Resources

NOWSA offers referrals to a number of local organizations and educational resources to assist athletes, coaches, parents and community leaders. Use the dropdown menus below to find relevant links.

Mental Health

  • Alternative Paths - Offers adult mental health services (psychiatric, counseling, and community support services) for residents of Medina County. Main office: (330) 725-9195

  • The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention - Provides referrals to support groups and mental health professionals, resources on loss, and suicide prevention information. Contact: (888) 333-2377

  • Ashtabula County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board - Provides evidence-based mental health and substance abuse treatment and prevention services. Call (440) 992-3121, Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

  • Circle Health Services - The Centers for Families and Children (formerly The Free Clinic of Greater Cleveland): Health services include pharmacies, counseling, psychiatry, primary care, addiction, alcohol, and substance abuse. For appointments call: (216) 325-WELL

  • Columbiana County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board - Services include a safety net for people of all ages who otherwise could not afford mental health and recovery services, intensive home-based services for children with emotional disabilities and their families, community-based care for individuals with serious mental illness in a supervised and supportive environment, school-based counseling services, recovery housing, prevention programming in each county school district, and specialty docket drug programs in Columbiana County and East Liverpool Municipal Courts. Crisis hotline: (330) 424-7767, Main office: (330) 424-0195

  • Community Counseling Center of Ashtabula County - Behavioral health provider offering care services that utilize evidence-based practices, offer integrated healthcare solutions, and seeks to broaden community access to treatment. Contact: (440) 998-4210

  • Community Support Services (Summit County) - Services include counseling, veteran services, crisis intervention, art therapy, and more. Call (330) 996-9130 to request an appointment and learn more about the services offered.

  • The Counseling Center of Wayne and Holmes Counties - Provides comprehensive and confidential mental health services in Wayne and Holmes Counties. Services are provided on a nondiscriminatory basis and can be arranged by calling any office location. A sliding fee scale is available. They accept Medicaid, Medicare, and most private insurances. Main office: (330) 264-9029

  • Crisis Text Line - Provides free, 24/7, text based mental health support and crisis intervention. For immediate help: Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor.

  • Disability Rights Ohio - Provides legal advocacy and rights protection for individuals with disabilities and offers these programs. Call (614) 466-7264 if you think your legal rights have been violated because of a disability.

  • Frontline Service - Reaches out to adults and children in Northeast Ohio to end homelessness, prevent suicide, resolve behavioral health crises, and overcome trauma. For immediate help: 24/7 CRISIS HOTLINE (216) 623-6888

  • Geauga County Board of Mental Health and Recovery Services - Provides mental health and substance abuse services to residents of Geauga County. Main office: (440) 285-2282, Crisis line: text 4hope to 741 741

  • Help Network of Northeast Ohio - Provides 24/7 crisis intervention, suicide prevention and intervention, referrals, support services and counseling services. Mahoning and Trumbull County: (330) 747-2696, Columbiana County: (330) 424-7767, Ashtabula Mental Health Hopeline: 1-800-577-7849

  • Lake County ADAMHS BOARD’S COMPASS LINE - Calling the Compass Line will connect you with a trained triage specialist – someone who can help you sort through your feelings, evaluate your options, and get you connected quickly and firmly with the right local resources. Call (440) 918-2000 or (440) 350-2000, Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

  • The Lake County Crisis Hotline - Call (440) 953-8255

  • Medina County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Board - Assures the availability of high quality alcohol, drug addiction, and mental health services to all Medina County residents through planning, purchasing cost effective services to the extent resources are available, coordinating services, and evaluating these services. Main office: (330) 723-9642, Crisis hotline: (330) 725-9195

  • Mental Health, Addiction, and Recovery Services Board of Lorain County - serves as the local authority for community mental health and substance use services. The Board is the county agency responsible for the planning, evaluation and funding of needed programs and facilities for addiction and mental health services. Non-emergency contact: (440) 240-7025, Crisis hotline: 1-800-888-6161

  • Mental Health Recovery Board of Mahoning County) - Offers recovery coaching to individuals who are in addiction treatment and/or in early recovery, helping them gain access to resources, services, and supports that assist them in long-term recovery. Contact (330) 746-2959 to learn more about this program.

  • Mental Health and Recovery Board of Portage County - Funds services for Portage County residents through its network of agencies. Services help families, adults, teens and children with mental illness, depression, addictions, in crisis and at risk for suicide. Crisis lines: (330) 678-4357 or (330) 296-3555, Main office: (330) 673-1756

  • Mental Health Recovery Board of Wayne and Holmes County - Provides leadership, support, and funding to community partners and agencies in the delivery of mental health and addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery services. CRISIS Hotline: (330) 264-9029, Wayne County office: (330) 264-2527

  • National Alliance on Mental Illness - Find your county and contact your local affiliate. The NAMI helpLine can be reached Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. EST. Contact: 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or info@nami.org

  • National Eating Disorder Association - Largest nonprofit dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders. Contact: 1-800-931-2237, Monday-Thursday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. EST, Friday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

  • NCAA Sport Science Institute - Mental Health Best Practices outline

  • Neighborhood Family Practice - Community Health Centers - Offers talk therapy (psychotherapy) and psychiatry services for pediatric, adolescent, and adult patients. Call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1.855.NFP.MED1 (1.855.637.6331)

  • Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ) Screeners - Offers clinicians concise, self-administered screening and diagnostic tools for mental health disorders, which have been field-tested in office practice. Includes access to PHQ-9 and GAD-7 in addition to instructional manuals and additional screening tools.

  • Positive Coaching Alliance - Youth mental health resources articles

  • Stepping Stone Community Services (Portage County) - Provides psychotherapy, medication, prescription management as well as case management. Main office: (330) 577-4099

  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - Collects information on thousands of state licensed providers who specialize in treating substance use disorders, addiction, and mental illness. Enter your zip code and find a treatment facility near you. For help finding treatment, call 1-800-662-HELP (4357).

  • Suicide Prevention Lifeline - Provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. For immediate help: 1-800-273-8255

  • Stark County Mental Health and Addiction Recovery - Supports wellness and recovery through innovation in funding, collaboration, education and advocacy. Crisis hotline: (330) 452-6000, Main office: (330) 455-6644

  • Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board - Provides alcohol, drug, and mental health services to residents of Trumbull County. For emergency services, contact (330) 392-1100, or call (330) 675-2765 to reach their main office.

  • U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs - Mental Health - Works to prevent suicide among all veterans, including those who do not, and may never, seek care within the VA health care system. Crisis line: 1-800-273-8255

racial equity

  • Akron Urban League - Aims to improve the quality of life of the citizens of Summit County, particularly African Americans, by facilitating programs that are economically and educationally transformational, centering around education, workforce development, and career readiness. Main office: (330) 434-3101

  • Arab American Community Center for Economic and Social Services in Ohio - Services offered include immigration, interpreting, refugee assistance, government referral assistance, economic services, voter registration, and English language classes. Main office: (216) 252-2900

  • Bessie's Angels - Seeks to educate, empower, and provide permanent housing to young women who have aged out of foster care. Call (440) 256-6663 to connect with a member of their team.

  • Birthing Beautiful Communities - Focuses on racial disparities in infant mortality through working with expectant Black mothers and young families. Emergency hotline: (216) 402-0924

  • Cleveland American Indian Movement - Seeks to promote, protect, and preserve traditional cultures, values, and lifestyles, and ensure justice for indigenous peoples. Main office: (216) 533-7423

  • Community Foundation of Lorain County - Racial Equity Fund - Supports the transformation of structures and systems with the goal of providing access and equal experiences. The fund is requesting proposals up to $25,000 to strengthen relationships between marginalized communities with law enforcement with the goal to improve policing policies and procedures and/or build capacity of nonprofits and community organizations to bring about impactful measurable improvements in racial equity. Contact: (440) 984-7390

  • Karamu House - Provides arts education and produces professional theatre while honoring the African American experience. Programs/community outreach: (216) 795-7070, Box office: (216) 795-7077

  • Lorain County Urban League - Ensures that all Americans have access to the resources they need to succeed. Programs aim to give underserved African Americans and other marginalized minorities the support they need to overcome the unfair obstacles presented to them in employment, entrepreneurship, housing, and education. Main office: (440) 323-3364

  • NAACP Lake County - Ensures the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and discrimination. Contact (440) 639-1008 to learn more about programs and how to become a member.

  • Northeast Ohio Hispanic Center for Economic Development - Services are offered in the areas of business planning, financial management, access to capital, marketing, and specialized training sessions. Main office: (216) 281-4422

  • Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA) Greater Cleveland - Seeks to advance the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans in Northeast Ohio. Main office: (216) 236-3946

  • Wayne County Racial Justice Coalition - Hosts various events, campaigns (e.g., public policy initiatives), and opportunities to get involved in making Wayne County a more equitable and inclusive place for its residents. Email waynecountyracialjustice@gmail.com to learn more.

Legal Services

  • The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association offers legal advice and resources, and can connect you to a relevant lawyer via their Lawyer Referral Service. After a confidential intake interview, you will receive a referral to an attorney and/or additional resources. The referral and initial consultation are free. Fee arrangements will be determined between you and the attorney. Contact: (216) 696-3525

  • Community Legal Aid - A non-profit law firm serving the legal needs of low-income and senior Ohioans in Columbiana, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, and Wayne counties. Here you can find a list of all their main office locations, including each area's contact information.

  • COMPASS - Provides services to all survivors of rape and sexual abuse – women, children, men – and their loved ones. Stark hotline: (330) 452-1111, Stark office: (330) 437-3705

  • Disability Rights Ohio - Provides legal advocacy and rights protection for individuals with disabilities and offers these programs. Call (614) 466-7264 if you think your legal rights have been violated because of a disability.

  • Don’t Call the Police - Community-based alternatives to police in Cleveland for housing, LGBTQIA+, mental health, domestic violence and sexual assault, youth, elders, crime, and substances.

  • Journey Center for Safety and Healing - Provides information and services for domestic violence, child abuse, and more. 24-hour helpline: (216) 391-4357

  • Legal Aid Society of Cleveland - Provides legal services at no cost handling cases that involve basic needs such as health, shelter and safety, economics, education, and access to justice. Apply by phone according to specific languages or online for Legal Aid to complete an intake interview and determine financial eligibility. Applicants may self-report income and asset information about their household, but do not need to provide other documentation when completing intake.

  • Legal Aid Society of Cleveland - Lorain County Office - Secures justice and resolves fundamental problems for those who are low income and vulnerable, by providing high quality legal services and working for systemic solutions. Main office: (440) 324-1121

  • The National Domestic Violence Hotline - Provides 24/7 crisis intervention, safety planning, and information on domestic violence. Contact: (800) 799-7233

  • OhioHOPES (Ashtabula County) - Provides resources, a monitored helpline, and support in reporting crimes of elder abuse, neglect, fraud, and exploitation. Help-line: 1-800-411-2267

  • OneEighty - An integrated health system operating multiple facilities and six major service programs: Addiction Services, Mental Health Services, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services, Rape Crisis Center, Housing and Supportive Services and Prevention and Education Services. Prior to contacting OneEighty, click here for important information you need to know as a new client. Main office (Wooster): (330) 264-3777

  • Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network - Upon calling 1-800-656-4673, callers will be able to enter their zip code to be connected to the nearest sexual assault service provider.

  • Sojourner House - Offers protective shelter to women and their children fleeing an abusive environment and who cannot safely remain in their current residence. The short-term refuge available at Sojourner House (up to 30 days) provides women with a safe space, as well as assistance to help them meet their emotional, legal, medical, financial, housing, educational and vocational needs. Administrative office: (330) 782-5664, Domestic violence program: (330) 747-4040, 24-hour hotline: (866) 436-6269

  • Someplace Safe - Seeks to reduce and prevent domestic violence and improve the quality of life for victims of domestic violence in Trumbull County. View their community, family, health, and youth service programs here and contact (330) 297-7027 for more information.

  • What is Title IX? (K-12 and College Setting)

  • Womensafe Inc. (Geauga County) - Responds to the needs of victims (adults and children) experiencing domestic violence and provides education in the community aimed at reducing the incidence of domestic violence. Immediate assistance: (888) 285-5665, administrative assistance: (440) 286-7154

Coaching

LGBTQIA+

  • Amplio Fitness- Cleveland-based business whose goal is to empower individuals no matter their race, beliefs, gender identity, sexual orientation, and/or physical abilities. Contact (216) 990-6988 to learn more about their services and programs.

  • Athlete Ally - "Ally Guide for Coaches"

  • Athlete Ally - "Ten Policies for LGBTQ Inclusion"

  • AxessPointe Community Health Center (Portage County) - Provides healthcare services to members of the LGBTQIA+ community including access to safer sex technologies: ways to protect against HIV and other STDs, contraceptive counseling and services: birth control guidance and options, counseling on fertility options, hormone therapy: hormone medication administered to more closely align your biological body with your gender identity, pregnancy related services: monthly and weekly doctor visits to monitor the well-being of mother and child, and more. Call (330) 673-1016 to schedule an appointment.

  • Colors+ - Offers counseling, support groups and social programming for LGBTQ+ youth and allies.

  • Cuyahoga County Human Rights Commission - Accepts discrimination complaints based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. How to file a complaint, Contact: (216) 698-6464

  • Geauga SOGI Support Network - Engaging with individuals, families, friends, and the Geauga community to embrace Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. Offers programs and training, which include partnerships with local resources, and with established regional and national organizations. Main office: (440) 682-0680, COPELINE: (440) 285-5665

  • GLSEN - Advises on, advocates for, and researches comprehensive policies designed to protect LGBTQIA+ students, as well as students of marginalized identities. Northeast Ohio Chapter: (216) 556-0960

  • LGBTQ+ Allies Lake County - Works to foster a safe place for the LGBTQIA+ community in Lake County, OH through social events and networking, leadership and advocacy, education, and offering a resource directory of LGBTQIA+ owned businesses and social venues. Contact (440) 296-9443 or info@lgbtlakecounty.com to learn more.

  • LGBT Community Center Greater Cleveland - Seeks to enrich the lives of LGBTQ+ community members through programs including health & wellness, queer youth initiatives, community groups, trans wellness, SAGE Cleveland, and the International Institute of Humor and Healing Arts. Main office: (216) 651-5428

  • Lorain County LGBTQ+ Task Force - Collaborates with community partners to facilitate access to local and regional services and engage the community at large to support Lorain County’s LGBTQ+ community. Main office: (440) 574-0393

  • Mahoning Valley’s LGBTQIA+ Center - Works to promote awareness, education, mental and emotional health, and advocacy for the LGBTQIA+ community in Mahoning, Trumbull, and Columbiana counties. Main office: (234) 254-8924

  • NCAA - "Five ways to have an LGBTQ-inclusive athletics department"

  • OutSupport (Medina County) - Promotes the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, non-conforming, fluid, and non-binary folks as well as their family and friends through support, education and advocacy. Contact: (330) 461-5545

  • PFLAG Akron Chapter - Provides peer support, education, and advocacy for LGBTQIA+ people. Sign up here to join their virtual support group or email plagakron@gmail.com for more information

  • SAGE Advocacy & Services for LGBT Elders - Works to achieve a higher quality of life for LGBT older people as they age, supports and advocates for their rights, fosters a greater understanding of aging in all communities, and promotes positive images of LGBT life in later years. Cleveland affiliate: (216) 651-5428

  • Summa Health Pride Clinic - Provides compassionate care for all patients regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Call 234-867-7740 Monday through Friday from 8:00am - 4:00pm or email prideclinic@summahealth.org to schedule an appointment

  • The Trevor Project - Provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQIA+ young people under 25. Contact: 866-488-7386 (24/7)

Job training

  • Ashtabula County Technical and Career Campus - Offers workforce development programs, online career training classes, apprenticeship programs, and more. Contact: (440) 576-6015

  • Cleveland Job Corps - Teaches young people the skills they need to become employable and independent and place them in meaningful jobs or further education. Contact (216) 541-2500 to learn more about their classes and training services offered.

  • Life After Sports Project - Provides useful career advice to current student-athletes from former student-athletes.

  • Lorain County JVS Adult Career Center - Offers career development programs for job entry and placement and educational courses to individual students. Call (440) 774-1051 to learn more about the services of the JVS Adult Career center.

  • Mahoning County Career and Technical Center - Offers adult and high school career training with industry credential programs and professional development classes, as well as a Stem+ME2 program teaching skills to compete in the global economy. Adult division: (330) 729-4100, High school division: (330) 729-4000. Stem+ME2 division: (330) 729-4000 Ext.1207

  • Medina County Career Center - Adult Education - Serves as a Center for Training Excellence (CTX), working to train and retrain Ohio’s work force through workforce development technical programs, customized training, contract training and business consultation services. Contact: (330) 725-8461

  • Ohio Guidestone Workforce 360 - Provides supportive services focused on removing barriers to employment. People receive the help they need to earn an education, find and retain employment, and increase their earning potential. Contact Nicole at (440) 260-6813 to learn more about their Cuyahoga County employment programs.

  • OhioMeansJobs, Cleveland-Cuyahoga County - Helps local employers meet human capital needs and assists job seekers to find success. Main office: (216) 777-8200

  • OhioMeansJobs Columbiana County - Available services include career counseling, education and training opportunities, labor market research, resume preparation, job search assistance, job development and placement, and other activities that match employers and job seekers. Contact: (330) 424-1471

  • OhioMeansJobs Portage County - Offers resource center services such as fully functional computer lab with internet connection, job readiness resource materials (books, DVDs, magazines, etc.), job readiness workshops (soft skills, mock interviewing, dress for success, and more), access to free resume paper, faxing, copying and mailing, and more. Contact: (330) 296-2841 to learn more

  • OhioMeansJobs Wayne County - Provides access to a variety of career services through partners, which includes, but not limited to career counseling, budgeting (financial literacy), digital job searching, interviewing, and employment opportunities. Main office: (330) 264-5060

  • Portage County Development Board - Provides assistance to industrial Realtors, builders, local industries and local communities in an effort to maintain and improve the economic base in Portage County. To contribute to the workforce development needs of Portage County, Portage Development Board started the Portage Is Hiring campaign as a free job board service for employers and job seekers. Contact: (330) 297-3470

  • Stark County Job and Family Services - Administers state and federal programs designed to help those in need, including parents with children, neglected and abused children, low-income families, medically disabled individuals, and the elderly. Programs and services offered include work experience and subsidized employment programs, child protection, child support case management, subsidized child care, and food, cash and medical assistance. Main office: (330) 452-4661, Report child abuse & neglect, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: 330.455.KIDS

  • Summit County Department of Job and Family Services - Workforce development programs. Contact: (330) 633-1050

  • Towards Employment - Individual, employer, and advancement-focused job training that also provides assistance with transportation, tools, uniforms, and legal services. Call (216) 696-5750 to register for an orientation session. Orientations are every Monday at 10:30 a.m.

  • Tri-C Workforce Training - Non-credit and credit training with flexible class times and financial assistance opportunities. Contact: (216) 987-6000

  • Wayne County Schools Career Center - Adult Education Programs - To learn more about their many programs (e.g., law enforcement training, nurse aide, cosmetology, etc.) access the attached link and call (330) 669-7070

  • Work in Wayne - A collaborative effort of local business, educational, governmental, and social service organizations to better attract, retain and develop creative and talented people to help keep Wayne communities growing and businesses competitive. Main office: (330) 264-2411

  • YouthBuild Trumbull County - Community development program addressing housing, education, employment, and leadership development for low-income young people ages 16-24. In YouthBuild programs, participants work towards their GED or high school diploma, learn job skills, and serve their communities through building affordable housing. Contact: (330) 306-5007