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Faith & Community Address Mental Health & Substance Use Issues

2/18/2020

The Missing Link: It Starts With You. 

The Columbiana County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board and the Columbiana County Faith-Based Collaborative recently sponsored a training event for faith-based leaders and providers, entitled “The Missing Link: It Starts With You. Faith and Community Address Mental Health and Substance Use Issues.” Nearly 50 people attended the training, which featured presentations on the science of addiction, reducing stigma, mental illness and recovery, faith and community partnerships, and testimonials from individuals in recovery and a family member of a person with a mental illness. Rep. Tim Ginter was the keynote speaker for the event. As an ordained minister pastoring five churches over the past 40 years, and chairman of the advisory board of the Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, Rep. Ginter has a unique perspective of the interaction between government and faith. He shared some information about resources available through the initiative.  

The Columbiana County Faith-Based Collaborative meets the third Thursday of each month at 8:30 a.m. at the CCMHRSB office, 27 Vista Drive. The goal of the group is to find ways to better address the needs of persons with mental illness or substance use issues through faith and community. The next meeting will be held Jan. 20, as there is no meeting scheduled for December. New members are always welcome. Another training is being planned by this group for Friday, March 27. In addition, the collaborative is working to create a resource guide of county faith-based services. For more information on this collaborative and/or upcoming trainings, or to share information about any resources that are available, contact Jennifer Thorn at the Board office at (330) 424-0195 or jthorn@ccmhrsb.org.

Chad Jakubowski
Chad Jakubowski, a counselor with the Counseling Center of Columbiana County, provided information about the science of addiction during a recent training sponsored by the Columbiana County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board.
Representative Tim Ginter
Rep. Tim Ginter shared information about the Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.
Tammy Blackburn
Tammy Blackburn of the Way Station spoke on the importance of community partnerships in serving individuals with mental illness or substance use issues.
Training attendees
Nearly 50 people attended a training sponsored by the Columbiana County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board for faith-based leaders and community providers.


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