Growth Report 2019

Meridian HealthCare Adds Programs, Office

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Meridian HealthCare maintained its focus in 2018 on eliminating addiction through integrating mental health and primary care services with its treatment programs. The goal is to provide a comprehensive, “whole person” approach, says its president and CEO, Larry Moliterno.

Planning took place throughout 2018 for a new office in Howland, which will open in February. Meridian will provide mental health and primary care services at the new location in Wexford Center, which will be shared with Alta Behavioral Healthcare.

Meridian employs 199 full-time employees and 75 part-time.

The nonprofit is one of only 10 social service organizations selected to be a member of the Preferred Care Network, which was formed by the Mahoning County Mental Health and Recovery Board, Moliterno notes.

New at Meridian in 2018 was the formation of a rapid-response mobile crisis team that provides screening to youth in emotional distress, he reports.

Other new programs include the Maternal Opiate Medical Support, or MOMS, program, which serves pregnant women struggling with an opioid addiction, as well as the Peer Support Program for inmates at Trumbull County Jail, in which people in recovery guide inmates through the process. A similar program in Mahoning County reduced recidivism and illicit drug dependency.

At the National Treatment Center Executive and Marketing Retreat in May, Moliterno and Meridian’s director of marketing and development, Renee Amacher, presented “Developing a Treatment Center’s Growth Strategy: Strategic Planning and Partnerships” to the country’s top treatment executives, marketing and financial professionals.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.