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Ohio Expands COVID-19 Testing Locations with Support from Ohio National Guard

Governor Mike DeWine on Tuesday announced additional Guard deployments to support COVID-19 testing locations across the state, including three testing locations in Cincinnati. “We are grateful that National Guard members are continuing to fill critical roles in our state's response to this pandemic, especially as the strain on our health care providers continues,” said Governor DeWine. “As cases increase across the state, the best thing Ohioans can do is to stay up to date on their COVID-19 vaccine.” The National Guard is now supporting 12 testing locations across the state as part of ongoing efforts to ease some of the burden on the state’s hardest-hit hospitals as Ohio is experiencing the highest number of COVID-19 driven inpatient hospitalizations, ICU admissions, and patients on ventilators seen throughout the pandemic. Today, the Ohio Hospital Association reported 6,637 inpatient hospitalizations.

At this time, the Ohio National Guard has been deployed to support the following testing locations:

  • Akron: Atrium Testing Site (Summa Health), 1077 Gorge Blvd.
  • Canton: (Aultman/Cleveland Clinic Mercy), Stark County Fairgrounds, 305 Wertz Ave. NW
  • Chillicothe: Adena Regional Medical Center, 272 Hospital Road
  • Cincinnati: (Ethos Laboratories), Crossroads Church, 990 Reading Road, Mason
  • Cincinnati: (Ethos Laboratories), Riverbend, 6201 Kellogg Ave.
  • Cincinnati: University of Cincinnati, 321 Albert Sabin Way
  • Cleveland: Walker Center (Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals), 10524 Euclid Ave.
  • Columbus: (Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center), first floor of the CAS parking garage at 2540 Olentangy River Road
  • Dayton: (Premier Health) Miami Valley Hospital, 1 Wyoming St.
  • Mansfield: Avita Ontario Hospital, 715 Richland Mall
  • Maumee: Lucas County Recreation Center, 2901 Key St.
  • Zanesville: Genesis Hospital, 2951 Maple Ave.


  • Dayton: Dayton Children’s Hospital, 1 Children’s Plaza

Click HERE to read the full media announcement.

Proposals Sought for e-TMS Program

The Ohio Department of Administrative Services Office of Procurement Services, on behalf of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS), is soliciting competitive sealed proposals for Electroencephalogram Combined Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (eTMS) Program under Section 125.071 of the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) and Section 123:5-1-08 of the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC).  As defined in the Scope of Work in the RFP, the Contractor shall provide the State with a pilot program to make electroencephalogram (EEG) combined Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (eTMS) available for veterans, first responders, and law enforcement officers with substance use disorders, mental illness and other traumas. eTMS is defined as a treatment in which TMS frequency pulses are tuned to the patient's physiology and biometric data at the time of each treatment, using a pre- and post-TMS EEG. The expectation is for the eTMS program protocol to use adapted stimulation frequency and intensity modulation based on EEG and motor threshold testing as well as clinical symptoms and signs and biometric data. The Contractor must deliver eTMS services utilizing FDA-approved devices in a manner consistent with published Consensus Guidelines as promulgated by the Clinical TMS Society or a comparable mutually agreed upon professional organization. The pilot program will include both conducting clinical trials and operating a clinical practice to evaluate eTMS outcomes for presentation to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to gain approval of eTMS treatment for selected neuropsychiatric conditions. More information on this RFP can be found at: https://ohiobuys.ohio.gov/page.aspx/en/bpm/process_manage_extranet/3773.

Upcoming MACC, Inc. Webinars

Multiethnic Advocates for Cultural Competence, Inc. (MACC), has announced two upcoming trainings in January. Click the links below for more information and to register. Questions? Please email maccadmin@maccinc.net or call 614.221,7841.

Jan. 13 | Engaging Communities in Health Care Antiracism Initiatives Peoples Experience with Discrimination in the Health Care System

Jan. 26 | Intro to Cultural Competence Certification

NIMH School-based Suicide Prevention: Promising Approaches & Opportunities for Research – Jan. 14

The National Institute of Mental Health will host a School-based Suicide Prevention: Promising Approaches and Opportunities for Research webinar on Jan. 14 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. webinar will provide an opportunity for diverse stakeholders, including school administrators, researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and funders, to learn about new and innovative practices in school-based suicide prevention. There will be a particular focus on identifying and supporting high-risk youth, as well as opportunities for evaluating these efforts. Click the link above for more information and to register.

OCAAR Announces Return of Peer Recovery Support Booster Training Program

Ohio Citizen Advocates for Addiction Recovery announced this week that it will once again offer Recovery Peer Support Booster Program. This eight-module series, presented over two Fridays this month, will equip and empower certified peers to take their peer support to the next level. The training includes 9 free CEUs, including 3 CEUs that meet trauma, diversity, and ethics peer support recertification requirements. Click the links below for more information and to register. Questions? Please email Stefanie Robinson at srobinson@oca-ohio.org.

Jan. 21 – 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. | Part 1: Peer Support 101, Trauma-Informed Care, Multiple Pathways, Professionalism

Jan. 28 – 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. | Part 2: Cultural Competence, Ethics and Boundaries, Motivational Interviewing, Self-Care

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