Frank Aquino

Frank Aquino joined the Clinical team at StarkMHAR in July 2014 as the Program Coordinator. At StarkMHAR, Frank oversees Housing Programs and Permanent Supportive Housing Support Services programs, including Adult Care Facilities (group homes) for persons with mental illness, those of which have contracts with StarkMHAR. Frank monitors grant-funded programs such as the PATH (Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness) Program, which is a street outreach program that operates in the community to find homeless individuals and connects them to mental health or other services. Frank also monitors CABHI (Cooperative Agreements to Benefit Homeless Individuals) Program), which is focused on addressing housing and service gaps to chronically homeless veterans and non-veterans. For further information about the PATH & CABHI programs visit ican-inc.org. Frank also oversees Peer Support Services in Stark County. He is a trained facilitator of the Ohio Peer Recovery Supporter Training integrated curriculum. Prior to Frank’s role in the Clinical department he was employed by Crisis Intervention & Recovery Center (CIRC). While employed with CIRC, Frank was the Supportive Services Team Leader at Hunter House and prior to that he served as a Peer Supporter Specialist for both the REACH & SHELTER grant teams. Frank is a strong advocate for individuals with mental health and substance use disorders. Most recently, Frank received a “Professional of the Year” award from NAMI Stark County. He was recognized for his dedication to persons with mental illness and substance addiction, specifically in the realm of improving housing retention. Frank has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Kent State University with major focus in Psychology.

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BLOG: The importance of advocacy for those with mental illness and addictions and basic principles for advocating effectively

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So what is advocacy? Merriam-Webster defines advocacy as: the act or process of supporting a cause or proposal. Advocacy generally refers to the process of trying to persuade others to support your position or point of view (https://www.autismspeaks.org). Advocacy can arise in many situations, and there are different kinds of advocacy including: self-advocacy, group advocacy, …

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BLOG: Peer Support helps people living in recovery

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An Ohio Peer Recovery Supporter is an individual who has self-identified as being in recovery from a mental illness or substance use disorder. Ohio Peer Recovery Supporters are also often referred to as Peer Support Specialists and/or Recovery Coaches. As Peer Supporters work with peers (or persons in recovery), self-help and mutual support occurs. Peer Supporters …

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