Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery
Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery

HOPE Award winners recognized at Leadership Breakfast, June 2

HOPE-awardsCongratulations to the 2017 HOPE Award Winners! Thank you to these men and women for advancing behavioral health in Stark County!

Canton Municipal Court, including Judges Curt Werren and Mary Falvey, will receive the Community Champion award for their partnership and specialized docket efforts; Shannon Ortiz will be presented the Advocate of the Year award for her volunteer work with NAMI Stark County and the community; Tae’Lor Windham, a University of Mount Union student, will receive the Young Advocate of the Year award; and Christa McCabe, RN of the Crisis Intervention and Recovery Center, Inc. will receive the Professional of the Year award; Lisa Jackson Wood, LPC, ATR will be presented with the Innovation award for her work in art-dance-music therapy with youth; and Jason DeWalt with PPI Graphics/Innovative Trends will be presented the Community Vision award. Awards will be presented Fri., June 2 at the StarkMHAR Leadership Breakfast.

Don’t miss this inspirational and dynamic event featuring national presentations, StarkMHAR’s new strategic plan and the recognition of HOPE Award honorees! Register by May 26 at

May is Mental Health Awareness Month!

MayMentalHealthMonth-2016_Social2_ThumbMental disorders affect one-quarter of all Americans. On any given day one out of every four people you pass may be experiencing a mental illness. 

What’s the number one reason people do not seek help for mental illness? Stigma. Join the conversation on Facebook and help reduce the stigma of mental illness in our community. Download any of the social media squares or Facebook banner and share online. Use #StepInStepUp and #MentalHealthMonth as hashtags. Learn more and access resources at

2017 Clinical Day: Photos now on Facebook!

2017 Clinical DayThank you to all clinicians, directors and system partners for attending the 2017 Clinical Day!

A special thanks to event sponsor Shauer Group, Inc. and presenters: Kevin Hines (Motivational Speaker & Wellness Advocate), Dorothy Chaney, M.Ed. (CADCA), Holly Jones, LSW, MSSA (Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services), Amanda Archer, BS, MPH and Diane Thompson, RN, MSN (Canton City Health Department), John Ellis, LISW-S, LICDC-CS, ICCS, Samantha Mishne, LISW-S, LICDC (Center for Behavioral Health) and Amber Wolfrom, MA, OCPC (Hancock County ADAMHS Board).

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StarkMHAR is hiring!

job-blocksStarkMHAR is seeking a Forensic Coordinator. The Forensic Coordinator will be responsible for the oversight and management of Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery’s criminal justice and adult court system responsibilities and projects. Learn more about position requirements and expectations for the Forensic Coordinator »

TRAINING CENTER: Don’t miss these May and June opportunities


W/R-May 24/25, 2017 from 8:30 PM-12:30 PM: Mental Health First Aid Training for Youth. This is an 8-hour public education program designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health, addiction or crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD) and eating disorders. 8.0 CEUs offered as well as 3-year certification. Held at the StarkMHAR Training Room; 121 Cleveland Avenue SW, Canton, OH 44702. Register today »


F-June 2, 2017 from 7:30 AM-12:00 PM: 2017 Leadership Breakfast. Register by May 26 for the 2017 Leadership Breakfast. Hear inspiration and practical tips from dynamic national presenters who have traveled this journey. In addition, hear about the new organizational strategic plan from StarkMHAR Executive Director, John Aller, and celebrate the winners of the 2017 HOPE Awards. Keynote speakers include Ellen Kagan, MSW, Director of the Georgetown University Leadership Program and Elizabeth Manley, LSW, Assistant Commissioner, Children’s System of Care, New Jersey. Location is Walsh University Barrette Center; 2020 East Maple Street, North Canton, OH 44720. Cost is $20.00 per person which includes registration and breakfast. CEUs/RCHs pending for applicable sessions. Register today »

M/T-June 5/6, 2017 from 9:00 AM-4:30 PM: DBT III: Individual Therapy. The third and final part of the series presents the Individual Therapy of DBT. Originally a treatment for people experiencing chronic suicidal thoughts usually associated with symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder, DBT is also now used for treating adolescents and young adults experiencing an array of severe mental health issues including mood disorders, addiction, self-harm, eating and food issues and post-traumatic stress. 6.0 CEUs/RCHs offered per day. Cost: $10.00 per person, per day to cover lunch. Held at First Christian Church; 6900 Market Avenue North, Canton, OH 44721. Register today »

R-June 8, 2017 from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM: Cultural Influence and Health Care Series: Youth and Young Adult Culture and Community. The Stark County Cultural Competence Committee and Learning Community (SC3C) invites cross-system partners to learn and explore best practices for serving and engaging populations in Stark County’s continuum of care. 2.0 CEUs/RCHs pending. Held at Malone University, Johnson Center; 2600 Cleveland Avenue NW, Canton, OH 44709. Register today »

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SAVE THE DATE: Mark your calendars!

May is Mental Health Awareness Month! – Join the conversation »

June 2: 2017 Leadership Breakfast – Register today »

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