CANTON, Ohio (May, 30, 2018) — Recently, Stark County has been the subject of some difficult headlines. From concerns about school safety to teen substance use and mental health, our young people need support now more than ever.
To help address these complex challenges, several Stark County agencies have joined forces to create Stark Help Central, a digital resource navigation tool. This interactive website guides young people, parents, educators, clinical professionals and other members of our community to the resources they need to overcome life’s challenges.
This initiative is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) as part of a broader System of Care program. The four-year, $4 million grant will be distributed by Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery (StarkMHAR) to help develop new systems, services and infrastructure throughout the area.
“Based on findings and recommendations from local stakeholders, community partners, funded-providers and resource organizations, Stark Help Central was designed to reflect trauma-informed, culturally-competent practices,” said John Aller, Chief Executive Officer of Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery. “It maximizes technology in order to effectively market to and make a difference in lives of children, young people and their families.”
The goal of Stark Help Central is to improve behavioral health outcomes for young people with serious emotional disturbances under the age of 25. Topics addressed by this initiative include basic needs, abuse and neglect, emergencies, mental health, education and much more.
“Stark Help Central will improve local infrastructure and provide a comprehensive catalog of community-based services and supports,” said Aller. “It will positively impact the ability of youth and families to identify and access appropriate resources to meet their needs.”
Stark Help Central is made possible through the partnership of Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Stark County Educational Service Center, Stark County Family Council, Stark County Family Court, Stark County Job & Family Services and Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery.
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About Stark Help Central
While support for family challenges has always been available, Stark Help Central is a simpler way to search for resources. This online navigation tool brings education, treatment and recovery services to the forefront, so Stark County residents can get the help they need quickly, easily and close to home.