STARKMHAR EMPLOYEE RECOGNIZED AT THE STATE LEVEL

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Stark County, OH (October 11, 2018) Max Doll, Young Adult Specialist at Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery, is a recipient of the 2018 Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Association of Ohio (ADAPAO) Youth Prevention Alumni Award. This award recognizes an alumnus of youth prevention who continues to advance prevention as a young adult. He received the award at an ADAPAO event in Columbus recently.

“Now I get to give youth the voice I was once given…I’m very honored,” said Doll.

The ADAPAO Youth Prevention Awards honor excellence in and commitment to prevention in Ohio among young people in our state. Members of ADAPAO, the statewide association championing prevention in Ohio, nominate youth and young adults who are engaged in prevention in their communities and around the state. Max was nominated by Evi Roberts, who had worked with Max as co-coordinator on local youth-led prevention efforts.

In the nomination form, Evi stressed that while Max supports behavioral health promotion efforts across the continuum of care, his enthusiasm for youth-led prevention quickly led him to leadership positions in that realm.

In his current role at StarkMHAR, Max works to connect with youth and educate them about the risks they might encounter in high school and adult life. As co-facilitator of the Stark County Youth Led Prevention Network, Max listens as youth from across the county come together to discuss current issues and how to tackle them. At a recent meeting, the dangers of vaping and nicotine were chosen as the group’s next major focus.

“Youth need to understand what they’re doing with that, and no one does,” he said.

For more information about youth-led prevention efforts in our county, visit starkmhar.org/prevention-resources/stark-county-youth-led-prevention/

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About Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery

Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery is a multi-faceted organization of expert professionals, dedicated volunteers and concerned community leaders close to mental health and addiction needs right here at home. StarkMHAR is responsible for planning, funding and monitoring public mental health and addiction prevention, early intervention and treatment services delivered to the residents of Stark County. It is one of approximately 50 boards coordinating the public behavioral health system across Ohio. StarkMHAR also advocates for residents with behavioral health issues at both the local and state levels and provides educational opportunities for local providers and other community stakeholders. For more online about the work of StarkMHAR, visit www.StarkMHAR.org.