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>>> Whole Child Framework Student Roundtable Series Announced

The Ohio Association of Student Leaders and the Ohio Department of Education will host student-led roundtable discussions focused on Ohio's Whole Child framework. Student voice is critical to implement effective whole child supports. Students in grades 6-12 are invited to join the round table discussions to share how schools are supporting them to be healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged. During these roundtables, students will have the opportunity to exercise their leadership skills while also co-designing whole child supports with their school administrators and educators. Students are welcome to participate in one or more virtual discussions. Roundtable sessions will be held from 6-7 p.m. on the following Tuesdays: Feb. 22; March 22; and April 19. Each discussion will focus on one of the five tenets: safe, healthy, engaged, supported, and challenged. The next discussion will be on the topic of engaged schools. Please encourage your students to learn more and register at the Ohio Association of Student Leaders site. Details and link to join will be sent with their registration confirmation.

>>> Ohio Children's Alliance, On Behalf of CABH COE, Announces Telehealth Certification Opportunity

On behalf of the Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Center of Excellence (CABH COE), the Ohio Children’s Alliance announces the availability of 50 scholarships for qualifying behavioral health providers to receive the Board Certified-TeleMental Health Provider credential (BC-TMH). Scholarship funding will be in the form of reimbursement and will include 9 CEU hours of training through the New STAR Institute as well as the cost of the exam.

For the purpose of this funding, qualifying behavioral health providers include:

  • Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC)
  • Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC)
  • Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors (LCPC)
  • Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors of Mental Health (LPCC)
  • Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors (LCMHC)
  • Licensed Mental Health Practitioners (LMHP)
  • Licensed Social Worker (LSW)
  • Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW)

Click HERE to apply for this scholarship. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, and scholarship awards are limited to no more than two (2) practitioners per agency. The application deadline is Feb. 18. All questions regarding this opportunity can be directed to Lauren.Barco@ohiochildrensalliance.org.

>>> Reminder: Module 1 of OhioRISE Community and Provider Training

The Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) invites you to attend Module 1 of the OhioRISE community and provider training series. All local system partners and providers that serve multi-system youth to attend. This includes staff of all levels within your organization. This first module covers an overview of OhioRISE and eligibility and enrollment. The live Module 1 training session will occur Feb. 18 from 8:00 a.m.-noon. A recording of the live session will be available on the OhioRISE webpage the week of Feb. 21 if you are unable to attend. Office hours will be held 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 to raise questions to OhioRISE subject matter experts (SMEs). ODM is committed to providing access and inclusion and reasonable accommodation in its services, activities, programs and employment opportunities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other applicable laws. To request a reasonable accommodation due to a disability, please contact ODM’s ADA Coordinator at 614.995.9981/TTY 711, Fax 614.644.1434, or email: ODM_EEO_EmployeeRelations@medicaid.ohio.gov at least three business days prior to the applicable scheduled meeting. Further information can be found here: Notice of Nondiscrimination.

ODM will send information about the upcoming modules 2, 3, and 4 soon, which will cover the following training topics:

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

OhioRISE will also offer trainings for community partners between now and go-live for child protection, juvenile justice, developmental disability boards, managed care 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, Fiscal Intermediary, 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. Please email any additional OhioRISE questions to OhioRISE@medicaid.ohio.gov.

>>> CDC’s Draft Clinical Practice Guideline for Prescribing Opioids Available for Public Comment

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Injury Prevention and Control is in the process of updating the 2016 CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. The draft updated Clinical Practice Guideline for Prescribing Opioids is available for public comment in the Federal Register. The public comment period will be open for 60 days, through April 11. CDC encourages all patients, caregivers, providers, and others who care about safe, effective, and informed pain treatment options to submit their comments via the Federal Register docket. Encourage people you know who have direct experience with the role of opioids in pain care and the importance of the patient-clinician relationship to visit the Federal Register, review the draft update to the Guideline, and add their perspectives to the Federal Register Notice. Learn more about the Federal Register Notice and how to submit a comment:

View the process and timeline of the draft Guideline update: www.cdc.gov/opioids/guideline-update/index.html.

>>> Free Kognito At-Risk Professional Development Courses for Educators

The Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation is providing access to free Kognito At-Risk Professional Development Courses for Educators through Oct. 18. The trainings include simulations for early childhood, elementary, middle school, and high school educators. The simulations pack hours of information, exercises, and hands-on practice into 45–60 minutes, and expedite the pace of learning. They can be completed in multiple sittings and used in prep periods, part of a professional development day, or self-paced professional development activity. Click HERE for more information and access to the simulations. Questions? Please email jason.hughes@ohiospf.org.

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