About Us

MHRBWCC Board of Directors

OhioMHAS Appointments

  • Ken Houghtaling, Wilmington
  • Rachel Sams, Wilmington
  • Jenni Frazer, Mason


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

Warren County
Commissioner Appointments

  • Rahul Gupta, Loveland (Vice Chair)
  • Sarah Kirby, Maineville
  • Tiffany Mattingly, Mason
  • Patricia Prendergast, Springboro
  • Jonathan Westendorf, Franklin
  • Sharon Woodrow, Mason

Clinton County
Commissioner Appointments

  • Marsha Wagstaff, Wilmington (Board Chair)
  • Tracy Hopkins, Wilmington

Strategic Goal & Objectives

Planning for FY2022

MHRBWCC will soon be starting the process of developing budgets and contracting for services in Fiscal Year 2022. Providers interested in pursuing work with the Board in the new year starting July 1, 2021 can read the Instructions and complete the Pre-Contracting Questionnaire. Submission deadline is Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 4:30 PM EST.

If you have questions, please call Patti Ahting at (513) 695-1695.

Board Policies

The Board's records policies and approved meeting minutes are available on this page. Meeting agendas are attached to each meeting notice at least 24 hours before its scheduled start.

Board Governance Policies

Records Retention Schedule

Public Records Policy

Public Records Request Form

Board of Directors Meeting Minutes - FY2021

  • July 8, 2020
  • August 12, 2020
  • September 9, 2020
  • October 14, 2020
  • November 11, 2020
  • December 9, 2020
  • January 13, 2021
  • February 10, 2021
  • March 10, 2021
  • April 14, 2021
  • May 12, 2021
  • June 9, 2021

Board Committee Meeting Minutes - FY2021

Compliance - Assurance Linkage Committee Executive Commitee - ED Evaluation
September 3, 2020 September 1, 2020 September 2, 2020


The MHRBWCC 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 MHRBWCC Podcast". Listen to each episode here.

MHRBWCC's Position on Marijuana Legalization

At a meeting of the MHRBWCC 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.

MHRBWCC Opportunities

None at this time. Visit often to see any updates!


Provider Agency/Partner Opportunities

Solutions Community Counseling & Recovery Centers has a number of open positions. Visit the employment opportunities for position details and application procedures.

Butler Behavioral Health is seeking licensed professionals to joing the team as an After-Hours Therapist for the Moble Response & Stabiliszation Services (MRSS) team. For details or to apply, visit bbhs.or/careers or email HR@bbhs.org

Speaker's Bureau

Want to Learn About Mental Health or Addiction? Book a Speaker!

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

The MHRBWCC 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

MHRBWCC 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

MHRBWCC, along with four other ADAMHS boards in our region, have partnered 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.

FY 20 Mini-Grant Program

MHRBWCC plans to award several mini-grants for the FY 2020 funding year, with a $10,000 maximum per award.

Purpose: Fund innovative projects that will positively affect the health and wellness of Warren and Clinton County residents. Funded projects will primarily focus on improving mental health and/or prevent substance abuse. The purpose of the mini-grant project is to enhance partnerships and creativity by investing in prevention services provided by providers in the community. 

Eligible applicants:  Organizations who are non-profit, charitable, educational, or governmental with a Federal Tax ID number. Other Organized Groups with a fiscal agent who meets one of the above are also eligible.

Application Deadline: Mini-grant applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Applications received by the 15th of the month will be reviewed and a funding decision made no later than the end of the following month.


FY 20 Application Materials

Mini-Grant Request for Proposals

Mini-Grant Application

Mini-Grant Budget Forms 

For questions regarding this grant opportunity, including technical support in writing and submitting the grant, please contact Tommy Koopman at (513) 695-1695 or tkoopman@mhrbwcc.org.

FY 19 Mini-Grant Recipients

Warren County Educational Service Center - Beat the Odds Drumming

Camp Joy - Program for At-Risk Youth

Warren County Educational Service Center - Trauma workshop for education professionals

Lebanon City School District - Hope Squad Suicide Prevention Program

Clinton County Health District - Clinton County Moves!

Wayne Local Schools - Children First Initiative

Heavenward Farm and Horsemanship - HorsePower at Heavenward Farm

Blanchester Local Schools - Sensory Needs to Assist Students with mental and physical disabilities

Franklin City Schools - Chris Herren Brings HOPE to Franklin


FY 18 Mini-Grant Recipients

Camp Joy - Program for At-Risk Youth

Clinton County Community Action Program - Conscious Discipline

Heavenward Farm and Horsemanship - Equine Assisted Learning

Ralph J. Stolle Countryside YMCA - Respite Night, Kids Night Out

Stepping Stones Ranch - Equine Assisted Learning

Warren County Community Service - TIP-Staff Training

Client Rights as Consumers of Publicly Funded Services

MHRBWCC believes that everyone who applies for services in our system has rights. These Client Rights are available for you to read and print if you'd like.

In addition, we have developed a Notice of Privacy Practices for you to review.

Individuals and groups interested in further information or presentations regarding these rights and the grievance procedure may contact the MHRBWCC Client 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 understand that the changes everyone has had to make around Coronavirus have created some difficult situations to deal with. That's why we've compiled a list of resources including phone numbers and web links that may be of help. We will update these as we get new information:


  • Crisis Hotline   (877) 695-6333 (includes calls regarding Mobile Response Stabilization Services)
  • Crisis Text Line   Text "4hope" to 741741
  • ARCS Domestic Abuse Hotline - Warren County  (888) 860-4084
  • Clinton County - Domestic Violence Task Force (in Highland Cty): (866) 296-5415
  • First Responder Help (Help for Heroes): (513) 498-1150
  • Disaster Distress Hotline    (800) 985-5990
  • Ohio Mental Health & Addiction Services Helpline (877) 275-6364
  • Ohio Department of Health Call Center (833) 4-ASK-ODH (427-5634)
  • Warren County Abuse & Rape Crisis Shelter - (888) 860-4084
  • Alternatives to Violence (Clinton County) - (888-816-1146
  • Warren County Child Abuse hotline - (513) 695-1546 or 695-1600
  • Clinton County Child Abuse hotline - (937) 382-5935

State and county communications

Order Narcan by Mail

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About Coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you're in care and recovery for mental health or addiction:

Community Needs & Resources

Local Provider Agency Contact information

Other agencies 

Non-contract agencies

Coping with Coronavirus Anxiety articles & links

For College Students

Facing the Crisis

How to Cope

What to Do When Your Campus Shuts Down

Impact on Students

Our Mission

The mission of MHRBWCC is 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.

The MHRB Board of Directors adopted the following statement at their meetin on June 10, 2020:


It has been a difficult couple of months for our region and our country with the COVID-19 crisis and now another traumatizing event involving the death of Mr. George Floyd, that has created civil unrest.

These events have sparked trauma in many lives and have had impact on the mental health of our citizens. Such occurrences can trigger PTSD-like trauma, a heightened sense of anxiety created by environmental factors related to personal, social or community factors.

As a mental health board, it is our job to ensure that those in our communities who are dealing with trauma and other mental health concerns have the resources and support they need to recover and live full, productive lives. In delivering these services, we support equality and the betterment of the human condition. Our funded services exist to help our community better value and care for people of all races, creeds, sexual orientations and identities, genders, and religions.

MHRB’s work includes collaboration with other community stakeholders to build relationships and strengthen bonds with the communities in which they work. That aim is to better understand and de-escalate the fears of individuals living with trauma, as well as with mental illness and addiction concerns. MHRB will continue to strive for inclusiveness in care and a working dialogue that enhances the understanding of lived experience. In doing so, we aim to grow into better people and a better community.

How is our board of directors selected? 

The MHRBWCC 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  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

Mental Health Recovery Board Serving Warren & Clinton Counties (MHRBWCC) is the local board of mental health and addiction services (also called an ADAMHS board). Established in 1969, MHRBWCC is one of 50-plus boards across the state serving the needs of residents seeking help for behavioral health disorders.

As outlined in Ohio Revised Code Chapter 340, MHRBWCC plans, funds, monitors, and evaluates services and programs for people seeking help to recover from mental health and/or addiction issues. Here's how we do that:



MHRBWCC works with community stakeholders such as clients, family members, provider agencies, and members of the community to plan the system of care so that it is cost effective, high quality, and culturally competent


MHRBWCC provides funding to this system through a local levy, federal and state allocations, grants through partnerships with both public and private entities.


Through regular reviews and agency audits, MHRBWCC looks at how provider agencies are doing on service and program delivery to ensure quality and effectiveness.


MHRBWCC looks at various statistics and outputs that we require from the agencies with which we contract, and make necessary changes to make sure all clients are receiving quality care.

In November 2017, the MHRBWCC 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 MHRBWCC Board of Directors
  • Increase the visibility and commnunity's understanding of MHRBWCC
  • Educate elected officials, providers, and public/community about addiction and mental health issues
  • Ensure MHRBWCC 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 MHRBWCC Quality Improvement Plan
  • Identify and align with projected priorities of Managed Care Organizations
  • Promote system outcomes to the public 

Careers in Mental Health & Addiction Services

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

Network Benefit Plan

The Network Benefit Plan for clients outlines benefits that MHRBWCC 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

Our Vision

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

Our Values

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.


Interested in becoming a Board member?

We accept applications from Warren and Clinton County residents interested in serving, and will check with applicants as openings arise. Here is a little information about what to expect if appointed:

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 board member training sessions
  • 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 Board Serving Warren & Clinton Counties

201 Reading Rd.
Mason, OH 45040


Ohio Revised Code

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
Colleen Chamberlain   Executive Director   cchamberlain@mhrswcc.org
Patti Ahting   Associate Director   pahting@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 Fiscal 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