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Beech Brook in the News

News Hearald

Kim Meyer, director of AOD and Campus Outpatient Services at Beech Brook, talked with reporter Jean Bonchak of the Lake County News Herald about some of the reasons people suffering from drug and alcohol addiction fail to seek treatment. Read article

Channel 3, WKYC

Beech Brook’s Casey Durkin, director of our Orange Schools Program, talks about warning signs for parents to look for as their kids head back to school this year. Click here

Fox 8

According to Kate Biddle, Assistant V.P. of Clinical Services for Beech Brook, there are certain behaviors that can signal a child may be troubled.  Click here

The Plain Dealer

Ex-foster child is now an author and activist

By Sharon Broussard

Beech Brook’s Independent Living Coordinator LaTasha Watts gave a presentation on May 30 at the Shaker Heights Public Library about her experiences growing up in foster care and about her memoir. It was an excellent and moving presentation followed by many good questions. Click here to read the Plain Dealer's article about LaTasha!

The Plain Dealer

Beech Brook's Kate Biddle weighs in on how to channel anger felt by the community over the 10-year captivity of three Cleveland women.  Click Here

The Plain Dealer

Congratulations to Beech Brook's Terri Davis, Director of Family Health, for winning CWRU's Flora Award. Click Here

Channel 5, WEWS

Assistant Vice President of Clinical Services Kate Biddle was one of the first to arrive on the front lines of Chardon's immediate response to its students and their family's mental health needs after the school shooting one year ago.  Click Here to see her interview with Channel 5's Dave Arnold as she reflects on Chardon's healing process.

Channel 3, WKYC

A year after the Chardon School shooting, Vice President of Clinical Services Mark Groner talks with Channel 3's Kim Wheeler about the difficult days following the tragedy and the support Beech Brook has been providing to the students and families. Click Here

Channel 5, WEWS

Beech Brook's Assistant Vice President of Clinical Services Kate Biddle participated in a news conference on how the Chardon community is healing a year after the tragic school shooting. Click Here

Channel 5, WEWS

Casey Durkin, Director of Beech Brook's Orange Schools program, discusses parenting styles with Channel 5's Danita Harris. Click Here 

Channel 5, WEWS

Chardon officials, students talk healing nearly one year after shooting tragedy

Channel 5, WEWS

The ABC's of Parenting: What style of parent are you and how does that affect your children?

By Danita Harris

Plain Dealer

Mental Health, School and Safety Officials Praise Much of President Obama's Plan to Reduce Gun Violence

By Diane Suchetka


Beech Brook Responds to Toddler's Death

By Suzanne Stratford

Plain Dealer

A Cleveland School Where Parent Engagement Work is Slowly Taking Hold

By Margaret Bernstein, The Plain Dealer

Plain Dealer

Parental Invovlement in Schools Leads to Successful Students, Stronger Schools

By Margaret Bernstein, The Plain Dealer

Plain Dealer

Helping Families in Transitional Housing

(A United Way "Profiles in Caring" Story)

Geauga County Children's Services Summer 2012 Newsletter

Returning to School After a Traumatic Event

The Plain Dealer

Helping Parents Build Better Brains, by Sarah Jane Tribble

Today's Family Magazine

Agency Helps Troubled Students Stay on a Good Path (see page 5)

Sun Newspapers and Chagrin Valley Times

Letter to the Editor, by Beech Brook CEO Debra Rex


Beech Brook staff discuss the impact of trauma at a presentation in Chardon March 8.

Plain Dealer

Former Beech Brook Board Chair and member of the Leadership Advisory Council Mark Singer shares his insight on the Chardon School tragedy in an opinion/editorial piece in the Plain Dealer March 4.

NBC Nightly News

Beech Brook Asst. Vice President of Clinical Services Kate Biddle was recently featured on the NBC Nightly news with Brian Williams and on the Today Show. A leader in Trauma Informed Care, Kate put together the response plan for providing counseling and preparing teachers, parents and children to return to Chardon Schools after the Feb. 27 shooting.

WKYC-Channel 3

March 1 at a press conference, Beech Brook's Vice President of Clinical Services Kate Biddle discussed symptoms of trauma that students in Chardon may experience in the coming days and weeks.

Fox 8 Website
My Town: Holiday Gifts Needed at Beech Brook

Today's Family
160 Years of Miracles at Beech Brook

The Plain Dealer
United Way of Greater Cleveland announces funding...


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Beech Brook to host 7th 5K Run/1 Mile Walk

Beech Brook will host its 7th annual 5K Run/1 Mile Walk on Sunday, October 22, 2017, in partnership with Fleet Feet Sports. The race will begin at 8:30 a.m. in front of the Fleet Feet store at Landerwood Plaza, 30679 Pinetree Rd., Pepper Pike.

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Debra Rex to retire as President/CEO

The Beech Brook Board of Directors has announced the retirement of President/CEO Debra Rex, M.A., M.Ed., effective November 17, 2017, according to Philip M. Dawson, board chairman.

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Debra Rex wins OACCA Award

Debra Rex Wins Statewide Award Beech Brook President/CEO Debra Rex was presented with the annual George Stevens Award for Service to the Ohio Association of Child Caring Agencies (OACCA) at their statewide conference in Columbus in late April. The award is named in honor of OACCA founder George Stephens, who believed in the need for a strong, unified voice for private child-caring agencies, such as Beech Brook. He established the organization in 1973 as Ohio’s first statewide child advocacy organization for Ohio’s at-risk children, families and community providers.

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Beech Ball Raises More Than $180,000

More than 380 guests attended this year’s fundraiser for Beech Brook, held April 28 at the Global Center for Health Innovation in downtown Cleveland. Although the final results are not yet available, it appears that the agency has already netted nearly $189,000 in support for its child abuse prevention and early intervention programs for children and families.

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Statement regarding the Death of Steve Stephens

It was with a mixture of sadness and relief that Beech Brook learned of the suicide of Steve Stephens. Every suicide is a tragedy, but we also share a sense of relief with the rest of our community because we are longer fearful that Mr. Stephens will take more lives. We are deeply grateful to the law enforcement officials who vigorously pursued this case. Our thoughts are with all of those impacted by these senseless acts of violence.

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Beech Brook Offices will reopen on Tuesday, April 18

As we have said previously, we are shocked and horrified by the events involving Steve Stephens, especially the tragic murder of Mr. Godwin. Our hearts go out to his family and loved ones during this time of grief. Beech Brook is cooperating fully with law enforcement in its investigation. Our offices were closed on Monday, April 17, out of concern for the safety of our staff, clients and visitors to our sites. We will reopen on Tuesday, April 18 will additional security measures in place.

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Statement regarding Steve Stephens

We were shocked and horrified yesterday to learn about the situation involving the threats by Steve Stephens and the tragic shooting of Mr. Godwin. Our hearts go out to his family during this time of grief. Beech Brook’s offices will be closed today out of concerns for the safety of our staff, clients and other visitors to our sites.

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Beech Brook Awarded Funds Through Victims of Crime Act

Beech Brook has been awarded $443,905 through the Victims of Crime Act. These federal funds, administered through the Office of the Ohio Attorney General, will support and provide resources for children and families who have been victims of or impacted by a crime.

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Beech Brook’s 164th Annual Meeting to Focus on Preventing Abuse and Neglect

Beech Brook will host its 164th Annual Meeting this Thursday, September 29, 2016, on its campus at 3737 Lander Rd., Pepper Pike. The event will begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and the program. Guest speaker for this year’s event is Amy Templeman, director of the Washington D.C.-based program Within Our Reach.

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The Penders win Philanthropist Leadership Award

Long-time Beech Brook supporters and well-known community philanthropists Kathy and Jim Pender have been selected to receive the 2016 Philanthropist Leadership Award, presented by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) of Greater Cleveland. The award will be presented at the AFP annual awards luncheon in November.

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6th Annual Fleet Feet 5k to Benefit Beech Brook

Fleet Feet 5K Run and Walk to benefit Beech Brook PEPPER PIKE, OHIO – Fleet Feet Sports will host the 6th annual 5K Run to benefit Beech Brook on Sunday, May 8, 2106. The race will begin at 8:30 a.m. in front of the Fleet Feet store at Landerwood Plaza, 30679 Pinetree Rd., Pepper Pike. Walkers are also encouraged to join in the event to walk, and there will be a 1-mile course for those who prefer a shorter distance.

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Beech Brook Will Focus its Resources on Community-Based Prevention and Early Intervention

Residential Programs will be phased out by June PEPPER PIKE, OHIO – Beech Brook today announced plans to expand its focus on community-based prevention and early-intervention programs designed to strengthen and support families and children, with a goal of keeping children safe and building strong families. By fully focusing its resources on prevention and early intervention, Beech Brook hopes to help more children before their problems become severe enough to require removal from their families.

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Hope Grows Here

Over the past couple years, Nicole Shefrin, the executive director of Fostering Hope, and her team have done a fantastic job of providing gifts and parties for the children at Beech Brook as part of their mission to enrich the lives of kids in out-of-home settings. photo 1Their newest project, Hope Grows Here, is a 40’ x 40’ therapeutic garden on Beech Brook’s main campus in Pepper Pike.

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Beech Brook President/CEO Receives National Leadership Award

Debra Rex, president and CEO of Beech Brook, has been honored with The Samuel Gerson Nordlinger Child Welfare Leadership Award from the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities. The Nordlinger Award, presented Oct. 16 at the Alliance’s national conference in Pittsburgh, recognizes an individual who has made exceptional contributions to the advancement of quality services for children and families.

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