Alta Adds Services for Children

YOUNGSTOWN – Grants and donations allowed Alta Behavioral Healthcare to expand its clinical services last year, as well as early-childhood mental health services.

A $310,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services led to more early- childhood mental health services for children, adolescents, young adults and their families. School-based mental health programs also increased, as did the number of schools Alta serves, says CEO Joe Shorokey. 

In addition, Alta hired more employees and expanded its footprint. The agency employs more than 200, up from 65 in 2014. 

Last year, Alta opened an office in Howland to provide clinical services and added several certifications. These include a provider of waiver services by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, and substance abuse treatment through the Ohio Department of Medicaid.

Art therapy programs were added and a certified art therapist was hired, thanks to funding from the Helms Foundation, Shorokey says.

“Alta is very grateful for the support of the Mahoning County Mental Health and Recovery Board in all of its efforts,” he adds.

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