Summit County Children Services Department Director Tracy Mayfield discussed addiction, treatment, and the opioid crisis with members of the Congressional Caucus on Addiction, Treatment and Recovery on Monday, November 13th. Ms. Mayfield traveled to Washington D.C. to share her experiences working in social services and developing the Summit County Collaborative on Trauma Alcohol and Other Drug and Resiliency Building Services for Children and Families or "STARS" program.
SCCS collaborates with Summit County Public Health (SCPH) and the Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services Board (ADM) to provide necessary resources to families impacted by addiction. Outreach services are provided by SCPH as well as traditional case management services, parenting classes focused on addiction, recovery coaches, ongoing substance abuse treatment and tutors and mentors for children being served by SCCS.
Upwards of 70 percent of families served by Summit County Children Services face substance abuse challenges and this program achieves the goals of increasing access to services while improving child safety and well-being. Ms. Mayfield said by speaking to the Congressional Caucus she hopes to influence policymakers to better understand ways to provide solutions and assistance for families impacted by addiction.
"We are hopeful that those in attendance will continue to strive to come up with some solutions," she said. "They really seemed to want to know how they can help and what they can try and do on a federal level to help our agencies and our families."
By presenting to The Congressional Caucus on Addiction, Treatment and Recovery, Mayfield and Summit County Children Services can help policymakers raise awareness of addiction, treatment and substance abuse in local communities and enact positive change. "It was a great experience. I was proud to represent SCCS and speak about the amazing work that our staff does every day and bring light to just how bad the epidemic has been for our county in particular," Mayfield said.
For more information on Summit County Children Services STARS program, please contact Tracy Mayfield, Director of Social Services Programs at 330-996-7255 or visit our website at www.summitkids.org.