Provider Wait Times
September 2019 Wait Time to Initial Assessment: *
  • Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health: 5.7 days
  • Coleman Professional Services: 0 days
  • CommQuest Services: .25 day
  • Summit Psychological Associates: 9.2 days

*Wait times reflect adult and youth services combined.
The above wait times were reported to
StarkMHAR from each provider organization.
Meet Author David Sheff
The Stark County Library, with sponsorship from StarkMHAR, invites you to join David Sheff as he talks about his book, Beautiful Boy , and shares his family's story of helping their son overcome drug addiction.

Followed by Q&A and book signing.

Date : Wednesday, October 30th
Time : 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Where : Canton Palace Theatre
Cost : FREE, but registration is required
Lunch & Learn Series:
Vicarious Trauma & Self-Care
Wednesday, November 20th ~ 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Stress impacts everyone on a daily basis. Some amount of stress is needed and actually healthy. When left unaddressed, levels of stress can increase making even the smallest of tasks seem monumental. Learning how to recognize unhealthy stress and what to do about it is vital to a person’s overall health. Making time for your own self-care is not selfish and is actually necessary to manage your own stress and be able to continue helping others.

This training is directed towards CPSTs and their supervisors, but open to anyone interested in attending.

Feel free to bring your lunch with you!
Language Access Plan Workshop
Monday, November 18th ~ 8:00am - 12:00pm
Who should attend: Those wishing to establish a language access plan for their agency.

About the training: This workshop is intended to help agencies understand the importance on having a Language Access Plan, what it should consist of, important things needed to establish a plan, helping your agency understand how to use it, and how to work with an interpreter.

What will attendees learn:
  • How to prepare a basic Language Access Plan
  • How to work with an interpreter, from face-to-face to over the phone
  • How to train your agency on utilizing the Language Access Plan

The first six agencies to register will receive a complimentary copy of the Communicating Effectively Through an Interpreter DVD from The Cross Cultural Health Care Program (CCHCP).
Resource of the Month
Resource of the Month is a new feature in the Clinical eNewsletter! The goal of this section is to highlight a resource available at either StarkMHAR or in the community.

Did you know that StarkMHAR has a cultural ally program?

A StarkMHAR Cultural Ally is responsible to connect individuals or groups to needed services and supports. They bridge the divide between mental health care settings and members of African American, Latinx, and Mayan communities. Typical roles for a cultural ally include: liaison, cultural guide, mediator, and catalyst for change.

For more information on the program or how to connect with one of the cultural allies, contact Isaac Báez, Engagement & Inclusion Coordinator at
Stark County Youth-Led Prevention
Stark County Youth Led Prevention (SCYLP) is a youth-led, adult-guided leadership development group focusing on promoting and celebrating healthy lifestyles for youth. Stark County Youth Led Prevention was begun by Drug Free Stark County and Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery to empower students to impact their schools, neighborhoods and communities.

SCYLP members are part of the 87% of Stark County students who do not use alcohol. Since the majority of students do not use alcohol and other drugs, SCYLP members want to encourage fellow students to continue to make positive choices regarding substance use!

Students are impacted by countless issues while growing up – including depression, anxiety, bullying, suicidal thoughts, substance use and many more. SCYLP is a safe place for students to come together and encourage their peers to make healthy decisions through planning and implementing various prevention and leadership development activities.

Formerly facilitated by StarkMHAR, the group recently transitioned and is now under the guidance of Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health. For more information, contact Justina Gorman, Coalition & Community Development Coordinator, at .
Northeast Ohio Youth Health Survey (NOYHS)
Have you had a chance to review the results of the 2019 NOYHS Survey?

The goals of this survey are to:
  • identify factors contributing to risk and spread of suicidal behaviors and
  • distinguish what activities, social supports, and other factors protect against suicide.

In April 2019, Stark County Health Department (SCHD), Ohio Department of Health (ODH), Stark County Educational Service Center (SCESC) and Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery (Stark MHAR) partnered to administer an electronic survey to 7th-12th grade students at all SCESC-affiliated schools.

The survey was anonymous and included questions about connectedness, social media, mental health, life experiences,friendships, suicidal thoughts, suicidal behavior, resiliency, and perceptions of drug and alcohol use.

If you would you like to be involved in making a difference and
reducing suicide rates in Stark County, jump to the "Coalition Corner" section of the newsletter to find out more about the
Stark County Suicide Prevention Coalition.
Zero Suicide Tidbit
A suicidal crisis is typically brief and can come on rapidly. Be proactive and talk with families about access to lethal means, which includes common over the counter medications like Tylenol and Advil. Putting time between impulse to hurt oneself and access to means can save lives! Read the newest research article here:
StarkMHAR Shout-out!
StarkMHAR would like to recognize Cherrelle Peterson this month. Cherrelle works for Coleman at Basic Accommodations. She was instrumental in identifying a consumer in crisis. She was able to identify a plan to connect with appropriate people regarding her whereabouts and was able to assist with getting her into the level of care she needed. Cherrelle was able to positively connect with the consumer until help arrived. Kuddos!

Thank you for all that you do!
Trauma Tidbit
“Do we look at our clients and see their arrest records, numerous failed treatment attempts, history of no showed appointments? Or do we ask what has happened to them? Why haven’t they been able to complete treatment? What keeps them from coming to therapy? Sometimes our clients have given up all hope, or don’t even know what hope is, and we have to be the ones to provide the first glimmer of hope.”

-- Stephanie Barnes, MSW, LICSW, Central MN Mental Health Center
Coalition Corner
Are you passionate about suicide prevention? 
Would you like to be involved in making a difference
and reducing suicide rates in Stark County?
Then join the Suicide Prevention Coalition .

Meetings are the 2 nd Wednesday of every month
from 3:30 to 4:30 at StarkMHAR.

We are also looking for passionate people who are willing to serve as part of a work group for the coalition that would be instrumental in overseeing the implementation of the strategic plan.

Contact Elena Aslanides-Kandis at
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.

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!
  • November 21st: Populations Focus Learning Series: Asian Culture and Community - RSVP>>

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