C&A's February Community Difference Newsletter

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Community Difference Newsletter February 2021

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C&A Officers: Joe French, CEO Jodi Santillo, COO Georgene Voros, CCO Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health (C&A) is an Pam Lung, CFO organization that truly is making a difference in the Melissa Coultas, CAO lives of children throughout Stark County. Our staff are dedicated, knowlKim Cernansky, ACO edgeable and true community heroes. Program Development Ross Fiorello, ACO Leadership Development On Jan. 29, C&A said congratulations and goodbye to one of our biggest

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heroes and cheerleaders. Chief Operating Officer Sandy Vaughn retired after 45 years of service with the agency. I have had some of time to Board of Directors: Patrick Mackie, President reflect on her career here and the difference she has truly made. The amount of institutional knowledge Sandy leaves is insurmountable, but Michelle Balderson Holly Davies the number of friendships is even greater. Upon her departure, we gifted Jennifer Meek Eells her a plaque with the inscription: It is only as we develop others that we Mike Gallina permanently succeed. Sandy certainly succeeded. Lisa Warburton Gregory Monica Rose Gwin Ted Herncane Dr. Michael McCabe Casey McCloud Heather Pennington Stacy Remark Dominic Reolfi Joyce Salapack Dr. Linda Sklar Lindsay Smith

Sandy will be missed in the day-to-day operations of agency business; however, C&A knows that she moved from being an internal “Difference Maker” to a community “Difference Maker” and advocate. C&A needs the support of both as we move forward and tackle new challenges for another 45 years. I wish my former colleague and friend all the best in retirement. This is not good-bye, but rather, until we meet again. Best, Joe

Inside February’s Edition

C&A’s COO Sandy Vaughn Retires Page 2

Learn about C&A’s Recruitment Program - Page 3

Canton City Partner School Spotlight:

Mental Health Initiatives Page 5


C&A’s COO Sandy Vaughn retires When I first began teaching, I was in a classroom of children who had many physical and emotional challenges. In the mid 1970’s, the world was changing in views that allowed children, all children, to be educated in public schools. Up until that time, places like United Cerebral Palsy provided education, counseling, physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. I had the privilege of working with a wide variety of specialists that proved to be extremely helpful in developing a basis for dealing with the whole child in all kinds of settings. In January of 1980, United Cerebral Palsy merged with Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health (C&A) allowing for a Day Treatment Program to become a reality for mental health. Eventually, I moved from being a teacher in the Day Treatment Program to the director of the program, then associate director of the agency and at last Chief Operating Officer. I moved from the development of children to the development of agency and staff, which is not as different as you may think. During this time, I also had a growing family of my own, which now includes two beautiful granddaughters along with a deep and ever present faith that will carry me into the next part of my journey.

Over the years there have been many changes in my life, in the world and at C&A. Change is to be expected. Change is sometimes scary, sometimes painful, sometimes wonderful and always necessary. The things that have changed and developed at the agency are the same things that have kept me engaged and here. The innovative spirit, the flexibility, the growth and the people. Always the people. Locations, programs, funding opportunities, leadership and how we view mental health has changed over the years. I have been in 12 different offices/locations over the years! But our values, principles and reason for being (the children) have never changed.

I especially want to thank Joe French for his compassionate leadership, those I have worked closely with and who have put up with me all these 45 years, and a strong Board of Directors now and in the past. (I have told Joe I will continue to come around and consult if he continues to feed me).

My journey with C&A has allowed me to meet and work with a variety of colleagues both in the agency and in the community. I am happy to call many of them friends and will gladly continue to share this next phase with them. Others I am glad to have met and learned from. All will be remembered.

C&A wishes Sandy much joy and happiness in her retirement!


Recruiting Therapists Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health is no different than many mental health agencies across Stark County, the state of Ohio and nationally - there is a shortage of qualified mental health professionals to meet the growing need of clients seeking services. C&A is taking an aggressive approach to finding new therapists to join our inclusive and diverse staff. Below is a summarization of ways C&A is looking to find employees: • C&A held its second in-person job fair • Hired The Karcher Group, a local digital/public relations firm, to: - create a recruitment video - redesign the career page on C&A’s website and formulate an advertising plan - create verbiage for job postings • Advertised in non-traditional publications • Outreach and built relationships with diversified populations The agency recently sent three staff members through Six Sigma Black Belt training. One area that this group is focusing on is retention of current employees. The Six Sigma team is reaching out to employees to see what makes C&A a great agency to work for and why they stay. Some of the terrific perks C&A offers clinical staff are: • A flexible schedule • Tuition reimbursement • Great benefits - retirement, paid time off and life insurance • Trainings - CEUs and workshops offered at no cost • A terrific organization to learn and grow as an individual and leader in the organization • Eight paid holidays • Loan forgiveness on Federal Student Loans

If you know someone who is interested in making a career change, please have the them send a resume to careers@childandadolescent.org.


C&A Spotlight Program: Gemini & Co-occurring An Integrated Treatment Approach For Adolescents with Co-Occurring Mental Health (MH) and Substance Use Disorders (SUDs)

Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health (C&A) treats adolescents who are experiencing problems related to mental health and substance use. There are many substances teenagers experiment with or become addicted to; the most common today are alcohol and marijuana. Adolescents most often tend to use substances to help them cope with feelings of depression or anxiety. What is a Substance Use Disorder? A substance use disorder (SUD) develops when the use of one or more substances leads to significant problems, emotional distress or failure to meet one’s responsibilities at home, school or in the community. It is not unusual that substance use may be related to stress, negative peer interactions or trauma; however, a variety of factors contribute to the use of substances. Studies show that almost half of the people diagnosed with a SUD are also diagnosed with an additional mental health disorder. C&A‘s Integrated Treatment Approach C&A utilizes an integrated treatment approach when addressing co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. Integrated treatment involves coordinating care with psychiatry, mental health counseling, substance use counseling, group counseling and family therapy. Integrated treatment is correlated with reduced substance use, fewer arrests, improved mental health, better daily functioning and an improved quality of life. Treatment for SUD is determined based on the severity of the substance use, is customized to the needs of the person and is guided by an individualized treatment plan. According the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), treatment generally is offered in four levels of care: Outpatient, Intensive Outpatient, Residential, and Imminent Danger (detox). C&A provides services for the first two levels of care: Outpatient and Intensive Outpatient.

What services does C&A provide? Outpatient Services: Outpatient Services (Level 1) may include weekly individual therapy and may also include weekly, short term group therapy. Individual therapy is scheduled at the convenience of the individual typically for one hour a week. Outpatient services are designed to help the individual make changes in their substance use and/or addictive behavior. Treatment addresses lifestyle, attitudes and behaviors that may interfere with treatment goals. Group therapy provides the opportunity to learn information and encourage interaction with and support from others. Outpatient groups meet weekly and cover topics such as: preparing to change, substance use facts, anger management, self-worth, family and other relationships, and healthy coping skills to name a few. Groups are one hour long and include a workbook that facilitates further thought and action.

Gemini continued on next page


C&A Spotlight Program: Gemini & Co-occurring continued Alternatives Group is one outpatient group offered by C&A. Alternatives is a drug and alcohol intervention service for adolescents with risky behavior or suspicions of drug or alcohol use or addiction. Early intervention services explore and address problems or risk factors and help the youth recognize the harmful consequences of high-risk substance use and/or addictive behavior. Alternatives is indicated for youth who are caught with vape pens, drug paraphernalia, minor drugs or alcohol, who may be facing suspension from school, criminal charges or who exhibit behaviors indicative of substance use. The Alternatives program is six sessions long. Each session is 60 minutes. Adolescents are given facts, tools and support and are taught strategies for taking personal responsibility and making positive, long-lasting behavioral changes.

Outpatient Services Criteria • Persons with both mental health and substance use concerns. • Individuals mandated into treatment and not interested in recovery. • Individuals interested in making a change but may not have taken the necessary steps yet. • Persons in need of education about addiction or substance use. • People in recovery who require ongoing monitoring and relapse prevention.

Decisions group is an IOP service offered by C&A. The ideal candidate in this group is: • An adolescent who has a substance use, abuse and/or dependency concern. • An adolescent who verbalizes readiness to change but may have unrealistic expectations or does not demonstrate consistent behaviors. • An adolescent who has not been successful in outpatient treatment or is at risk of relapse. • An adolescent who is not in active withdrawal. • An adolescent with whom all medical concerns are stable. • An adolescent who lacks positive social supports or a supportive environment. • An adolescent for whom the one of following occurs – mild risk of dangerous behaviors to self or others; recovery efforts are affected by emotional, behavioral or thinking problems in a negative way; mild or moderate difficulty managing daily living or responsibilities at home, school or work; or is likely to become unstable without frequent monitoring and accountability. The program typically lasts for four to six weeks. Time varies based on the issues being addressed and the adolescent’s response to treatment. For youth needing higher levels of care, C&A will assist clients and families in identifying the right treatment program to meet their needs.


C&A School Spotlight Continued - Canton City: Additional Mental Health Tips Canton City Schools elementary teachers are currently piloting the PATHS (Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies) curriculum in grades K-5. PATHS is a program that promotes social and emotional competencies that will strengthen teaching and learning in the classroom setting. • Lessons will be taught 2-3 times a week for 20-30 minutes per day • PATHS is an educational curriculum that incorporates teaching and learning in regards to self-control, positive peer relationships, problem-solving skills, and emotional literacy. • The district is planning to implement the PATHS Curriculum for the 2021-2022 school year.

Canton City Schools also works with C&A counselors to implement positive mental health strategies in the classroom. In addition, Canton City Schools participates in C&A’s Stark County Schools Mental Health Week.


What’s new at C&A? Mental Health Tips Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health recently installed all no touch devices at its Shipley Office location. All restrooms (including toilet, sink and towel dispensers); drinking fountains include a no-touch water bottle fountain; and all offices have no touch light switches. These no touch devices were made possible through a Canton City COVID Cares Grant.

C&A’s Prevention team introduced a new program to help families create stronger communications skills; build a stronger family bond; and improve positive parenting strategies. Stengthening Families is for families with children ages 7 to 17. This program is designed to teach both parents and youht practice-skills involved in bonding, firm boundaries and monitoring children’s emotional well-being and activites to see that they always stay in an alcohol and drugfree social environment. This program meets weekly for two hours and includes a hot dinner, guardian and youth groups and family discussion. The entire program is 11 weeks in length. Sessions start on March 1. For more information, text @CASFP2021 to 81010.

C&A distributed 2,300 Tip Sheet booklets for teachers to 10 Stark County School Districts to help teachers recognize anxiety, depression, substance use and tips for online learning/socially distancing. The tip sheet booklet and individual tip sheets are available on our website at www. childandadolescent.org/tips-and-resources-for-teachers-and-parents.

Mental Health Tips Meditation -

Meditation is a practice where an individual uses a technique - such a mindfulness, or focusing the mind on a particular object, thought or activity - to train attention and awareness, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state. There are nine popular types of meditation: mindfulness, spiritual, focused, movement, mantra, tanscendental, progressive relaxation and loving-kindness. Links to videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZToicYcHIOU https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inpok4MKVLM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xl_B45DpMLU https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-6f5wQXSu8


Be the Difference for a child: Meet Our New Board Members C&A welcomed three new boards members at its Feb. 3 board meeting. The three new board members are Michelle Balderson, Ted Herncane and Stacy Remark. C&A is thrilled to welcome these three new members to our board. Each member brings a unique skillset and perspective.

C&A would like to thank outgoing board members Rob Gress and Jill McDemott for their dedicated service to our board. We wish them continued success in their endeavours.

Michelle Balderson

Alliance Office 1207 W. State St. Alliance, Ohio 44601 330-823-5335

Ted Herncane

Belden Office 4641 Fulton Dr. N.W. Canton, Ohio 44718 330-433-6075

Stacy Remark

Shipley Office 919 Second St. N.E. Canton, Ohio 44704 330-454-7917

Plain Office 1801 Schneider St. N.E. Door 6 Canton, Ohio 44721 330-470-4061

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