Provider Wait Times
August 2019 Wait Time to Initial Assessment: *
  • Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health: 6 days
  • Coleman Professional Services: 0 days
  • CommQuest Services: 0 days
  • Stark County TASC: 2.25 days
  • Summit Psychological Associates: 6.1 days

*Wait times reflect adult and youth services combined. The above wait times were reported to
StarkMHAR from each provider organization.
Prevention Foundation Series
Are you interested in obtaining an Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist Assistant (OCPSA) credential?
Do you need prevention training hours for your OCPS or OCPC credential?

If so, register for the FREE 9-day Prevention Foundations Series. The first session is October 3rd and the series ends on February 27, 2020.

For the schedule of dates or to register, click here .

***Registration closes Wednesday, September 25th!***
Save the Date
Explore the Addiction Epidemic
with 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 : 6:30-8:800
Where : Canton Palace Theatre
Cost : FREE, but registration is required
New School-Based
Mental Health Services Web Page
The StarkMHAR website has a new page dedicated to information about the school-based mental health services offered throughout the county. It lists the district, school, the number of days a week the provider is at the school, and the agency providing the service.

Check out the new page by clicking here .
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.

Aultman Hospital is now offering a free program designed for adolescents who have started cigarette smoking or vaping. Give It Up: Teen Tobacco Education Program is designed help students:
  • Learn current information about vaping concerns and the hazards of nicotine, especially in relation to the adolescent brain.
  • Understand the long-term effects of cigarette/vaping use.
  • Help the user verbalize their personal risks and the actions they can take to quit.
  • Be prepared to be tobacco-free for good.

For more information, go to; the sign up is under the Health and Wellness tab. 
Zero Suicide Tidbit
Safety planning is an essential intervention with individuals at risk of suicide. This means safety planning should occur both when a client endorses suicidal thinking but also when a client presents with several risk factors for suicide. The Safety Planning Form also known as the Stanley Brown Safety Plan is the recommended safety planning instrument. For access to the safety planning form as well as the manual visit
StarkMHAR Shout-out!
StarkMHAR would like to recognize Coleman‘s ACT team this month. In working with one particular client, they have been consistent, strength-based and recovery-oriented in their approach. As a team, they have successfully supported the client in maintaining housing for a length of time, which has been difficult for this individual to do. Although concerned about the client taking on more individual responsibilities such as being his own payee, they have been able to collaboratively work with the client to identify progress and small successes and appropriately consider this request. They are truly taking on the idea that they are not the experts in this individual‘s life however allowing the client to be his own expert. Although the work that they do can be tiresome and overwhelming at times, they can identify the small successes and build on that, which makes the work that they do all the more great.

This specific example is just a clip of the great work accomplished with the ACT team. We truly appreciate Michele Gunn and her team and the work that they are doing. 

Thank you for all that you do!
Trauma Tidbit
“If we, as an organization, support our staff in their work with clients who are traumatized, we will start seeing staff become more effective, more productive, and feel a greater personal and professional satisfaction with their work. By doing this we are also creating a more TIC environment for our clients.” --SAMHSA

Coalition Corner
On Sunday, September 8th, the Suicide Prevention Coalition held its annual walk to remember, honor, and support those that have been impacted by suicide.

Approximately 175 people attended this powerful event held on the Mindfulness Trail at Petros Lake Park. Elena Aslanides-Kandis' opening remarks (pictured right) were followed by a moment of silence.

The Warrior Beat -a veteran-owned 501c3 charity that focuses on drumming as a means to treat the symptoms of trauma and anxiety- played as walkers returned from the mile-long trail.

The event was closed out with a mindfulness activity that left attendees grounded and with a sense of hope.
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!
  • Motivational Interviewing I - October 24th from 9:00-4:30 - register now!

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