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Retiring health board director plans to focus on advocacy work

Retiring health board director plans to focus on advocacy work
December 15, 2020

Tom E Puskar, Times-Gazette.Com

For Steve Stone, retiring as director of the Ashland County Mental Health and Recovery Board won't be the end of his career.

"The board is going to support my future work by granting me an emeritus status, and that's going to allow me to continue some of the advocacy work that I've been involved with over the years," Stone said.

Stone announced his retirement plans in November. His final day on the job will be Dec. 31. David Ross will serve as interim director, starting Jan. 1, as the board searches for a new director.

Stone, who is nearing 66, is eager to focus on other interests and spend more time with family. His mom is 93, and he has an 18-month old granddaughter and a second grandchild on the way.

"But also, you know, it's just kind of time," he said of his decision to step down. "The system has changed so much, and it's time to turn the reins over to younger people who are more acclimated maybe to some of the new technologies. My interest, really, is around program development and helping to develop resources and supports for people in the community, to address their mental health needs and their addiction needs. Most of my time now is spent with a lot of bureaucratic processes that I don't find to be terribly rewarding; they're necessary, but it's really not my cup of tea."

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