Registration is now open for the Ohio Prevention & Early Intervention Conference, “Transforming Wellness for Ohio’s Children, Families & Communities,” to be held June 2-5, 2014 at Ohio Wesleyan University. This collaborative effort merges the 25th annual Ohio Prevention & Education Conference (OPEC) with the Ohio Early Childhood Mental Health Conference - both sponsored by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS), and also integrates early childhood and early intervention initiatives of the Ohio Departments of Health and Education. Decades of research on brain science and recent healthcare reform has given Ohio the opportunity to advance the state’s substance abuse, mental health, community engagement, early childhood, education and healthcare service systems for children and families. This cross-systems program will strengthen workforce capacity and guide communities in understanding how to modernize and integrate their behavioral and physical healthcare systems. Four packed days of education and networking feature 10 state and nationally renowned keynote speakers, six Power Sessions, and 59 workshops featuring the best in science-based programming.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Professionals working in the fields of mental, emotional and behavioral disorders (MEB) prevention, health promotion, early childhood, education, law enforcement, juvenile justice and public health, as well as members of community coalitions, faith-based organizations and others interested in promoting collaboration across disciplines and community sectors to promote the health and safety of individuals and communities should consider attending. The conference is $100 for all four days or any number of days, and for an additional $100, participants can stay on campus and enjoy all included meals. Registration deadline is May 16. To view or download the Registration Booklet and register, visit https://www.drugfreeactionalliance.org/opec.