Neuro-Behavioral Clinical Research is a cutting-edge research facility run by Shishuka Malhotra MD, who has conducted over 200 clinical research trials. Neuro-Behavioral Clinical Research is located in North Canton, Ohio, and offers both in-patient and out-patient facilities.

Thank you for being a hero! Your participation in research gives hope to countless individuals living with Mental Health Illnesses.

Below, you will find several advocacy organizations in your area where you and your loved ones can find support and information on your condition.

Neuro-Behavioral Clinical Research Local Advocacy Organizations:

Canton Friendship Center: The Social Center provides a safe, comfortable place for individuals with disabilities (referred to as “members”) to socialize with others. Members are able to participate in daily activities such as bingo, karaoke, pool, card games, video games, and other planned events while at the center. The goal of the Social Center is to encourage members to think of themselves more than someone labeled by their disability. Although the Social Center does not provide clinical services, the program assists members in receiving appropriate referral information to other behavioral health services offered in the community.

Open Monday-Friday 9am-2pm.


Canton Friendship Center
2200 Cleveland Ave.
NW Canton, Ohio 44709
Phone: 330-453-8776

Community Drop in Center Food Bank. Hours may vary, please call ahead to make sure hours are correct. Last updated hours as of 09/03/22 were Thursdays 12-2pm. Walk-in service for NARCAN kits are Thursday 12-2pm.

Community Drop in Center
1492 Cherry Ave SE
Canton, OH 44707
Phone: 330- 456-7692

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) changes lives, saves lives and impacts lives, through education, peer support groups and advocacy for those diagnosed with a mental health illnesses and empowers their family and friends to embrace their independence, advocate for improved services, and to love them for who they are.

DBSA Wayne & Holmes Counties is a non-profit, self-help support organization run by volunteers, for people diagnosed or who feel they have or experienced mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder, and for family and friends. DBSA members come together to support each other and share information with others who are in similar situations. Mood disorders impact millions of people and their families and friends every year. Coping with these disorders is difficult enough, but coping alone can be even tougher. Come, join our online support group.

DBSA Wayne & Holmes Counties
Wooster, OH
Contact Jackie Hunter
Phone: (330) 264-1590

Domestic Violence Project programs serve individuals and families in Stark County and surrounding communities.  We also provide transitional housing that has been extremely successful in placing individuals and families in homes and apartments when they are ready to take the next step in their healing process.  This program provides support for them for six months to two years if they so choose.  In addition, we have evidence-based educational programs in Stark County schools geared towards at-risk youth.


Domestic Violence Project
P.O. Box 9459
Canton, OH 44711-9459
Phone: 330-445-2000
24-hour Hotline: 330-453-7233

The Early Childhood Resource Center is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System. The Health System is a beacon of hope devoted to healing and addressing the unmet needs of individuals, families, and communities through a network of innovative services.

The mission of the Early Childhood Resource Center is to promote the healthy development of young children by strengthening families, improving the quality of early learning experiences, increasing school and community readiness and informing public policy.

Vision: The Early Childhood Resource Center is to be a leader, recognized for working together with community partners to ensure:

  • Parents have the knowledge and resources to support their children’s healthy development;
  • Children have access to high-quality early learning experiences staffed by educated professionals;
  • Children begin school ready and eager to learn;
  • Schools are ready to receive, educate, engage, and involve all children and families; and
  • Communities and policymakers understand and actively support the development of young children.

Early Childhood Resource Center
1718 Cleveland Ave NW
Canton, OH 44703
Phone: 330-491-3272

The Greater Stark County Urban League‘s vision is to become the premier community-driven organization advocating to empower African Americans and the underserved and deliver transformational services with integrity, innovation, and collaboration to move individuals and families to economic self-efficiency.


Greater Stark County Urban League
1400 Sherrick Rd
SE Canton, OH 44707
Phone: 330-754-1576

The Jed Foundation (JED) does not have boots on the ground in your area, but they do have incredible virtual resources for adolescents and young adults. They also offer educational material.

The Jed Foundation (JED) is a nonprofit that protects emotional health and prevents suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults, giving them the skills and support they need to thrive today…and tomorrow.

The Jed Foundation (JED)
530 7th Avenue, Suite 801
New York, NY 10018
Phone:  212-647-7544

MHA is a powerful voice for healthy communities throughout the nation and offers information, referrals, and resources for individuals living with any type of mental illness. One of MHA’s services includes online screening, which is one of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition. Mental health conditions, such as depression or anxiety, are real, common and treatable. And recovery is possible.

Mental Health America of Ohio (MHAOhio) is an affiliate of Mental Health America, the country’s leading organization dedicated to helping all people live mentally healthier lives.  We support the Central Ohio community by guiding people to mental health services that may not otherwise be accessible.  We believe in inclusivity and work with ALL individuals and their families through each step on the path to wellness, from making initial referrals, to providing free mental health services, to helping maintain stability and productivity once they are achieved.

MHA of Ohio
2323 West Fifth Avenue, Suite 160
Columbus, OH 43204
Phone: (614) 221-1441

NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. Your local NAMI Affiliates and volunteer leaders work in communities across the country to raise awareness and provide essential and free education, advocacy, and support group programs.

NAMI Stark County is a group of volunteers whose Iives have been touched by mental illness personally or professionally. We are dedicated to improving the lives of people in Stark County who have been touched by mental illness through NAMI public education and information; family and consumer peer education and support; advocacy on behalf  of people living with mental illness and for  the health  of our community; and visible public events that raise funds  and awareness.

The mission of NAMI Stark County, Inc. is to empower and provide hope for recovery to those impacted by mental illness, family and natural support and community by providing support groups, education programs, resources and advocacy.


Support Groups:

Refuge of Hope (NAMI Connections for Peers with Mental Illness Only) In-Person Meeting

  • Friday @ 4:00 pm
  • Adults with Mental Illness (Peers)
  • Location: Refuge of Hope, 715 Second St NE, Canton, OH 44704

NAMI Stark County Sunday Night Support Group (Peers and Family Members)

  • 7:00 PM – Group meets 1st and 3rd Sunday Beginning July 3, 2022 on Zoom

NAMI Stark County Tuesday Peer Support Group (Adults with Mental Illness)

  • 7:00 PM – Group meets weekly Tuesday on Zoom

NAMI Stark County Friday Peer Support Group (Adults with Mental Illness)

  • 7:00 PM – Group meets weekly Friday on Zoom


Our Programs Serve 3 Core Populations:

  • Family members having an adult loved one with mental illness;
  • Adults with mental illness;
  • Parents of children/adolescents with behavioral health issues

NAMI Stark County (OH)
121 Cleveland Ave SW
Canton, OH 44702-2313
Phone: (330) 455-6264

North Canton Cares Pantry guests are welcome to shop every 2nd and 4th Monday from 6 to 7:30 pm.
Guests must live in the following zip codes: 44720, 44721, 44685, 44718, 44709, 44630. We also serve all veterans and service members regardless of zip code. Guests must present a photo ID as well as a piece of mail with their name and address as proof of residency.


North Canton Cares Pantry
1300 Pittsburg Ave. NW
North Canton, OH 44720
Phone: 330-871-9282

Refuge of Hope Ministries Meal Schedule:
LUNCH every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday
Doors open at 10:30, Meals served through 12:00.

DINNER every Monday-Friday
Doors open at 4:30, Meals served through 6:00.

Enter at DOOR 3 for all meals.

Refuge of Hope Ministries Men’s Shelter: Refuge of Hope’s shelter is not just a place where a homeless man can sleep at night. Rather, it’s a support center, in a safe environment, where men can come to grips with the personal, economical and societal issues that caused them to become homeless. We provide a hand up to encourage homeless men, to help them realize that positive life changes are possible regardless of their current circumstances.


Refuge of Hope Ministries
715 Second Street NE
Canton, Ohio 44704
Phone: 330-453-1785

Stark County Hunger Task Force Hours:

Monday & Wednesday: 9:15am to 3:35pm

Tuesday: 9:15am to 2:35pm

Thursday & Friday: 9:15am to 1:35pm

We are closed on all major holidays, and when the Goodwill campus is closed.

The SCHTF Emergency Pantry operates on a first-come, first-serve basis. We have a set number of appointment times each day, which can be obtained upon entrance of the Community Campus Building.


1. Stark County residency

2. Possession of a valid photo ID*

3. Household income requirements (see below)

*If the address on your ID is not up-to-date, we ask that you bring supporting documentation of your current residence (ie, copy of a lease agreement or a utility bill), so we can ensure that our clients are actively living in Stark County.


Stark County Hunger Task Force
408 9th Street SW
Canton, OH 44707
Community Campus at Goodwill Downtown Canton
Phone: 214-341-7133

The Stark County Community Action Agency, is a 501C (3) non-profit organization incorporated in 1981, by federal government and Ohio designated anti-poverty agency for Stark County, Ohio.  The SCCAA is a significant program provider of services, working with a commitment and creativity to promote self-sufficiency among low-income persons. The SCCAA carries out its mission through the provision of innovative, practical and timely programs. The SCCAA provides opportunities for approximately 20,000 individuals and families each year to improve their lives and contribute to the Stark County community.  To summarize, it is SCCAA’s mission to assist Stark County’s low income residents to rebuild their hopes, dreams and dignity toward a better life for themselves and their families. To fulfill this mission, the staff of the Stark County Community Action Agency work diligently in support of the Stark County community.


Stark County Community Action Agency
1366 Market Avenue North
Canton, OH 44714
Phone: 330-454-1676

The Store @ Bridge Point is open to everyone. Clothing, household items, collectibles, vintage items.

Store hours may vary, please call ahead to ensure the store is open. Store hours as of 08/03/22: Thursday 9am-4pm, Friday 9am-1pm, Saturday 9am-1pm.

The Store @ Bridge Point
309 45th Street Southwest?
Canton, OH 44706
Phone: 330-484-3644



United Way of Greater Stark Counties Economic Mobility Center offers economic mobility programs that help participants build long-term, fiscal independence, creating a cycle of financial success throughout the community.
Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library mails free books monthly to children from birth to age five, helping them become more kindergarten ready and setting them on a path for early educational success.
Challenges at home can directly impact a student’s academic performance. CARE Team offers intervention and support for at-risk youth and their families to overcome these obstacles.


United Way of Greater Stark Counties
401 Market Avenue North Suite 300
Canton, Ohio 44702
Phone: 330-491-0445

YWCA Emergency Shelter for Women & Children clients are able to use the secure shelter for 90 days and can take advantage of many programs that we offer to educate and prepare them for the next step. Along with the basic housing needs, we work with agencies throughout the community to provide a holistic approach to uncovering the problems within the family that brought them to this point-whether it be lack of education, need for job training, drug and/or alcohol problems, abusive relationships, counseling needs, mental health problems or simply help identifying and locating resources.


YWCA Emergency Shelter for Women & Children
231 Sixth St.
NE Canton, OH 44702
Phone: 330-453-7644

AFSP Ohio focuses on eliminating the loss of life from suicide by: delivering innovative prevention programs, educating the public about risk factors and warning signs, raising funds for suicide research and programs, and reaching out to those individuals who have lost someone to suicide.


Contact: Sarah Maggied, Area Director
Phone: 614-542-9867

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