The Portage Substance Abuse Community Coalition

Local community leaders have come together to form the Portage Substance Abuse Community Coalition. This group of organizations and individuals are dedicated to preventing and treating substance use disorders as well as advocating for funds and policies to address addiction.


The group meets at 1pm on the second Thursday at the Kent Free Library and virtually on the following dates in 2022:

January 13, March 10, May 12, July 14, September 8, November 10

2019 Portage Substance Abuse Conference 
2018 Portage Substance Abuse Conference 
2017 Portage County Opiate Conference 

Residential Treatment Facilities


Horizon House is a residential facility in Ravenna caring for women who are in recovery from addictions. Operated by Townhall II, an agency funded by the Mental Health & Recovery Board.
Contact Townhall II 330.678.3006

Root House is a residential facility in Ravenna caring for men who are in recovery from addictions. Operated by Family and Community Serivices an agency receiving funds from the Mental Health & Recovery Board.
Contact Family & Community Services at 330.677.4124

Recovery Housing

Portage Area Recovery Center (PARC) and On Track to Recovery houses are located in Kent and operated by Family & Community Services. Contact them at 330.677.4124.

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.

Kelly: 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

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