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Two RFPs Posted for Suicide Prevention Lifeline 988 Expansion Services

Federal legislation requires all states to transition from a 10-digit National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number to 988 by July 16, 2022. In Ohio, a diverse group of interested stakeholders has met over the past year as the 988 Planning Committee to develop a roadmap for how 988 will help build awareness of an easy-to-remember, visible entry point into the crisis care system for people affected by suicide, mental health and addiction issues. Click HERE to view the final implementation plan submitted to the federal government on Jan. 21. For more information about Ohio’s 988 planning work, visit https://mha.ohio.gov/about-us/priorities/ohios-988-implementation.

Applicants for the following funding opportunities must be approved National Suicide Prevention Lifeline providers at the time of application and must maintain eligible status throughout the terms of this contract. Applications must be received by 11:59 pm, Feb. 15, 2022.

988 State Back-up Provider RFP

OhioMHAS is seeking proposals from qualified service agencies to provide National Suicide Prevention Lifeline/988 Ohio back-up provider coverage 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. One grant award will not exceed $375,000. Read more HERE.

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988 State Chat/Text Providers RFP

OhioMHAS is seeking proposals from qualified service agencies to provide National Suicide Prevention Lifeline/988 Ohio chat and text contacts coverage 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year or for a clearly identified portion of 24/7/365 coverage. Up to two grant awards will not exceed $300,000 each, based on hours/days of coverage. Read more HERE.

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OhioMHAS Assurances and Agreements

Mobile Response Stabilization Service (MRSS) RFPs

OhioMHAS has posted the following Mobile Response Stabilization Service (MRSS) opportunities on the OhioBuys portal.

MRSS Call Center

OhioMHAS is seeking proposals from Ohio-based companies for the development and management of a statewide Call Center for Mobile Response Stabilization Services (MRSS), Ohio’s behavioral health system of care crisis response program for children, youth, young adults (under the ages of 21), and their families. A single call center uses the “no wrong door” approach with mechanisms and protocols in place to rapidly connect youth and young adults, families and caregivers to crisis care. One vendor will be selected with the award amount not to exceed not to exceed $187,000 for SFY 2022, and $750,000 for SFY 2023. The deadline for this solicitation is Feb. 8.

MRSS Data Management System

OhioMHAS is seeking proposals from qualified contractors to work with OhioMHAS to develop and implement a cloud-based data management software system for Ohio’s Mobile Response and Stabilization Services (MRSS). The new data management system should be built as a SaaS-based model, meaning that the codebase and infrastructure is maintained, updated, and owned by OhioMHAS. One vendor will be selected with the award amount not to exceed $60,000 for SFY 22 and $210,000 for SFY 23. The deadline for this solicitation is Feb. 8.

OhioRISE Community and Provider Trainings Launch Next Month

The Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) has announced an upcoming OhioRISE community and provider training series. The trainings will be facilitated by ODM, Aetna Better Health of Ohio, the Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Center of Excellence (CABH COE), and other state partners, to help you prepare for implementing the OhioRISE program in July 2022. Each session covers a range of topics including OhioRISE implementation, systems, and operations.

The live, Module 1 training session will occur on Feb. 18 from 8 a.m.-noon. A recording will be available on the OhioRISE webpage following the session for those unable to attend. Office Hours will be held via Microsoft Teams on March 1 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. and March 2 from 8:00-9:00 a.m. and 3:30-4:30 p.m. to provide opportunities for those who attended the live training or watched the recorded training to raise questions to OhioRISE subject matter experts (SMEs).

All local system partners and providers that serve multi-system youth are encouraged to attend Module 1. This includes staff of all levels within your organization. Upcoming modules 2, 3 and 4 will be communicated soon for the following training topics:

  • Referrals and Care Coordination / System of Care
  • IT Systems, Enrollment, Billing and Claims
  • Systems Engagement - Local and Statewide

Additional training for community partners will take place between now and go-live for child protection, juvenile courts, developmental disability boards, managed care entities and providers, and hospitals. Watch for additional communications from ODM in the coming months regarding trainings for other elements of the Ohio Medicaid Next Generation Program, including the Provider Network Management module / Centralized Credentialing and the Single Pharmacy Benefit Manager. Please view ODM’s OhioRISE community and provider training series announcement on the OhioRISE webpage on managedcare.medicaid.ohio.gov or refer to this document for more information, including all Module 1 registration and meeting links. Direct any additional OhioRISE questions to OhioRISE@medicaid.ohio.gov.

Facebook Live Conversation: Pláticas – Latino Well-Being During COVID-19 – Jan. 26

The National Latino Behavioral Health Association is hosting a Pláticas - Latino Well-Being during COVID-19 Facebook Live conversation on Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. (EST). Susie Ann Villalobos, Co-Director of the National Hispanic and Latino Addiction Technology Transfer Network (NHL ATTC), and her guest Lorena Garcia, public health and disparities expert will discuss helpful tips for parents dealing with COVID-19, and their efforts to help serve, mobilize, and engage the Hispanic community in mitigating the negative impact of COVID-19.

February Rise and Thrive Webinar – Feb. 9

The Ohio College Initiative, in partnership with Rise and Thrive Campus-Community Partnerships, will continue its year-long webinar series with Student Accessibility and Mental Health Services: Leveraging a Relationship for Collaborative Advocacy on Feb. 9 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. This webinar will explore how partnerships between campus accessibility/disability services and mental health services are unique and can support opportunities to create change within institutional systems. Presenters will explore the "why’s and how’s" of partnerships between accessibility/disability and mental health services, and provide real-life examples of the benefits of a collaborative relationship. Click the link for more information. Questions? Please email oci@preventionactionalliance.org.

Peer Recovery Supporter Training for Survivors of Human Trafficking, Sexual Trauma

The Switch is hosting a special Peer Recovery Supporter Training for women who are survivors of human trafficking or sexual trauma. To attend, women must be in recovery from a mental health or substance use issue. Trainings are scheduled for March 7-11 and March 14-18. For more information and to register, please e-mail Brenna Filbrun: switch2rahabs@gmail.com.

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