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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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Anti-Stigma Awareness Campaign Kicks Off at Stark County Fair

StepIn.StepUp 2014.pngMore than a year ago, the Community Affairs committee of the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Stark County invited prominent area advertising agencies known for their philanthropic work to craft an awareness campaign.

Members of the Marketing Innovations Committee of the Board are: Nicole LaRocca  from CMC (Crowl Montgomery Clark), Jennifer Draher at Grabowski & Company, Emily Mays at Innis Maggiore and Mark Spaner (board member) and Melissa Quinlan of Spaner Communications.

The ad agencies collaborated as a creative team to develop a striking, memorable unifying theme.  After several creative sessions and several pitches, Step In. Step Up. was born. Shoes were chosen as the consistent visual accompaniment because they are viewed as a basic necessity for all residents regardless of socio-economic level, age, vocation and more.

Through this awareness campaign residents are urged to not only recognize mental health and addiction issues among their friends, family and loved ones, but to take up the call to action by stepping in and stepping up to find help, because help is available right here at home.

For more about the Step In. Step Up. awareness campaign »



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