Summit Psychological Associates Announces New and Renewed Federal Contracts

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In July 2016 SPA submitted bids for, and was awarded, several federal contracts. All contracts awarded to SPA began on October 1, 2016. The contracts affect legally involved individuals currently in the trial process, sentenced to probation, or exiting prison after completing time ordered to serve. The contracts are as follows:

  • Mental healthcare for persons during the pre-trial stage of criminal charges or those who may have been sentenced to probation that have listed Summit County as their county of residence. Individuals are referred to SPA for an assessment. Recommendations for treatment are then provided to the probation officer and treatment is assigned. Treatment solutions may involve individual counseling, psychiatry or both.
  • Mental healthcare for persons during the pre-trial stage of criminal charges or those who may have been sentenced to probation that have listed Portage County as their county of residence. Individuals are referred to SPA for a psychological evaluation. Recommendations for treatment are then provided to the probation officer and treatment is assigned. Treatment solutions may involve individual counseling, psychiatry or both.
  • Substance abuse treatment for persons during the pre-trial stage of criminal charges or those who may have been sentenced to probation that have listed Portage or Summit County as their county of residence. Individuals are referred by the court or the probation officer for alcohol and other drug use (AoD) Based on the assessment a recommendation is made to the court or probation officer for alcohol and other drug use (AoD) treatment. Recommendations may be for individual and/or group treatment that the individual is require to attend and a recommendation may also include random urine drug screening.
  • Thinking for a change is a cognitive behavioral therapy group that helps legally involved individuals by developing changes in both thinking and behavior. Individuals during the pre-trial stage of criminal charges or those who may have been sentenced to probation in Summit and Stark Counties are recommended into the 26-week group program.
  • Sex offender risk assessment for persons during the pre-trial stage of criminal charges or those who may have been sentenced to probation. Based on the risk assessment, in both Summit and Portage Counties, individuals are recommended into group and/or individual treatment.

“We are happy to have been awarded the United States District Court Northern District of Ohio contracts in Summit, Stark and Portage Counties,” said Deborah Walsh, Ph.D., Clinical Director for Summit Psychological Associates. “Some of these contracts are renewed contracts for which we have processes and staff already in place. For the new contracts, we have implemented the required processes and also hired the appropriate staff to fulfill our contract responsibilities. One of our goals as a behavioral health agency is to help those with previous legal issues reintegrate successfully back into society. The United States District Court Northern District of Ohio federal contracts help us meet these goals and serve the general public.”