Mahoning Mental Health and Recovery Board Adds Staff

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — The Mahoning County Mental Health and Recovery Board is expanding its team with the addition of four new employees.

Valerie Burney, Lee DaVita, Tracey Moracco and Michelle Werth have joined the staff and round out the team of mental health and recovery specialists. They join Mark Dunlap, Marla Golec, Brenda Heidinger, Amy Klumpp, Jessica Makosky, Toni Notaro and Duane Piccirilli.

“Since the merger of the Mahoning County Mental Health Board with the Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services Board in 2015, we have worked hard to maintain our staff to continue serving the needs of the community. As individuals retired over the years, we felt the timing was now right to add these additional roles and experience to our staff,” Duane Piccirilli, executive director of the Mahoning County Mental Health and Recovery Board.

Werth serves as the new clinical specialist and brings over a decade of experience in the mental health field. She will assist and advise the board and contract agencies in methods for development and modification of mental health and substance use disorder treatment programs, serve as a resource to advise agencies and recovery homes regarding the housing of clients, and attend client and system issue meetings to advise and assist agencies in planning for services for clients and to plan and provide for system wide service delivery systems.

DeVita joins as a program coordinator where he will focus his efforts on housing and the Homeless Continuum of Care in Mahoning County. Lee brings with him 10 years of experience in the field having previously worked in housing and with the homeless

Burney is the third addition to the team in a new role as the community engagement and outreach coordinator. With over 20 years of experience in this field, Valerie most recently served in a community engagement capacity for Beatitude House.

The final piece of the new staff is Moracco, who joins the board as an administrative assistant and prevention trainer. She will work with local law enforcement to provide crisis intervention training as well as assist the board with day-to-day activities.

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