September 2020 | Volume 8, Issue 3
Provider Wait Times - August 2020*
Wait Time to Initial Diagnostic Assessment:
  • Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health: 5.9 days
  • Coleman Professional Services: 0 days
  • CommQuest Services: 12.5 days
  • Summit Psychological Associates: 4.7 days
  • TASC: 2.25 days
Post-Hospitalization Wait Time to Initial Diagnostic Assessment:
  • Coleman Professional Services: 0 days
  • CommQuest Services: 7 days
Post-Hospitalization Wait Time to Initial Med/Som Appointment:
  • Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health: 0 days
  • Coleman Professional Services: 18.24 days
  • CommQuest Services: 6.5 days

*Wait times reflect adult and youth services combined. The above wait times
were reported to StarkMHAR from each provider organization
StarkMHAR Shout Out
This month, StarkMHAR would like to recognize Kay Raga, Executive Director for NAMI Stark County. NAMI Stark County showed perseverance and resilience throughout the pandemic of COVID-19. NAMI Stark County held a strong online presence, transitioning right into virtual classes and groups, allowing individuals to continue to receive the support and education they needed while physically distancing. NAMI Stark County also continued to provide their support groups virtually for individuals at Heartland Behavioral Healthcare, a population significantly impacted by not being able to accept visitors during the pandemic. NAMI Stark County also thinks “outside the box” and actively looks to engage communities that may not traditionally be thought of, including community pastors and farmers.

Thank you, Kay, for all of the work your organization does for the community!
If you would like to nominate someone to be recognized in our monthly shout out, please email Justina Gorman.
Narcan Distribution
Several community partners have come together to host pop-up Narcan distribution sites in Massillon and Canton this week. It only takes 10-15 minutes to receive a free kit!
Naloxone, more commonly known as Narcan, is an opioid overdose-reversal medication that serves as an important tool in reducing overdose deaths. Opioid Use Disorder has been called an “epidemic within a pandemic,” so it is more critical than ever to have access to this life-saving medication. Canton City Public Health has made Narcan kits available for free through mail-order for residents of Stark County. Click the image to complete the request form.
Remember, kits are also available 24/7 at Coleman Crisis.
OhioRISE (Resilience through Integrated Systems & Excellence)
As a part Ohio Medicaid’s effort to launch the next generation of its managed care program, ODM will implement OhioRISE (Resilience through Integrated Systems and Excellence) a specialized program for kids with complex behavioral health and multi-system needs.

OhioRISE seeks to create a child and family-centric delivery system focused on improving health outcomes for youth with multi-system needs and their families. OhioRISE will feature enhanced care coordination and behavioral health services targeted toward this population and will offer a new Medicaid waiver program that will help families prevent custody relinquishment.
Ohio Behavioral Health Information System
OhioMHAS is launching OBHIS (Ohio Behavioral Health Information System) on October 1st. OBHIS is a client-level episode of care information and outcomes reporting system. OBHIS will be a requirement for community behavioral health providers providing mental health or substance use disorder treatment to clients paid for by state or federal public funds.
OACBHA's Virtual Recovery Series
OACBHA will host its first Virtual Recovery Series, in place of our annual Recovery Conference, beginning September 29, 2020. Sponsored by OMHAS and The Cardinal Health Foundation, the series will highlight important issues related to recovery from both mental illness and substance use disorder and provide opportunities for learning and connection for those in recovery, their loved ones, and behavioral health professionals.
The first event will feature Zack McDermott, author of Gorilla and the Bird: A Memoir of Madness and a Mother's Love, with a mental health focus.
Medication Disposal
"Drug Take Back Day" in Stark County typically takes place in late September. Due to COVID-19, the in-person drop-off event will be held in spring 2021. However, Stark County has 18 permanent drug collection boxes located at police departments across the county. These boxes are free of charge with no questions asked
If you are unable to get to a box, starting October 1st you can request a free large Deterra pouch straight from the company. More information and campaign alerts here.
Zero Suicide Tidbit
Need a refresher on the Zero Suicide framework and the seven elements? Check out the link by clicking the button below.
Trauma Tidbit
The Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force is hosting Human Trafficking, Substance Use Disorders and Trauma webinar on Sept. 29 from 1-2:30 p.m. This webinar will look at the intersection of human trafficking, substance use disorders, and trauma. The webinar will also discuss ways to support survivors through the provision of trauma-informed care, peer support, and comprehensive direct services.
Think ROSC
Interested in refreshing your understanding of ROSC?

Check out OACBHA’s Recovery is Beautiful page by clicking the button below!
Click the images to learn more.
Provider Updates
For up-to-date announcements regarding COVID-19 and behavioral health services in Stark County, please visit our website or follow our Facebook page.
CommQuest Services*: CommQuest Services will temporarily combine Deliverance Houses I and II, starting Friday, August 14th. All women’s residential services will be provided at Deliverance House I, located on Spring Avenue in Canton. This temporary consolidation resulting from reduced referrals for women’s residential services due to COVID-19 coupled with available staffing will allow the agency to continue providing long-term, high quality care for women’s recovery services.

Hope United: Loving With Grace meetings (support group for families who have a loved one in active addiction) will begin in 2021 (start date to be announced). In the meantime, team leaders are willing to meet up on a one-on-one basis to provide support, education, and resources to families who feel they have nowhere else to turn. You do not have to face this alone. If you need one-on-one support at this time, please reach out to Shelly at 330-414-5960 or, and she will connect you with one of our Loving With Grace team leaders.

NAMI*: It’s that time of year for the 10th Annual Moving Forward For Mental Health Walk hosted by NAMI Stark County! This year, as with most things, is going to look a little different: You and your team can walk anytime, anywhere between now and October 4th. Please consider registering and donating to show your support for those in our community that are impacted by mental illness and their families. Anyone who completes a registered walk (registration is free but they do ask that you register to show participation) can then drive-thru to receive a free swag bag at Hoover Park on October 4th from 11am-3pm!

OhioGuidestone: Recently received OCTF funding to provide Nurturing Parenting services for Stark County families. It can be up to 12 sessions virtually, in office, or outside in green space, and there is no cost to families. They can be in behavioral health services elsewhere, as we do not provide diagnosis or treatment in this program. The purpose is to build positive family relationships, resilience, skills, and supports. If you know anyone that could benefit from this program, you can refer them using this form and fax to 1-330-438-1748, they can call 1-440-260-6466, or you can email

Sunrise Vista: Sunrise Vista is currently operating 8 beds for adult and geriatric clients.
Located at 1223 Market Ave North in Canton, the 72-bed facility will offer behavioral health services, along with addiction treatment and substance abuse treatment. Care programs will include inpatient short-term stabilization, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient services for adolescents, adults and senior citizens. Call (234) 999-4900 or email to learn more.

* = within StarkMHAR Care Network
If you have updates you would like added to a future newsletter, please contact Justina Gorman
Coalition Corner
The Opiate & Addiction Task Force participated in the First Responder Week of Appreciation from OACBHA by distributing nearly 1200 visor clips with the message "Thank you for your service. Stay safe." We truly appreciate all that first responders do to keep our families and our communities safe.
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.

Meets the second Wednesday of every month from 3:00-4:30 at StarkMHAR.

Meets the second Tuesday of every month from 3:30-5:00 at StarkMHAR.

Meets the third Friday of every month from 11:30-1:00 at StarkMHAR.

Until further notice, all coalition meetings are only being held remotely through Microsoft Teams. Please email Justina Gorman to be added to the listserv of your choice for meeting reminders and links.
Trainings, Webinars, & Resources
StarkMHAR Trainings
All Held via Zoom. Registrants will receive a link the week before.
Monday, October 5th from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The Cultural Competency Training (CCT) will be going over topics that are the fundamental of cultural competency to cultural humility, which will help attendees gain a better understanding of the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) and develop skills in diverse communities. The CCT curriculum includes, but is not limited to: compelling reasons for cultural competence, the dynamics of diversity, the impact of personal culture on communication, the cultural bumps, and communicating effectively through an interpreter. Attendees must attend this training if they want to attend the advanced module on Monday, October 12, 2020.

Monday, October 12th from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The Cultural Competency Training (CCT) Advanced module will increase the awareness, knowledge and skills required to function effectively with cultural differences that may be present in the area of medical services, service organizations and agencies, medical interpretation and community partnership. The CCT Advanced curriculum includes, but is not limited to: building a culturally competent system of care and community partnership.

  • Friday, October 16th - Day 1: An Introduction to DBT - Group Skills
  • Wednesday, October 28th - Day 2: Advanced DBT - Group Skills
  • Friday, November 3rd - Day 3: An Introduction to DBT - Individual Treatment
  • Monday, November 16th - Day 4: Advanced DBT - Individual Treatment
  • Friday, December 4th - Day 5: Advanced DBT - Telephone Coaching & Team Consultation
Supporting BIPOC
In this multi-part recorded webinar series, Mark Sanders LCSW, CADC, provides an overview of substance use disorder treatment for African Americans and offers practical, evidence-based strategies that counselors and other can use to help engage their African American clients in treatment and succeed in recovery.

Conversations on race and racism are not necessarily easy or comfortable, but they are imperative. To have informed, constructive conversations with our children on this subject, we must first lay the foundation. We can do so by discussing some key terms with them.
Videos, podcasts, and print media were created by the PTTC Network to assist prevention professionals as they transition to delivering services and programming from face-to-face to virtual settings. Select the title of a resource to be redirected to view or download that resource.

September 29th-30th
PreventionFIRST! is hosting its 2020 Coalition Academy “Prevention Promotion in the Pandemic Era” on Sept. 29-30. This free training is ideal for community coalitions, leaders, public health professionals, behavioral health specialists, and social workers to learn about prevention. This year’s keynote presenter, Dr. Kelly Blankenship of Dayton Children’s Hospital, will discuss prevention and resiliency during the pandemic. Her remarks will focus on addressing substance use, suicide, and mental health at the community level.

Wednesday, October 7th from 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Jennifer Wright-Berryman, PhD will discuss the importance of bringing quantitative data & objective metrics into clinical care Clarigent Health will demonstrate Clairity, a new clinical decision support tool that analyzes speech with artificial intelligence (AI) trained to identify suicidal risk.

The OSU College of Social Work offers a mixture of recorded and live webinar opportunities. Most are free and offer CEUs.
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