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Substance Abuse Mental Health Conference Registration Open

The Portage Substance Abuse and Mental Health Conference will be held on October 25 from 8:30am-4pm at the NEW Center Ballroom at the Northeast Ohio Medical University in Rootstown.

Dr. Deana Kimes, the State Medical Director of Brightview will discuss current drug trends including Fentanyl and Xylazine and treatments. Dr. Kamesha Spates from the University of Pittsburgh will discuss racial trauma and its impact on mental health. Youth-led prevention trainer Joe Markiewicz will present on how Portage County has engaged our youth as agents of positive change. Hoarding behaviors will also be a topic as presented by Chris Freeman-Clark from the ADM Board of Summit County.

The Crisis Intervention Team awards will be presented during the luncheon.

Continuing education credits are available for social workers, counselors, and clock hours for treatment and prevention professionals. Townhall II are providing the continuing education units.

The event is being hosted by the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County and sponsored at the Champion level by, AxessPointe, Coleman Health Services, Family & Community Services, Hope Town, Simply Amazing Family Environment, and Townhall II and at the Leader level: Children’s Advantage, Community Health Services, MedMark Treatment Centers, Portage County Health Department, Travco Behavioral Health/First Step/Parkman Recovery, and Windsor Laurelwood.

The event is free and open to public, and registration is required. Register online at or call 330.673.1756 ext 201.


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