Provider Wait Times
September 2018 Wait Time to Initial Assessment: *

-Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health: 5.1 days
-Coleman Professional Services: 0 days
-CommQuest Services: 8.5 days
-Stark County TASC: 3.5 days
-Summit Psychological Associates: 9.13 days
*Wait times reflect adult and youth services combined. The above wait times were reported to StarkMHAR from each provider organization.
Request for Proposal (RFP) SFY 2020
StarkMHAR will be releasing the Request for Proposal (RFP) for fiscal year 2020 on November 1, 2018. RFP documents will then be available on . Responses will be due back by December 28, 2018. Proposals should address the needs in the Stark County community and align with StarkMHAR priority areas and priority populations. StarkMHAR will hold three Q&A sessions regarding the RFP process. They will be held at StarkMHAR, 121 Cleveland Ave. SW, Canton, Ohio 44702 on the following dates: November 7, 2018 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm, November 13, 2018 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, and on November 16, 2018 from 2:30 to 4:40 pm.
Working with Individuals Experiencing Psychosis
Please join Best Practices in Schizophrenia Treatment (BeST) Center Consultants Harry Sivec, PhD and Val Kreider, PhD, to learn more about working with people who experience psychosis: Practical Strategies and Implementation Essentials to add Recovery Model / Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis (CBT-p)-informed approaches to your existing service array.

Event Date :
Wed, November 28, 2018 from 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM

Event Location :
Brecksville Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library

Additional information on the event and registration can be found here .
2018 Opiate Symposium
Who should attend:
Open to all area medical professionals, health and human service providers, school staff, community leaders, law and criminal justice professionals, parents, and community members. It takes all of us working together to tackle Stark County’s public health epidemic.

Location and Cost:
  • Location: First Christian Church; 6900 Market Avenue N, Canton, Ohio 44721. Parking Lot B.
  • Cost: $20.00 per person will cover registration, refreshments, lunch, snacks, and CEUs. PayPal is the preferred method of payment.
  • Education credits: CEUs pending for applicable sessions.
  • Limited space, please register by Thursday, November 8, 2018.

*Those interested in more information or attending the event can register here .

Stark County MSW Cohort
The behavioral health care field, both locally and nationally, is experiencing a workforce shortage. StarkMHAR has partnered with the University of Akron School of Social Work to create a cohort model for a master’s degree program in Social Work located at the StarkMHAR office in Canton to help address this growing issue. The MSW cohort is set to begin January 2019.
Thank you to everyone that came to the informational meeting! The online application will be coming soon. For more information, please contact Jeannie Cool, Manager of Programs & Evaluation at StarkMHAR.
Zero Suicide Tidbit
In the process of reviewing your Zero Suicide Workforce Survey results?

This document includes discussion questions and statements to guide your implementation team through a conversation about your results. The document, adapted by the THRIVE project at the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, can be found here .
StarkMHAR Shout-out!
StarkMHAR would like to recognize Brianna Byers, Office Manager at CommQuest for doing outstanding work in her position. Brianna recently became the lead in the monthly Recovery Housing Assistance (RHA) billing for CommQuest and has done an outstanding job in regards to streamlining processes for Recovery Residences. She maintains a balance of getting clients the services they need as quickly as possible while maintaining a sense of fiscal responsibility for the RHA program.

Thank you for all that you do!
Trauma Tidbit
“Be mindful of how changes in the seasons may impact the moods of those around you. Consider the occupations and family cultures of each family when exploring changes in symptoms and moods (i.e. Farming community members experiencing an exacerbation of symptoms as seasons change.) Incorporate these helpful tips from psychology today in your self-care and work with clients;
  • Get access to plenty of natural light by spending some time outside or sitting under a sun lamp.
  • Maintain a regular schedule, even when cold temperatures tempt you to sleep in.
  • Take care of your body. Exercise at least 30 minutes a day, at least five days per week. Eat plenty of healthy foods and get enough sleep.
  • Make a list of priorities for the season. Don’t give into pressure. Do the things you really enjoy and forget about the rest.
  • Start your own family traditions, particularly if you have a conflict with your family of origin.”
-- Sarah Maurer, MS, CT, MHP, LADC, NCC, Central Minnesota Mental Health Center
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Don't miss these upcoming trainings!
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  • December 20: Cultural Influence and Health Care Series: Cultural Perspectives on Trauma RSVP »
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