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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155 East Main St.
Kent OHIO 44240

P: 330-673-1756
F: 330-673-1330


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For 24 HR help in a crisis call:

Addiction: 330-678-3006

Mental Health: 330-296-3555


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Board & Staff

of the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County
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Board Members Representing the Communities of Portage County:

Chairman: William Nome, Esquire, Kent


Vice Chairman: Iris J. Meltzer, MA, MPH, Kent


Albert Barber, Kent
Denise DePerro, Kent
Harold Farrier, MPH, Suffield Township

Joanne Frick, Ravenna

Frank Hairston, Ravenna Township
Janice Hambleton, Brimfield Township
Maureen Keating, PCC-S, LICDC-CS, Kent
Audrey Cielinski Kessler, Kent
Jeff Langstaff, LICDC-CS, Kent
Laura Mann, SWA, CDCA, Edinburg Township
Gene Mills, Rootstown
Emily Schmidlin, Kent
Jamie Sitko, MEd, PCC, Hiram 
Scott Swan, Franklin Township

Staff of the Mental Health & Recovery Board

John Garrity, PhD., Executive Director
EMAIL 330.673.1756, ext. 206

Chris Cheline, Chief Financial Officer
EMAIL 330.673.1756, ext. 205

Karyn Kravetz, Director of Community Relations
EMAIL 330.673.1756, ext. 204

Rebecca Rood, Director of Compliance and QI
EMAIL 330.673.1756, ext. 203

Evelyn Bailey Tuttle, Fiscal Specialist

EMAIL 330.673.1756, ext. 202

Laura Dotts, Secretary
EMAIL 330.673.1756, ext. 201

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