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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:

Volunteer Board Members »

Volunteer Standing Committees »

Board Staff »


Request for Investments

The Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Stark County will receive requests for additional investments covering February 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015.  Requests will address a Change Project while ensuring they follow the guidelines for Mental Health and/or Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Services.

The Board anticipates awarding multiple innovative change projects that enhance current programming and impacts one or more of the following areas:

  • Change project to increase client enrollments into Medicaid expansion
  • Change project to position the organization for successful managed care implementation
  • Change project to increase client access to services and to reduce what time for diagnostic assessments and ongoing services
Interested applicants may complete and submit an application packet listed below.  If technical assistance is required in completing the RFI, please contact Michele Boone, Manager of Programs and Evaluation via email at or via phone at 330-455-6644. To be considered for funding, applications must complete and submit one (1) signed original RFI (with original signatures throughout) by 12:00PM on Wednesday, December 17, 2014.  Additionally, an electronic version of the RFI and all required documents must be submitted to  RFIs should be stapled or bound by a binder clip; do not spiral bind or place in a notebook.


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

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