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Apply for our Property Manager position
The MHRB is seeking qualified applicants for the full-time position of Property Manager. Knowledge of building and grounds maintenance; skills to operate power equipment; three to five years’ experience in facility maintenance area. The ability to prioritize work for self and others to enable completion of simultaneous tasks is a necessity. Must be able to coordinate and carry through administrative projects and budgets; and work with community groups and provider agencies. Must be experienced in Excel and other computer applications. Works effectively with maintenance staff, vendors, and people living with mental illness. Evenings, weekend, and travel are required. Salary Range $38,710-$56,860. Forward cover letter, resume, and 3 professional references by 5pm on Friday, November 16, 2018 to Mental Health & Recovery Board, Attn: Michelle Humphrey, 1055 E. High Street, Springfield, OH 45505 or via e-mail at EEO/ADA Compliant
September is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness and Prevention Month
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness and Prevention Month 2016 Governor John Kasich and Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor have designated September as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness and Prevention Month “to encourage expectant mothers to combat the ills of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) by remembering that during the nine months of pregnancy, a woman should abstain from all alcohol.” A copy of the official resolution is attached for your reference and use. Seventeen years ago, people around the world began observing International FASD Awareness Day on September 9 each year beginning in 1999, in order that on the ninth day of the ninth month of the year the world will remember that during the nine months of pregnancy a woman should abstain from alcohol. The Ohio month-long observance provides families and communities more time for awareness and prevention efforts. Your ongoing efforts in counseling pregnant mothers not to drink alcohol during pregnancy are vital to meeting the Ohio “Not a Single Drop” initiative’s efforts to prevent and eliminate the irreversible effects of FASD. The Ohio Department of Health’s 2014 Prenatal Alcohol Use fact sheet provides significant information: • Close to 60 percent of Ohio mothers reported drinking three months before pregnancy. • Approximately seven percent of mothers reported drinking during the last three months of pregnancy. • Alcohol use has not changed significantly from 2006-2010, before or during pregnancy. • Eighty-nine (89) babies are born with FAS (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome – the most severe diagnosis) each year. • One thousand one hundred ninety-three (1,193) babies are born with FASD each year. • An estimated 114,000 Ohioans live with FASD. The Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration reports that the cost factor of raising a child with an FASD is significant. “Amendah and colleagues (2011) found that, for a child with identified FAS, incurred health costs were nine times higher than for children without an FASD. Lupton and colleagues (2004) have estimated the lifetime cost of caring for a person with FAS to be at least $2 million, and the overall annual cost of FASD to the U.S. healthcare system to be more than $4 billion.” The following attachments are provided to assist with your efforts for education and awareness that: There is no safe amount and no safe time to drink alcohol during pregnancy. NOT A SINGLE DROP! 1. Governor Kasich’s and Lieutenant Governor Taylor’s FASD Month Resolution 2. Ohio Department of Health’s 2014 Prenatal Alcohol Use Fact Sheet 3. Ohio FASD Fact Sheet 4. National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome 2016 Awareness Packet 5. Mental Health and Recovery Board of Stark County Healthy Choices for You & Your Baby infographic Additional Resources The National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS) Join NOFAS in raising awareness about the risks associated with prenatal alcohol exposure and the needs of children and adults living with an FASD. The NOFAS FASD Awareness Month website is: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer a wide array of free brochures, posters, fact sheets, and training guides to help with FASD awareness, education, and prevention at the following website: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Under the previously funded FASD Center for Excellence, SAMHSA developed a number of publications and resources that continue to be available. The website is: The Arc of the United States The Arc is the largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. The Arc encompasses all ages and more than 100 different diagnoses including FASD, and other developmental disabilities. The Arc FASD-Prevention Project website is: The ARC - Take the free CEU course Arc’s partner, the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP), developed a one hour internet-based activity to educate women’s health and primary care professionals and providers on preventing FASD. Take this free course and earn continuing education credit. Thank you for your efforts to prevent FASD and your support of families.
Antioch Student Philanthropy
AUM Pay It Forward Request for Proposal
Early Childhood Resource Fair
Age group is from birth to 5 years old.
Behavioral Health Overview
Behavioral Health: Mental Illness & Addiction Dr. Greta Mayer, CEO January 2016
OhioMHAS Webinar Registration Info

NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program

Community Health Foundation
Grant applications are now available. Applications, Guidelines and Budget worksheets are available on their website at If you have trouble opening the documents online, please contact Joan Elder at 937-523-7007 or so she can get you the forms you need.
Cedar Street Housing Project Groundbreaking

Town Hall Meeting
Heroin Associated Death, Births, Treatment in Greene County
New Beginnings - Human Trafficking Survivor Retreat
Mind, Body and Spirit.......From Survivor to Thriver!
FOA Rally
Courthouse Square - August 30, 2015 - 3 to 5:30 p.m.
Mental Health Services selects new chief

May OHMAS Update


Press Releases

Cedar Street Housing Project Groundbreaking

Be the 95%

MHRB Announces New CEO

CIT 2014 Press Release

Xenia, OH - Columbus Place is finally on its way! Today approximately 50 people gathered at 93 Columbus Place in Xenia, Ohio to participate in a groundbreaking ceremony for Columbus Place, a six unit apartment building for housing those who are homeless and have mental health problems. Columbus Place will be operated by Housing Solutions of Greene County.
Marilyn Demma - Clark County Board Member
Springfield—On Tuesday, February 18, Clark County Auditor John Federer administered the oath of office to Marilyn Demma of Springfield. Marilyn is well known locally and statewide for her former role as Executive Director of the Clark County Family and Children First Council. She gave guidance and provided leadership to the organization for most of its history. Marilyn is particularly skilled in collaboration and problem resolution. She is keenly aware of the issues facing Clark County families who need help with behavioral health issues.
Crisis Respite Center Grant Awarded
Springfield, OH – A major gap in services to help families cope with crises involving their children will soon be met with the opening of a Crisis Respite Center on the grounds of Oesterlen Services for Youth.
Steven B. Shelton - Clark County MHRB board member
SPRINGFIELD, Ohio – February 19, 2013 – At the regular meeting of the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Clark County, Auditor John Federer administered the oath of office to newly appointed Board member, Steven (Steve) B. Shelton. Roger Roberts, Chairperson of the Mental Health & Recovery Board, introduced Mr. Federer who remarked on his long involvement with the Mental Health & Recovery Board as well as the Clark County Mental Health Foundation.
Julie Vann - Greene County MHRB board member
Springfield—Greene County Prosecutor Stephen Haller swore in Julie Vann as a member of the Mental Health & Recovery Board (MHRB) during the regular evening Monday, November 19th Board meeting. Kent Youngman, MHRB CEO, commented he was eager to have Vann sworn in, “She has already shown a keen interest in what we do by volunteering for summer facility tours and levy activities. Haller nodded and said with a smile that, “Vann was likely instrumental in passage of the November Mental Health levy.”
MHRB Seeks to Renew Issue 22
Greene County’s existing MHRB 1.5 -mill mental health levy expires in 2013. Greene County Commissioners approved placing a renewal levy on the November ballot. Renewal of the levy would mean County homeowners pay no additional taxes for Greene County mental health and recovery services. Homeowners will continue to pay the same MHRB levy amounts they currently pay.
Two London Officers Complete CIT
Two London police officers graduated recently from Crisis Intervention Training (CIT), which was held Aug. 31 in Springfield. Colin Peterson and Frank White completed the five-day, 40 hours of training, which was con- ducted at the Greene County Career Center, criminal justice academy.
Mental Health & Recovery Board Honors 11 Greene County Officers
Xenia, OH – The Mental Health & Recovery Board graduated eleven Greene County peace officers at the seventh annual, 40-hour Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training for law enforcement August 27 – 31 at the new Criminal Justice Academy, Greene County Career Center, 2960 West Enon Road.