Executive Director: Jim Adams

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Jim Adams has served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Geauga County Board of Mental Health and Recovery Services for the past twenty-eight years. Born in Columbus, Jim earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Ohio State University in 1980, and his Master’s Degree in 1983. He has clinical experience in various mental health settings including Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, and at the Ohio State University Hospitals.

Jim was one of two Ohio representatives chosen to develop nationally standardized mental health outcome measures at the National Research Institute at Harvard University. He is past- president of two statewide associations focusing on mental health, substance abuse, and prevention issues. In 2011, NAMI Geauga, honored Jim with the “Mental Health Heroes Award” for “outstanding and innovative leadership and service”. In 2014, the National Association of Social Workers Ohio Chapter District named him “Public Citizen of the Year”, for his advocacy and work on behalf of the Chardon, Ohio community.

During his tenure as the Chief Executive Officer of the Geauga County Board of Mental Health & Recovery Services, he has assisted the Board in the allocation and oversight of almost $200 million, in behavioral health care program funds. Following the Chardon High School mass shooting of six students on February 27, 2012, Director Adams developed and implemented a recovery plan for the traumatized community, which is still in operation. He has since been invited to present at national, regional, and statewide conferences on his expertise and research findings regarding school and community response to trauma, crisis preparedness, and violence trends and predictability in youth, all based on his recovery work with the Chardon community. He continues his research and recovery efforts today, addressing the effects of school violence through a collaboration with Case Western Reserve University and the University of Toledo. Mr. Adams is currently participating in a nationwide study into school violence funded by the National Institute of Health, the National Institute of Juvenile Justice, and administered by Duke University.

Board Staff

Associate Director
Amie Martin-D’Arienzo      
Finance Manager        Jim Mausser
Information Coordinator Savannah Florkowski
 Secretary/Receptionist    Teresa Slater