StarkMHAR Annual Report

Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery (StarkMHAR) is a multi-faceted organization of expert professionals, dedicated volunteers and concerned community leaders. Dedicated to enriching lives through wellness and recovery, as well as ensuring that Stark County residents have access to a state-of-the-art mental health and recovery system, StarkMHAR is a quasi-independent part of county government run by a volunteer Board of Directors. StarkMHAR serves the community as a public health coalition builder, a community educator, anti-stigma advocate and community funder. One of approximately 50 community boards across Ohio coordinating the state public behavioral health system, StarkMHAR is responsible for planning, funding and monitoring public mental health and addiction prevention, early intervention and treatment services delivered to Stark County residents.

StarkMHAR ensures the following services are available to anyone in Stark County:

  • Crisis Hotline
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Sub-acute detoxification services for alcohol, benzodiazepines and opiates
  • Screening and assessment for access to the state hospital
  • Forensic services
  • Prevention and education


Mission & Vision

Mission: People of Stark County have access to a state-of-the-art mental health and recovery system.
Vision: People of Stark County live enriched lives through wellness and recovery.

Board of directors

The StarkMHAR Board of Directors is made up of eighteen members from the Stark County community. These include ten appointments from the Stark County Commissioners and eight appointments from the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. For more about Board Members »

Board of director Meetings

Board of Director members and StarkMHAR staff are committed to ensuring that the behavioral health needs of Stark County residents are met in the most efficient, economic and effective way possible. StarkMHAR oversees and funds behavioral health agencies in Stark County that provide mental health and substance abuse prevention, intervention and treatment and are responsible for assessing the needs of the community and ensuring that a continuum of care is in place. StarkMHAR acts as a safety net for the community, providing services to people who could not access them due to a lack of resources.

Board Minutes »
Public Meeting Schedule »

StarkMHAR Care Network

This local directory of qualified service providers, within the StarkMHAR Care Network, address mental health and addiction treatment. The directory includes a brief description of each provider’s services, programs and contact information. StarkMHAR Care Network »

Local Investment

Today, we provide funding to more than a dozen behavioral health service providers working in our community. Primary sources of funding come from the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, from a local levy and from other state and federal grants.

StarkMHAR Leadership

In addition to Board volunteers, StarkMHAR staff is committed to ensuring mental health or alcohol and drug prevention, intervention and treatment services are of the highest quality possible. StarkMHAR Leadership »