respite services

ASCEND is a Short-term Respite Program that supports people aged 18 and over anticipating or experiencing a mental health situation by providing a free-of-charge, voluntary stay in a home-like setting that is supportive, comfortable, and safe.

ASCEND Respite provides an innovative and unique alternative service to the more traditional emergency room and inpatient care when the provider deems emergency care unnecessary; however, the guest can still utilize standard care in addition to Respite as a complimentary service. Additionally, the guest may still need help coping.

We offer 24/7 support by trained Peer Support Specialists and/or volunteers. (all of which are individuals with lived experience of mental health and/or SUD conditions.

Our Facilities

Here is what to bring with you during your stay at ASCEND. 

  • 3-7 days of comfortable clothing and some type of shoe, slippers, or flip-flops you would like to wear.
  • Bring all of your belongings in a plastic bag only! No duffle bags or suite cases will be allowed. (sorry for the inconvenience bed bug prevention)
  • Any special foods you may need for medical reasons ONLY.     i.e., Diabetics, gastric bypass; if you are unsure, please ask us. We do supply healthy food, and the staff has had diabetic training, so we can make sure you are getting what you need while you are resting. 
  • All medications and Vitamins MUST be in their original containers! NO EXCEPTIONS! If special items are needed to ingest, monitor your medications, i.e., syringes, inhalers, and glucose testing kits; please bring them. You will NOT be admitted without everything being complete. This is for your safety.
  • Book to read
  • Notebook or journal
  • If you wear contacts, please bring your case and solution. We do not have either.
  • Bring any special shampoos, conditioners, soap, toothpaste, and toothbrushes you like to use. We may not have what you want.
  • You may bring a hairdryer, but no curling iron.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call us, and we can discuss them.

ASCEND wants you to enjoy your stay and get out of it what you need. To rejuvenate and educate, leave here stronger and healthier, and be able to cope with everyday stressors. 

Our Goals

We created the respite program so that MH/SUD consumers like ourselves could have an alternative to unnecessary hospitalizations. The average stay in respite is three to seven days and nights. Sometimes we allow for an extended stay, but we generally like to get you back home as soon as you are ready.

You may be a consumer considering whether or not this program will work for you. You are likely going through a really tough time in your life. You may be experiencing new symptoms or side effects from a new medication. You may be grieving, lonely, or having thoughts or ideas that make you fearful. We are here to help.

You may be a professional considering making a referral to the program. Our Respite brochure should answer your questions.

Our goal is to work with you and any other treatment team members involved to ensure continuity of care. We are NOT professionals, but we have both training and experience.

You may be a family member or close friend wondering how you fit into the picture while your loved one is in Respite. You may want to stay in contact through telephone calls or even a personal visit. We encourage such contact, but we ask that you work with us as we all determine how many contacts would be beneficial.

We believe that recovery is a journey, and folks come to ASCEND Respite needing to be relieved of everyday stressors for a little while. We hope that our guests leave more relaxed and better able to cope.   

If you are a provider for someone in respite and want to connect with your participant, please call and let us know you are coming.  Phone:  330-454-2888

Eligibility Requirements


Guidelines For Referrals

Guidelines For Referrals

  • The client referred must not be in a crisis situation.
  • The client must be able to care for themselves physically.
  • The client should be aware of the Respite Rules and be willing to respect them.
  • The client should pack lightly and leave valuables like jewelry and money at home.
  • The client must not be threatening to harm themselves or others or currently self-injuring.
  • The client must bring all medications in original containers, but only enough for 5 to 7 days.
  • The client must be a Stark County resident, be 18 years of age or older, and have a current, permanent residence (not considered a shelter).

This is a voluntary program, so clients should understand they may leave anytime. Because this is a voluntary program, we also have the right to ask them to leave the Respite if it is determined that Respite is not a good fit for them at this time. Examples could be refusing to take medication as prescribed or leaving the Respite without accompaniment.