Contact: Ted St. John 330-389-0127

In response to the growing drug epidemic throughout Ohio and Portage County, Hope Village will open in Rootstown April 23 and begin offering outpatient services immediately.

Hope Village is offering an innovative recovery model grounded in improving outcomes and serving clients’ individual needs. The agency will offer services to those seeking recovery from addiction and their families. Co-owners, Regina Mitchell, Chief Executive Officer, and Ted St. John, Chief Operating Officer, bring strong addiction and management expertise to Hope Village.

St. John, a native of Portage County, has managed, directed and helped develop other drug treatment facilities, beginning at Glenbeigh in Rock Creek, then First Step Recovery in Warren and New Day Recovery in Boardman. St. John, who is enjoying his own long-term recovery, said he knows first-hand how addiction destroys lives, families, and communities. “This has been my dream for years to be able to offer an outcomes-based recovery service near my home, for people and their families who are suffering from addiction,” St. John said.

Mitchell, of Warren, who most recently served as President of Warren Fabricating and Machining, said the Hope Village team has worked hard to assemble a top-notch staff, create a first-rate facility and design services that will produce successful outcomes. “We’re excited, ready and honored to be in a position to serve those in need of assistance with addiction,” Mitchell said.

Sara Roberts, MSSA LISW, a Portage County native and long-time local addiction professional, is serving as the facility’s Chief Program Officer and Clinical Director. Vicki Pelletier, MSSA LISW-S, is the clinical supervisor.

They will be joined by a seasoned staff of professionals skilled in the many paths to recovery. “We recognized a huge and growing need in our community and are thrilled to be able to serve residents and families in Northeast Ohio,” Roberts said.

Services offered at Hope Village include comprehensive assessments, case management, intensive outpatient groups, family and individual therapy, after-care and peer support. Hope Village welcomes clients on medication-assisted therapy for outpatient services. In an effort to remove barriers to sustained recovery, Hope Village will also work to integrate other community agency services to fill service gaps experienced by those seeking treatment.

“We know that long-term recovery is possible when the person is motivated to participate in the process,” St. John said. “We believe peer supporters will be a breakthrough in achieving outcomes. Our clinicians will develop treatment plans, but our peer supporters will work with our clients on their recovery plans. This is a new service role and I believe it will make all the difference.”

Hope Village will accept clients with Medicaid insurance and self-pay. Additional insurance and payment opportunities will be added.