Stark County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board is moving its administration offices to a building in the heart of downtown Canton.
Stark County’s Mental Health and Recovery Services Board will relocate within months to an office building in the 100 block of Cleveland Avenue SW.
The move relocates the county funding board from its long time location in the McKinley Health Care Center at 800 Market Ave. N.
“We have grown, so we have outgrown the space,” said Paula Mastroianni, public relations officer for the county funding board. “We have taken on almost $11 million in (program) grants over the past three years. We can’t do that at current staffing levels. It has prompted an increase in our staff.”
The structure in the 100 block of Cleveland Avenue SW is the former Day Ketterer building. It is owned by Greystone Limited Partnership of Pittsburgh.
A representative of Greystone Limited declined to comment Wednesday because he first wanted to discuss the matter with the current tenants of the building.
The move is expected to occur around December.
“We really tried hard to stay in downtown Canton. The bulk of the agencies that we work with are here in a contiguous area of downtown. The bulk of the clients we serve are in the downtown area,” Mastroianni said.
The board is currently located in the former McKinley High School, a building owned by a group called McKinley Building LLC of Chicago.
Stark County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board is moving into the new site under a 10-year lease. The board will pay $12,850 a month to lease 12,900 square feet on the first floor. (Information has been corrected to fix an error. See correction at end of story. 5:30 p.m. Sept. 6)
“They are going to go in and do some remodeling,” said Julie Gonzalez, a member of the county Mental Health and Recovery Services Board. “There will be a training center on site, which we don’t have now.”
The board was formed in 2008 with the merger of the county Alcohol & Drug Addiction Services Board and the county Board of Mental Health.
The board funds various social service agencies that provide mental-health and substance abuse treatment for local residents. Among the social service agencies are Quest Recovery and Prevention Services, Coleman Professional Services and Trillium Family Solutions.
Correction: Stark County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board will pay $12,850 a month. A wrong amount was provided for the original story when first published at 4:48 p.m. Sept. 5.