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.


Member organizations include the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County, Portage County Health District, University Hospitals, Kent Health Department, Coleman Professional Services, Family & Community Services, Townhall II, Job & Family Services, OhioCAN, Windsor Laurelwood, Summit Psychological Associates, Cover2 Resources, and Start Talking Portage as well as concerned residents.


The group meets at 1pm on the second Thursday of the month at the Kent Free Public Library.

* Now due to COVID19 we are meeting via Go-to Meeting. If you would like to join our meeting, please contact Karyn Kravetz (330-673-1756 ext 204 or for the call-in instructions.



The Portage County Addiction Resource guide lists substance use disorder treatment providers in Portage County and the surrounding area.
2018 Portage Substance Abuse 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.

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2017 Portage County Opiate Conference 
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


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.


You can contact us via our contact form or follow us on social networks.

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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