About Us

Board Members, FY 2019

OhioMHAS Appointments

  • Ken Houghtaling, Wilmington (Board Chair)
  • Rachel Sams, Wilmington
  • Jenni Frazer, Mason


  • Tina Fischer, Blanchester
  • Shelley Stanforth, Maineville
  • Kristin Taulbee, New Vienna

Warren County
Commissioner Appointments

  • James Fields, Waynesville
  • Rahul Gupta, Loveland
  • Sarah Kirby, Maineville
  • Patricia Prendergast, Springboro
  • Cori Yaeger, Lebanon
  • Vacancy

Clinton County
Commissioner Appointments

  • Marsha Wagstaff, Wilmington (Vice Chair)
  • Dwayne Gross, Clarksville

Board Governance Policies

Strategic Goal & Objectives

The MHRS Podcast

What is mental illness and addiction? How can we prevent it? How are people living with disorders treated? Answers to these and many other questions will be explored in "The MHRS Podcast". Listen to each episode here.

Episode 1: The Peer Experience

MHRS's Position on Marijuana Legalization

At a meeting of the Board of Directors on September 9th, 2015, the members passed a position on the current efforts to legalize marijuana in the state of Ohio. The position makes three distinct points:

Position One: The Board of Directors opposes the legalization and commercialization of marijuana for recreational purposes.

  • Many equate “legal” to “safe”. Research has shown that as the perception of harm among youth decreases, use increases.
  • There are several concerns with the current initiative (issue 3) in Ohio to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes:
    • The amendment legalizes recreational use and growth of marijuana by individuals 21 years of age and older and allows every adult (21 and older) in Ohio to grow, possess, and use marijuana
    • The amendment also allows for marijuana-infused products, such as brownies, cookies, and candy. Often, these products contain extremely high concentrations of THC, the active component in marijuana
    • The amendment allows for 1,100 marijuana stores across the state, about 50% more than the number of McDonald’s restaurants and 5 times more than the number of Starbucks across the state.
    • The amendment makes access by children inevitable. Home-cultivated marijuana plants must be kept behind locked doors. Because of the large amounts that can legally be possessed, marijuana will be as easily obtainable by teenagers as tobacco

Position Two: The Board of Directors believe that legalizing marijuana for medical use should not be decided by legislative or voter initiative. Marijuana should be subject to the same research, consideration and study as any other potential medicine, under the standards of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

  • Voter or legislative initiative does not meet the scientific standards for approval of medicine. Voters do not vote on new antibiotics or other potential medications
  • Voter and legislative passage of marijuana-as-medicine laws may actually inhibit good medicine because they shortcut the necessary step of researching the marijuana plant and the chemicals within that may have legitimate medical applications
  • Emotional testimony and personal opinion should not dictate medical treatment

Position Three: The Board of Directors supports controlled research into the benefits of cannabis-based medicines which follow the basic tenets of good medicine, and which would provide scientifically-valid support for the conditions it is proven to help; controlled strength and purity; appropriate dosage levels; and safe means of administration.

  • There is already a substantial body of research demonstrating the health and safety risks from the use of marijuana
  • More research on marijuana, including possible medical applications as well as research on associated health and impairment risks from the use of marijuana, is needed
  • Not only is there a need for more research on any possible medical benefits, but also on identifying the chemicals within marijuana associated with any benefits, appropriate dosage levels, and safe means of administration, should medical benefits exist

For more information on the position, please contact Brent Lawyer, MHRS Executive Director, at 513.695.1695.

MHRS Opportunities

None at this time. Please check back!


Provider Agency/Partner Opportunities

Clinician and Residential Assistant, Franklin - Sojourner Recovery Services is seeking candidates for these two positions at their Franklin Residential Treatment facility for men opening soon. For more information and to apply, visit the Sojourner website.

Solutions Community Counseling & Recover Centers has a number of open positions. Visit their website for position details and application procedures.

Outpatient Therapist, Wilmington - Talbert House is looking for an outpatient therapist. Position and application details available on their website.

Engage 2.0 Data Collector - Data Collectors meet with individuals (caregivers and youth) to assist them in completing evaluation tools as required by the ENGAGE 2.0 grant. Data Collectors must have received behavioral health services or have been a family member/caregiver of an individual who has received behavioral health services. See the position description for more information and application requirements.

Speaker's Bureau

Want to Learn About Behavioral Health? Book a Speaker!

Have you ever questioned why counseling is necessary for someone with depression? Or what constitutes an addiction?

The MHRS Speakers Bureau is a community service that offers an opportunity for your group to learn more about a variety of behavioral health topics. Our expert speakers can talk about any of several topics listed, or we can cater a presentation to your needs. Call us at (513) 695-1695 or complete our Speaker Request Form, and we'll take it from there.

Presentation topics include:

  • Mental Health 101
  • Addiction 101
  • Breaking the Stigma of Mental Health & Addiction
  • Coalitions: Working to Make Our Communities Better
  • Managing Stress & Anxiety
  • Going to the MAT: Treatments for Addiction
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Recovery is More than Treatment: The Importance of Community Supports
  • Preventing Behavioral Health Issues

Book a speaker for your group or organization TODAY!

Request for Funding Proposals

MHRS has issued a request for funding proposals for Tobacco Prevention services. Applications are due to MHRS by Noon on April 12, 2019.

Regional Affiliate Boards

MHRS, along with four other ADAMHS boards in our region, are partnering to explore how we can help each other to better serve residents with behavioral health needs. The other member boards of the RAB include:

  • Logan-Champaign
  • Clark-Greene-Madison
  • Montgomery
  • Preble

You can follow the meeting schedule and find more information on the RAB5 website.

How is our board of directors selected? 

The MHRS Board of Directors is a diverse group appointed by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS), and the Warren and Clinton County Commissioners. By Ohio law, each appointee is limited to two consecutive terms of four years each.

OhioMHAS names six members that include professionals, consumers, family members, and advocates for people with mental illness and/or substance addictions. County commissioners appoint the remaining members of the 14-member board based on population. Currently, Warren County Commissioners appoint six members, while Clinton County Commissioners appoint two.  

Meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 212 Cook Rd., Lebanon, OH. 

Who We Are

We all have our good days and tough days. And then there are times when, for some of us, the tough days go on and on - maybe because of clinical depression, anxiety, phobias, some other mental health issue, or addiction.

It's for the people who want to overcome those issues that we are here. Mental Health Recovery Services of Warren & Clinton Counties (MHRS) is the local board of mental health and addiction services, one of 51 boards across Ohio. Our job as outlined by the Ohio Revised Code is to plan, fund, monitor, and evaluate services and programs for people seeking help, and to promote the benefits of treatment and recovery.

While we don't deliver direct services, we do ensure the provider agencies that we contract with offer quality, accessible services and programs for area residents.

In November 2017, the MHRS Board of Directors reviewed and approved the strategic goal and objectives for the next three years. This plan grew out of a review of the prior goals and objectives and a multi-pronged review of services and programs with our partner agencies and community members.


Ensure a forward-thinking, community-focused culture to establish MHRS as a recognized leader in behavioral healthcare.


  • Ensure a dynamic and knowledgeable MHRS Board of Directors
  • Increase the visibility and commnunity's understanding of MHRS
  • Educate elected officials, providers, and public/community about addiction and mental health issues
  • Ensure MHRS brand in the community
  • Ensure the development, implementation, and expansion of prevention services through an updated Prevention Philosophy and Community Prevention Plan
  • Ensure availability of mandated behavioral health services
  • Advocate and support Recovery Oriented Systems of Care
  • Prioritize timely access to services
  • Identify and prioritize evidence-based adn/or best practice models for treatment services
  • Evaluate and expand Recovery Supports as a part of the service delivery system
  • Evaluate the MHRS Quality Improvement Plan
  • Identify and align with projected priorities of Managed Care Organizations
  • Promote system outcomes to the public 

Careers in Behavioral Health

Thinking about becoming a social worker, counselor or therapist? Here are a few places for career information that might be of help:

Self-Guided Tour of MHRS Provider Agencies

Over time, members of the MHRS Board of Directors get to know the agencies and the work they carry out through Board contracts and funding. In addition to receiving periodic updates from agency staff at regular Board meetings, members may also visit locations from time to time. The maps below can help you locate a specific location more easily.

Agency Location
Solutions - Kingsview  Map
Solutions - Lebanon  Map
Solutions - Mason  Map
Solutions - Springboro  Map
Solutions - Wilmington  Map
Talbert House - Lebanon  Map
Talbert House - Franklin Map
Talbert House - Wilmington  Map
Beech Acres - Lebanon  Map
NHO - Connie's Crossing  Map
NHO - Randy's Place  Map
NHO Mound Street  Map
NHO - Bernie's Place  Map
NHO - Herkin's House  Map
NHO - Clean Acres (Men)  Map
NHO - Clean Acres (Women)  Map

MHRS Mission

To share hope and caring to achieve recovery from mental illness, alcoholism, and drug addiction. Our expectations for recovery include the acquisition of meaningful roles, sobriety, healthy relationships with friends and family, and a joyful life.

Our system supports communities in Clinton and Warren Counties as they respond to behavioral health issues through prevention, intervention, treatment, rehabilitation and asset building services.


MHRS Speakers Bureau

Have you ever questioned why counseling is necessary for someone with depression? Or what constitutes an addiction?

The MHRS Speakers Bureau is a community service that offers an opportunity for your group to learn more about a variety of behavioral health topics. Our expert speakers can talk about any of several topics listed, or we can cater a presentation to your needs. Call us at (513) 695-1695 or complete our Speaker Request Form, and we'll take it from there.

Presentation topics include:

  • Mental Health 101
  • Addiction 101
  • Breaking the Stigma of Mental Health & Addiction
  • Coalitions: Working to Make Our Communities Better
  • Managing Stress & Anxiety
  • Going to the MAT: Treatments for Addiction
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Recovery is More than Treatment: The Importance of Community Supports
  • Preventing Behavioral Health Issues

Book a speaker for your group or organization TODAY!

Your Rights as a Consumer of Publicly Funded Services

Mental Health Recovery Services of Warren & Clinton Counties believes that everyone who applies for and/or receives mental health and/or substance addiction services through our network of contract agencies has rights. These rights are outlined for you here.

Individuals and groups interested in further information or presentations regarding these rights and the grievance procedure may contact the Mental Health Recovery Services’ Clients Rights Officer at 513-695-1695.

Likewise, each of our contract providers has a Client Rights Officer who is responsible for ensuring your rights at the agency level. They are also available to assist with resolving problems or concerns related to your rights.


We will set the standard for excellence in delivering behavioral healthcare. Everyone who provides or receives services in the MHRS system will:

  • actively engage their talents to promote the common vision of recovery
  • anticipate and respond to the emerging needs of our community
  • offer or accept services wherever people live, work, or play
  • demonstrate abilities exceeding local, state, and national standards


The MHRS eNews is sent once each month via email. If you\'d like to receive our eNews, please sign up here. The most recent issues are posted below:

Meeting Schedule

The MHRS Board of Directors will meet the following dates during Fiscal Year 2019:

  • July 11, 2018
  • August 8, 2018
  • September 12, 2018
  • October 10, 2018
  • November 14, 2018
  • December 12, 2018
  • January 9, 2019
  • February 13, 2019
  • March 13, 2019
  • April 10, 2019
  • May 8, 2019
  • June 12, 2019


We believe in a stated system of standards and values consistent with professional conduct delivered with compassion and respect. 

  • Good stewardship.  We believe that we are responsible to the general community for providing quality services relevant to the needs of service customers. 
  • A foundation of integrity.  Our integrity is expressed through our commitment to be open and honest with our community, employees and our customers.  
  • Investment in our employees.  We promote continuous efforts to learn, improve and implement best practices to better address the needs of our customers. 
  • Interdependence of providers.  Our providers are interdependent, each with an integral part to play in the recovery of our customers.  What we provide together is greater than that which any of us can provide alone. 
  • A new vision of communities.  We believe that communities should be characterized by tolerance, appreciation of diversity, creativity and adaptability to the emerging and changing needs of its members.

Appointee/Applicant Responsibilities 


This guideline documents the process and documentation required for the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) approval of board member appointment. Pursuant to Section 340.02 of the ORC, the OhioMHAS Director shall appoint six members to 14 member boards. The remaining appointees (hereafter referred to as Appointees) are to be appointed by the board[s] of County Commissioners.

OhioMHAS Values, General Guidelines and Core Belief

Having all of OhioMHAS’ appointment seats full is desirable and assures that the interests of Ohio residents who need mental health and addiction treatment, prevention and peer/recovery support services is protected in each local community.

Board appointment candidates must reflect non-discrimination against any person or group of persons and assure the diversity of the board area in race, ethnicity, age, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status. Boards are in the best position to recruit and recommend qualified local residents that reflect the demographic makeup of the local board area.  OhioMHAS reserves the right to recruit applicants for vacant appointments.

Appointee/Applicant Responsibilities

Volunteer service as board members is essential in designing an effective and efficient mental health and addiction system of care.  Members must:

  • Attend all board meetings.
  • Attend trainings for board members.
  • Maintain applicable Ohio professional licenses.
  • Serve on applicable subcommittees of the board.

If conflicts of interest or disqualifying conditions arise after appointment is made appointees are expected to notify OhioMHAS and if necessary resign the appointment.

Prospective board members who wish to be appointed to vacant seats must complete, sign and date, the board member appointment application and give the application to the Executive Director of the Board or designee and/or the Chairman/President of the Board.

Board members who wish to be reappointed, and are eligible for reappointment must complete, sign and date, a current board member appointment application prior to the appointed expiration date (June 30th of the end of term year).  Once completed, the applicant should give the application to the Executive Director of the Board or designee and/or the Chairman/President of the Board.

If you are interested in serving in a volunteer board appointment, fill out the Application for Board Appointment and mail it to:

Mental Health Recovery Services

212 Cook Road
Lebanon, Ohio 45036

Ohio Revised Code


Our History

MHRS was formed in 1969, after Ohio lawmakers passed legislation creating community mental health boards. Over the years, MHRS and other boards received additional responsibilities, forming what are known now as alcohol, drug addiction, and mental health services (ADAMHS) boards.

Today, MHRS works alongside contracted provider agencies to ensure that strong mental health and addiction services are available for residents who need them. We conduct research into community needs; plan, fund, and evaluate the services and programs that agencies provide; and monitor the outcomes of those services so that our communities remain strong and good places to live, work, and play.


Notice of Privacy Practices (HIPAA) Statement

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Effective: September 23, 2013


If you have any questions about this Notice, please contact:

Privacy Officer

Mental Health Recovery Services of Warren & Clinton Counties

212 Cook Road

Lebanon, OH 45036

Phone: 513-695-1695

E-mail: privacyofficer@mhrswcc.org



At Mental Health Recovery Services Board of Warren and Clinton Counties (Board), we are committed to protecting your health information and safeguarding that information against unauthorized use or disclosure. This Notice will tell you how we may use and disclose your health information. It also describes your rights and the obligations we have regarding the use and disclosure of your health information.

We are required by law to: 1) maintain the privacy of your health information; 2) provide you Notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to your health information; 3) to abide by the terms of the Notice that is currently in effect; and 4) to notify you if there is a breach of your unsecured health information.


When you receive services paid for in full or part by the Board, we receive health information about you. We may receive, use or share that health information for such activities as payment for services provided to you, conducting our internal health care operations, communicating with your healthcare providers about your treatment and for other purposes permitted or required by law. The following are examples of the types of uses and disclosures of your personal information that we are permitted to make:

Payment - We may use or disclose information about the services provided to you and payment for those services for payment activities such as confirming your eligibility, obtaining payment for services, managing your claims, utilization review activities and processing of health care data.

Health Care Operations - We may use your health information to train staff, manage costs, conduct quality review activities, perform required business duties, and improve our services and business operations.

Treatment - We do not provide treatment but we may share your personal health information with your health care providers to assist in coordinating your care.

Other Uses and Disclosures - We may also use or disclose your personal health information for the following reasons as permitted or required by applicable law: To alert proper authorities if we reasonably believe that you may be a victim of abuse, neglect, domestic violence or other crimes; to reduce or prevent threats to public health and safety; for health oversight activities such as evaluations, investigations, audits, and inspections; to governmental agencies that monitor your services; for lawsuits and similar proceedings; for public health purposes such as to prevent the spread of a communicable disease; for certain approved research purposes; for law enforcement reasons if required by law or in regards to a crime or suspect; to correctional institutions in regards to inmates; to coroners, medical examiners and funeral directors (for decedents); as required by law; for organ and tissue donation; for specialized government functions such as military and veterans activities, national security and intelligence purposes, and protection of the President; for Workers’ Compensation purposes; for the management and coordination of public benefits programs; to respond to requests from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; and for us to receive assistance from consultants that have signed an agreement requiring them to maintain the confidentiality of your personal information. Also, if you have a guardian or a power of attorney, we are permitted to provide information to your guardian or attorney in fact. We may use your personal health information to contact you for assistance in passing levies or to raise funds for the Board unless you notify the Board that you wish to opt out of receiving such communications.

Uses and Disclosures That Require Your Permission

We are prohibited from selling your personal information, such as to a company that wants your information in order to contact you about their services, without your written permission.

We are prohibited from using or disclosing your personal information for marketing purposes, such as to promote our services, without your written permission.

All other uses and disclosures of your health information not described in this Notice will be made only with your written permission. If you provide us permission to use or disclose health information about you, you may revoke that permission, in writing, at any time. If you revoke your permission, we will no longer use or disclose your health information for the purposes state in your written permission except for those that we have already made prior to your revoking that permission.

Prohibited Uses and Disclosures

If we use or disclose your health information for underwriting purposes, we are prohibited from using and disclosing the genetic information in your health information for such purposes.


If any state or federal privacy laws require us to provide you with more privacy protections than those explained here, then we must also follow that law. For example, drug and alcohol treatment records generally receive greater protections under federal law.


You have the following rights regarding your health information:

  • Right to Request Restrictions. You have the right to request that we restrict the information we use or disclose about you for purposes of treatment, payment, health care operations and informing individuals involved in your care about your care or payment for that care. We will consider all requests for restrictions carefully but are not required to agree to any requested restrictions.*
  • Right to Request Confidential Communications. You have the right to request that when we need to communicate with you, we do so in a certain way or at a certain location. For example, you can request that we only contact you by mail or at a certain phone number.
  • Right to Inspect and Copy. You have the right to request access to certain health information we have about you. Fees may apply to copied information.*
  • Right to Amend. You have the right to request corrections or additions to certain health information we have about you. You must provide us with your reasons for requesting the change.*
  • Right to An Accounting of Disclosures. You have the right to request an accounting of the disclosures we make of your health information, except for those made with your permission and those related to treatment, payment, our health care operations, and certain other purposes. Your request must include a timeframe for the accounting, which must be within the six years prior to your request. The first accounting is free but a fee will apply if more than one request is made in a 12-month period.*
  • Right to a Paper Copy of Notice. You have the right to receive a paper copy of this Notice. This Notice is also available at our web site (www.mhrsonline.org), but you may obtain a paper copy by contacting the Board Office.

To exercise any of the rights described in this paragraph, please contact the Board Privacy Officer at the following address or phone number:

Privacy Officer

Mental Health Recovery Services of Warren & Clinton Counties

212 Cook Road Lebanon, OH 45036

Phone: 513-695-1695

E-mail: privacyofficer@mhrswcc.org

* To exercise rights marked with a star (*), your request must be made in writing. Please contact us if you need assistance.


We reserve the right to change this Notice at any time. We reserve the right to make the revised Notice effective for health information we already have about you as well as any information we receive in the future. We will post a copy of our current Notice at our office and on our website at: www.mhrsonline.org. In addition, each time there is a change to our Notice, you will receive information about the revised Notice and how you can obtain a copy of it by mail at the last known address we have on file for you. The effective date of each Notice is listed on the first page in the top center.


If you believe your privacy rights have been violated, you may file a complaint with the Board or with the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. To file a complaint with the Board, contact the Privacy Officer at the address above. You will not be retaliated against for filing a complaint. If you wish to file a complaint with the Secretary you may send the complaint to:

Office for Civil Rights

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Attn: Regional Manager

233 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 240

Chicago, IL 60601


Our Team 

The MHRS team is dedicated to the care of every Warren & Clinton County resident whose life is touched by mental illness and/or addiction: people in treatment and recovery, their families, their neighbors, their coworkers, their caregivers, and their communities.


Team Member   Title   Email
Brent Lawyer   Executive Director   blawyer@mhrswcc.org
Patti Ahting   Associate Director   pahting@mhrswcc.org 
Colleen Chamberlain   Director of Adult & Community Support Services   cchamberlain@mhrswcc.org
Jeff Rhein   Director of Alcohol & Drug Addiction Services   jrhein@mhrswcc.org
Tommy Koopman   Director of Prevention & Wellness   tkoopman@mhrswcc.org 
Karen Robinson   Chief Financial Officer   krobinson@mhrswcc.org
John Cummings   Director of Communications   jcummings@mhrswcc.org 
Kelley Brown   Executive Assistant   kbrown@mhrswcc.org 
Shelby Murphy   Administrative Secretary   smurphy@mhrswcc.org 
Dee Dee Tewani   Accounting Clerk   dtewani@mhrswcc.org 



Network Benefit Plan

The Network Benefit Plan for clients outlines benefits that MHRS provides to residents of Warren & Clinton Counties through our network of providers. Each provider also has copies of this document. We provide it here as well for your convenience.

Network Benefit Plan