Chuck Tuttle, who has worked in the field for 27 years, began serving as director of Children's Advantage, a non-profit children's and adolescent counseling and community mental health agency funded in part through the Portage County Mental Health and Recovery Board, on June 16.
Located at 520 N. Chestnut St. in Ravenna, Tuttle
said Children's Advantage
has been providing behavioral health care services to children, adolescents and families since 1975.
"The agency provides community-based services as well as outpatient counseling," Tuttle
said."We are in the schools in Portage County
, there are psychiatric services that we provide, in-home services where case managers or therapists go out into a client's home and provides services.We offer a lot of different community-based services."Tuttle, who said he spent most of his career working at a number of different agencies in the Cleveland area, said his experiences after obtaining an undergraduate degree in sociology helped steer his career toward children and family services.
"I had worked in a residential treatment facility, working with children and their families, and I really enjoyed it," Tuttle
applied for the position, he
said, because he
was "looking for a little bit of change."
"I thought this was an excellent opportunity, to come and work for this agency," he
Though officially he
has only been director of the agency for a little more than a week now, Tuttle
already has attended a number of meetings and is looking forward to working with both other Portage County agencies and the community.
"The community here really seems to be committed to kids and families, so I'm really happy about that," he
"I'm really looking forward to meeting with other folks, seeing where I can help out or fit in, as well as working collaboratively or in partnership with other agencies in the area to improve all of our services," Tuttle