Steve Stone is the Executive Director of the Mental Health and Recovery Board of Ashland County, in Ohio. He has worked in the community mental health field for over 30 years. Steve holds a Bachelor of Arts in religion/education and a Master of Arts from Ashland Theological Seminary in counseling and psychology. He received his clinical training at the Cleveland Psychiatric Institute and Case Western Reserve University. Steve also completed extensive post-graduate studies in public policy and social change at Union Institute and University. He has worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Licensed as a Professional Clinical Counselor with a Supervisory endorsement in 1989, Steve maintained a private counseling practice in Ashland for 15 years. He has been an adjunct faculty member at Ashland University and is currently an adjunct faculty member at Franklin University. Mr. Stone has served as the director of a not-for-profit behavioral health agency and directed a mental health program for a county juvenile court. He completed the Mental Health Executive Leadership Program at Case Western Reserve University and is an approved mental health mediator.
Steve’s primary interests focus on building a trauma-informed community and a public mental health system that promotes recovery and embraces a conservative approach to the use of psychiatric medications. Mr. Stone has been a leader in advocating for the elimination of the use of seclusion and restraint in mental health care in Ohio. He has worked to promote psychosocial supports and narrative approaches to assist individuals recovering from adverse experiences and severe mental health conditions and addiction.
Steve currently serves as the chair of the Regional Academies Committee of the Academy on Violence and Abuse. He has been an active member his community in Ashland, Ohio since moving there in 1979. He is the co-founder of the Annual RSVP Recovery Conference, past-president of the Rotary Club of Ashland and past-chair of the Leadership Ashland Advisory Council. He is currently on the board of North Central State College where he served as board chair for 2 years and has served on a number of other community and non-profit boards.