Developing drug-free leaders in Stark County

Stark County Youth Led Prevention

Youth Led Prevention_Color 2016Stark County Youth Led Prevention is a youth-led, adult-guided leadership development group focusing on promoting and celebrating healthy lifestyles for youth. Stark County Youth Led Prevention was begun by Drug Free Stark County and Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery to empower students to impact their schools, neighborhoods and communities.

Stark County Youth Led Prevention members are part of the 87% of Stark County students who do not use alcohol. Since the majority of students do not use alcohol and other drugs, Stark County Youth Led Prevention members want to encourage fellow students to continue to make positive choices regarding substance use! Students are impacted by countless issues while growing up – including depression, anxiety, bullying, suicidal thoughts, substance use and many more. Stark County Youth Led Prevention is a safe place for students to come together and encourage their peers to make healthy decisions through planning and implementing various prevention and leadership development activities.

For more information on Stark County Youth Led Prevention, please contact Justina Gorman, Coalition & Community Development Coordinator, at 330-430-3944 or

promoting a connected system of care

Stark County Family Council

Funded in-part by Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery, Stark County Family Council is a partnership of local government including Stark County Job & Family Services, Stark County Family Court, Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities, StarkMHAR, schools, as well as community health and human service agencies, family and youth who work together to achieve more and close gaps in care for Stark County’s neediest families.

Family Council promotes a connected system of care to protect and enhance the well-being of children and families by building capacity, coordinating systems and services and engaging and empowering families. With the help of Family Council, families engulfed in complex needs who have children from birth to age 21, will overcome cross-system obstacles to obtain effective care and support.

As a leader in community planning, Family Council builds community capacity to serve families with shared planning and shared accountability of all partner members. The Council coordinates systems and services on behalf of families with specialized programming including:

  • High-Fidelity WrapAround service model and Family Support Specialists who manage individual family cases
  • A Service Review Collaborative of expert administrator and clinician partners who provide individual case management insight to coordinate and streamline services
  • The Help Me Grow program, a birth to 3-years system of care for expectant parents, newborns, infants and toddlers provides health and developmental services so children start school healthy and ready to learn, and Family Support Specialists to implement the program
  • CARE Teams are implemented in individual school-based environments to address obstacles facing at-risk students and their families such as physical health, substance abuse, physical abuse, housing, nutrition and poverty
  • Youth Transition Planning for youth involved in multiple systems
  • Utilizing a Crossover Youth Practice Model, an evidence-based service model, to address issues in youth such as abuse and neglect known to both child welfare and juvenile justice systems
  • Committees/Work groups focused on service coordination, autism, resiliency and early childhood development

Engaging and empowering families and youth is a shared strategy of Family Council. Partners serve on committees to ensure children and families are informed and continue to engage in their child and family’s success.

Learn more about Stark County Family Council »