Meridian Chosen As a Member of the Preferred Care Network

Meridian HealthCare is among the ten charter members of The Preferred Care Network, which was formed recently by the Mahoning County Mental Health and Recovery Board (MHRB).

The network is composed exclusively of non-profit organizations funded by the Board that have demonstrated that they are qualified, caring and have the best interests of those they serve at heart.

“Individuals and families have an increasing number of choices — from both the for-profit and non-profit sectors — when it comes to agencies that provide these services,” said Duane Piccirilli, Executive Director of MHRB. “Our goal was to identify for the public non-profit organizations that are funded by Mahoning County levy dollars and have a proven track record of integrity and success in their fields.”

The Preferred Care Network is being promoted in a TV campaign with 11 commercials — one featuring each member organization.

Support, Collaboration Key to Treating Addiction: Roundtable

On June 25th, the Business Journal held a roundtable discussion regarding addiction and recovery  in the Valley and brought together key members of the community including retired Judge Robert Milich; Carolyn Givens, Executive Director of Neil Kennedy Recovery Centers; State. Sen. Joe Schiavoni; Joe Caruso, CEO of Compass Family & Community Centers; April Caraway, Executive Director of Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board; Clinician Carol Henderson; Larry Moliterno, President and CEO of Meridian HealthCare; Brenda Heidenger, Director of the Mahoning County Mental Health and Recovery Board; Abby Crawford, Addiction Counselor at Progressive Counseling Center, and Mahoning County Common Pleas Judge John Durkin.

For the full article, please visit THE BUSINESS JOURNAL



Meridian’s EAP Coordinator wins 2018 Hennessy Scholarship

Meridian’s Employee Assistant Program (EAP) Coordinator and Counselor, Natasha Cramer has won the prestigious 2018 Hennessy Scholarship, given out by the Employee Assistance Professionals Association.   The John J. “Jack” Hennessy Scholarship Fund is established in memory of and in tribute to former EAPA President and EACC Chair Jack Hennessy, in recognition of his tireless efforts to advance the professional growth of both labor affiliated and non-labor affiliated employee assistance professionals, as well as the cultivation of the CEAP credential. To facilitate the continuation of those important efforts, the Fund has been established to provide an opportunity for both labor affiliated and non-labor affiliated member professionals to participate in the foremost professional development event worldwide,the annual EAPA Conference & EXPO.

For the 2018 EAPA Conference & EXPO being held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, EAPA awarded two scholarships, one to a labor affiliated member, and one to a non-labor affiliated member. Mrs. Cramer, the non-labor affiliated winner, competed with individuals from around the world. In her application, she noted, “It is difficult to pick what I love most about my job. I am grate for the opportunity to breakdown the stigma associated with asking for help.” Mrs. Cramer looks forward to meeting and learning from other EA professionals from around the world at the conference which will be held Thursday, October 11 – Saturday, October 13.

Meridian HealthCare Awards 9th Annual Meridian Scholarship

Meridian HealthCare is pleased to award Mr. Dylan Wilkerson from Howland High School, Miss Ci’Asha Cross from Campbell High School, Miss Haley Ketchum from Niles High School, and Miss Karalyn Stickle of Sebring High School the 2018 Meridian Scholarship.

Meridian created the Meridian Scholarship as a way to honor and support students in the Mahoning Valley who have participated in Meridian’s PANDA Leaders Club. PANDA Leaders Club, a prevention program of Meridian HealthCare, empowers kids and teens by giving them the knowledge to make responsible decisions about the issues that affect them most today. Through peer support, they are encouraged to lead a healthy lifestyle, make positive choices and be comfortable with themselves. These students have adhered to their promise to positively influence their peers and continually be a leader in their community.


Larry Moliterno, Meridian HealthCare’s CEO, said:  “We are very proud of these four students and the leadership roles they have taken on, not only in our PANDA Leaders Club, but also in their schools and communities. We are pleased to contribute to furthering their education and wish them the best.”

Since its beginning in 2010, the Meridian Scholarship has awarded more than $45,000.00 in scholarships to 23 students.  Mr. Wilkerson, Miss Cross, Miss Ketchum, and Miss Stickle will receive $1,000 a year for four years to the University of their choice.

3rd Mahoning County opioid summit examines whether addiction is a choice

By Jordyn Grzelewski

PHOTO CREDIT: Vindicator

Whether addiction is a choice or a disease was the focus of the third community opioid summit organized by the Mahoning County Juvenile Court and Mental Health and Recovery Board on Friday at Our Lady of Mount Carmel social hall. More than 150 were in attendance.

Duane Piccirilli, executive director of the mental health and recovery board, said the topic was selected after officials received numerous questions about whether addiction is a choice after two previous forums.

The event featured several speakers, including medical professionals, a law enforcement officer, and people in recovery, such as Jeremy, identified at the event by his first name.

Dr. Daniel Brown, chief medical officer at local treatment provider Meridian HealthCare, spoke about what addiction is. An important point, he said, is that it is not interchangeable with dependence.

“Dependence is a normal physical adaptation to the chronic exposure to a substance,” he said.

Addiction, on the other hand, is a chronic, relapsing brain disease.

Brown explained that addiction occurs within the brain’s reward system.

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Meridian HealthCare Presents at National Treatment Center Executive and Marketing Retreat

Meridian HealthCare’s President and CEO, Larry Moliterno, and Director of Marketing and Development, Renee Amacher, recently presented at the 2018 National Treatment Center Executive and Marketing Retreat.  The conference was held in Hilton Head, SC from April 30-May 2.  Their presentation, Developing a Treatment Center’s Growth Strategy: Strategic Planning and Partnerships, was received by top Treatment Executive, Marketing, and Financial professionals from across the country.

For more information, please visit: 2018 Treatment Center Executive and Marketing Retreat

Meridian HealthCare Debuts a New Program to Help Mothers Struggling with Opioid Use

Meridian HealthCare held a kickoff meeting Friday May 4th for their new MOMS (Maternal Opiate Medical Support) program, which serves pregnant women struggling with an opioid addiction, at their main location in Youngstown, OH.  Invited guest included community social service agencies, local OBGYNs, treatment agencies, recovery support, hospital administration and others in the healthcare field.

“The goal of this collaborative is to improve maternal and fetal health outcomes, improve family stability, and reduce impact of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome” shared Dr. Daniel Brown, Chief Medical Officer at Meridian.

The kickoff meeting not only explained the program but also started a dialogue on how professionals in the community could work together to build teams to ensure healthy moms and healthy babies. Funding for the program was made possible by Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) and the Ohio Opioid STR Project, a grant provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Meridian HealthCare is a nonprofit organization dedicated to Saving Lives and Serving Communities. Meridian’s mission is to eliminate addiction by working with individuals and their families through recognition, prevention, consultation, healthcare, communication, support, and treatment in a manner that is person-centered and respects the dignity of every person.

For more information on the program please visit, or call 330-797-0070

Meridian HealthCare’s Fourth Annual Shut Up & Laugh Comedy Show

Come and laugh for a very good cause at the fourth annual Shut up & Laugh Comedy Show, sponsored by Meridian HealthCare.

The show takes place at the Ford Family Recital Hall at DeYor Performing Arts Center in Downtown Youngstown on October 18th at 7:00 p.m. Top comedians will come together for this benefit event.

Proceeds from the show will benefit Meridian’s Prevention Education and Treatment/Recovery programs in the Mahoning Valley.


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Protecting our kids from drugs and alcohol

We protect our children in their everyday lives through the use of bicycle helmets, car seats, etc. Larry Moliterno, CEO of Meridian HealthCare, says we should invest the same effort in protecting them from drugs and alcohol.

Four strategies for dealing with the opiate epidemic

Larry Moliterno, CEO of Meridian HealthCare, identifies four approaches to dealing with Ohio’s opiate epidemic that hold the most promise for success.