Portage County
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Conference

Thank you for attending our annual conference!
Thank you to the
Conference Sponsors

Conference Speaker, Presentations, & Info

Lori Criss, Director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services gave an update from the State of Ohio. ​
Video of presentation
Ohio Update Mental Health & Addiction Services

Dr. William Goldman of Medical Director of Akron Children's Hospital Addiction Services Program discussed the neurobiology of substance use with adolescence.

Video of presentation

Neurobiology of Substance Use presentation

Dr. Dean DePerro presents on Medication-assisted Treatment and the Opioid Recovery Clinic at Townhall II.

Video of Dr. DePerro
Opioid Recovery Clinic at Townhall II

Dr. Russell Spieth, NEOMED, presents on the effectiveness of buprenorphine-naloxone. 

Video of Dr. Spieth
Presentation on Buprenorphine-Naloxone

Recovery Story: Kelly Hart

Crisis Intervention Team Awards for 2019 & Luncheon Address from Senator John Eklund
Portage police officers receive recognition for using their Crisis Intervention Team skills in helping those with mental health & substance abuse issues. Officers honored for 2019 are: Officer Dominic Poe, Kent Police; Officer Diane Dudziak, Kent State Police; Officer Scott Krieger, Ravenna Police.
Following the awards, Ohio Senator John Eklund adresses the crowd and discusses his proposed Senate Bill 3.

Video of Awards and Senator Eklund

Rick Oliver, Director of Crisis and Trauma Services at FrontLine Service presents on suicide prevention and the Columbia Scale Assessment

Video of Rick Oliver
Suicide Prevention presentation

Melissa Celko, Director of Kent State of Wellness speaks on wellness, self-care, and compassion fatigue.

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Wellness presentation

Recovery Community: Jessika Easterling

Portage County Job & Family Services
Townhall II

Kent Lions
Ohio Hospital for Psychiatry
Sequoia Wellness
State Farm


The Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County funds services for Portage County residents through its network of agencies. Services help families, adults, teens and children with mental illness, depression, addictions, in crisis and at risk for suicide.


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Kent OHIO 44240

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