Provider Wait Times - April 2020*
Wait Time to Initial Diagnostic Assessment:
  • Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health: 2.2 days
  • Coleman Professional Services: 0 days
  • CommQuest Services: 13 days
  • Summit Psychological Associates: 6.5 days
  • TASC: 2.25 days
Post-Hospitalization Wait Time to Initial Diagnostic Assessment
  • Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health: 1 day
  • Coleman Professional Services: 0 days
  • CommQuest Services: 10 days
  • Summit Psychological Associates: 6 days
Post-Hospitalization Wait Time to Initial Med/Som Appointment
  • Coleman Professional Services: 13.44 days
  • CommQuest Services: 8.5 days
  • Summit Psychological Associates: 1 day

*Wait times reflect adult and youth services combined. The above wait times
were reported to StarkMHAR from each provider organization.
Self-Care for Behavioral Healthcare Workers
Self-Care for Behavioral Health Workers
June 4th, 11th, 18th, & 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

You can sign up for any or all sessions. Please register by emailing Mary Kreitz . There is a max of 15 participants for each group.

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. 
Finding Calm in the Storm
Managing Sadness & Grief
May 27th from 10:00-10:45am

Managing Anxiety & Fear
June 3rd from 10:00-10:45am

Managing Anger & Frustration
June 10th from 10:00-10:45am

This free, virtual series of talks by motivational speaker Brandi Lust will provide you with steps to remain calm when the outside world is chaotic. By acknowledging and accepting our feelings, comforting ourselves in times of difficulty, we can weather the difficult challenges that come our way .

Register for any or all of these sessions here .
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
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 .

Download the cards today - two different sets available!

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.
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 is offering Telehealth - virtual counseling, aftercare and relapse prevention services to continue to serve clients. Please visit their website 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. Our services can be introduced to individuals at any time during the justice process, from arrest through probation or parole. TASC works with the adult court system, police departments, Stark County Jail, and the Stark County Family Court. The mission of TASC is to strengthen our community's resources so that the cycle of criminal activities associated with substance abuse and mental health issues can be stopped.
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
Right now, I am fine - Children's Book
Right now, I am fine is a "free book is for anyone affected by worries, fears, discomfort, or nagging thoughts about the Coronavirus (Covid-19). This is a scary time in the world, full of uncertainty and changes. But the good news is, there are things that we can do to take good care of ourselves. This book explains what you can do to keep your mind and body calm now and during any hard time."

Visit the website to download the illustrated or coloring book versions
or to listen to the narrated version.
Tolerance for Uncertainty:
A COVID-19 Workbook
Tolerance for Uncertainty: A COVID-19 Workbook
is "an invitation to learn skills that assist with alleviating and better managing stress and anxiety. Based on DBT, the workbook also creates "an opportunity to learn new skills to accept your feelings, tolerate distress, and move forward with grace despite not knowing what lies ahead."

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:
*New* - 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 recognize Korey McCreery from Phoenix Recovery House . Korey’s passion in supporting those on the pathway to recovery is admirable. He remains a strong advocate for those in the recovery community and is innovative in his approach to help individuals succeed in their personal development.
Thanks for all you do, Korey!
Zero Suicide Tidbit
This sheet from the National Center for PTSD provides information on the challenges patients may face during COVID-19, how to talk with patients in the context of COVID-19, ways to modify treatment, and a framework to help patients manage their reactions related to COVID-19. Working with Patients Affected by the COVID-19 (Coronavirus)Outbreak
Trauma Tidbit
The LNE TIC Collaborative recently shared the "Top 10 Tips for Parents" document from OhioMHAS to jump-start discussion about self-care.The tips include encouraging children to talk about their questions and fears and helping them stay connected during this time.
Think ROSC
Following physical/social distancing practices are making it harder for many people to overcome feelings of sadness, loneliness, and anxiety, and to stay connected with others. Here is a new guide from WRAP - Wellness Recovery Action Plan, designed for self-exploration, to help people overcome the isolation brought on by COVID-19.
Coalition Corner

In honor of Mental Health Month, the Stark County Suicide Prevention Coalition (SPC) invites you to paint rocks with positive messages and then place them all throughout Stark County for people to find. Please share a picture of your rock or any rocks that you find to their Facebook Page .
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.
(please note the new start time)

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.

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 to be added to the listserv of your choice for meeting reminders,
updates, and the the link to join remotely.
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