Insights & Updates

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 & …

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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 …

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