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Welcome to Portage Path Behavioral Health
The name Portage Path has been synonymous with outstanding behavioral health care in the Akron area for more than 35 years. Since its inception in 1970, Portage Path has grown from a small, regional county provider to a comprehensive agency with three outpatient locations and an emergency services facility open 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week. More About Us | Locations | Contact Us

Medicaid Enrollment Helps PPBH Clients

March 14th, 2014 | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

register-nowThe Affordable Care Act (ACA) - also known as Obamacare – has opened up insurance benefits to many who previously had no access.  Because of the ACA, many Portage Path clients are now eligible to receive Medicaid, which covers care at Portage Path as well as many other medical services like family doctor visits, check-ups, emergency care, medical equipment, transportation, and prescription coverage.

If you’re interested in signing up for Medicaid, CLICK HERE to go to the Ohio Medicaid web page, where they will walk you through the enrollment process.  Portage Path can also offer enrollment assistance – if you would like help, call our Financial Department to set up an appointment with a Benefits Expert.  You should also know that if you’re eligible for Medicaid, you need to sign up soon, or you may risk losing your Portage Path treatment providers.

Get the benefits you deserve!  Sign up now!


THRIVE Program Helps Local Veterans

January 23rd, 2014 | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Smiling-Military-Man_cutoutThe THRIVE Program (Total Household Re-Integration for Veteran Enhancement) is a new initiative that provides support for Veterans (active duty, national guard, reserve, retired, or separated) to assist with living life in the civilian world.  THRIVE also helps families and others who support veterans learn how to cope with their own struggles and how to better help those they care about.  Family members and friends are welcome to attend even if their veteran loved one is not involved with Portage Path.

The THRIVE Program is starting a “Support Offered for Supporters” (or S.O.S.) Group, which will take place Thursdays, from 6 – 7:30 pm, starting February 6, 2014 at the Veterans’ Services Commission Summit County, 1060 E Waterloo Road in Akron.  Support Offered for Supporters is a 10-week group provided at no charge for support persons of veterans (spouses, parents, family members, friends, etc.)  Some of the topics addressed in this group will include: • Homecoming  • Depression and Resilience  • Trauma Responses  • Anger Management  • Communication/ Conflict Resolution  • Grief and Guilt  • Coping Skills  • Relationship Difficulties  • Job Search Assistance  • Substance Abuse.

The group will be facilitated by the THRIVE program coordinator Heather Poma, an Army Veteran, psychologist, and Veteran’s wife, partnering with other THRIVE program clinicians.  Clinicians associated with the THRIVE program have received specialized training in working with not only Veterans, but also family members, friends, or others who care for them. Many are themselves Veterans or family members of Veterans.

For more information, call 330-253-3100, ext. 240 or email


Tips To Beat The Winter Blues

January 16th, 2014 | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

winter bluesShort days.  Long nights.  Frigid temperatures.  All these things can have a negative impact on your mood and lead to the “Winter Blues.”  Fortunately, you don’t have to sit there and take it.  You can battle the blues in a variety of ways – check out the links below for some ideas:

Here are 12 winter depression busters from Psych Central

10 cool ways to beat the winter blues from Sparkpeople

Surprising causes of winter depression from

Everything you need to know about Seasonal Affective Disorder from WebMD


PPBH Akron Clinic To Open Earlier

August 5th, 2013 | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

In an effort to better serve customers, Portage Path has made a change to the hours at our Akron Outpatient Clinic (this change DOES NOT affect Barberton or North Summit).

Beginning August 26th, the Akron Outpatient Clinic will open at 7:30 a.m.  This will allow for faster and more efficient processing of walk-ins for both Intake and Psychiatric Evaluations.   Also, check-in for walk-in appointments will begin at 7:30 a.m. instead of 8:00 a.m.

Again, this change is only in effect at the Portage Path Akron Outpatient Clinic.


We’re Now Accepting United Healthcare Members!

July 26th, 2013 | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

untitledWe are pleased to announce that Portage Path Behavioral Health is now an accepted provider for all United Healthcare plans.  UnitedHealthcare is an operating division of UnitedHealth Group, the largest single health carrier in the United States.  If you are a United Healthcare member, and you want to make an appointment, just click on the Make An Appointment link at the top of this page.  If you’d like more information on your benefit with us, please contact our Financial Department at 330-253-3100.

PPBH Awarded Grant For Integrated Health Clinic

June 4th, 2013 | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Primary care will soon be coming to the Portage Path Akron Outpatient Clinic.  The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation has awarded PPBH a $75,000 grant to configure part of the facility at 340 S. Broadway into a primary care clinic, including exam rooms and medical office space.  Plans are to begin construction as soon as possible, with the clinic opening some time later this year.

This project will be a collaborative effort among Portage Path, AxessPointe Community Health Center (formerly called Akron Community Health Resources), Akron General Medical Center, and the University of Akron.  AxessPointe will provide the medical staffing and care, Akron General will supply medical office equipment and supplemental medical services, and the University will provide interns from the Registered Nurse, Social Work, and Diatetic programs.  Once completed, the space will be called the Margaret Clark Morgan Integrated Health Clinic, and will provide primary health care services to PPBH clients and others from the community. 

On the surface, this project will mean that people who typically had no access to primary care now have a place to go.  When you dig a little deeper, it means much more than that.  Here are some of the other benefits:

- We can better manage both the physical and mental health needs of clients;
- Clients will have access to the affordable 340b drug pricing program through AxessPointe;
- Clients will have access to the reclaimed pharmaceutical drug program through SCPH;
- It positions PPBH to be part of a Medicaid Health Home and/or Accountable Care Organization; and
- It helps cut down on usage of expensive emergency care options

Add this clinic to the Qol Meds Pharmacy already on site, and PPBH will be a one-stop shop for healthcare needs.


PPBH Works With AGMC To Improve Services

March 11th, 2013 | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Jeffrey Moore. M.D.

 Portage Path Behavioral Health (PPBH) and Akron General Medical Center (AGMC) have entered in to a strategic relationship intended to share knowledge and experience, collaborate on behavioral health projects, and effectively serve the increased number of Medicaid recipients expected through the Affordable Care Act.  The agreement will initially involve implementation of shared psychiatric leadership, the joint recruitment and employment of psychiatrists and other behavioral professionals, the development of a coordinated model of care for Medicaid and Medicare recipients, and an enhancement of the training experience for resident physicians.

In addition to shared psychiatric leadership, the agreement established the groundwork for the companies to work collaboratively on a process to effectively serve those covered by Medicaid and Medicare through an Integrated Care Delivery System.  This system should help both companies be positioned to work with the State’s new Department of Medicaid scheduled to open in 2014.  As the management of care for these individuals is transferred to HMO’s through the new department, PPBH and AGMC intend to develop best-practice treatment that is comprehensive, outcomes-driven, and cost-effective.

CLICK HERE to read the article about it in the Akron Beacon Journal.


Looking For A Behavioral Health Provider? Tell Us What You Think!

February 1st, 2013 | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Are you searching for a potential treatment provider?  If so, please take a moment to complete the short, secure survey at the link below.  Your feedback will help us shape the way we provide services, and help us better give customers what they want and need.  You do not have to provide any personal information.  Thanks!





Lighting Upgrades Increase Efficiency, Help Us “Go Green”

January 30th, 2013 | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off
AEP energy rebate program Portage Path

Workers installing new fixtures at Portage Path Akron Clinic.

Portage Path has seen the light … so to speak.  We recently participated in a program that helped us stay on top of rising energy costs by upgrading the lighting ballasts and fixtures and all three outpatient facilities.  The program, facilitated by AEP Energy as part of their Commercial Energy Efficiency Rebate Program, helped us save $20,000 on the new lighting, and should pay for itself in three years.  After that, our yearly estimated savings is $7,000 per year.  These new fixtures use a lot less energy than the old ones, and help us take a few more steps toward being more environmentally friendly.  We owe a big thanks to our partner company Prism Health LLC, for tipping us off about the program. 


PPBH Staffer Helps Police Resolve Hostage Situation

December 3rd, 2012 | Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Gwen Barlow-Martinez, an Emergency Clinician at Portage Path Psychiatric Emergency Services, was recently recognized by Akron Police Chief James Nice for her work in defusing a potentially life-threatening situation.  Here’s what happened – a man had coerced three juvenile males into his apartment.  Once inside, the juveniles realized the man was armed with multiple weapons and were afraid to leave.  While officers were being called to the scene, the man called the Portage Path Support Hotline, where Gwen answered the phone.  As Gwen talked with the man, she was informed what the man had done, and that there were police outside the man’s apartment door.  Gwen tried to encourage the man to open the door and talk with the officers – at first he refused to cooperate, and was exhibiting signs of paranoia.  Over time, Gwen was able to talk the man into opening the door, where he was taken in to custody without incident.

This is a perfect example of how the mental health and law enforcement systems can work together to make our community safer and healthier.  You probably don’t realize that these types of successful collaborations with police far outnumber the isolated incidents where something goes wrong.  Unfortunately, you never hear about the successes in the media.   Our police often have just minutes or seconds to make life and death decisions.  We’re proud to do our small part to help them find ways to resolve situations before they become violent.