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>>> OhioMHAS 340 Review Stakeholder Workgroup – Public Notice of April 6 Meeting

The next meeting of the 340 Review Stakeholder Workgroup will be April 6 from 10:00 a.m.-noon at the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Shipley Building at 1970 W. Broad St., Columbus. (View agenda) Because of space limitations, members of the public who wish to join the meeting can do so virtually (click HERE) or by calling in 614.721.2972 (use meeting passcode: 151621967#.) A recording of the meeting will also be posted online. Media interested in attending should RSVP to eric.wandersleben@mha.ohio.gov by 9:00 a.m. on April 6.

>>> LACTS System Update Regarding Mobile Response & Stabilization Service (MRSS) Rule  

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) has updated the department’s Licensure and Certification Tracking System (LACTS) with the new Mobile Response & Stabilization Service (MRSS) rule. If a provider wishes to add MRSS for the first time, an “update application” will need to be submitted in the LACTS system to ensure the new MRSS service is accurately depicted on their certificate.  Please contact your lead surveyor to address specific questions regarding the update application to add the MRSS service. Details on this change can be found HERE. If you are not sure who your surveyor is, or have other questions, please contact the OhioMHAS Licensure and Certification Team at liccert@mha.ohio.gov.

>>> Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills in Schools Workshops

As part of the OhioMHAS COVID Relief funding for prevention, the OhioMHAS Office of Prevention Services, in partnership with Prevention Action Alliance (PAA), is committed to expanding the utilization of evidence-based curriculums across the state. PAA is hosting a series trainings of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills in School as part of this effort. For more information on either of the training opportunities, please email Melissa Cole at mkaetzel@preventionactionalliance.org

Click the links below to register.

April 7 | DBT Skills In Schools: Administrators & Stakeholders Introduction to DBT STEPS-A -- This workshop is designed for school administrators and stakeholders at various levels to provide a structured format in discussing implementation strategies for providing a structured social emotional learning (SEL) class and the barriers to implementing in current school-based settings. 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. or 6:00-9:00 p.m.

May 24-26 | DBT Skills in Schools: Implementation of DBT STEPS-A Curriculum -- DBT Skills in Schools: Skills Training for Emotional Problem Solving for Adolescents (DBT STEPS-A) is a universal social emotional learning (SEL) curriculum designed for middle/high school students in educational settings. The DBT STEPS-A curriculum is designed to help adolescents develop coping strategies and decision-making abilities under emotional distress. The DBT STEPS-A curriculum is based on the skills of comprehensive DBT that have shown to be effective with both adults and adolescents experiencing mild to severe levels of emotional and behavioral difficulties. The primary population is Tier I of a multi-tier or RTI system, however, it has been effective at all levels of MTSS implementation. This three-day, live, virtual training is for teachers, school mental health staff and Administration serving grades 6-12. Register.

>>> What Criminal Justice Professionals Need to Understand about Autism Spectrum Disorder – April 12

The Justice Clearinghouse is hosting a What Criminal Justice Professionals Need to Understand About Autism Spectrum Disorder webinar on April 12 from 1:00-2:15 p.m. This webinar will provide an overview of the characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Participants will learn both about the diagnostic criteria of ASD and also explore behavioral characteristics of ASD and how those characteristics manifest in common interactions within the criminal justice system. Emphasis will be on providing practical advice and recommendations for successful interactions with individuals on the spectrum. Click the link above for more information and to register. 

>>> OCAAR 2022 Recover Out Loud Luncheon & Peer Leadership Training – April 13

Ohio Citizen Advocates for Addiction Recovery will host its first annual Recover Out Loud Luncheon and Peer Leadership Training on April 13 at The Blackwell Inn, 2110 Tuttle Park Place, Columbus. This event will be a convening of recovery advocates from throughout Ohio. Thomas K. Gregoire, Ph.D., Dean of the OSU College of Social Work and person in long-term recovery, will provide luncheon keynote remarks. Former OCAAR CEO and person in recovery Sara J. Thompson will be recognized as the first Recover Out Loud honoree. In conjunction with the luncheon, OCAAR will also host a peer leadership training with The Communities Project. Registrants can choose to attend the peer leadership training, the luncheon, or both for free. Those who attend the full peer leadership training will be eligible for 7 CEUs. Questions? Please email current OCAAR CEO Molly O’Neill at moneill@oca-ohio.org or call 614.600.9822.

>>> Suicide Postvention Programs: Measuring the Impact – April 21

The Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation will host Suicide Postvention Programs: Measuring the Impact on April 21 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Suicide prevention advocates know that effective suicide prevention requires support for grieving families and communities after a suicide. Join Denise Meine-Graham, founder of LOSS Community Services, for a presentation on different postvention strategies that reduce suicide risk for those impacted by suicide. Cost is $25. Continuing education will be provided for prevention, addiction counseling, social work, and marriage and family counseling. Click HERE to register.

>>> OhioRISE Module 3 Training – April 29

The Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) invites you to attend Module 3 of the OhioRISE community and provider training series on April 29 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. to help you prepare for implementing this important program. This module covers enrollment, services, billing and claims, and IT systems. (Register) The live training recording will be available on the OhioRISE webpage following the live training session if you are unable to attend. Office hours will be held on May 10 from 11-12 p.m. and 2:30-3:30 p.m., and on May 12 from 9-10 a.m. to provide opportunities to ask questions to OhioRISE subject matter experts. ODM will send information about the upcoming Module 4 soon, which covers: systems engagement - local and statewide.

>>> We Are The Majority Rally 2022 – May 10

The Ohio Youth Led Prevention Network (OYLPN) will host the 2022 We Are The Majority Rally virtually on May 10 at 6:00 p.m. This year’s Rally will include tons of promotional items, giveaways, engaging special guests, and so much more.

There are several ways to watch the rally:

  • Attend a regional watch party! (locations to be announced)
  • Host your own watch party with your group or school.
  • Watch with a friend or two from the comfort of your own home.

No matter how you plan to watch, register HERE to receive your T-shirt and other promotional items. Questions? Please email questions, please e-mail Ashley McCray at amccray@preventionactionalliance.org

>>> Save the Date! HUD/SAMHSA: National Mental Health Awareness Month Webinar Series

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) are teaming up to present a series of free webinars this May to celebrate National Mental Health Awareness Month. The webinars will take place each Wednesday in May from 1:00-2:00 p.m. (ET) and will feature leading mental health and housing professionals from SAMHSA and HUD, as well as practitioners from their respective communities. This collaboration will focus on mental health issues that our nation is facing in the post-pandemic world, plus issues specific to HUD’s communities. The target audience for these webinars is HUD staff, HUD grantees, partners, and stakeholders, as well as HUD residents. After the presentations, there will be time for questions and answers with presenters.

May 4 | Mental Health 101: Overview of Mental Health Issues in the Modern World Access code: 4670871#

May 11 | 988 is Not a Joke – National Suicide Prevention Hotline Launch Access code: 8477433#

May 18 | Get Help: Reducing Stigma Associated with Mental Health Access code: 5955873#

May 25 | Now What? Mental Health Issues in Post-COVID America Access code: 6268721#

Need to join via phone only? Call 1.888.251.2949 and use access codes above.

>>> Ohio's 2022 Opiate & Other Drugs Conference: Helping People Recover – June 6-7

The Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities Foundation, in partnership with OhioMHAS and the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction, will host Ohio’s 2022 Opiate and Other Drugs Conference on June 6-7 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Columbus. This will be Ohio’s 12th Opiate Conference. This two-day conference will focus on opiates, stimulants, and other substance use disorders, specifically on efforts related to prevention, education, intervention, treatment, recovery, family supports, community engagement, and more. Click the link above for more information and HERE to register.

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