Provider Wait Times
October 2019 Wait Time to Initial Assessment: *
  • Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health: 6.3 days
  • Coleman Professional Services: 0 days
  • CommQuest Services: 0 days
  • Stark County TASC: 2.25 days
  • Summit Psychological Associates: 5 days

*Wait times reflect adult and youth services combined.
The above wait times were reported to
StarkMHAR from each provider organization.
Updated Definition of Addiction
The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) has updated their definition of addiction . The new definition takes into account the complex biological, social, psychological and environmental aspects of the disease in an attempt to help others better understand it.

In its entirety, the new definition is:
  • "Addiction is a treatable, chronic medical disease involving complex interactions among brain circuits, genetics, the environment and an individual’s life experiences. People with addiction use substances or engage in behaviors that become compulsive and often continue despite harmful consequences.
  • Prevention efforts and treatment approaches for addiction are generally as successful as those for other chronic diseases."

As addiction leaves the shadow of the taboo and enters the public consciousness, updated definitions like this will help the public, policymakers and scientists create and support new pathways to recovery.
December 9th-10th
Stage 1: Foundations of Gambling Disorder
Presented by Steven Kapela, MSW, LISW, LICDC-GAMB, ICGC-II
Who: Open

When: December 9th-10th, from 9:00-4:30 each day - please plan on attending both days

Where: Malone University, Johnson Center
2600 Cleveland Avenue NW
Canton, OH 44709.

Cost: Parking and training are FREE . Coffee, lunch, and snacks are provided.

About the training: Foundations of Gambling Disorder provides 12 continuing education hours of gambling specific education that will increase participants’ knowledge and understanding of the disease of gambling addiction and prepare the practicing clinician to work with problem and disordered gamblers and their families.

Education credits: 12.0 prevention credits, 12 of 30 hours required for GAMB endorsement.
Resources of the Month
This month's featured resources are programs/groups offered by Hope United. Hope United has been pre-certified to provide General Services, SUD Case Management Service, Peer Recovery Service, Community Psychiatric Supportive Treatment and Therapeutic Behavioral Services and Psychosocial Rehabilitation. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to them via the contact information on the flyers below.

Resource of the Month is designed to highlight a resource available at either StarkMHAR or in the community. If you have a resource you would like to share, please email
StarkMHAR Shout-out!
This month StarkMHAR would like to recognize Bianca Hooten , a Certified Peer Support Support Specialist at Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health. She has recently taken over the Stark County Youth Led Prevention (SCYLP) group and is doing an amazing job. Her passion and her go-getter approach will most certainly lead to great things with SCYLP. In her short time with the group, she has already increased attendance and made great strides in working to implement vaping education in a local school district.
Thank you for all that you do, Bianca!
Zero Suicide Tidbit
BREAKING NEWS: On November 13, 2019 The Ohio Department of Health released a statement on the latest trends of increasing suicide rates. Suicide deaths have increased 45% among all Ohioans and by 56% among youth ages 10-24 from 2007-2018. You can review the report here: ODH Report and the press release here: Press Release
Identifying people at risk of suicide is crucial and risk can change quickly which is why it’s imperative to screen for suicide at every point of contact. If you have questions or need clarity regarding the frequency of screening please contact Elena Aslanides-Kandis at
Trauma Tidbit
"Professional quality of life is the quality one feels in relation to their work as a helper. Both the positive and negative aspects of doing your work influence your professional quality of life... Understanding the positive and negative aspects of helping those who experience trauma and suffering can improve your ability to help them and your ability to keep your own balance."*

For the free ProQOL self-measure and other resources, visit .
*Quote and photo from
Coalition Corner
Through a collaborative effort with the Stark County Sheriff's Office, Tri-County Waste Management, and numerous volunteers, the fall 2019 Drug Take Back Day was a success! Not only were 822 pounds of medications collected , but several volunteers reported back that their returns included fentanyl patches. We are happy to have all of those medications out of our medicine cabinets.

If you or your clients missed Drug Take Back Day but still have unused, unneeded medications to dispose of, please locate the permanent collection box nearest you to drop them off.
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 3:30-4:30 at StarkMHAR.

Drug Free Stark County
Meets the second Tuesday of every month from 3:30-5:00 at StarkMHAR.
*DFSC will not be meeting in December - next meeting is January 14, 2020

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

Hoarding Coalition
Meets the first Friday of every month from 10:00-11:00 at The Ken Weber Community Campus at Goodwill
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Save the dates!
  • Jan. 16-17th: Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy RSVP>>

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