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What is the Board? What does it do?

home pic page 2014The Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Stark County is a multi-faceted organization of expert professionals, dedicated volunteers and concerned community leaders close to mental health and addiction needs right here at home. The Board is a quasi-independent part of county government run by a volunteer Board of Directors. MHRSB is responsible for planning, funding and monitoring public mental health and addiction prevention, early intervention and treatment services delivered to the residents of Stark County. It is one of 53 Boards coordinating the public behavioral health system across Ohio.

The Board serves the community as a public health coalition builder, a community educator, anti-stigma awareness advocate and community funder. While the Board does not provide direct services, such as counseling or running a crisis hotline, it aligns closely with contracted organizations to provide high-quality, state-of-the-art services to assist clients on the road to recovery.

MHRSB convenes the community to promote positive behavioral health advancements including addressing homelessness, integration of physical and behavioral healthcare initiatives, and the implementation of new health information technology. The Board offers and supports dozens of professional mental health or addiction related education and training events throughout the year. MHRSB also actively advocates for social change, supporting policies to advance behavioral healthcare statewide.

Through these many roles, the Board reaches thousands of residents every year. Increasingly, media has turned to MHRSB for their source of expertise on mental health or addiction issues, and its prevention.

With public support, and in collaboration with a network of qualified service providers, the following people help make behavioral healthcare available to Stark County residents:

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Celebrate Sept. 14-20: Stark County Recovery Week

By John Aller, Executive Director

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It takes an incredible amount of personal courage to ask for help. More often than not, the difficulty in requesting help is because of social stigma. In fact, stigma is a major reason people don’t seek help.

People in recovery are all around us. They are full contributors to our community–participating in business, volunteering and providing for their families. Too many are still unaware mental health and substance use disorders can be treated successfully, just like other health problems such as diabetes and hypertension.  We can work together to improve the overall well-being of our community by supporting behavioral health and these complex brain diseases, just as we support traditional health care.
Having worked in the recovery field for more than 20 years, I have witnessed people who embrace recovery achieve improved mental and physical health, as well as form stronger relationships with their neighbors, family members and peers.



Enriching lives through wellness and recovery


People of Stark County have access to a state-of-the-art mental health and recovery system

In the News

  • Looking for a job in the behavioral health field?  Click here 
  • FASD Family Support Group.  For more information contact Heather Johnson at 330-412-9895 or email Tina Miller at
  • Stark County's Drug Drop-off sites, click here to view locations
  • BET♣cha WANT TO KNOW HOW GAMBLING AFFECTS OUR COMMUNITY♦WE SURE DO.  Help Us Help Stark here to take our survey.
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