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  • 31 Mar 2016 7:54 AM | Molly (Mary) K. Kometiani (Administrator)

    The Coalition for Healthy Communities urges members of the Ohio General Assembly and the voting public to ensure that any action they take reflects the harm resulting from the use of marijuana on individuals and society in general during the ongoing debate to change Ohio’s marijuana laws.  

     Scientific evidence tells us that marijuana use results in cognitive impairment[i]  [ii] and changes in brain structure and function [iii] [iv]; increased risk of psychosis[v] ; acceleration of the development of schizophrenic symptoms[vi]; exacerbation of anxiety and depression[vii] ; greater numbers of traffic accidents resulting from drugged driving[viii] [ix], and an increased likelihood of using other illicit substances -- the so-called “gateway phenomenon” [x] [xi] [xii].   

     The Coalition for Healthy Communities is a statewide collaboration of  organizations advocating for improved access to quality mental health and substance use treatment and support services.  For additional information regarding the Coalition and to view individual organization’s statements related to possible changes to Ohio’s marijuana laws, please visit


    Buckeye Art Therapy Association, Inc.

    Drug Free Action Alliance


    Mental Health & Addiction Advocacy Coalition

    National Alliance on Mental Illness of Ohio

    Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health   


    Ohio Council of Behavioral Health & Family

        Services Providers

    Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Association




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    [ii] Gruber SA, Sagar KA, Dahlgren MK, Racine M, Lukas SE. Age of onset of marijuana use and executive function.

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    quantitatively associated with nucleus accumbens and amygdala abnormalities in young adult recreational users. J

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    [iv]Batalla A, Bhattacharyya S, Yücel M, Fusar-Poli P, Crippa JA, Nogué S, Torrens M, Pujol J, Farré M, Martin-Santos R.

    Structural and functional imaging studies in chronic cannabis users: a systematic review of adolescent and adult

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    [v] Large M, Sharma S, Compton MT, Slade T, Nielssen O. Cannabis use and earlier onset of psychosis: a systematic

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    persistence of psychotic symptoms: 10 year follow-up cohort study. BMJ. 2011 Mar 1;342:d738. doi:

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    [vii] Degenhardt L, Hall W, Lynskey M. Exploring the association between cannabis use and depression. Addiction. 2003

    Nov;98(11):1493-504. Review. PubMed PMID: 14616175.

    [viii] Brady JE, Li G. Trends in alcohol and other drugs detected in fatally injured drivers in the United States, 1999-2010. Am J Epidemiol. 2014 Mar 15;179(6):692-9. doi: 10.1093/aje/kwt327. Epub 2014 Jan 29. PubMed PMID: 24477748; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3939850

    [ix] Lenné MG, Dietze PM, Triggs TJ, Walmsley S, Murphy B, Redman JR. The effects of cannabis and alcohol on

    simulated arterial driving: Influences of driving experience and task demand. Accid Ana Prev. 2010 May;42(3):859-

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    [x] Agrawal A, Neale MC, Prescott CA, Kendler KS. A twin study of early cannabis use and subsequent use and

    abuse/dependence of other illicit drugs. Psychol Med. 2004 Oct;34(7):1227-37. PubMed PMID: 15697049.

    [xi] Hall W, Degenhardt L. Prevalence and correlates of cannabis use in developed and developing countries. Curr Opin

    Psychiatry. 2007 Jul;20(4):393-7. Review. PubMed PMID: 17551355.

    [xii] Panlilio LV, Zanettini C, Barnes C, Solinas M, Goldberg SR. Prior exposure to THC increases the addictive effects of

    nicotine in rats. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2013 Jun;38(7):1198-208. doi: 10.1038/npp.2013.16. Epub 2013 Jan 11.

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    Contact:  Marcie Seidel, Co-chair,  Coalition for Healthy Communities

                                         Executive Director, Drug Free action Alliance



  • 29 Feb 2016 9:47 AM | Molly (Mary) K. Kometiani (Administrator)


    When: Feb. 25 to March 24

    Where: Cuyahoga Community College Eastern Campus, 4250 Richmond Road, Highland Hills.

    Workshop: Life Journeys, Pathways and Reflections in Art Making, led by Barbara Trauger-Querry at 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 26

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    Article written by Janet Podolak, published in the News Herald on 2/23/16.

  • 08 Feb 2016 1:43 PM | Molly (Mary) K. Kometiani (Administrator)

    In 2014, with generous funding from the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland Ministry Endowment Fund, Ursuline ArtSpace, founded by its Director Sister Kathleen Burke, OSU, Ph.D, ATR-BC, LPC-S, over a decade ago, was able to extend and enhance its services further into the community to serve vulnerable and at-risk youth and adults throughout Cleveland. One of the three organizations that this initial funding has benefited is Front Steps Housing and Services .  Front Steps Housing and Services offers safe housing and a structured environment to help women and men make the changes in their lives that lead to self-sufficiency and independence. Front Steps serves as a catalyst for social change by supporting residents as they transform their lives and by working towards an end to homelessness. 

    Since 2014, Ursuline ArtSpace Outreach Services Coordinator Gretchen Miller, MA, ATR-BC has provided a monthly art therapy group on-site to empower positive decision making, self-awareness, manage traumatic stress, and strengthen coping skills through art.  In 2015, Ursuline ArtSpace Outreach collaborated with Front Steps on a major art therapy grant awarded to the agency by The Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board of Cuyahoga County.  This additional funding increased group services provided by ArtSpace Outreach to every week for Front Steps clients, alumni and community organizations in Cleveland that are serving adults living with homelessness and mental health recovery.  And good news for 2016: more funding for this art therapy programming at Front Steps has been renewed by the ADAMHS Board!

    On December 17, 2015 Front Steps hosted an Art Therapy Exhibit and Open House to celebrate the group work and its participants who have been part of the art therapy program throughout this year.  It was very moving to witness such heartfelt testimonies & gratitude about the power of art therapy from participants, ADAMHS Board representatives in attendance, & Front Steps Staff (Regina Spicer, Program Director and Sherri Brandon, Executive Director pictured below).

    To learn more about Ursuline ArtSpace's Outreach sites and programming, please visit

    Photo credit:  Katie Kern Pilch

  • 06 Dec 2015 4:40 PM | Molly (Mary) K. Kometiani (Administrator)
    In honor of World Aids Day Tuesday, December 1, the community of University Hospitals Case Medical Center joined to create a 100-piece art mosaic in an effort to revitalize HIV/AIDS awareness. Art therapist Stephen Macek co-organized the project. 

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  • 28 Aug 2015 9:38 PM | Molly (Mary) K. Kometiani (Administrator)
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    Article written by Maryann Sender, published in the Creative Arts Newsletter on 6/8/15

  • 22 Feb 2015 7:56 PM | Molly (Mary) K. Kometiani (Administrator)

    Article on the art therapy pioneer Don Jones and how through art he found his calling touching thousands of lives.

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    Article written by Eric Lyttle, published in the Columbus Dispatch on 2/14/15

  • 22 Feb 2015 7:52 PM | Molly (Mary) K. Kometiani (Administrator)

    Art therapy allows for stress and anxiety management for families of patients at Akron Children's Hospital.

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    Article written by Cheryl Powell, published in Akron Beacon Journal on 2/6/15

  • 22 Feb 2015 7:42 PM | Molly (Mary) K. Kometiani (Administrator)

    University Hospital cancer patient Peter Rinaldi uses art for expression, pain management, and procedural support with help from art therapist Stephen Macek. Click to view the complete article:

    Article written by Michael K. McIntyre, published in Plain Dealer on 2/11/15

  • 24 Jan 2015 8:08 AM | Molly (Mary) K. Kometiani (Administrator)
    While most kids her age were outside savoring the last days of summer before school started, 10-year-old Shannon Stapleton, of Mansfield, was spending her days and nights at Akron Children’s Hospital. - See more at:
    While most kids her age were outside savoring the last days of summer before school started, 10-year-old Shannon Stapleton, of Mansfield, was spending her days and nights at Akron Children’s Hospital. - See more at:

    While Shannon underwent scoliosis surgery at Akron Children's Hospital, she worked with art therapist Molly Kohut as a way to deal with her pain and decorate her hospital room walls.

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    Article written by Laurie Schueler, published in Inside Akron Children's Hospital Blog on 9/3/14

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  • 15 Jul 2014 3:12 PM | Anonymous

    Danielle Klein, a registered art therapist is featured in this article about the work she is doing at the Fine Arts Association in Willoughby, OH.

    Ann Marie Raddell is a music therapist who has similar experiences in the classes she teaches at Fine Arts Association and in her work at Lake Health medical centers.

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    Article written by Devon Turchan, published in The News-Herald on 7/8/14

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