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Sept. 27 Round Table Discussion to Focus on Adolescent Issues

The Ohio Mental Health Network for School Success (OMHNSS), North East Region will present a Round Table discussion on the “Be Present” Campaign, Thursday, September 27th from 2:00-3:30 p.m., at Alta Behavioral Healthcare, 711 Belmont Ave. in Youngstown. Facilitating the discussion will be Ivan Juzang, founder and president of Motivational Educational …

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Kids of All Ages Will Enjoy “Silly Science Sunday” on Sept. 16

Over 40 exhibitors will participate in the 8th Annual Silly Science Sunday at the Oh Wow! Children’s Center, 11 W. Federal Street in Youngstown. This FREE event will take place Sunday, September 16 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The exhibit actually spills out onto the streets of downtown Youngstown and offers …

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Alta Chosen as a Member of the Preferred Care Network

Alta Behavioral Healthcare is one of ten social service organizations in Mahoning County selected to be a member of the Preferred Care Network. The Preferred Care Network, formed by the Mahoning County Mental Health and Recovery Board (MCMHRB), comprises exclusively non-profit organizations funded by the Board that have demonstrated that they are …

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Grants Will Fund Alta’s UPSTREAM Program

Alta Care Group’s UPSTREAM Program will benefit from two recent grants. The program received $10,336 from The United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley, as well as $5,000 from PNC Bank. UPSTREAM is a home-based literacy development program for preschoolers through second grade that assists parents in becoming their …

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Alta Receives Grant from OMHAS for Early Psychosis Treatment

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OMHAS) has awarded Alta Care Group $135,592 to support further development and operations for the Mahoning County FIRST Program (First Coordinated Specialty Care for First Episode of Psychosis). In October, 2017 Alta Care Group and its Behavioral Health Division took over …

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Infant Mortality Program Receives New Grant

The Mahoning County District Board of Health has awarded Alta Care Group an additional $175,643 to expand Alta’s successful Infant Mortality Program. The grant will allow Alta to add an additional full-time and two part-time Community Health Workers (CHW’s) to help impact the issue of infant mortality in our Valley. This …

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Adventure Therapy Group Is Now Meeting Every Tuesday

WHO: Children ages 14-18 WHAT: A fun, active and engaging group that works on therapeutic topics (community building, self-regulation, team building, and problem-solving) through activity. WHEN: Tuesdays from 5:00-7:30pm WHERE: Camp Challenge — 939 Wilkinson Ave. near Mill Creek Park on Youngstown’s West Side WHY: A super-fun group designed to help …

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Alta’s Meg Harris Is Named Child Advocate of the Year

The Mahoning County Mental Health and Recovery Board has bestowed its Child Advocate of the Year award upon Meg Harris, Community Support and Trauma Supervisor for Alta Behavioral Healthcare. The Award was one of several presented at the organization’s annual “May is Mental Health Month” recognition luncheon May 23. Ms. …

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Free Infant Massage Classes Begin May 22!

Infant massage is an ancient art that connects you deeply with the person who is your baby, helping you to understand your baby’s particular nonverbal language and respond with love and respectful listening. It empowers you as a parent by giving you the means to become an expert on your …

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New Triple P Seminar Will Help You Learn the Power of Positive Parenting

The latest Triple P class will take place Thursday, May 24, 2018 from 9:00–10:30 am at the Alta Behavioral Healthcare main location, 711 Belmont Avenue in Youngstown. During this seminar, you’ll have the opportunity to: Meet other parents Share some of your experiences and ideas about being a parent and managing difficult behaviors Discuss …

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Adventure Therapy Group Offers Fun and Engaging Therapeutic Activities

Please note that the Adventure Therapy Group is now meeting at Camp Challenge!   WHO Teens 14–18 WHAT A fun, active and engaging group that works on therapeutic topics (communitybuilding, self-regulation, team building and problem solving) through activity. WHEN Every Thursday from 5–7 pm WHERE Camp Challenge, 939 Wilkinson Ave on …

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Hine Memorial Fund Donation Aids Camp Challenge Improvements

Alta Care Group is moving forward with the next phase of renovations to its Camp Challenge facility on Youngstown’s West Side, thanks to a donation of over $43,000 from the Hine Memorial Fund. The donation from the fund, which is administered by the Youngstown Foundation, will be supplemented by a …

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Take the Guesswork Out of Parenting with Group Triple P Classes

If you’re a parent or caregiver who: is interested in promoting your child’s development and potential, or may have concerns about your child’s mild to moderate level of behavioral problems, or simply wishes to prevent behavior problems from developing …you’ll want to be a part of a free series of …

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Respite Event March 24 Will Give Parents a Break

Are you looking for a break so that you can catch up on your own life events and needs? Would you like your child to be involved in a structured activity in which he/she can learn positive social engagement and have fun with other peers in an enjoyable, experiential way …

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Learn The Power of Positive Parenting at Upcoming Seminar

The latest Triple P class will take place Thursday, March 8, 2018 from 1:00–2:30 pm at the Alta Behavioral Healthcare main location, 711 Belmont Avenue. During this seminar, you’ll have the opportunity to: Meet other parents Share some of your experiences and ideas about being a parent and managing difficult behaviors Discuss some methods …

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Night at the Races Benefit Event Set for Saturday, February 24

The Children’s Circle of Friends Foundation will hold a Night at the Races benefit event on behalf of Alta Behavioral Healthcare on Saturday, February 24 at St. Mary’s Assumption Social Center, 356 S. Bella Vista Ave. on Youngstown’s West Side. There will be a dinner buffet catered by St. Mary’s, …

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Youngstown Foundation Grant Will Fund Camp Challenge Renovations

The hundreds of children who attend activities at Alta Care Group’s Camp Challenge — as well as the general public — will benefit from a $20,000 grant given to Alta by the Youngstown Foundation for renovations to the facility. The grant will be used for much-needed improvements to the Social …

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After-School Yoga for Kids at Alta!

Our Belmont facility is now offering a therapeutic children’s yoga group for youth who are currently engaged in services at Alta. The group is targeted for kids who may have difficulty focusing, anxious kids, highly active kids, or kids who are challenged in following directions. Groups are formed based on …

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Respite Events Give Valley Parents a Break

The November 22 Respite Event sponsored by Alta Behavioral Healthcare mentioned in a recent post is just the first of 20 such events that will take place over the next two years. These Respite Events are open to any family in Mahoning or Trumbull County. The only requirement is that …

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Alta Adds New Schools to Its In-school Counseling Program

Alta Behavioral Healthcare provides in-school counseling services to several area elementary, middle and high schools in Mahoning County. The number of schools we serve has grown with the addition of: Austintown Elementary Boardman Market St. Elementary Austintown Intermediate Boardman Robinwood Elementary Austintown Middle School Boardman West Blvd. Elementary Austintown Fitch …

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Alta Is New Provider for FIRST Psychosis Treatment Program

Alta Behavioral Healthcare will provide services to schizophrenia sufferers in collaborative effort   Alta Behavioral Healthcare is now the provider for FIRST Mahoning County. The FIRST Mahoning County program — a comprehensive treatment program for individuals who have had a first episode of a psychotic illness — is a collaboration …

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Respite Event Nov. 22 Offers Fun for Kids, Break for Parents

Parents, are you looking for a break so that you can catch up on your own life events and needs? Would you like your child to be involved in a structured activity in which he/she can learn positive social engagement and have fun with other kids in an enjoyable, experiential …

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Hassle-Free Shopping with Children

It’s rewarding and enjoyable to be a parent, but not always easy. The challenge is to raise healthy, well-adjusted children in a loving, predictable environment. This Triple P discussion group will help you deal with one day-to-day challenge all parents face — taking your child shopping with you. The class …

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Raising Resilient Children Class Set for October 19

If you’re a parent of children ages 0 to 12 years, you can benefit from this free class. In it, you’ll learn how to: encourage behavior you like; deal with problem behavior; become confident as a parent; be realistic about parenting; and take care of yourself. The class will be …

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Take the Guesswork out of Parenting with Group Triple P Classes

If you’re a parent or caregiver who: is interested in promoting your child’s development and potential, or may have concerns about your child’s mild to moderate level of behavioral problems, or simply wishes to prevent behavior problems from developing …you’ll want to be a part of a free series of …

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Second Annual World Series of Wine set for Oct. 19

The Donald P. Pipino World Series of Wine was a great success! Please join us for the 3rd Annual World Series of Wine in October 2018! Details to follow as we get closer to the date. Contact Information: Katelyn McQuiston 330-793-2487 Katelynm@altacaregroup.org

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Garden Group Helps Adolescents Develop Life Skills

Alta Behavioral Healthcare’s Garden Group is made up of adolescents from 12–15½ years of age, chronologically or by developmental maturity. The group is led by Sarah Macovitz, LSW. Participants and their families learn practical skills and knowledge regarding food sustainability, environmental stewardship, plant pathology and botany, soil composition and ways to amend …

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Incredible Years® Early Childhood Parent Group sets summer series

Parents of children ages 3–8 are invited to join us for a group series on positive ways to parent your children. Free weekly classes will be offered as part of Alta’s Incredible Years® Early Childhood Parent Group, which is supported by the Mahoning County Mental Health and Recovery Board. Classes run …

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Alta Now Hiring – Seeking Full-Time Counselor

Child / Family Therapist: Seeking a Full-Time Counselor to join our team and deliver mental health and counseling services to children, adolescents, and families. The successful candidate will provide counseling services to our offices, the community, schools, or homes, as necessary. Minimum qualifications must include a Master’s Degree in a …

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Our Belmont Avenue lobby has a bright new look!

The lobby of our Alta Behavioral Healthcare facility at 711 Belmont Avenue has undergone extensive renovations. Included are graphics depicting Youngstown-area landmarks and inspirational themes. We’re very excited and pleased with how it turned out, and we hope our children and their families like it too.

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Classroom Connection, Linkages Programs Make a Difference for Students

Alta’s School-Based Mental Health Programs serve many students and families throughout the City of Youngstown and Mahoning County. Classroom Connections (school-based counseling, consultation and training) served 1,190 students during the 2015-2016 school year. The Linkages Program (school-based mental health, education and suicide prevention/screening) served 3,464 — with 681 of these …

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“Raising Resilient Children” Seminar Set for May 3

YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO — As part of the Positive Parenting Program®, Alta Behavioral Healthcare will present a free seminar on Raising Resilient Children for parents of kids ages birth to 12 years old. The event will be held Wednesday, May 3 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Kids Town, 55 Stadium Drive in …

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Growth of Alta Behavioral Healthcare Leads to New Boardman Office

The rapid growth of Alta Behavioral Healthcare has brought about the opening of a new Boardman office at 8255 South Avenue. Alta Care Group CEO Joe Shorokey said “As our growth continues, we recognize the importance of being more accessible to our families. We have many children and families interested in our services …

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Alta Receives Two-Year Grant to Address Infant Mortality Issues

Alta Care Group has received a grant from the Mahoning County District Board of Health (MCDBH) for a program designed to curb the high rate of infant mortality in Mahoning County. The grant, administered locally by the MCDBH, will fund the expansion of Care Coordination Services provided by Community Health …

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Triple P Seminar Will Help Instill Confidence in Parents

As part of the Positive Parenting Program®, Alta Behavioral Healthcare will present a free seminar on the Power of Positive Parenting for parents of kids ages birth to 12 years old. The event will be held Monday, March 13 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at the Newport Branch of …

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Alta Becomes Trauma Informed

Meg Harris, Alta Trauma Supervisor, has been training the entire staff on becoming more informed about those who have experienced trauma. This includes awareness of how a person who has experienced trauma may react to sounds, smells and conversations. Making our staff aware of some common triggers can help us …

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Alta Behavioral Healthcare’s UPSTREAM™ Program has openings!

Alta Behavioral Healthcare’s UPSTREAM™ Program has openings for: Preschool-age children Kindergarten-second grade Youngstown City School children UPSTREAM is a home-based literacy and social/emotional program to help children from preschool through second grade improve their reading and literacy skills and be socially and emotionally ready to learn. The aim of working …

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Intensive Home-Based Therapy program being developed

Alta Behavior Healthcare is developing an intensive home-based treatment program. The target populations for these services are children who have a need for more intense and frequent therapy to return them to their natural homes, or prevent an out of home placement. Therapists who work in this service will have …

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Night at the Races benefit event set for Saturday, February 11

The Children’s Circle of Friends Night at the Races was a great success! Please revisit the site at a later date for details for 2018!  Thank you to all who sponsored and/or attended. The Children’s Circle of Friends relies on the generosity of donors, such as yourself, and is grateful for your support. Contact …

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“Raising Resilient Children” Seminar Set for January 18

YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO — As part of the Positive Parenting Program®, Alta Behavioral Healthcare will present a free seminar on Raising Resilient Children for parents of kids ages birth to 12 years old. The event will be held Wednesday, January 18 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at Alta Behavioral Healthcare, …

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William Swanston Charitable Fund Grant promotes good nutrition

Alta Behavioral Healthcare received a grant from the William Swanston Charitable Fund to assist Head Start Children and their families to identify and establish positive nutritional alternatives and to incorporate them into their lives. Lori Stellmar, Head Start nutritionist, has been working with Santisi’s Wholesale Foods to expose children to …

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Welcome New Staff

A special welcome to these new staff members who have joined the Alta Behavioral Healthcare family: Therapists Barb Pagani Jill Campbell Kara Mumford Kate Linger CPST/intern therapist Sarah Macovitz CPST Crystal Henderson Linkages Program Kathryn Bacha JJC Early Warning System therapist Amber Chembars Student Interns Christine Topercer Eve Griffin Lalita Board

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Circle of Friends Foundation World Series of Wine

The First Annual World Series of Wine, sponsored by the Donald P. Pipino Family, was held at the Lake Club in Poland on October 20th. Two hundred and fifty guests in attendance were treated to a wine competition by area homemade wine makers. There were a total of 24 competitors, and …

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The Donald P. Pipino World Series of Wine Event

The Donald P. Pipino World Series of Wine was a great success! Please join us for the 2nd Annual World Series of Wine in October 2017! Details to follow as we get closer to the date.     Contact Information: Katelyn McQuiston 330-793-2487 Katelynm@altacaregroup.org

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Alta Behavioral Healthcare Partners With County Courts to Help Kids

Alta Behavioral Healthcare will be providing new services to two Mahoning County courts, with the goal of supporting programs that benefit children and teens in the county. We currently conduct educational sessions through the Mahoning County Domestic Relations Court for parents who are in the process of divorcing. At the request of …

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Alta receives grants that will aid young students

Alta Behavioral Healthcare has received several grants totaling $46,500 to support the work we do with our young children from preschool through second grade. The funds will be used to support nutrition education and healthy snacks for our Head Start children, development of literacy and social-emotional skills in early learners, …

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New grant supports kids’ social, emotional and behavioral development

Alta Behavioral Healthcare has received $374,603 through the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services’ “Whole Child Matters Grant” to ensure that Early Childhood professionals within our tri-county collaborative provide “the right care to the right children at the right time.”  This grant will support a tri-county collaborative between …

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Ed DeGregorio presented 2016 Crystal Heart Award

On July 12th the Children’s Mental Health Circle of Friends Foundation presented Ed Degregorio its 2016 Crystal Heart Award. The award is given by the Foundation annually during its Sunday evening dinner sponsored by Ed Muransky and takes place the day before the Foundation’s Annual Golf Charity Scramble. The award …

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Transition to Independence

This even is offered weekly, Thursdays from 4:00-5:00 pm. There is no end date. TIP groups focus on education and employment, and life skills such as budgeting, meal planning/preparation, positive peer relationship building and communication enhancement for youth ages 16-21.

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