Keeping Ashland Healthy

Keeping Ashland Healthy

Episode 1: features Mental Health and Recovery Board of Ashland County Executive Director David Ross and Ashland County Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Executive Director Rick Ford.


February 20, 2024 20 mins
Dr. Ashley and the Boss talk about this year’s conference. The conference will focus on art and music therapy and continue Pat Risser and Steve Stone’s legacy of a conference focused on alternative approaches to helping persons struggling with mental/emotional distress as well as substance use.

(Record Date: February 8, 2024)
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The Boss was left alone to interview Board Member Cindy Kyser. Find out how the nicest corrections officer ever ended up on the Board!

(Record Date: January 23, 2024)
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The Boss and Board Member Dennis Dyer discuss Board programs and how his long experience as a substance use counselor helped in being an effective board member.

(Record Date: January 2, 2024)
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Dr. Ashley and The Boss get valuable insights from long-time resident and educator, Tom Gaus. Tom talks about the areas he feels is making the most community impact and what the community needs to know about the work of the board.

(Record Date: January 8, 2024)
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Dr. Ashley and The Boss interviewed the current MHRB Planning Chair, Sara Battison. “South County Sara” emphasized the passion and commitment she’s witnessed in the Board’s contract partners (Appleseed, Catholic Charities, and ACCADA.)

(Record Date: January 2, 2024)
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Dr. Ashley and The Boss interviewed the current MHRB Vice-Chair, Andrew Kinney. Andy discussed the important work of the Board and how vital community collaborations are at the heart of why the Board is so successful.

(Record Date: December 21, 2023)
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Dr. Ashley and The Boss interviewed the current MHRB Finance Committee Chair, Chad Brown. Chad talked about his personal motivation in serving, the importance of being a local resident, and why a message of hope is needed in Ashland and beyond.

(Record Date: December 19, 2023)
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In this episode, Executive Director David Ross talks about restarting Celebrate Recovery in Ashland County, a special service at First United Methodist Church for those who’ve lost someone to suicide or an overdose, and recent statistics on suicide.

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(Record Date: December 12, 2023)
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Episode 42 – MHRB of Ashland County Spotlight – Board Chair, Mary Deeter

Dr. Ashley and The Boss interview current MHRB Chair, Mary Deeter about her motivation to serve, how she feels the Board is positively impacting Ashland County, and the importance of a resilient coffee mug!
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Episode 41 – ADAMH Boards – What they do & Who they are.
Executive Director David Ross provides an overview of Ohio’s Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Boards with a specific focus on the Board in Ashland County. Ohio Revised Code Chapter 340 forms the basis for the episode.
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Executive Director David Ross talks with Appleseed Art Therapist Candace Ressler about her work at Appleseed and how she got her start. Art Therapy in Ohio is an emerging licensed discipline.
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Episode 39 – Dr. Ashley & The Boss – Origin Story – Dr. Ashley

In this episode, The Boss turns the tables and asks Dr. Ashley to explain herself and what she’s doing in Ashland County!

(Record Date: October 31, 2023)
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Dr. Ashley & the Boss go back to the beginning to try and figure out who The Boss is and why he’s working for the Mental Health & Recovery Board.

(Record Date: October 17, 2023)
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Executive Director David Ross reminds everyone of the importance of getting rid of extra prescription medications via Drug Drop Boxes in Ashland. Additionally, he spotlights a discussion at the Hillsdale Schools regarding the use of NARCAN and the latest happenings with OneOhio Recovery Foundation which may bring some of the Drug Company settlement funding to Ashland to assist those impacted during the heroin/opioid crisis.

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(Record Date: September 12, 2023)

In today’s episode, Mental Health & Recovery Board of Ashland County Executive Director David Ross discusses how “Drug Take Back Day” can reduce overdose and prevent substance use. A recent study draws attention to increasing rates of marijuana, hallucinogen use, and binge drinking among 35-to-50-year-olds.
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(Record Date: August 24, 2023)

In this inaugural episode, Mental Health & Recovery Board of Ashland County Executive Director David Ross discusses substance use trends in Ashland and more broadly. “Hillbilly Rehab” is spotlighted in Portsmouth as well as the dangers of a new drug on the scene, Xylazine.
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Sheryl Villegas, Director of Catholic Charities – Ashland and Wayne Counties, along with Sharon Long, and Diana Sharp, discussed the Parenting Made Better program for caregivers of youth aged 12 and under. The four-night series runs October 9, 16, 23, and 30 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the New Hope Community Church in Loudonville, Ohio. Sign up today by calling Tammy Kindle at 216-440-0383

(Record Date: September 19, 2023)
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(Record Date: July 27, 2023)

Dr. Ashley and the Boss talk with Ashland Health Commissioner Vickie Taylor about their new location at 1211 Claremont Ave. and a new mobile clinic to better serve residents of Ashland County. More information about the Health Department can be found at: or by calling 419.282.4231.
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(Record Date: September 6, 2023)

Dr. Ashley and the Boss discuss the issue of suicide and what Ashland is doing to raise awareness and take action to reduce the number of people taking their own lives. Register for the September 24th Awareness Walk at:
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(Record Date: July 17, 2023)

ACCADA Prevention Educators Kris Hickey and Wendy Lemon Discuss Vaping and its impact on our young people and what adults should know to have an informed discussion with their children and/or grandchildren.
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