The Mental Health and Recovery Board of Ashland County (MHRB) is excited to announce David Ross as the new Executive Director. Having previously served as the Interim Executive Director, and before that, as the Associate Director and Director of Planning and Evaluation for the Board for seventeen years, Ross brings a wealth of community experience and dedication to his new role.
Search Committee Chair Tom Gaus stated, "We are pleased to have a candidate with David’s credentials lead the Board. His long ties to the Ashland Community and his expertise with the Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol system in Ashland County make him the perfect choice for this position. We look forward to a smooth transition of leadership."
Ross’s credentials include both a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Community Counseling from Akron University. He also holds a license as a Clinical Counselor with Supervision Endorsement through the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board.
In his new role, Ross plans to prioritize partnering with local agencies to ensure a strong behavioral health workforce. He also seeks to expand crisis and trauma support by adding respite/hospital diversion options in the county and expanding trauma-informed and trauma-competent services to behavioral health and other systems. Ross intends to build on MHRB's long-time advocacy for the importance of being trauma-informed. This term means recognizing that adverse childhood experiences are prevalent among all people, and understanding that many behaviors and symptoms are caused by such experiences. When people are trauma-informed, it changes the way they view the world, as this article from our blog illustrates: Turn the Kaleidoscope: How to Change the Way You See the World Around You
Ross is most looking forward to working with MHRB’s Board of Directors and community partners to more fully implement the principles articulated in one of the Board's primary documents, “Our Human Community.” This document is the education philosophy of the Mental Health and Recovery Board of Ashland County. It outlines the work we do to support and promote attitudes and services for mental health and addiction recovery. "Our Human Community" focuses on trauma-informed care, resilience and recovery, and medication optimization. Ross also anticipates the rewards of strengthening and expanding community training and education opportunities for Ashland residents.
Please join us in welcoming David Ross to his new role with the Mental Health and Recovery Board of Ashland County!
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