The Summit County START team recently had a special success. They took their first case in September of 2019, a mom whose baby tested positive for substances at birth and was in the NICU. She also had a two-year-old. The START dyad leaped into action, visiting her at the hospital, and have provided her support ever since. The mom has experienced challenges, but took the help she was offered a “ran with it” according to START Caseworker Beth Smyntek.
Fast forward to January 2022 and the mom from that first case was also their first START graduate! The agency held a graduation ceremony for her family that included praise from the START team as well as her behavioral health provider. Family Peer Mentor Erin Mills began her role about the same time the case began and maintained nearly daily contact with the client. The two grew close, with Erin texting her each day and transporting her to appointments.
“I have grown a lot with her,” Erin said.
“I couldn’t have done it without you,” said the client.
START supervisor, Colleen Harris expressed her pride in the progress mom has made and cited her positive attitude throughout the case. Congratulations to all involved.