Recovery in Action


November 2022 | Volume 6 - Issue 10

Board of Directors Voted to Approve CY23 Budget

The ADAMHS Board of Directors approved the CY23 Budget at the November 16, 2022 General Board Meeting.

Scott S. Osiecki, CEO, and Felicia Harrison, CFO, presented the CY23 funding recommendations to the Board of Directors during the October 19, 2022 Committee of the Whole meeting. The budget was also reviewed at the October 26, 2022 General Meeting.

Click here to review the CY23 Budget or view it on the ADAMHS Board website in the Budgets & Reports section.

Tips for Coping With the Holidays

The ADAMHS Board published the Coping With the Holidays booklet to offer suggestions on things like how to reduce stress, deal with loss or change and enjoy the holidays safely and on a budget. In addition, resource numbers are listed for those who find the stress of this holiday season too much to handle. The 24-Hour Warm Line is available at 440-886-5950. Peer-supporters will listen and talk you through stressful situations. The 24-Hour Suicide Prevention, Mental Health/Addiction Crisis, Information and Diversion Center Referral Hotline is available at 216-623-6888 or 988. Below is the full list of topics included in the booklet this year.

  • Tips for Overcoming Holiday Stress
  • 10 Ways to Take Charge of your Holiday Plans
  • 7 Holiday Season Self-Care Tips
  • Grieving During the Holidays
  • Children and the Holidays
  • Dealing with Loss/Change Over the Holidays
  • Tips for Individuals in Recovery
  • Hosting a Recovery-Friendly Celebration
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Supporting Older Adults
  • 10 Meaningful/Inexpensive Ways to Celebrate
  • Reach Out if You Need Help

The booklet is available here on the ADAMHS Board website.

Speaking Engagements

Panel Discussion About Building a Youth Crisis Care Response

Erin DiVincenzo, MS, LPCC-S, Director of Prevention and Children’s Behavioral Health Programs, took part in a panel discussion hosted by the Schubert Center for Child Studies at Case Western Reserve University on November 2. The other panelists were Chava Harris, MRSS Director, Bellefaire JCB, Sgt. Magdaelena Crespo, Cleveland Division of Police, and Kourtney Morgan, a young adult advocate. The group discussed efforts underway to respond to youth in crisis.

Presentation to Cleveland Metropolitan Housing Authority Residents

On November 3, Leslie M. Koblentz, MD, Chief Clinical Officer Consultant, and Madison Greenspan, MNAL, External Affairs Officer, gave a presentation to a group of Cleveland Metropolitan Housing Authority residents. Dr. Koblentz discussed how prescription substance misuse impacts cardiovascular health and Madison did a Naloxone training and shared information about using Deterra drug disposal bags to dispense unwanted, expired and unused medications.

Front Steps' All About the Arts Event

Scott S. Osiecki, CEO, was a guest speaker at Front Steps' Housing and Services All About the Arts event on November 4. (pictured right: Scott S. Osiecki, CEO, and Cheryl Lydston, Front Steps Program Director)

Cleveland Clinic Panel Discussion

On November 5, Scott S. Osiecki, CEO, moderated a Cleveland Clinic panel discussion as part of a training on medication assisted treatment (MAT). The panelists were The Honorable Judge David Matia, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, Martina Moore, PhD, Founder, Moore Counseling and Mediation Services, Erin Helms, Founder, The Woodrow Project, and Mark Saffran, Co-Founder, Safe Harbor Sober Living.

Presentation to Northeast Ohio Academy

of Chiropractic

On November 15, Madison Greenspan, MNAL, External Affairs Officer, gave a presentation to the Northeast Ohio Academy of Chiropractic (NOAC). She provided local updates on the opioid epidemic as well as resources available. She was joined by Kiran Faryar, MD, MPH, Research Director, Department of Emergency Medicine at University Hospitals' Cleveland Medical Center, who shared information about opioid use and Naloxone. (pictured above: Dr. Kiran Faryar and Madison Greenspan)

Presentation About Overdose Prevention Sites

At the November 16 General Board Meeting, Dr. Gregory X. Boehm, a member of the ADAMHS Board of Directors and addiction medicine doctor, gave a presentation about overdose prevention sites. The Board of Directors will be including educational presentations like this one in board meetings from time to time to learn about and discuss different topics.

Suicide Prevention Training at OST Professional Development Symposium

Carole Ballard, MSSA, LISW, Director of Education and Training, and Carmen Gandarilla, LSW, Training Officer, gave a Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR) suicide prevention training at the Out-of-School Time (OST) Professional Development Symposium on November 18.

Meetings of Note

Care Response Work Session

October 14, ADAMHS Board staff attended a Care Response Work Session with other participants from Magnolia Clubhouse, Policy Matters Ohio, REACH NEO, the Mental Health and Addiction Advocacy Coalition (MHAC), and consultants from R Strategy Group, ThriveAtWork and Henton Plus Consulting. The group also included

Dr. Mark Hurst, former Director and Medical Director of OhioMHAS and Ohio Department of Heatlh (ODH) Medical Director.

Carole Ballard, MSSA, LISW, Director of Education and Training, and Clare Rosser, Chief of Strategic Initiatives, contributed to the conversation meant to help the consultant team conduct research on care response models. The consultant team is supported by local foundations.

Care response models are health-first, non-police approaches to responding to individuals experiencing a mental health and/or addiction crisis. The ADAMHS Board cited care response as a priority in the last budget cycle and is considering ways to support these initiatives countywide. Recently, the City of Cleveland announced plans to develop a care response program within their Community Relations department.

Diversion Center Contract Renewed at County Council Public Safety Committee Meeting

On November 1, Scott S. Osiecki, CEO, and Maggie Tolbert, RN, C, Assistant Chief Clinical Officer, attended the County Council Public Safety Committee meeting at the request of the County Executive. The Diversion Center one-year contract extension was on the agenda for the meeting. The Committee passed the contract on to the full Council for approval, which was approved on November 9.

County Executive Meeting

Members of the ADAMHS Board Executive Team met with County Executive Armond Budish and members of his team on November 1 to discuss St. Vincent's restructuring and ADAMHS Board funding of the Psychiatric Emergency Department and the ADAMHS Board’s funding support of MetroHealth's psychiatric emergency department.

Inter-Hospital System Meeting

Scott S. Osiecki, CEO, Maggie Tolbert, RN, C, Assistant Chief Clinical Officer, and Leslie M. Koblentz, MD, Chief Clinical Officer Consultant, attended an inter-hospital system meeting, which included all of the hospital systems in Cuyahoga County. The meeting specifically focused on the closing of St. Vincent’s inpatient psychiatric services and the operation of Psychiatric Emergency Services.

Meeting with Councilwoman Conwell

On November 16, Scott S. Osiecki, CEO, and Tami A. Fischer, Chief Administrative Officer, met with County Councilwoman Conwell and LeVine Ross, County Council Policy Advisor. Councilwoman Conwell is the Health and Human Services Committee Chair. The discussion included the ADAMHS Board’s partnership with DCFS, the Diversion Center and the ADAMHS Board CY23 budget.

Out & About

Northeast Ohio Black Health Coalition’s Annual Executive Board Meeting

(pictured above l-r) Scott S. Osiecki, CEO, Yvonka M. Hall, MPA, Executive Director, Northeast Ohio Black Health Coalition and Maggie Tolbert, RN, C, Assistant Chief Clinical Officer, at the Northeast Ohio Black Health Coalition's Annual Executive Board Meeting on November 3. The meeting included a showing of a documentary created by the organization about Coronavirus in the Black Community.

Hoarding Connections Conference

Nearly 200 people registered to attend the Hoarding Connection’s annual conference on November 3-4 on Zoom. This year’s conference focused on the nature and treatment of hoarding disorder with speaker David F. Tolin, Ph.D., ABPP.

ADAMHS Board Hosted Addiction Recovery Advocacy Meeting

On November 7, the ADAMHS Board hosted an in-person Addiction Recovery Advocacy Meeting at the Tri-C Jerry Sue Thornton Center. The group heard from guest speaker LeAundra Perez who shared how she uses her lived experience to help individuals with substance use disorders connect with treatment and support.

The group also reviewed and revised the action items of the Treatment & Recovery Supports portion of the Aligning Efforts to Support a Recovery Community report. Throughout the year, the workgroup has focused each meeting on a section of the report to review progress and make updates.

November Concerts

The ADAMHS Board was a sponsor of My Recovery Day’s concert on November 12 at the Rock Hall that featured messages of hope and music from artists in recovery. The concert was livestreamed to hundreds of treatment facilities and recovery homes. Katie Kern-Pilch, Board Second Vice Chair, attended the concert (pictured below).

For the last 13 years, Rita Jermann has planned a suicide prevention concert in memory of a loved one who died by suicide. The 13th annual concert was held on November 19 and raised over $1,100 to support suicide prevention efforts in Cuyahoga County. We thank Rita and everyone involved in making this concert a success year after year. (pictured below: Rita Jermann and Madison Greenspan, External Affairs Officer)

Third Phase of Substance Use Disorder Public Awareness Campaign Focused on Reducing Stigma

Stigma, or a lack of understanding about substance use disorders, should never be a barrier to treatment. It’s important to reduce stigma in our community so that everyone feels supported enough to access treatment when they need it and get a chance to live their best life in recovery.

That is why the third phase of the ADAMHS Board’s four-phase substance use disorder (SUD) public awareness campaign focuses on steps individuals can take to Learn To Be Stigma Free. Campaign ads direct the community to visit, where people can find actionable steps to reduce stigma, learn about stigma related to medication assisted treatment (MAT) and view a virtual display of Project White Butterfly’s Dispelling Stigma Gallery.

The fourth phase of the campaign begins in 2023 and will celebrate SUD recovery. 

Welcome, Ben!

Ben Goodwin joined the ADAMHS Board staff on October 31 as the Adult Behavioral Health Specialist II (Criminal Justice). Ben holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology/Criminology from Ohio University. He previously worked as a probation officer with Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, most recently in the Drug Court.

Ben shared that his passion for public service and for helping individuals with mental illness and substance use disorders drew him to work for the ADAMHS Board. He is excited to be able to make a difference as part of the ADAMHS Board team.

In his free time, Ben enjoys going for hikes in the park with his wife, their German Shepherd, Samantha, and their English Bulldog, Murphy. He also enjoys exercising and rolling jiu jitsu. Ben is a Cleveland sports fan and enjoys going to games, especially Guardians games. He believe in self-care and doing things to help improve your physical and mental health.

Ben’s email is

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Spotlight: Conversations About Black Suicide

The ADAMHS Board partnered with the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation, the Male Behavioral Health and Center for Men and Boys, the Northeast Ohio Black Health Coalition and Murtis Taylor to host Restoring Hope and Reclaiming Lives: Confronting Black Suicide. These conversations, held on November 10, dove into strategies to reduce the stigma of mental health and the systematic forms of racism that devalue and demean Black life and create the catalytic elements for Black suicide to occur. Over 50 individuals attended the conversations, including Ronald C. Todd II, Governor DeWine's Minority Affairs Liaison.

Client Holiday Event and Lunch-n-Learn

The ADAMHS Board is hosting a Client Holiday Event and Lunch-N-Learn on December 15 from noon to 3:00 p.m. at The Cleveland Museum of Art. After lunch, all clients are welcome to walk through the museum. Click here for event flyer.

RSVPs are required. Please call 216.241.3400 x 555 to reserve a spot. The RSVP deadline is 5:00 p.m. on December 2 or until spots are filled.

Looking Ahead at Awareness Opportunities in the New Year

January is Mental Wellness Month. Consider taking this time to share tips for improving and maintaining mental wellness.

To learn more about other mental health and addiction related observances throughout the year, check out this calendar from Stamp Out Stigma.

This month’s art display showcased work by Wendy B. Thank you, Wendy, for sharing your artwork and talent with us! View the art display here.

“It is not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.”

-Mother Theresa

Board of Directors

J. Robert Fowler, Ph.D., Chair

Patricia James-Stewart, M.ED., LSW, Vice Chair

Katie Kern-Pilch, MA, ATR-BC, LPC-S, HLM (BATA), Second Vice Chair

Bishara W. Addison

Ashwani Bhardwaj

Reginald C. Blue, Ph.D.

Gregory X. Boehm, M.D.

Erskine Cade, MBA

Sadigoh C. Galloway, MSW, LSW, LICDC-CS

Rev. Benjamin F. Gohlstin, Sr.

Gwendolyn A. Howard, LSW, MSSA

Basheer Jones

Daniel Kelly

Steve Killpack, MS

Rev. Max M. Rodas, MA

Sharon Rosenbaum, MBA

Harvey A. Snider, Esq

Scott S. Osiecki, Chief Executive Officer

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