What is the Board? What does it do?
The 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:
Youth, young adults and family feedback needed
Community participation is needed in the expansion planning of Stark County’s System of Care for mental health services for youth, young adults and their families. The Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Stark County was awarded a planning grant for the Expansion of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and their Families by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Mental Health Services.
The grant purpose is to involve youth, families, child & family organizations and the community in creating a culturally and trauma-informed comprehensive strategic plan for children, youth and families with, or at risk of, mental health challenges in Stark County.
To get involved or to find out more, contact starkSOC@gmail.com or reach Community Engagement/Youth Services Coordinator Jessica Zavala at 330-430-3950.
For more about the Expansion Planning Grant and for links to short videos for youth & young adults and families »
VisionEnriching lives through wellness and recovery
MissionPeople of Stark County have access to a state-of-the-art mental health and recovery system
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