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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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Apply online by Jan. 23

for Recovery Workforce
Development Scholarship

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The Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Stark County is pleased to offer to career-minded individuals in the Mental Health/Alcohol or Drug workforce, as well as individuals in recovery seeking to advance their education in a MH/AoD related field, an opportunity for an academic scholarship.

The scholarship will be funded through the Board’s Charitable Fund held locally at Stark Community Foundation.

Applicants must be either an employee of a not-for-profit behavioral health organization located in Stark County, Ohio, or a Stark County resident with lived experience interested in working in the behavioral health field and advancing their education through enrollment in an accredited vocational, technical or college program.

Online applications should be submitted no later than January 23, 2015.  The award will be announced at the Board’s Annual Conference on March 12 & 13, 2015.

Apply online »

If you have any questions about the scholarship or application, please contact Emily Provance, Resource Development Coordinator at 330-430-3948 or at



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