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  • Basic needs: youth & teens

    For adolescents in Stark County, growing up can be a challenge – especially when money is tight and support is not available at home. When youth and teens are struggling to meet their most basic needs, there are many local organizations they can turn to for help. Discover ways to access food, clothing and shelter for adolescents across Stark.

    • Basic Needs Information & Referrals

      Looking for help, but not sure where to turn? At Stark Help Central, we have a vision for the future of Stark County where every child, parent, friend and neighbor has the resources to overcome challenges and achieve their full potential. Find local organizations dedicated to lifting up local families in times of need.

      • Family & community-based treatment

        Whether you are a young person looking for help or someone who is concerned about a young person, there are local organizations that can provide assistance for mental health and substance use. Taking support beyond a traditional office setting can be beneficial for some people.

        Community-based treatment allows families to access high-quality services for mental health and substance use with few barriers. Family-based treatment allows those seeking help to get treatment safely in their community alongside their families.

        • Parenting help

          From education and income to physical and emotional health, learn about programs and organizations dedicated to supporting parents in Stark County as they navigate parenthood. Because a strong family foundation can help children succeed at home, in the classroom and in their relationships with others.

          • Substance use treatment centers
            There are many quality, supportive treatment centers in Stark County for people who are struggling or have struggled with substance use. Whether you are in need of detox services, clinical care or community-based treatment, help is available. Find local treatment and recovery centers near you, as well as helpful resources to support you through the process.
            • Stark County THRIVE Pathways HUB

              Stark County THRIVE Pathways Hub is an initiative coordinated through the Canton City Health Department to help prevent infant mortality and reduce disparities in birth outcomes. The program brings together community providers, medical resources and social services to help ensure all Stark County babies celebrate their first birthdays.

              This data-driven, county-wide system provides care coordination services through the support of community health workers (CHWs). CHWs are certified through the Ohio Board of Nursing and employed by medical clinics,

              • Teen pregnancy

                If you are experiencing an unwanted or unplanned pregnancy, you are not alone. Being a pregnant teen can be overwhelming and confusing, but community resources in Stark County are available to help you along the way. Find support groups, health care providers and confidential spaces to talk about your pregnancy options.

                • Major Unusual Incidents (MUIs)

                  A Major Unusual Incident (MUI) is an event that negatively impacts the health, safety or wellbeing of an individual with developmental disabilities. These incidences must be reported immediately, either by staff, families, the general public or the individual themselves. Learn how to best report an MUI with help from local Stark County agencies.

                  • About us
                    Our impact Guiding Stark County toward health and hope

                    With partner agencies serving thousands of individuals each year, has ambitious plans for addressing some of our area’s greatest challenges. We are launching new prevention efforts, amplifying awareness and mobilizing resources to achieve real, lasting results.

                    • Warning signs of addiction
                      Drug addiction is a physical and psychological dependence on a harmful substance. If someone is constantly seeking out alcohol and drugs, even after they have caused health, work and/or relationship problems, they are likely struggling with addiction. If and when the signs of substance use become frequent and severe, it is important to reach out for help immediately.
                      • Developmental disabilities: young adults

                        The journey to adulthood can be challenging for anyone, and especially for young people with developmental disabilities. From securing employment and managing health care responsibilities to finding accessible housing and transportation, there is a lot to learn to ensure a smooth transition. To plan for success in the adult world, community resources are available. Learn about the advocates and supporters helping to empower young adults with disabilities in Stark County, Ohio.

                        • Managed care plans
                          After Medicaid approval, you’ll need to pick a managed care plan to receive your health care, which includes medically necessary services and more.
                          • Adult literacy
                            Adult literacy programs are designed to address several important learning areas, including writing, reading, basic math and cultural competency. These programs not only help to support individual success. When more adults in Stark County are literate, the community sees reductions in crime and substance use as well as improved public health and employment rates.
                            • Asking for help
                              It is important for young people to understand their strengths and weaknesses, so they can identify when they need support. If a student struggles to read in class, they may want to ask for their tests to be read out loud. Many educational and social services are available in our local schools, but to be effective, kids need to raise their voices and ask for help.
                              • Infant mortality prevention

                                To help address the growing issue of infant mortality in Stark County, local agencies have come together to form the Stark County THRIVE Pathways HUB. This county-wide initiative brings together community providers, medical resources and social services to help ensure every baby in Stark County is able to celebrate their first birthday. New and expecting parents can reach out today for help improving the health and stability of their growing families.

                                • Gangs & violence: youth & teens

                                  Gang violence affects many communities – including Stark County – creating a climate of fear and increased criminal behavior. In fact, youth violence is one of the leading causes of death for young people between the ages of 10 and 24, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Preventing it is a vital part of promoting the health and safety of our youth and overall community. Learn about the resources available to help keep gang violence out of our local schools and neighborhoods.  

                                  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response & Resources

                                    Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a new virus. For information about COVID-19, read the CDC’s list of Frequently Asked Questions or contact the Ohio Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline to ask an expert: 1-833-427-5634, open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

                                    COVID test ordering: or 1-800-232-0233 or TTY 1-888-720-7489 to request up to four free tests per household.

                                    • Drug & alcohol rehabilitation services
                                      Addiction is a complex disease, not a character flaw. If someone you know is struggling, learn about Stark County rehabilitation services.
                                      • Opiate Resources

                                        In recent years, heroin use has been on the rise across the nation, throughout Ohio and in Stark County. According to Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery (StarkMHAR), 1,444 members of our community were treated for opiate use in 2016 – nearly six times the number treated 10 years earlier. Find resources and programs to help raise awareness, educate the community and combat this growing epidemic.

                                        If you or someone you know is in crisis,
                                        • Shawna’s Story of Motherhood
                                          When Shawna and her husband found out she was pregnant, they didn’t know where to start. Yet everything changed when she met a THRIVE health worker.
                                          • Emotional support for children in foster care

                                            Children in the Stark County foster care system have often experienced trauma, neglect or abuse sometime in their young lives. By supporting the unique needs of this vulnerable population, educators, foster families and social workers can help offset the effects of these negative experiences.

                                            Professional mental health providers in our community offer many different treatment options, so no matter a child’s situation or individual emotional needs, help is available. Find family, individual and faith-based resources to help improve the resiliency and well-being of children in foster care.

                                            • The Stark County Legal System
                                              Find the right court or local government program for your specific legal needs. Learn about the Stark County legal system.
                                              • Relationship issues

                                                While there’s no single reason for teen suicide, the emotional pain associated with a breakup can be so severe that young people turn to self-harm. And these issues aren’t exclusive to romantic relationships. Problems with parents and friends can cause just as much stress and pain for a young person.

                                                If you or someone you know is struggling to cope with a difficult relationship, find local counseling and support resources. You are not alone.

                                                • Migrant working: childhood
                                                  Children who have migrated are often forced to work in unsafe, unsanitary environments and face abuses that go largely unreported. Learn more.
                                                  • School Safety

                                                    Stark County’s goal is always to keep all students safe – physically, socially and emotionally. Inside and outside of the classroom, many resources are in place to support our local students. From guidance counselors and mental health specialists to school resource officers and ongoing building improvements, Stark County has taken many steps to improve the safety at our local schools.

                                                    If you or someone you know has a concern about your safety while in school,

                                                    • Hard times: early childhood

                                                      Young children need proper nutrition and medical care in order to grow, develop and thrive. When a household is in financial crisis, it can have serious, long-term health, social and behavioral implications throughout their lives. Fortunately, families in Stark County are not alone in facing these challenges. There are local agencies dedicated to providing food, clothing, shelter and cash assistance to those who are experiencing hard times.

                                                      Even parents who are employed with steady incomes may struggle to make ends meet when they have child.

                                                      • CARE Teams

                                                        School can present many challenges for students. Whether they are struggling in class, experiencing issues in the home or having a hard time socially, CARE Teams are available to help. Each CARE team is different, but they are typically made up of school guidance counselors, administrators, teachers, clinical staff, family support specialists and mental health professionals. With different skills and backgrounds at the table, each member of the CARE Team contributes a unique perspective to address student issues with wraparound resources.

                                                        • Stark County CARE Teams cover basic needs so students can focus on academics
                                                          Together, these professionals brainstorm ideas for ways to support children so they can do their best while they’re at school.
                                                          • Self-advocacy references & resources
                                                            Beyond everyday interactions with family and friends, young people are able to self-advocate and use their personal experiences as a springboard for change. For young people who are passionate about raising their voices and telling their stories, they may need help determining the best place to start.
                                                            • Importance of Safe Places and Caring Relationships for Our LGBTQ+ Young People

                                                              In honor of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month, let us take a moment to learn more about what we can do in our personal and professional lives to create safe spaces and caring relationships for our LGBTQ youth (and adults).

                                                              Far too many LGBTQ+ youth do not feel safe and accepted or feel a sense of pride in themselves.  In fact, LGBTQ+ youth experience bullying, parental rejection, depression, and thoughts of suicide at significantly higher rates then their heterosexual peers.

                                                              • Overdose prevention & treatment

                                                                Opioid use is a growing concern in Stark County. For the past several years, opioid overdose has been the leading cause of injury-related death in Ohio. According to the Ohio Department of Health, 37 percent of unintentional overdose deaths are caused by prescription painkillers.

                                                                Opiates and opioids are similar, highly addictive drugs. Opiates, including heroin, morphine and codeine are made from the opium poppy plant. Opioids is a broader term that includes opiates and synthetic opioids such as prescription painkillers like hydrocodone and oxycodone,

                                                                • Becoming resilient is a daily practice
                                                                  Resiliency daily practices and tips to help you build a strong foundation of character. Face life’s challenges with confidence and resilience.
                                                                  • March 1st is Self Injury Awareness Day

                                                                    The UK organization LifeSIGNS started dedicating March 1st as Self Injury Awareness Day in 2002. Now, 20 years later, it is a national awareness day for many countries, including the U.S. Self-injury goes by other names, including self-harm and non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI), and encompasses a large range of actions that one takes to cope with extreme emotion, release tension from these emotions, or take back a perceived loss of control. While teens tend to be the most likely to self-injure,

                                                                    • Your Guide to Pride: 2022 Ohio Pride Events

                                                                      Happy Pride Month, Ohioans! Nowadays, Pride celebrations extend beyond the month of June and into the summer, so everyone has a chance to celebrate. If you’re looking for Pride events near you throughout Ohio, you’ve come to the right place.

                                                                      No matter how you identify or if you’re an ally, there’s a Pride parade, festival or celebration near you. Be sure to catch a live performance, support local vendors who attend, volunteer for a committee,

                                                                      • Removing Barriers to Owning a Small Business

                                                                        StarkFresh serves the people of Stark County through a variety of ways, all in the name of their mission: “Tackling the causes of hunger by creating realistic pathways out of poverty.” Many in the county know StarkFresh for its grocery store located in downtown Canton on Cherry Ave. NE or its mobile grocery market that travels throughout the area; though the programs offered through StarkFresh go past the scope of bringing food to people in need.

                                                                        • The Importance of Getting an Opioid Overdose Kit

                                                                          As the opioid crisis in Northeast Ohio continued to grow, the Stark County Opiate & Addiction Task Force was created in 2011 to help educate the community and provide necessary resources on opioids. In 2014, Project DAWN (Deaths Avoided With Naloxone) was created by the Ohio Health Department to bring together educational and naloxone distribution programs during the opioid epidemic. In order to prevent opioid overdose and to further harm reduction strategies, these organizations provide free overdose kits for anyone in Ohio who wants one.

                                                                          • Stark County Educational Service Center Provides Schools with Helpful Resources
                                                                            The Stark County Educational Service Center provides schools with helpful resources that support student educational, health and emotional needs.

                                                                            COMPASS Rape Crisis

                                                                            24/7 Confidential Hotline: 330-452-1111

                                                                            Mental health, counseling, and case management services for all survivors of rape and sexual assault

                                                                            Confidential Hotline
                                                                            Hospital Advocacy
                                                                            Justice System Advocacy

                                                                            408 9th St. SW
                                                                            Canton, OH 44707
                                                                            24/7 Phone: (330) 452-1111
                                                                            24/7 Phone: (330) 452-1111
                                                                            Hours: 24/7
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                                                                            Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities

                                                                            MUI Hotline: 330-477-4477 – If you believe a person with disabilities is at reasonable risk for harm

                                                                            Funds and services to support the health, safety and education of people with developmental disabilities including:
                                                                            Self Advocacy
                                                                            Respite Care

                                                                            2950 Whipple Ave. NW
                                                                            Canton, OH 44708
                                                                            Phone: (330) 477-5200
                                                                            Intake: (330) 479-3582
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                                                                            Great Lakes Science Center Summer Day Camps

                                                                            Great Lakes Science Center is offering both at-home and at Great Lakes Science Center camp experiences to best fit your family’s needs. Both options have been designed with your child’s health and safety in mind.
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                                                                            601 Erieside Ave.
                                                                            Cleveland, OH 44114
                                                                            Phone: (216) 621-2400
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                                                                            Massillon City Schools Career Technical Education

                                                                            Helping students to develop professional skills and experience to prepare them for future employment:

                                                                            • Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA)
                                                                            • Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA)
                                                                            • Skills USA
                                                                            • Business Professionals of America (BPA)
                                                                            • Educators Rising
                                                                            • Junior Achievement
                                                                            1 Paul E. Brown Dr. SE
                                                                            Massillon, OH 44646
                                                                            Phone: (330) 830-3901, ext. 50206
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                                                                            GlenOak High School

                                                                            Career programs offered through the Stark Career Compact:

                                                                            • Advancement to nursing
                                                                            • Animation and graphic design
                                                                            • Automotive technology
                                                                            • Commercial photography
                                                                            • Construction trades
                                                                            • Cosmetology
                                                                            • Emergency fire services
                                                                            • Engineering technologies
                                                                            • Entertainment technologies
                                                                            • Health technologies
                                                                            • High school of business
                                                                            • Horticulture
                                                                            • Job training and coordination
                                                                            • Music production
                                                                            • Teacher pathways
                                                                            • Video production
                                                                            1801 Schneider St. NE
                                                                            Canton, OH 44721
                                                                            Phone: (330) 491-3800
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                                                                            Stark County Homeless Hotline

                                                                            24/7 Hotline: 330-452-4363

                                                                            For referrals to free community shelters and other local housing programs.

                                                                            Please allow enough phone time for specialists to conduct an initial assessment review to find information and programs that work best for your needs.

                                                                            The homeless hotline number is a part of Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery.

                                                                            24/7 Hotline: (330) 452-4363
                                                                            24/7 Hotline: (330) 452-4363
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                                                                            Interim HealthCare – North Canton

                                                                            Interim HealthCare provides in-home services for those recovering from a hospital stay or for those who need support with daily tasks.

                                                                            1001 South Main St.
                                                                            North Canton, OH 44720
                                                                            Phone: (330) 498-0081
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                                                                            Canton For All People

                                                                            Canton for All People is a Community Development Corporation formed by Crossroads United Methodist Church in in partnership with the Lemmon and DeHoff family foundations to bring quality housing and opportunities for all people to downtown Canton. Canton for All People was formed to help the church address two of its primary focus areas (1) Overcoming Poverty Together (2) Seeking Health and Wholeness for All.

                                                                            • Shorb Home Repair (assist homeowners with exterior repairs)
                                                                            • Affordable Housing &
                                                                            120 Cleveland Ave SW
                                                                            Canton, OH 44702
                                                                            Main Line: 330-455-0153
                                                                            Main Line: 330-455-0153
                                                                            Hours: Tuesday-Friday 9am-4pm
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                                                                            Formerly Foundations

                                                                            Promoting recovery through peer support, education, advocacy and networking.

                                                                            Peer ran Respite Unit is based on short-term, in-house stay for those struggling with mental health and addiction recovery issues.

                                                                            Free(no insurance necessary or accepted)

                                                                            Also offers classes in person or via zoom with a possible $45.00 Walmart card stipend for attending 20 classes.

                                                                            Additional locations:

                                                                            227 Third St. SE,

                                                                            116 Cleveland Avenue NW
                                                                            Suite 200
                                                                            Canton, OH 44702
                                                                            Phone: (330) 454-2888
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                                                                            YWCA Alliance

                                                                            We improve Alliance area women’s lives, stand up for justice, and strengthen communities with a focus on three impact areas: equipping youth, economic stability and advancement and senior nutrition and health

                                                                            Provides transitional housing for women, a clothing boutique, employment and transportation assistance, youth programs, and Meals on Wheels for the senior community

                                                                            239 East Market St.
                                                                            Alliance, OH 44601
                                                                            Phone: (330) 823-1840
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                                                                            YWCA Canton

                                                                            Provides emergency shelter to the homeless and tools to help them get back on their feet and become self-sufficient

                                                                            Also provides early care and education services to children that enhance their development and prepare them to be successful as they transition to kindergarten

                                                                            To be placed in housing you must first register with the homeless hotline by calling 330-452-4363

                                                                            231 6th St. NE
                                                                            Canton, OH 44702
                                                                            Phone: (330) 453-7644
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                                                                            Healthy Start

                                                                            Medicaid-funded program providing basic medical coverage for pregnant women and children up to 19 years old:

                                                                            • Doctor visits
                                                                            • Hospital care
                                                                            • Vision services
                                                                            • Prescriptions and more
                                                                            Stark County Job & Family Services, 221 3rd St. SE
                                                                            Canton, OH 44702
                                                                            For questions: (330) 451-8861
                                                                            For questions: (330) 451-8861
                                                                            To apply: 1 (844) 640-6446 (OHIO)
                                                                            Medicaid Consumer Hotline: 1 (800) 324-8680
                                                                            Medicaid Consumer Hotline: 1 (800) 324-8680
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                                                                            Ayden Healthcare

                                                                            5005 Higbee Ave. NW
                                                                            Canton, OH 44718
                                                                            Phone: (330) 492-7835
                                                                            Hours: Open 24 hours
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                                                                            Maxim Healthcare Canton

                                                                            4100 Holiday Ave. NW
                                                                            Canton, OH 44718
                                                                            Phone: (330) 493-6001
                                                                            Fax: (866) 492-6610
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                                                                            The Pines Healthcare Center

                                                                            This skilled nursing facility offers short-term rehabilitation, subacute, long-term care, and programming for seniors.

                                                                            3015 17th St. NW
                                                                            Canton, OH 44708
                                                                            Phone: (330) 454-6508
                                                                            Fax: (877) 403-4580
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                                                                            United Healthcare Community

                                                                            One of the largest providers of Medicaid coverage in the United States. Visit their website for more information.

                                                                            Phone: (800) 895-2017
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                                                                            Heartland Behavioral Healthcare

                                                                            Patient and family outreach for those affected by mental illness.

                                                                            Phone: (330) 833-3135, ext. 2170
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                                                                            Help Me Grow-Home Visiting

                                                                            Home Visiting is a voluntary, home-based program offered at no cost to your family.  Our home visitors are well-trained professionals who use a compassionate approach that offers information and support during pregnancy, and empowers you as the parent with skills, tools, and confidence to nurture the healthy growth of your child through the earliest years – a critical time of development.

                                                                            WHO SHOULD BE REFERRED?

                                                                            Pregnant women and families with young children.Supporting first-time parents with home visiting services for children up to 3 years old

                                                                            WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT?
                                                                            6057 Strip Ave NW
                                                                            North Canton, OH 44720
                                                                            Phone: 330-492-8136, ext. 1480
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