Restoring Hope.
Rebuilding Lives.

We help people overcome difficult issues that keep
them from leading healthy, productive lives.

Portage Path is here because no one should have to walk the path alone.

Call us and we will walk with you

Who We Are

Since 1971, Portage Path has been a nonprofit community mental health center that helps area residents, regardless of their ability to pay, recover from mental illness and related substance use issues.

Our Services

Portage Path Behavioral Health provides life-changing services to people who live in greater Summit County. Our work creates healthier people, healthier families, a healthier local economy and a stronger community.

Mental & Behavioral Health Services

Clients and clinicians team up to help clients work through emotional problems, change behaviors and develop skills to manage life in a healthy way.

In-House Primary Care Clinic & Pharmacy

We partner with AxessPointe and Genoa Pharmacy to provide on-site, one-stop convenience for adult medical care, health screenings, physicals, immunizations and pharmacy services.

Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES)

Our 24/7 location helps manage psychiatric crises through emergency evaluation and treatment, crisis stabilization unit, around-the-clock hotline, probate services and community partnerships.

52 Years

Number of years our support hotline has helped callers experiencing suicidal thoughts.

76,290 Hours

Hours of service provided to clients in most recent recorded year.
*from 2017 annual report

10,000+ Residents

Summit County and surrounding area residents served.

$150,000 Grant

2018 grant from PEG’s Foundation to fund new psychiatric nurse practitioner fellowship.

Success Stories

"I was a child of alcoholism...

It left me feeling like I'd lost some of my identity."


You can make a real difference in people’s lives working at Portage Path. People join the Portage Path team – and stay. Our employee longevity is well above industry average. We are particularly proud of this and the difference it makes in the lives of our clients. We also support practicums, internships, fellowships and continuing education, plus offer a great salary, benefits and incentive programs.

Support Our Mission

Do you know someone experiencing mental illness or substance use problems? Your support for Portage Path provides a safety net for people in our community who may not have the resources to pay for the care they desperately need.

Help us make a difference.

COVID-19 Update:

PPBH Providing Telehealth Services

Due to the COVID-19/Corona virus, Portage Path will continue to provide services via telephone and telehealth. We will continue to offer initial assessments, counseling, and medication through telephone and telehealth and make every effort to provide you with the services you need. There will be no group services available at this time and no clients inside our facilities.

Currently, our staff will be working and contacting you during your scheduled appointment times by calling the telephone number we have available currently in our records. You can also call and leave a message of the services you require.

We ask for your patience in our transition and please know we will get to you as soon as possible. You can continue to call the office where you receive services to schedule appointments, leave messages, and the staff will be available to assist in meeting your needs.

Genoa Pharmacy will remain open and available to meet your medications and can discuss delivery options available. You can call Genoa at 330/253-3600.

AxessPointe at Portage Path 340 S. Broadway will be closed and all AxessPointe questions should be referred to their Arlington Road office at 888-375-9188

We will continuously update our website and social media to keep you informed of changes within the agency. We ask that you also answer telephone calls that may come up as on your phone as “Private,” Restricted,” Or “Unknown caller” during this time as well as the usual Summit County exchanges.

As usual, Portage Path Emergency Services (PES) is available for crisis calls and emergencies at 330/762-6110 or through the Crisis Support Hotline at 330/434-9144 or 1-800-273-8255.

Please be reminded you can also Text: 4HOPE to 741-741

Portage Path contact numbers:

Akron: 330/253-3100

Barberton: 330/745-0081

Cuyahoga Falls: 330/928-2324

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