Mr. Stone is the Executive Director of the Mental Health and Recovery Board of Ashland County (Ohio). He has worked in the community mental health field for over 35 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. In addition, he 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 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.
Steve serves on the board of several organizations including North Central State College, the Academy on Violence and Abuse and the National Association for Rights, Protection and Advocacy. Much of his work has focused on the elimination of force, coercion, seclusion and restraint in mental health care.
Steve, along with his long-time friend and colleague Pat Risser, co- founded the Annual Pat Risser RSVP Recovery Conference.