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

-Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health: 4.3 days
-Coleman Professional Services: 0 days
-CommQuest Services: 12 days
-Stark County TASC: 4 days
-Summit Psychological Associates: 6.9 days
*Wait times reflect adult and youth services combined. The above wait times were reported to StarkMHAR from each provider organization.
Home Fire Campaign
Across the country, the Red Cross is partnering with local fire departments and community groups to install smoke alarms in neighborhoods with high numbers of home fires. The goal is to reduce deaths and injuries from home fires by as much as 25 percent over the next five years. They are currently providing FREE smoke alarms and batteries with installation included.

If you, or your community organization, are interested in participating in the program please email Volunteer Services at: or complete this online form .
National Suicide Prevention Month
Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation is helping everyone "Look Out For a Friend" by providing a variety of resources and trainings. These resources target a variety of populations (Youth, Veterans, LGBTQ, etc.) and can be found on their website.
As a reminder during National Suicide Prevention Month, please check out this list of classic suicide warning signs:
  • Previous suicide attempts
  • Poor performance at work and/or school
  • Giving away prized possessions
  • Sudden and extreme changes in eating habits /losing or gaining weight
  • Co-morbid mental health disorders
  • Withdrawal from family and/or friends
  • Sudden increase in positive mood (after suicidality/long-term depression)
  • Sudden change in physical appearance and/or personality
  • Thwarted belongingness
  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself, even in a “joking” manner
  • Talking about being a burden to others (Perceived burdensomeness)
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Excessive risk taking
Zero Suicide Tidbit
Zero Suicide isn’t just the latest buzz word. It’s the way forward and Stark County is joining the nation on this rigorous quality improvement process. Interested in learning more about transforming your system? Check out: Zero Suicide in Health and Behavioral Health Care.
StarkMHAR Shout-out!
StarkMHAR would like to recognize Samantha Haring, Forensic Case Manager, for doing outstanding work in her position. Her ability to “keep it real” with the consumers is what makes her such an invaluable asset to the forensic team. Sam is able to strike a great balance between treatment needs and the accountability that comes with being on forensic status. The people on her caseload love working with her as much as her treatment team!

Thank you for all that you do!
Trauma Tidbit
“We are all having TIC moments each and every day and it helps to stop and take notice and share them with one another - or even with the TIC team for a Tip. The more we share about our experiences, the more we can learn from one another about how the goals of TIC are impacting our work.”

-Steven Loos, Psy.D, LP, Clinic Manager, Trauma Informed Care Implementation Team Lead, Central Minnesota Mental Health Center, Monticello Office
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Don't miss these upcoming trainings!
Learn more about upcoming trainings from the StarkMHAR Training Center !
Save the dates!
  • October 23 & 24: Housing First Fidelity Training RSVP »
  • October 23: Effective Postvention in K-12 Schools (Webinar) RSVP »
  • November 1: Cultural Competence in Suicide Prevention (Webinar) RSVP »
  • December 20: Cultural Influence and Health Care Series: Cultural Perspectives on Trauma RSVP »
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