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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 »

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Requests for Proposals SFY 2016  

The Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Stark County (MHRSB) will receive proposals for programs covering July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016.  Proposals should address the needs in the Stark County community and align with revised MHRSB priorities. High risk populations and statutory mandates will be given first priority for funding. 

Agencies interested in applying for funding must meet the applicable funding guidelines.  Interested applicants may complete the Request for Proposal for the service for which they intend to apply.  To be considered for funding, applicants must submit both a hard copy and electronic copy. Submit one (1) signed original RFP, with original signatures throughout, by Noon on Thursday, April 30, 2015 at MHRSB offices, 121 Cleveland Ave. SW, Canton, Ohio 44702. Additionally, an electronic version of the RFP and all required documents must be submitted to  Proposals may be stapled or bound with a binder clip.  Please do not spiral bind the proposal or submit it in a notebook. Incomplete proposals will not be considered.

MHRSB reserves the right to revise budgets and fund less than the requested amount. Any agency that receives MHRSB funding will enter into a contract with the MHRSB prior to any payment of allocated funds.  All decisions of the MHRSB on the allocation of funds are final and are contingent upon the receipt of allocations from the State of Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.  The MHRSB acknowledges that Medicaid rules override any conflicted MHRSB policy and procedure.

For complete RFP details »


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

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