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Amie Cajka

Amie Cajka is the Director of Community Relations for the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County.The Mental Health & Recovery Board is a county agency that fund, plans and monitors public mental health and substance abuse treatment services for Portage County residents. Last year, the board invested in services that helped more than 7,000 children, teens and adults. The board also funds the 24-hour crisis intervention services which handle more than 39,000 contacts each year. The agency is primarily funded by local levies. To contact the board, call 330-673-1756.

New Family Ed Class Starts March 15

| Published on March 9, 2014

Portage County – Area residents, who have someone in their life living with a mental illness or mental illness and addiction, have the opportunity to join a free local education program starting March 15 in Aurora.
The Portage County Family-to-Family Education Program starts March 15 and will run on Saturdays for …

Issue 3 will continue mental health and recovery services for Portage residents

| Published on October 9, 2013

Portage County – Portage County residents have several county level agencies which provide health services that improve the quality of life for individuals, families and our communities as a whole. The differences among these agencies are distinct but at times the similarity in our names leave voters thinking to themselves, …

NAMI Walk for Recovery

| Published on September 23, 2013

Join NAMI Portage County, a chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, for the second countywide Walk for Recovery on Sept. 28 in Kent to support people with mental illness and their families.  

Mental Health Issues After the Storms

| Published on July 22, 2013

With this week’s severe storms and flooding, residents may be experiencing more than usual anxiety and stress, according to the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County.

Hiram resident Jamie Sitko understands how services can change lives

| Published on June 17, 2013

Hiram resident Jamie Sitko understands how services can change lives
Jamie Sitko, M.Ed, PC-CR,  is the owner and counselor at Sitko Counseling in Hiram, which she established in 2010. Due to her own experiences of surviving abuse and depression, Sitko has made it her life’s purpose to help others who have …

Major Dennis Missimi returns to serve on MHRB

| Published on June 9, 2013

Major Dennis Missimi of the Portage County Sheriff’s Office is the newest member of the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County but he’s no stranger to the organization, having served previously as a board member and on staff.

Registration Underway for Mental Health Awareness and Crisis Management Workshop

| Published on May 15, 2013

Portage County – A week-long summer workshop for personnel will focus on how to support and work with students in crisis and who may also have mental health problems.
Registration is now open for the Mental Health Awareness and Crisis Management workshop set for July 15-19. It is sponsored by the …

Someone who has your back when it comes to families and mental illness

| Published on March 8, 2013

Amanda speaks thoughtfully and softly. She is very wise for one so young. She has been through more than her share of heartache, with mental illness in her family and recently a cousin completed suicide.
She’s strong in her knowledge about how to help her family and she’s sharing that education …

Where do mental health services fit in the debate over how to reduce community and school violence? Have a comment?

| Published on February 6, 2013

Since the school deaths in Connecticut, our nation has seen more school and community violence, as well as the ramping up of the debate over guns and, just as importantly, over mental health services. Portage has an array of mental health treatment services for children, teens and families supported through …

Mind Health Matters: Keeping it real when it comes to family history and mental illness

| Published on November 20, 2012

My usually good natured husband was looking troubled when I returned from my shopping trip several Sundays ago. How could he have guessed about the new pair of shoes I just had to have? The shoes were far from the problem I learned as he shared this story.
Soon after I …