BLOG: Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) trained first responders protect the safety of officers, the public and people with mental illness

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Are individuals with mental illness violent? While there is much debate on the topic, the fact remains those with mental health concerns are seven times more likely to become a victim of a violent crime rather than a perpetrator. Today, it is common to read the newspaper and hear a story regarding someone with a …

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BLOG: How the annual Point-In-Time Count helps reduce homelessness in our community

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One of the most common questions about homelessness heard locally is, “How many homeless people are in Stark County?” This is a hard question to answer with any accuracy, because people can change from housed to homeless, or vice versa, every day. The most reliable data comes from the Point-In-Time Count. During the last ten …

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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: Working Together: Local Experts in Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Are Identifying Important Intersections in Service

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March is National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. According to the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), the goal for this month is to raise awareness about developmental disabilities, tell stories of people who live with a disability and show their lives. Visit their webpage » to check out resource guides, social media images, links, …

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