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									                Agency Roster – Foundation Field Placements 2011

                                                                  The University o f Akron
Akron General Medical Center                                      College of Health Sciences
400 Wabash Ave.                                                   & Human Services
Akron, Ohio 44307                           School of Social Work
Ann Haas (330) 344-6000                            Room 411 The Polsky
This is a metropolitan general-care hospital. Social workers      Building
serve as consultants to other disciplines, regarding the
mental health needs of patients and their families, as well as    Naomi White, MSW
provide direct patient/family care. Additionally, social          Coordinator of Field
workers assist the team with discharge planning.                  Education
Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority                    
Resident Support Services
100 West Cedar Street                                             Timothy McCarragher,
Akron, OH 44307                             Ph.D., LISW-S
Jeanne Shea, (330) 762-9631                Director, Associate
The Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority is committed to          Professor
building stronger neighborhoods by providing attractive, safe     330-972-5976
and affordable housing options and professional services for
all eligible Summit County families, elderly and individuals
with special needs in partnership with the greater

Alternative Paths
246 Northland Dr.
Medina, Ohio 44256
Colleen Barrett (330) 725-9195
Alternative Paths is a non-profit behavioral health organization dedicated to providing an array
of services to meet the needs of Medina County residents. Activities include Psychiatric,
Assessment, Child, Case Management, Intake, Community Organization, Crisis Intervention, &
Group Service.

American Friends Service Committee, Northeast Ohio
513 W. Exchange St.
Akron, OH 44302
Greg Coleridge (330) 928-2301
Leah Davis       330-928-2301
AFSC is a Quaker-related social action organization which educates, advocates and organizes on
political/social/economic justice issues--including issues of campaign finance reform; the threat
to democracy/self-determination of corporations and wealth; and race/racism.

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Area Agency on Aging
1550 Corporate Woods Parkway
Uniontown, Ohio 44685
Francine Chuchanis 330-899-5250
Elizabeth Pfeiffer 330-899-5261
The Area Agency on Aging provides older adults and their caregivers long-term care choices, consumer
protection, and education so that they can achieve the highest possible quality of life. Agency activities
include Gerontology and Protective Elder Services. There is also a Wooster office.

Services include Access Services, which are programs designed to help older persons become aware of
and gain access to existing services (client finding, information and referral, transportation); In Home
Services, which are designed to help older persons maintain independence in their own homes, friendly
visiting, hospice visiting, respite, safety monitoring); and Community Services, which are designed to
help older persons remain active members of
their community (counseling / social, gatekeeper, housing assistance). Other Services include the
Ombudsman Program and screening / assessment for referral to Passport.

The Area Agency on Aging offers a unique and rewarding experience for social work students hoping to
acquire pragmatic, hands on experience. Student activities may include assignments in nursing homes,
which the student visits in order to observe living conditions, advocate for residents in complaint
handling, and inform residents of their rights.

The Senior Friends Program is a visitation and companionship service for homebound or isolated older
adults. Through the provision of visitation, the Program alleviates the detrimental impact of isolation.
Visitation occurs within the homes of consumers or in the form of community outings. Students placed
in this program are assigned a caseload of four seniors (after completion of a training module.) Students
spend one hour a week in case conference with the Senior Friends Coordinator. Schedules are adjusted
accordingly for the summer sessions to ensure adequate visitation and supervision.

Beech Brook
3737 Lander Road
Cleveland, OH 44124
Mark Groner 216-831-2255
The mission of this agency is to advance the emotional well-being and self-sufficiency of
children, youth, and families by providing effective, innovative behavioral health, permanency,
educational and related services, and by serving a strong voice for children, youth and families.
Beech Brook is a contract agency of the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services
Board of Cuyahoga County. Services include; campus-based treatment, education and
prevention family health programs, education and prevention early child hood services, homes
for children and teens, community-based treatment.

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Bellefaire Jewish Children’s Bureau – PACT
22001 Fairmount Blvd.
Shaker Heights, OH 44118
Henry Mazur, (216) 932-2800
PACT, Parents and Children Together, is a family preservation and home-based family-centered
service based on the premise that we cannot help children until we help their parents.
Therefore, the entire family is considered the client. The PACT approach rests on the belief that
the best place for a child is with the family as long as safety is not compromised. The PACT staff
works intensively with parents to support change and empowerment, and with referral and
community sources to maintain change. Bellefaire will take several MSW students in various
capacities in the residential, adoption, and child welfare areas. Hours are flexible.

Berea Children’s Home and Family Services
202 East Bagley Road
Berea, OH 44017-2090
Michele Schmidt, (440) 260-8300
This agency is a not-for-profit charitable corporation in a covenant relationship with the United
Methodist Church. It serves youth of all ages needing specialized programs and services to
improve the lives and opportunities of children, families, and adults. The agency provides an
integrated system of effective behavioral health and family support services. Diversity
scholarships are available for non-Asian or non-European applicants. Applicants should call the
contact number above to request to have an application sent to their home. Return the
application with resume to the above address

Blick Clinic
640 W. Market St.
Akron, Ohio 44303
Sharon Cretsinger (330) 762-5425 x 322 Sharon.Cretsinger@BlickClinic.Org
This agency is an evaluation and treatment setting for people of all ages who have mental
retardation/developmental disabilities. The staff works as a team. The team includes the
developmentally disabled individual, that individual’s family and a staff of professionals. The
professional staff includes psychologists, social workers, speech and hearing therapists, occupational
and physical therapists, educational specialists, developmental physicians and psychiatrists. Student
field opportunities include: Shadowing community outreach Help Me Grow workers, exposure to
challenging population of children and adults who may have mental health and/or developmental
disabilities, individual counseling, group co-facilitation, client assessment and referral, treatment and
intervention planning, service coordination, and staff meeting participation.

Caring for Kids, Inc.
650 Graham Road, Suite 101
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44221
Jill Davies or Patricia Ameling 330-688-0044 Email Jill
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Caring for kids is a full service foster care and adoption agency serving foster children and foster families
as well as offering services in domestic and international adoptions. A student intern can anticipate
working with adoptive and foster families and children in a variety of capacities. Responsibilities may
include providing supportive services, assisting in searching and locating a possible adoptive match,
learning to do home study assessments and training, billing, grant writing, fundraising, recruitment, and
community outreach.

Catholic Youth Organization and Community Services (CYOS)
812 Biruta St.
Akron, OH 44302
Mary Kasse (330) 762-2961 x 232
For over 70 years, CYO and Community Services has offered a unique blend of programming to address
the societal needs of the young, disabled, elderly, and poor. CYO and Community Services is proud to
serve our area youth through Athletics, Camp Christopher, Youth Ministry, and Youth Enrichment, while
additional support for the greater community is provided through Adult Day Services, Home Service
Project, and programs for individuals with mental and physical disabilities.

Children’s Community Access Program (also may be Summit County opportunities)
13944 Euclid Avenue, #103
E. Cleveland, OH 44112
Al McIntosh 216-851-7114
A non-profit agency that provides shelter care to runaway and homeless teen girls; foster care
and adoption services.

Child Guidance/ Family Solutions and Family Ties*
312 Locust St
Akron, Ohio 44302
Thelma Greaser (330) 733-7993
We are a comprehensive mental health agency effectively serving over 4,000 children and
1,000 adults annually in our community. We encourage positive change by supporting
strengths, teaching skills, and encouraging each individual's ability to find solutions that work.
Prevention services are a high priority within our comprehensive system of care woven around
the individual. Our services are designed to wrap around the collective mental health needs of
child, family, and adult with prevention and education processes-leading to treatment
strategies and options for those we serve.

Coleman Behavior Health
400 W. Tuscarawas St.
Suite 200
Canton, Ohio 44702
Jennifer Wallace (330) 676-6949
Coleman Behavioral Health – Stark County serves adults with severe and persistent mental illness
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through award-winning services provided by our trained and licensed staff members. Through our Stark
County office, we provide psychiatric, counseling and psychotherapy, and case management services to
adults with severe and persistent mental illness in the Greater Canton area. Coleman Behavioral Health
Stark also offers employment services, vocational evaluation, and situational assessment, job coaching
and professional vocational placement to individuals with disabilities.

Coleman Behavioral Health is a program of Coleman Professional Services, a nationally recognized not-
for-profit provider of behavioral health and rehabilitation programs that improve the lives of individuals,
families and businesses in Northeast Ohio.

Coleman Professional Services
5982 Rhodes Road
Kent, OH 44240
Jennifer Wallace, Intern/Volunteer Coordinator (330) 676-6949

Coleman Professional Services is a private, outpatient organization where people receive the least
restrictive, most effective means of treatment for mental health, addition recovery and personal growth
issues. The agency is committed to providing quality, effective behavioral health services in the most
cost-efficient way. Services include psychiatric services for adults, adolescents and children; case
management; residential services; community integration; crisis residential services; individual and
group counseling and psychotherapy, vocational counseling; Employee Assistance Program and 24-hour
crisis intervention services.

Community New Life Hospice
5255 N. Abbe Rd.
Elyria, Ohio 44035
Nancy Stoldt (440) 934-1458
Community Health Partners extends the healing ministry of Jesus by improving the health of
our communities with emphasis on people who are poor and under-served. Activities include
Nursing Home, Elders, Hospice, Assessment and Case Management.

Community Services of Stark County, Inc.
625 Cleveland Avenue, N.W.
Canton, OH 44702
Michelle Chaido (330) 455-0374
We, the Community Services of Stark County, Inc., in keeping with social and moral tradition,
serve all persons with dignity and respect. Through direct service, counseling and advocacy, we
are committed to empowering individuals and families to enhance the quality of their lives.
Services include counseling; adoption; maternity programs; special needs adoption; emergency
assistance, consultation, education and prevention; community and school outreach; housing
and rape crisis.

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Community Support Services
150 Cross Street
Akron, Ohio 44311
Kimberly Meals, PCC-S, Internship Coordinator 330-996-9141 X 392
CSS is a non-profit mental health corporation, established in 1988. Their purpose is to provide
programs and services to the citizens of Summit County who are most in need of mental health
services. It is a contract agency of the Alcohol and Drug Addictions and Mental Health Services
Board. It provides comprehensive mental health services designed to help chronically mentally
disabled clients function in the community (i.e. case management, emergency services,
vocational training, residential services, psychiatric support and day treatment.) Student
opportunities may include completing client social histories, maintaining a client caseload, and
attending staff meetings.

Cuyahoga County Youth Development Center
996 Hines Hill
Hudson, OH 44236
Carla Brown 330-656-2282

D & E Counseling Center
711 Belmont Ave.
Youngstown, Ohio 44502
Sande Miller (330) 793-2487 x 213
D&E Counseling Center is a comprehensive behavior health treatment organization specializing
in child, adolescent and family care. D&E Center has provided services since 1970. As a child
adolescent behavioral health care provider we work with those up to their 18th birthdays.

Domestic Violence Center*
PO Box 5466
Cleveland, Ohio 44101 evening hours available
Laura Ross (216) 688-7295 216-391-help
The Domestic Violence Center is dedicated to a comprehensive approach to ending domestic
violence and fostering peaceful relationships. Students will work in Intake, Hotline/Shelter,
Court Advocacy and Art Therapy, as well as Assessment, Case Planning, Case Management,
Crisis Intervention, and Protective.

Everywoman’s House
104 Spink St.
Wooster, Ohio 44691
Gina Patterson (330) 263-6021
The mission is to promote the healing of intervals/families that experience domestic violence
and/or sexual assault and is committed to the prevention of these crimes. Student activities
include Child Welfare, School-Based, Criminal Justice, Adult through Child, Assessment, Case
Management, Community Organization, and Crisis Intervention.
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Fair Housing Contact Service
441 Wolf Ledges, Suite 200
Akron, Ohio 44311
Lauren Green (330) 376-6191
Fair Housing Contact Service is a small non-profit organization that strives to prevent and
eliminate housing discrimination and to promote equal housing opportunities under the belief
that everyone deserves to live in the safe, affordable housing of their choice. FHCS provides a
variety of housing advocacy services, including discrimination investigation and complaint filing,
tenant-landlord counseling, homeowners counseling, and homeless prevention services. A
student would be involved in a variety of macro focused projects including curriculum
development, research, and grant contribution, as well as some direct service opportunities.

Family and Community Services of Portage County
174 Gougler Avenue
Kent, OH 44240
Laura Mann, (330) 678-3911
This is the largest social service agency in Portage County with several sites. It is a diverse
multi-service agency meeting the needs of the economically disadvantaged people of Portage
County. Services include housing programs; homeless outreach; individual, family and group
counseling; consumer credit counseling; youth services; early intervention; emergency services;
school based services; and parenting groups.

Family Service Agency
535 Marmion Avenue
Youngstown, OH 44502
David Arnold, 330-782-5664
This agency is a non-profit, multi-services agency serving greater Youngstown area. Services
include counseling, family financial education, rape information and counseling, employee
assistance, kinship care, guardianship (senior citizens) and homeless, runaway shelter. Macro
field experience is in administration.

Forum Health
500 Gypsy Lane
PO Box 240
Youngstown, Ohio 44501
Mary Missos (330) 884-3521
Forum Health’s mission is to enhance the health status of the communities we serve. Main
Focus Activities include Discharge Planning and Case Management. Other Activities include
Nursing Home Placement, Psychiatric, Elders, Substance Use, Assessment, Adoption and Case

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Hattie Larlham
9772 Diagonal Rd.
Mantua, Ohio 44240
Juanita Greenwood (330) 274-2272
Serves people with diverse challenges, including, but not limited to the MR/DD population.

Heartland Behavioral Health
3000 Erie St. South
Massillon, Ohio 44648
Linda Ellis (330) 833-3135 x 1239
Founded in 1898, Heartland Behavioral Healthcare (HBH) provides inpatient care for acutely mentally ill
adults from northeastern Ohio. Services include evaluations, intensive psychiatric care, recovery,
psychiatry, psychology, social services, patient education, occupational and recreational therapy and
work evaluation. In addition, our community support network and child and family services programs
provide services to clients and their families residing in the community.

Holmes County Board of MR/DD
800 TR 574
Holmesville, Ohio 44633
Tracy J. Kolarovsky (330) 674-8045 x 201
This is a family-oriented program which maximizes the potential, develops the independence,
educates and supports all individuals with special needs and their families through a choice of
progressive, diverse, and personalized programs and services in a safe, secure environment.
Activities include School-Based, Elders, MR/DD, Adult, Adolescent, Assessment, Intake and
Ongoing Services.

Hospice of Tuscarawas County
201 W. 3rd St.
Dover, OH 44622
Salva Sedlak (330) 343-7605
This agency provides services to persons with terminal illness and their families; services
include individual, family and group counseling around death and dying issues, bereavement
counseling; volunteer program. The agency serves Dover, New Philadelphia, Massillon and

Huron Hospital a Cleveland Clinic Hospital       Hospital closing at this site-Summer 2011
13951 Terrace Road
East Cleveland, Ohio 44112
Ronald Davis (216) 761-7673
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Huron Hospital is a 180+ bed hospital located in East Cleveland, Ohio. Inpatient setting has an
ICU unit that houses 25 patients. Medical/surgical floors house 50+ patients and step-down
units house 29 patients. Social workers assist with discharge planning (assessment and
progress note documentation, resource education for medications, transportation issues,
arranging of home delivered meals (Meals on Wheels), treatment of dually diagnosed
(psychiatric diagnoses hospitalized for medical purposes and…) and daily interdisciplinary
rounds with medical attending physicians, residents (residency program) and nursing. Huron
Hospital also has a Trauma Service. Trauma patients are placed mainly in the ICU and Medical
Surgical units. Common issues with patients for social workers are: insurance issues (lack
thereof), domestic violence, gang violence, and abuse. Social workers assist with filing for
victims of crime, completing Medicaid applications, assisting with medication programs,
providing resources and comfort for victims of domestic violence, and housing (shelter/group
homes). Additionally, there is an OB/GYN unit which currently houses 20+ patients. Major
social work issues on this floor are: adoption, child abuse, county children services
involvement, arranging of at home services (Help Me Grow/Mom’s First), assistance with
layettes, breast pumps, and formula. On the outpatient side, is the Community Health Center,
Oncology Center, Women’s Health Center, Minority Health Center, and Pediatric Center. Many
of the issues seen here are also described above. The most prominent issues dealt with by
social workers are: transportation, medication assistance, medical/financial assistance, and
housing issues (new or current). Students should be prepared to send/arrive with a resume.

Koinonia Homes, Inc.
6161 Oak Tree Blvd. Ste 400
Independence, OH 44131
Jeff Janney (216) 588-8777; 1-877-398-4770; Fax # 216-588-5670
KOINONIA is a non-profit organization that provides residential, day and vocational support services to
people with developmental disabilities throughout Cuyahoga County. Koinonia serves adults with
mental retardation/developmental disabilities, including those with dual diagnosis (MH/MR) in
group homes and supportive living arrangements.
KOINONIA MEANS COMMUNITY (coin-o-NEE-yah) is a rich, complex word of Greek origin. Community,
partnership and generous sharing are at the heart of the word. When translated into English, it means

Mature Services
415 S. Portage Path
Akron, OH 44320
Suzanne Rymer, 330-253-4597x 144
This agency provides services to older adults, including support, specialized chemical
dependency services; home care and senior employment services. The goal is to provide
independence to individuals, through community-based assistance, to help older adults avoid
premature or inappropriate institutionalization and to help alleviate the problems of poverty
among older adults.

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Medina County Department of Jobs and Family Services
232 Northland Drive
Medina, OH 44256
Louise Brown, 330-722-9300 x 270
The Mission of Medina County Job and Family Services is to provide financial assistance, Medicaid
programs, protective and supportive services that foster independence and improve the quality of life in
the community.

Mercy Hospice
7568 Whipple Ave. N.W.
North Canton, Ohio 44720
Kimberly Bray (330) 649-438      
Mercy Hospice, through healing, compassionate ministry and interdisciplinary team approach,
provide services to terminally ill patients and their families. This is provided through case
management, psychosocial counseling, and bereavement support.

Mercy Medical Center / Impact Program
1320 Mercy Drive NW
Canton, OH 44708
Kimberly Clark (330) 489-1233
This agency is a chemical dependency treatment center and intensive outpatient treatment center for

*Multi-County Juvenile Attention System
815 Faircrest Avenue
Canton, Ohio 44706
Patricia Schneider 330-484-6471 ext. 2814
The Multi-County Juvenile Attention System (MCJAS) provides detention and rehabilitation
services to the Juvenile Courts of counties in Northeast Ohio. The mission of MCJAS is to
provide innovative and quality services to the unruly, delinquent, dependent, neglected and
abused children referred by Juvenile and Family Court Judges so they can return to their homes
and families to earn, live, and serve successfully in their communities.
The detention program is focused on short-term services. The detention centers hold youth for
the courts prior to the hearing on the case or while arrangements are being made for
placement elsewhere. The focus of the detention centers’ programs is learning responsibility
for individual behavior.
The group home program provides residential care and treatment services in an open setting
for youth who are able to function in the regular public-school system. Emphasis is placed on
developing the skills necessary to return either to the family setting or to independent adult
The Residential Treatment Center offers live-in care for youth lacking sufficient internal controls
for an open setting or who are unable to function within the public schools. In addition to

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group and family counseling sessions, this setting provides a specialized school focusing on
youth with learning or behavioral problems.
Students will have opportunities to lead group counseling sessions, individual counseling, and
psycho-educational and skill-building groups. Hours could include evening and weekends.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Ohio Buckeye Chapter
6155 Rockside Rd. #202
Independence, Ohio 44131
Kincaid Brines Early
(216) 503-4176
The main office is located in Independence but the majority of assignments could be located in
the Akron area. The mission of the MS Society is to end the devastating effects of MS. This
organization offers students a generalist experience including but not limited to:
   1. Friendly visiting to MS Clients in nursing homes. Once training is completed, student
       would visit as schedule permits. Home visits would be made with a staff social worker.
   2. Possible work with the Akron Craft class depending on student’s schedule (class meets
       on Tuesday mornings from 9:30 a.m. -12 noon)
   3. Provide support to self help group in the Akron area. Group meets once a month on
       Saturday mornings.
   4. Resource development for provider database (Once trained could be completed on
       student’s time)
   5. Work on special client projects (holiday bags, client social events, etc.) as schedule
   6. Additional group opportunities- such as: Akron Craft Class

Northside Hospital Youth Services Unit
500 Gypsy Lane
Youngstown, OH 44501
Ilonna Roth-Cohn 330-884-3923

Neil Kennedy Recovery Clinic
25 N. Canfield-Niles Road Suite 140
Austintown, Ohio 44515
Vince Brancaccio (330) 509-3649
Neil Kennedy Recovery Clinic has a mission to provide compassionate professional services of
the highest quality for alcohol and/or other drug dependent people, their families, and the
community. Student activities include Substance Use Treatment, Criminal Justice, Adolescent,
Assessment, Discharge Planning, Case Management, and Intake.

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Psychiatric, Counseling, & Pain Management Services
4735 Belpar Street
Canton, Ohio 44718
Randall Chapman 330-265-7707
A private agency that provides psychiatric services, counseling and pain management services to clients
utilizing individual, couples, and group therapeutic sessions, as well as SMD and chemical dependency.
This organization adheres to the Yalom process model and implements cognitive behavioral, solutions
based, and some narrative therapy. Students will experience the role and impact of diagnostic criteria
(using the DSM & the ICD) and hospitalizations, crisis intervention, and working in a multi-disciplinary
team of medical, chemical dependency and social work professionals (MSN Nurse Practitioner, Medical
Interns, RN staff, LPC’s, LPCC-S, LICDC, LISW, LCDC III). Students will also learn about client support from
greeting and directing clients, answering phones, scheduling appointments, documenting and filing
client information in support of HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), referral and
assessing scope of practice, management skills, staff development and medicine monitoring. Student
will have contact and information exchanges with other agencies including child protective services.
Populations served include, but not limited to: the severely mentally disabled, couples and/or marital
counseling utilizing Structural Family Therapy, individuals experiencing substance abuse and other
addictions, domestic violence and co-dependency as well as anger management.

Oriana House Inc.
264 E. Crosier
Akron, Ohio 44308
Sally Longstreth Fluck 330-996-2222 ext. 2616
This agency provides cost effective and humane point of entry to comprehensive services for chemically
dependent Summit County residents. Services include intake, screening, and assessment to determine
eligibility. Recommendations for level of care and treatment options are discussed, and referral is
offered for recommended. Target population is adult Summit County residents

Pathway Caring for Children
6370 Wise Ave. N.W.
N. Canton, OH 44720
Wendy Tracy (330) 493-0083 (x3441)
Pathway is a private, non profit agency providing quality, community-based and treatment-oriented
residential care for boys and girls who are unable to live with their own families. Its purpose is to care
for neglected, abused and abandoned youth age’s infancy to 19, by providing loving, stable
environments. Services offered are foster care, group home, and foster parent services. Student
opportunities include participation in respite program, providing support for parents, adoption,
conducting research, and involvement with other community social service agencies.

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Phoenix Rising Behavioral Health and Recovery
1930 Fremont Pl. S.W.
Canton, Ohio 44706
Michelle Litton-Betts (330) 455-5950
The mission of Phoenix Rising is to provide opportunity for growth and recovery utilizing
behavioral healthcare treatment that is evidence-based and effective in meeting the needs of
the individuals served. The organization offers individual and group counseling, case
management, and psychiatry.

Portage Children’s Center /Children’s Advantage
520 N. Chestnut St.
Ravenna, Ohio 44266
Joel Mowrey, Ph.D. 330-296-5552, ext. 219
Barbara A. Clark, 330-296-5552, ext. 218.
The mission of PCC is to provide behavioral healthcare services and forge community
partnerships in order to help children and families reach their fullest potential. PCC places a
high value on prevention and consultation. Thus, the agency participates with other
community agencies in the development of coordinated services, consults with other
community agencies that serve children and initiates educational efforts to positively influence
parents and families. PCC provides individual, group and family therapy; case management,
school consultation, early childhood mental health and child psychiatric services.

Portage County Board of MR/DD
2606 Brady Lake Rd.
Ravenna, OH 44266
Charles Holden 330-297-7261
The mission of the Portage County Board of Mental Retardation & Developmental Disabilities is
to ensure the availability of programs, services, and supports that assist eligible individuals with
mental retardation and developmental disabilities in choosing and achieving a life of increasing
capability such that they can live, work, and socialize in the community, and to assist and
support the families of these individuals in achieving this objective.

Quest Prevention & Recovery Services
1341 Market Avenue, N.
Canton, Ohio 44714
Pete Botti 330- 453-8252
The mission of this agency is to reduce the incidence and prevalence of chemical abuse and dependency
and their related effects in the community through the provision of cost-effective, culturally sensitive
services in the least restrictive environment of care regardless of ability to pay.

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Renee Jones Empowerment Center
1340 West 65th Front
Cleveland, Ohio 44102
Mary Rebecca Wilson, MSSA, 216-651-9601- office,
M/T/H 8 a.m. -8 p.m.
Saturday 1-5 p.m.
Perform crisis response and intervention in person and by phone, assessment, service planning, safety
planning, case management, counseling, group education and support, court assistance and
accompaniment, education and referral and other services in support of clients enrolled in Project Red
Cord Diversion program and clients enrolled in Project Red Cord Phase II support group. Tasks involve
working flexible schedule that include evenings and weekends.
Crisis intervention- Provide crisis counseling and de-escalation, and supportive individual, or group
counseling, support and education.
Assessment- Assess the client and assist them in developing a safety plan if needed and a service plan.
Service Planning- Assist the client in developing a service plan including identification of resources to
meet their most immediate and longer term needs, provision of referrals, assistance in accessing
services, and review of plan to assure all needed services are provided and effective in meeting the
client’s goals.
Safety Planning- Assist the client in developing a written safety plan for them to follow in order to assure
their own safety.

SAFY- Specialized Alternatives for Families & Youth
SAFY of Ohio, Inc. - Canton/Akron
6465 Frank Avenue, NW
North Canton, Ohio 44720
Faith Morehouse 330-305-1668
800- 787- 7239 - Toll Free
330- 305-1696 - Fax
Founded in 1984, Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth believes that every child is entitled to a
caring and stable living environment. Many children in our nation are abused, neglected and victimized
and left without loving parents to care for them. SAFY focuses on these difficult-to-place children, by
helping to provide stable homes in order that they may grow into healthy and happy adults. SAFY’s
primary focus is therapeutic or treatment foster care. Annually, SAFY helps more than 2,000 children
find stable and loving homes. This program is designed for children who are unable to remain with their
primary families. These children receive individualized services from a team of professionally-trained
foster families and social workers. SAFY’s foster care program is intended as a short-term solution with
the goal of reunifying the primary family, whenever possible.

Salem Community Hospital
1995 East State Street
Salem, OH 44460
Debbie Pietzrak 330-386-2914
Student macro field opportunities may include grant writing and implementation and program
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Salvation Army - Akron
190 South Maple Street
PO Box 280
Akron, OH 44302
Terry Lutz (330) 762-8481
The Salvation Army’s mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His
name without discrimination. The target population would be any individual that is seeking a need, or
resource that we offer at the agency. The services offered at the agency are; Emergency family shelter,
emergency assistance, such as; utility, rental & food pantry assistance. The Salvation Army also offers
seasonal assistance such as, holiday help and summer camp for families. Field opportunities at The
Salvation Army include; preparation, & leadership of life-skills classes for shelter clients, attend
department meetings, attend outside agency meetings, grant writing, shadowing social services staff,
benefit bank training/tax prep classes. Expected duties/assignments for field students include;
answering phones, maintaining client files, using fax and copy machines, covering front desk duties,
writing case notes/ proper documentation, assisting/direct practice with clients, calling potential booth
shelter clients for pre-screening, assisting with back-pack program, attending pantry mania day at the
East Akron Salvation Army.

Solutions Behavioral Healthcare
246 Northland Dr.
Medina, OH 44256
Melanie Woods (330) 723-9600
This agency provides alcohol and drug dependency as well as mental health outpatient services for
clients and their families. Residents of Medina County may receive services based on a sliding scale fee.

South West General Health Center
Geriatric Program
18697 Bagley Road
Middleburg Heights, OH 44130
Donna Barrett (440) 816-4036
Community-based case management for high risk older adults. Assessments, outreach, grant
writing and program planning.

Stark County Children Services
221 3rd Street S.E.
Canton, OH 44702
Norma Thorpe (330) 451-8927
Stark County DJFS provides child protective services, foster care, adoption, adult services and
administrative support to assist in the delivery of the aforementioned programs.

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Stark County Board of MR/DD
2950 Whipple Ave N.W.
Canton, Ohio 44708
Sandra Bowers (330) 479-7743
The mission of the Board of MR/DD is to enable people with developmental disabilities to
maximize their potential within the community. Activities include Nursing Home, Psychiatric,
Elders, Assessment, Case Management, Intake and Ongoing Care.

Summa Center for Senior Health
55 Arch Street, Suite 2H
Akron, OH 44304
Linda Choken, LSW (330) 375-3195
This agency tries to improve the health, quality of life and well-being of older adults by working
with health care professionals, patients and their families as a consultative service focused on
coordinating every aspect of an older adult’s care. Social workers act as a team member to
create a comprehensive care plan outlining the actions needed to improve health, safety and
independence with the family or caregiver. Social workers work with the family as the primary
contact to implement the recommendations and provide on-going support.

Summa Family Medicine Center
53 Arch Street
Akron, Ohio
Dr. John Thomas, Ph.D., 330-375-3761,
The Summa Family Medicine Center provides primary care for over 4,000 patients in the Summit County
area. The center has a full-time social worker who provides supportive services to patients, resident
physicians, attending physicians and staff. A major focus for the social worker is on the underinsured
and non-insured patients. The social worker assists these patients in getting connected with patient
assistance programs for free or significantly reduced medications. Another major program for the non-
insured is Access to Care. This is a grant funded program which coordinates access to service providers
who are willing to provide free care to non-insured patients. The social worker handles enrollment for
this program. Other responsibilities include connecting patients with community resources for
assistance with food, clothing, housing, utilities etc. The social worker also provides education to
residents on the role of social work in health care and assists them in treatment planning for needy

Summa Medical Center
525 E. Market St.
Akron, Ohio 44304
Lynn M. McNamara 330- 375-3452
Student activities include Nursing Home, Psychiatric, Gerontology, Substance Use, Medical, HIV,
Assessment, Discharge Planning, Case Management, Intake, Protective, Crisis Intervention, and

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Interdisciplinary Practice.

Summit County Children Services
47 North Main Street
Akron, Ohio 44308
Helen-Jean Cardina
or Colleen Harris (330) 996-7038
SCCS will assure that Summit County residents have access to resources and services necessary
to obtain and sustain quality of life, self-determination and self-sufficiency in order to build a
stronger community.

Tarry House, Inc
564 Diagonal Rd.
Akron, Ohio 44320
Natalie Grier (330) 253-6689
Tarry House is a group home with a mission of empowering persons suffering from mental illnesses and
psychological disorders, with skills necessary to live as independently as possible. This agency provides
counseling, food, shelter, transportation and recreational activities.
Tarry House provides residential rehabilitation care for individuals affected by mental illness in a halfway
house setting in order to enable those persons to adjust to the community and avoid rehospitalization.
Student placement activities may include case management, transporting clients, intake assessments,
documentation, termination assessments, and assisting clients with coping techniques.

The National Youth Advocate Program
Sharon Marconi, Program Director
1801 Watermark Drive, Suite 200
Columbus, OH 43215
614-487-8758 Phone
614-487-3819 Fax
1-877-NYAP-CAN or 1-877-692-7226 (Toll free 24 hour referral and assistance line)
Local contact: Meredith L. Kober
The National Youth Advocate Program (NYAP) has provided cost effective, community based services
and support to children, youth and families since 1978. We offer flexible, creative, outcome based
solutions to meet the unique needs of the communities we serve and the individual needs of the youth
and families involved in our programs.

NYAP in Ohio has served children and families in Ohio since 1978. In keeping with our philosophy of
maintaining strong local support for our foster parents and team members, the Ohio program is
administered through seven regional office locations:
Columbus (Central Ohio)
Newark (Eastern Ohio)
Cincinnati (Southwestern Ohio)
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Dayton (Western Ohio)
Maumee (Northwestern Ohio)
Cleveland (Greater Cleveland Area)
Tallmadge (Greater Akron/Northeast Ohio)

The Village Network (formerly Boys’ Village)
Opportunity Schools
P. O. Box 518
Smithville, OH 44677
Nancy Plant 330-202-3869
This is a partnership between Village Network and the Wooster City Schools to provide
education and intervention for at-risk youth in Wooster/Wayne County.

Trillium Family Solutions
624 Market Ave N.
Canton, OH 44702
Susan F. Stroup 330-454-7066 ext 407
Trillium Family Solutions is a non-governmental, private, not-for-profit, social service agency serving all
of Stark and surrounding counties. We offer a variety of counseling and support services designed for
individuals and families of all ages and incomes. Services include, but not limited to: family counseling,
chemical dependency, community psychiatric support treatment based, HIV/AIDS case Management,
school based services, psychiatric & pharmacological management, elder care, and services to the deaf
The staff at Trillium Family Solutions strives to give the gift of hope and healing to families and
individuals experiencing the despair of these life problems. Through our services offered to the
community, Trillium touched the lives of nearly 9,000 lives in our community in 2007.

Turning Point Counseling Service
611 Belmont Ave.
Youngstown, Ohio 44502
Theresa Swindler (330) 744-2991 x 162
The mission is to provide the highest quality, comprehensive care and addiction services to
restore, improve, and enrich the lives of individual families. Activities include Crisis
Intervention, Intake, Case Management, Assessment, Adult, Substance Use, and Psychiatric.

Union Hospital
659 Boulevard
Dover, Ohio 44622
Kathy Cummings or Jennifer Murphy 330-343-3311
Union hospital is a small, rural hospital with the mission to provide quality health care to the
community at a competitive price through highly competent people and an integrated service
network. Activities include Nursing Home Placement, Psychiatric, Substance Use Treatment,
HIV, Assessment, Discharge Planning, Case Management, Protective, Adoption and Crisis
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United Way of Wayne County
Wooster, OH 44691
Brenda Linnick (330) 264-5576
Improving lives in Wayne County requires partnerships. United Way of Wayne County works
with community organizations, developing measurable solutions to serve those most in need.

VA Medical Center
10000 Brecksville Road – Location changing
Brecksville, Ohio 44141
Dale Goldstein       440-526-3030 ext. 7214
Heather Cole-Lively 440-526-3030 ext. 7505
The VA’s mission is to provide good health care for veterans. The staff is to meet the needs of
veterans and improving outcomes such as increasing the length and quality of life. The VA
offers many specialty areas such as: Women’s Addictive Behavior Program, Stress Recovery
Center, Dual Diagnostic Unit, Community Residential Care, Transcend (for Vietnam Veterans),
and Psychiatric services. The student would have the opportunity to facilitate group therapy,
individual therapy, participate in outreach projects, conduct research, case management, intake
assessments, and conduct interagency referrals. VA mission is “to care for him, who shall have
borne the battle and for his widow and orphan.” These words, spoken by Abraham Lincoln,
reflect the philosophy and principles that guide the VA in everything we do.

Victim Assistance Program
150 Furnace Street
Akron, Ohio 44304
Emily Simers 330-376-0040
The Victim Assistance Program of Summit County is one of the oldest victim advocate programs
in the United States. The program has pioneered victim services both locally and nationally.
VAP has the goal of offering comprehensive services to all victims of violent crimes. VAP
services offer information and referral services, community and professional education,
identification of victims and their needs, victim advocacy throughout the criminal justice
system, and supportive counseling to crime victims. Students may be involved in one or more
of the following services: crisis intervention, assistance with victim reparation, emergency food,
medical and dental assistance, in-service forms, credit card replacement, referrals to
community services, and community education. In-service training is provided. In order to
benefit more fully from this experience, students should arrange their schedules so that they
can spend at least part of the practicum hours at the agency on weekday mornings.

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Violet’s Cupboard
1815 West Market Street, Suite 204
Akron, OH 44313 Fax # 330-983-9234
Janaris Alston 330-794-5289  
This agency’s mission is to provide a continuum of services to promote the quality of life and enhance
the dignity of daily living for those living in the HIV spectrum and their traditional and non-traditional
family members. Agency field activities include HIV, Case Management, Intake and Ongoing.

Western Stark Medical Clinic
820 Amherst Rd., N.E.
Massillon, Ohio 44646
Diane Daniels (330) 834-1546
Experiences available to students in the areas of grant writing, marketing, and fundraising.
Placement offers a macro experience within a medical setting.

***Summit County Children’s Services internships are available for employees only at this
time, (January, 2007.)

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