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Jan. 24, 2023

>>> SFY 2023 RFA: Older Adult Behavioral Health and Wellness Project

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) Office of Prevention Services has issued a Request for Applications to select a grantee to develop the Older Adult Behavioral Health & Wellness (BHW) Project, which is aimed at reducing risk factors and increasing protective factors among Ohio’s older adult population. The objectives are to empower older adults to make healthy lifestyle choices and to navigate the use of medications and alcohol by utilizing the evidence-based program Wellness Initiative for Senior Education and the integration of a screening and referral process. OhioMHAS will award funding to one qualified organization that demonstrates the expertise and capacity to complete this project. Applications must be submitted in the Grants Funding Management System (GFMS) no later than 5:00 p.m. on Feb. 7.

>>> SFY 2023 RFA: Ohio SUD Center of Excellence (COE)

The OhioMHAS Office of Community Treatment Services has issued a Request for Applications to identify an institution of higher education, health care organization, or other non-profit organization to develop and implement an Ohio SUD Center of Excellence (COE). The SUD COE will focus on evidence-based and evidence-supported practices for substance use disorders associated with high mortality, including opioid use disorder, stimulant use disorder, and alcohol use. The SUD Center of Excellence aligns with Governor Mike DeWine’s plans to build and enhance statewide infrastructure for a fully integrated behavioral health system of care. The creation of a new, dedicated SUD COE will allow Ohio to develop its growing workforce by educating them on best practices in administrative management (e.g., best practices in patient engagement) along with best and emerging practices regarding the treatment of various substance use disorders (e.g., contingency management). Applications must be submitted electronically to sudcoe@mha.ohio.gov by 3:00 p.m. on Feb. 10.

>>> New Video Resource Available – ‘An Introduction: Suicide and Overdose Fatality Reviews’

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) in collaboration with the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation (OSPF) and local partners convened a Suicide and Overdose Fatality Review (SOFR) ad hoc workgroup of the Ohio Injury Prevention Partnership (OIPP). The workgroup gathered vital information on the components of SOFRs, details on structure and establishment, legislation, processes, partnerships, and available resources and supports. The information was recorded and developed into a video resource titled ‘An Introduction: Suicide and Overdose Fatality Reviews’. The resource is now available and can be accessed on the ODH Violence and Injury Prevention - Drug Overdose webpage under the Overdose Fatality Reviews tab. If you have questions or need assistance, please reach out to Stacy Ell via email at Stacy.Ell@odh.ohio.gov.

>>> New Substance Use Disorders ECHO Series

Weitzman Institute, in collaboration with Buckeye Health Plan and Ohio University, is excited to announce that registration is now open for the 12-month Weitzman ECHO Substance Use Disorders, a continuing education series for Ohio primary care providers management of patients with substance use disorders. The ECHO is designed to connect medical and behavioral health providers to a community of peers and subject-matter experts from federally qualified health centers across Ohio and Ohio University to address patients’ complex health needs related to substance use disorders. The ECHO program curriculum is organized into three modules on SUD Care Strategies: A Foundation for Primary Care, MAT, and SUD Comorbidities. The ECHO series begins Feb. 13. Learn more and register HERE using the access code: SUDOH. Questions? Please email Nikita Reyes Nieves at reyesni@mwhs1.com.

>>> Ohio Wellness Campus Collaborative Funding Opportunity

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS), PreventionFIRST!, the Ohio Program for Campus Safety and Mental Health, and the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery are pleased to announce the implementation of the Ohio Wellness Campus Collaborative funding opportunity. Funds will support campus community partnerships in implementing awareness and accessibility measures to promote mental and behavioral health among students and staff on campus. Funding is limited to community colleges and regional campuses of four-year institutions within Ohio. Priority will be given to institutions that were not previously Rise and Thrive-funded campuses. Applicants may apply for and receive up to $25,000 for this one-time funding opportunity beginning Feb. 2023 and ending June 2024.

Letters should be emailed to Julie Cameron at julie@prevention-first.org by 5:00 p.m. on Feb. 10 to be considered.

>>> Ohio Children’s Alliance 50th Anniversary Annual Conference – April 18-19

Save the Date: the Ohio Children’s Alliance will host its 50th Anniversary Annual Conference on April 18-19 at the Sheraton Columbus at Capitol Square. Early-bird registration materials will be available soon. Conference organizers are currently accepting workshop proposals through Feb. 20. Sessions should be 60-75 minutes in length.  Click the link for more information.

>>> Digital Toolkit for National Human Trafficking Awareness Month

In recognition of January as National Human Trafficking Awareness Month, the American Hospital Association created a digital toolkit with videos, graphics and social media posts in both English and Spanish to help hospitals and health systems raise awareness in health care settings on the various types of human trafficking.

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