Meridian Receives Donation from Region 2B Women’s Advisory Council and Women’s Committee – Local 1112

*Photo credit – Region 2B Women’s Advisory Council Facebook Page

Meridian HealthCare had the honor of receiving a donation of $2,175.00 from the Region 2B Women”s Advisory Council and Women’s Committee – Local 1112 – which held a conference on Oct 6-7th at the Local 1112 in Lordstown, OH.  The Conference featured a number of speakers including Stephanie Leonard , a former staff member at Meridian, who spoke on Addiction and Mental Health in our community.  Meridian was then awarded the donation, which was raised through basket raffles at the event.

Meridian HealthCare Honored to Host Russian Physicians

Meridian HealthCare was honored to host 10 Physicians from Russia last week as part of a 10-day Open World Professional Exchange with the Russia-United States Intercountry Rotary Committee.

While visiting Meridian, the physicians met with Meridian’s CEO Larry Moliterno and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Daniel Brown, who explained how Meridian integrates behavioral and primary healthcare together to treat the whole person.  They also learned more about addiction and recovery in our community and the U.S. and toured Meridian’s facilities.

“Rotary’s commitment to world peace is through education and understanding and as one Rotarian’s motto once ready – Humanity is Our Business,” shared Howard Mettee, organizer and Boardman Rotarian. “Thank you to Larry Moliterno and Dr. Brown for the work you are doing every day at Meridian and for sharing this knowledge and information with all of the visiting Physicians.”

The trip and physicians were sponsored by the Boardman Rotary and organized by Howard Mettee. The group toured Northeast Ohio between October 10-20th, visiting facilities including the Cleveland Clinic, Allegheny General Hospital (UPMC Affiliated), Mercy Health and Meridian.

Meridian’s 4th Annual Shut Up and Laugh Comedy Show

Meridian’s Director of Marketing and Development, Renee Amacher, shares details on the upcoming Shut Up and Laugh Comedy Show Fundraiser on WFMJ this morning! Click here to see the full video.

Renee Amacher from Meridian HealthCare spoke with Brad Savage from The Summit about the 4th annual Shut Up and Laugh Comedy Show and fundraiser happening tomorrow night at the DeYor Performing Arts Center in Youngstown! Click Here to listen in!

Boardman and Austintown schools launch pilot program for students in distress

Boardman and Austintown schools are launching a partnership program that provides a rapid response to students in emotional distress.

The pilot program is called EASE, Ensuring Action for Students in Emergency. It’s a partnership with Meridian Healthcare and Alta Behavioral Healthcare to provide a mobile crisis team of trained professionals who will respond to the school and deal with students in distress on the spot.

To read the full article, please click here.

Peer support coming to Trumbull jail

Alki Santamas, Director of Criminal Justice services for Meridian HealthCare in Youngstown is helping bring a peer support program aimed at inmates who are in addiction recovery to Trumbull County.  The program deemed successful in reducing recidivism and dependency on illicit drugs in Mahoning County is hoping to accomplish the same thing in the Trumbull County Jail. To read the full article in the Warren Tribune, please click here.

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.