StarkMHAR Shout-out!
This month, StarkMHAR would
like to recognize Tiffeny Brown from Foundations. Foundations recently participated in a site visit for StarkMHAR’s Recovery-Oriented System of Care, during which they hosted four members of the Achara Consulting team. In addition to all of her regular duties, Tiffeny took her time to coordinate her employees and a number of people with lived experience to be able to participate. Tiffeny provided our visiting consultants with a tour of Foundations’ inspiring set up, shared insights about her experiences leading a recovery-oriented organization, introduced them to her own team members, and ensured that the voices of people with lived experience were heard. She is a welcoming person, works to ensure people feel at home when they are around her, and is a strong advocate for the people served by Foundations.
Additionally, in light of COVID-19, Tiffeny has demonstrated confidence in her role has a leader and has made great efforts in accommodating her staff and clients. She has worked diligently to provide updated information to her team as well as those in the community who continue to benefit from their services.

Thanks for all you do, Tiffeny!
Zero Suicide Tidbit
In response to social distancing measures and the overwhelming amount of news about the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Suicide Prevention Resource Center ( SPRC ) has compiled a selection of resources on mental health and coping during this difficult time.
We invite you to share this resource with your networks, including the following social media posts:
  • Facebook: Looking for information on #mentalhealth and coping with the effects of #COVID19? Check out this resource list from @SuicidePreventionResourceCenter:
Trauma Tidbit
The trauma work at StarkMHAR is transitioning from Stephanie Kutcher to Olivia Clokey as the point person. Olivia will be carrying on the work of the trauma-informed learning community, providing trauma tidbits for the clinical e-newsletter, attending the OhioMHAS TIC Lower NE Regional Collaborative and Family Council’s Trauma & Resiliency Committee, Human Trafficking, etc. Please contact Olivia if you have any further questions.
Think ROSC
A special thank you to Foundations, Coleman, ICAN, CommQuest, Phoenix Recovery, NAMI, TASC’s Peer Support team, & Hunter House for preparing for a site visit from Achara Consulting! We really appreciate your work to ensure they were able to see and hear first-hand about the recovery work you’re doing for the community. Achara’s team was able to see many of our community’s strengths and gathered valuable information for our ROSC Assessment. Although ICAN & CommQuest’s visits were postponed due to the Governor’s mandates, Jen Richeson will work with you and Achara’s team to coordinate a way to complete the site visits, likely via Zoom, Teams, or conference call. We are already planning ahead for the next phase of our ROSC development, so stay tuned and *Think ROSC*! Any questions, please reach out to . You can also check out
Coalition Corner
In early March, the Hoarding Coalition transitioned to the leadership of Denise Hollenbach, I-Team Coordinator for Adult Protective Services under Coleman Professional Services.

Denise looks to continue to grow the coalition and increase coordination among members to help address the issue of hoarding in Stark County. The group plans to continue meeting the first Friday of every month from 10:00-11:00 at the Ken Weber Community Campus at Goodwill, hopefully beginning in May in accordance with the orders surrounding COVID-19.
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 3:00-4:30 at StarkMHAR.
(please note the new start time)

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.

The aforementioned coalitions have recently been offering a remote attendance option through Microsoft Teams. If you have not been able to attend in person but would like to join remotely, please email Justina Gorman at to be added to the listserv of your choice for meeting reminders, updates, and the the link to join remotely.
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Save the Dates
StarkMHAR has canceled trainings scheduled through April 12, 2020. This move aligns with Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s proactive approach to limit the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). StarkMHAR appreciates that the situation is fluid and changing rapidly and we are working hard to address emerging concerns. We understand that most local businesses and organizations have followed suit and have limited their employees ability to attend community events, including trainings. Attendees will not be assessed a no-show fee for trainings falling within this time frame as these are extenuating circumstances and outside of anyone’s control and StarkMHAR has chosen to cancel. StarkMHAR will continue to monitor the environment and assess the situation daily regarding trainings and events scheduled past April 12. Thank you for your understanding and patience during this time.

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