155 East Main St., Kent, Ohio 44240

Portage Substance Abuse Community Coalition

The Portage Substance Abuse Community Coalition

The committee meets monthly on the first Thursday at 1pm at the Kent Free Library.


2016 Portage County Opiate Conference with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office

Speakers included:
Alisha Nelson & Veronica Scherbauer, Ohio Attorney General’s Office: Video
The opiate epidemic and human traffiking in Ohio and strategies communities can employ.

Recovery Story: Video

Dr. Welsh, Coleman Professional Services:  Video
  The opiate epidemic and his experience prescribing suboxone:

Panel Discussion: Video
Portage County community leaders discuss the drug epidemic -Sheriff David Doak, Dr. Brian Welsh, Eugene Muldowney (Prosecutor’s Office), Judge Rebecca Doherty, Judge Barbara Oswick, and Dr. Dean DePerro

Portage County Health Commissioner Joseph Diorio: Video
The county’s health needs assessment and health improvement plan.


All videos from the conference can be viewed on our YouTube channel  

The Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County established an “Oversight Committee” in September 2012 when funding was allocated to Family & Community Services to establish Root House. The Committee has expanded its oversight to include all addiction services in Portage County, including individuals involved with the courts due to their drug/alcohol problems. Group comprised of: MHRB Board members, Family & Community Services, Townhall II, Portage Metropolitan Housing, Citizens for Addiction Recovery and Education (CARE), and community representation.