Richland County Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Treatment
Organizations and the Board Collaborate to Raise Awareness

[Mansfield, Ohio], [August 30, 2019] – Mental and substance use disorders and the societal benefits of recovery for our local community must be addressed immediately, according to the Richland County Mental Health & Recovery Services Board Executive Director Joe Trolian, who today recognized September as National Recovery Month. To promote the widespread national observance, Trolian announced a calendar of events
that is a collaboration of the Board and various behavioral health providers in the Richland County community. This calendar features various events intended to support people in recovery and draw attention to critical prevention, treatment, and recovery support services.

In Fiscal Year 2018 the Richland County Mental Health & Recovery Services Board notes there were 7,135 adults aged 18 or older and 3,851 children who received services in the Richland County community. These services were delivered by Catalyst Life Services, Family Life Counseling, UMADAOP, CACY and NAMI who contracts with the Board.

The attached calendar of events notes the partnering agencies and events they will host in celebration of recovery. “It is important that the momentum we’ve established with this calendar is carried on throughout the year,” said Trolian. “We all have the potential to make a difference and be visible, vocal, and valuable to help spread the message that recovery is possible.”

This Calendar of Events is in observance of the national Recovery Month that is sponsored by SAMHSA, within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

September is Recovery Month 2019

The observance raises awareness of mental and substance use disorders, celebrates individuals in long-term recovery, and acknowledges the work of prevention, treatment, and recovery support services. The events are as follows:

2019 Recovery Month Calendar of Events

August 28th
1:00pm Joe Trolian of the Richland County Mental Health Board will talk with Sartaj Sign of WMFD on how Richland County is working to combat the opiate crisis. Air dates to be announced.

August 31st
5:00pm An event celebrating International Overdose Awareness Day event “Together We Are Stronger” will be held at Richland Academy of Arts at 75 N Walnut Street in Mansfield. The event will feature Community Resources, a Candlelight vigil and artistic tributes to individuals in recovery. Your participation in this global event is designed to help raise awareness and inspire change to save lives.

August 31st
7:00pm Fusion Church is sponsoring the International Overdose Awareness Day event “Together We Are Stronger” that will be held at Lexington Community Park on Plymouth Street. Your participation in this global event will help raise awareness and inspire change to save lives. We will remember those we have lost, support each other in grief, provide education/resources and create messages of hope for those who continue to struggle with addiction.

September 1st thru September 30th
Community Action for Capable Youth (CACY) will be offering Deterra medical disposal pouches at no charge to the public. The bags are a convenient way to dispose of unused and unwanted medications. For more information on the pouches please call the CACY office at 419-774-5683.

September 1st thru September 30th
Catalyst Life Services will have Helpline available 24 hours a day 7 days a week for questions/concerns regarding substance use and mental health recovery. Call 419-522-HELP (4357). Open access Walk-in Clinic hours are available for AOD and Mental Health. Check in is from 7:30am to 9:30am and people can be seen by a counselor as early as 8:00am.

September 1st thru September 30th
The Richland County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board is funding a 24 hour 7 day a week Warmline for Richland County residents and contracts with Catalyst Life Services and UMADAOP for staffing. The Warmline is operated by trained call specialists who offer nonjudgmental
support and actively listen to callers’ concerns. No treatment recommendations are given, however referral to community resources is provided. “When you need someone to talk to” call (419) 522-5300.

September 3rd
7:30pm The Village of Lexington Mayor Eugene Parkison will present a proclamation to the Richland County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board proclaiming September 2019 as Recovery Month in Lexington Ohio.

September 3rd
10:00am The Richland County Commissioners will present a proclamation to the Richland County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board proclaiming September 2019 as Recovery Month in Richland County.

September 4th
7:00pm The City of Ontario Mayor Randy Hutchinson will present a proclamation to the Richland County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board proclaiming September 2019 as Recovery Month in Ontario Ohio.

September 5th
6-8:30pm NAMI Family to Family Class will be in session starting Sept.5th-November 14th for 11 consecutive Thursday nights from 6-8:30pm at the Richland County Mental Health & Recovery Services meeting room. The class is for the family member or support person of an individual living with a mental health or addiction concern. This program gives you education on mental health conditions, treatment options and information on how to advocate for your loved one.

September 5th
6-7:00pm NAMI Connection, a support group for persons living and coping with mental health issues, will be meeting at the Oasis Peer Center, 87 E. First St. This peer led program is a very encouraging source of support to those on the journey towards recovery. Call NAMI Richland County at 419-522-6264 for more information.

September 9th
Catalyst Life Services staff Elaine Surber and a guest who is in recovery will be filming Sittin’ Down with Kelby King to talk about recovery. The show will air September 18th at 9:00pm on WMFD. Please tune in and watch.

September 9th-13th
NAMI Richland County will host the 24th Crisis Intervention Team training for law enforcement and first responders. This training offers education on mental health issues and some extra tools for first responders on how to help persons get to support and treatment when needed.

September 11th
4:00 to 6:00pm Family Life Counseling will host their 20th Anniversary celebration Open House at its main office located at 151 Marion Avenue in Mansfield Ohio. Please join us as we celebrate 20 years of service delivery to those in need.

September 20th
11:00am Richland County Mental Health & Recovery Services will host a ribbon cutting for the New Beginnings Withdrawal Management and New Beginnings Phase II Women’s Treatment Facility. There will be a special ceremony to dedicate the Women’s facility. The community is
invited to attend. The address is 703 Scholl Road. For more information please call 419-774-5811.

September 21st
7:00pm Warrior Women Hometown Premiere Gala hosted in partnership with the Shelby Chapter of GOLD (Girls Owning Lives of Dissent), Voices of Change, Activism, and Leadership (VOCAL), and The Ohio State University at Mansfield and will feature the screening of the awardwinning
documentary film. The event is free but does require a ticket. Tickets can be secured at Donations can be made via this same site and will go to support for the event. As part of the event seven Mansfield Warrior
Women will be honored. For more information call 419-755-4034.

September 26th
5:00pm to 7:30pm Catalyst Life Services will host the Second Annual Recovery Picnic brought to you by Family TREE. Addiction professionals and those touched by addiction will be sharing advice, experiences and personal stories of hope. This event will be free to the public and food will
be provided beginning at 5:00pm and is being held at Mosaic Church located at 296 Park Avenue West in Mansfield. For more information on this event please call 419-774-6765.

September 26th
5:30pm to 7:00pm Family Fun Art Night will be held at Healing Hearts Facilitated Art Therapist, Jacy Warrick. Parents will be given instructions and will work with their kids on a project (Ages 4 and up). Open to the Community, but limited space. Please call 419-528-5993 to register so we
have enough supplies. Each family will be creating their own Journey of Recovery (a collage puzzle on foam core to take home with them).

September 27th
11:00am till 1:00pm UMADAOP will be providing tours of their Recovery Houses located at 204 Vale Avenue (Women’s House), 406 Bowman Street (House Manager’s Living Quarters), 406 1/2 Bowman Street (Men’s House), 416 Bowman Street (Women’s House) and 420 Bowman Street
(Men’s House).

September 30th and October 1st
Healing Hearts Counseling Center is pleased to host Dorrin Birch from Perrysburg, Ohio for Recovery Month. Dr. Birch (a former smoker who didn’t believe in acupuncture) is now renowned for treating individuals since the 1980’s, with nicotine addiction. Part of an addicts use
relates to addiction interaction and addiction switching. Focusing on health and wellness includes putting out the cigarette for good. She has an 80% success rate. Limited slots available, please call 419-528-5993 ext. 0 for further information.

October 1st
Mansfield Comprehensive Treatment Center will be hosting an Open House at their office located at 475 Lexington Avenue in Mansfield. For more information on this please call 419-419-5705.

October 14th and 15th
The Richland County Mental Health Board will be partnering with Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities and Ohio Department of Mental Health to bring the 2019 Ohio Recovery Conference to our State. Please go to to register for the event. Please visit and/or Richland County Mental Health & Recovery Services Board’s Facebook page to view our video and podcast.

For more Information on Recovery Month events contact Sherry Branham at the Mental Health & Recovery Services Board at 419-774-5811 or go to

See more events or changes at our on-line calendar throughout the year at

We’d like to introduce you to another member of the Richland County Opiate Board:

The Richland County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board

(The Board) is the local government statutory authority to plan, design, implement and evaluate publicly funded mental health and addiction services within the County. The Board does not provide direct services, so we contract with 5 local private non-profits, consisting of; Catalyst Life Services, Mansfield Urban Minority Alcohol and Drug Abuse Outreach Program (UMADAOP), Family Life Counseling and Psychiatric Services, Community Action for Capable Youth (CACY) and The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Richland County. In addition, we work with several other private organizations including; Third Street Family Health Services, Healing Hearts Counseling Center, The Community Alternative Center, Abraxas Ohio, Foundations for Living, Village Network, Visiting Nurse Association and several grassroot advocacy organization including Starfish Project, Project One, Reformer’s Unanimous and Fusion Church.

The Board works to assure that local programs are meeting the needs of the community in a trauma-informed and recovery-oriented manner and that local, state and federal tax dollars that are directed to treatment, prevention, education and support services are being used efficiently and effectively. The Board works to secure funding through a local levy, state and federal block grant funding as well as private foundations or other grant-based organization to continue to assure the provision of new and innovative practices in the behavioral health field.

The Board is also part of the joint effort to build the

New Beginnings Withdrawal Management Center

A ground-breaking ceremony was held for a the 16-bed Withdrawal Management and a 16-bed Residential Treatment Facility on August 27, 2018 at 11:00am at 711 Scholl Road, Mansfield, Ohio 44907. This project is being collaboratively funded by a State of Ohio Capital matching grant through the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. The local match is being collaboratively funded by the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board, Richland Foundation, S.N. and Ada Ford Foundation and Ohio Health. The treatment programming will be provided by Catalyst Life Services with medical services provided under subcontract with Third Street Family Health Services. This is truly a community wide effort to help address substance use disorders in Richland and surrounding counties. We will continue to provide updates as these buildings approach completion.

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87 East First Street, Suite L, Mansfield, Ohio 44902
Phone: 419 774 5811 | Fax: 419 774 5816
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Download our Richland County 1 pager of Mental Health & Addictions Service Providers

The RICHLAND COUNTY OPIATE BOARD is a unique broad-based collaboration of people from the treatment, enforcement, and judicial professions. It was formed to develop a proactive response to the Opiate Crisis in Richland County by people who are committed to the reduction of the fatal consequences of opiate abuse through education, response teams, and assistance in finding treatment.

Our Mission

Our mission is to create a system that allows the resident in need to effectively connect with and complete the opiate addiction recovery system in Richland County.

Our Goals

  1. To better understand the nature of the opiate problem through comprehensive information sharing between members of the board.
  2. To develop innovative proactive responses to the population of Richland County.
  3. To focus limited enforcement and intervention activities on identifiable risks. This is to include prevention and community education/awareness.

This website provides information, insight and most importantly connection to the help and hope available in Richland County, Ohio.

Two items you may want to download now to have on hand are; the Richland County 1 Pager, a simple document listing Richland counties addiction and mental health services and the Opiate Task Force Recovery Packet you can download here Opiate Task Force Recovery Packet

We will continue to update and add materials to help you, your loved ones, neighbors, friends and co-workers.

To help you become familiar with our local services we will regularly share about the members of the Opiate Review Board and how they serve you. Meet METRICH in our next post.

Richland County Opiate Board logo



The METRICH Enforcement Unit is a Multi-Jurisdictional Task Force responsible for investigating all aspects of drug trafficking and the crimes associated with importing drugs into Richland County, Ohio. The METRICH Enforcement Unit works closely with all Richland County law enforcement agencies as well as state and federal law enforcement agencies to disrupt the flow of illegal drugs being imported into Richland County, Ohio. METRICH’s proven methodology combines both long term and short term investigative efforts. Short term investigations are designed to have an immediate impact on neighborhood concerns and quality of life issues. Our long term investigations focus on identifying and eliminating drug trafficking networks between regional suppliers and source suppliers.

METRICH also assists area law enforcement agencies with overdose investigations, demand reduction presentations, neighborhood watch meetings, prescription drug diversion investigations and participates in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s “National Prescription Drug Take Back Day” twice a year. This drug take back initiative removes thousands of pounds of unused or expired medications every year which prevents the misuse or diversion of prescription medications.

METRICH also focuses on demand reduction presentations in the Richland County, Ohio community. The goal of demand reduction presentations is to educate the community about the current trends in the drug culture and METRICH detectives are available for presentations by calling the task force line at 419-755-9728.

The METRICH Enforcement Unit recognizes that we cannot arrest our way out of this opiate epidemic and while most of our responsibility is on the enforcement side, we have adopted the three pronged strategy of ENFORCEMENT, EDUCATION and TREATMENT. METRICH will assist those addicts who want to get help and direct them to those resources for treatment.

METRICH Commander: Lt. Joseph D. Petrycki– Mansfield Division of Police


Crime Line: 419-52-CRIME (419-522-2763)

Task Force Line: 419-755-9728