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>>> *RESCHEDULED* Peer Support Modernization and Expansion Webinar – May 12

Please be advised that due to technical issues, the Peer Support Modernization and Expansion webinar originally scheduled for today has been postponed and rescheduled for May 12 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Click HERE to pre-register. The purpose of the webinar is to review the rule changes from the Certified Peer supporter rules 5122-29-15 and 5122-29-15.1, which went into effect on April 7, 2022. The webinar will also cover a review of the certification process for peer supporters under the new E-license platform.

For questions related to Adult Peer Support, please email Peerservices@mha.ohio.gov. For questions related to Youth and Family Peer Support, please email YouthandFamilyPeerSupport@mha.ohio.gov. We apologize for any inconvenience today’s cancellation may have caused and thank you for your commitment to advancing peer support services in Ohio.

>>> Governor Signs Relapse Reduction Act (S.B. 25) Into Law

On Thursday, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed Senate Bill 25 into law. Sponsored by State Sen. Theresa Gavarone (R-Huron), S.B. 25, also known as the 'Relapse Reduction Act,' increases penalties for drug traffickers who operate within 500 feet of substance abuse treatment providers and knowingly target someone who is actively in treatment or has completed such a program. The bill was modeled after an existing law that increases penalties for certain drug offenses that occur near schools and juveniles.

>>> PAVe Ohio Webinar: e-Cigarettes and Youth Vaping – April 26

Ohio Parents Against Vaping e-Cigarettes (PAVe Ohio) and Kinship Caregivers are co-hosting a free e-Cigarettes and Youth Vaping: What Ohio Grandparents and Adults Need to Know in 2022 webinar on April 26 at 11:30 a.m. The presentation will highlight everything grandparents, parents, caregivers, teachers, and any adults who work with youth need to know to help kids avoid or quit using dangerous flavored e-cigarettes, including latest devices and products like synthetic nicotine vapes, how to recognize the signs, and how to talk with your child. The session will be led by PAVe Ohio volunteers Courthney Calvin and Bruce Barcelo. Click the link for more information and to register.

>>> Module 3 of OhioRISE Community and Provider Training – April 29

The Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) has announced Module 3 of the OhioRISE community and provider training series. This module will cover enrollment, OhioRISE services, billing and claims, and IT systems. ODM encourages providers and any local system and community partners that serve multisystem youth who are interested in learning about these topics to attend. The live Module 3 training session will take place April 29 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. Click HERE to register. A 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 11:00 a.m.-Noon and 2:30-3:30 p.m., and on May 12 from 9:00-10:00 a.m.

ODM will send information about the upcoming Module 4 soon, which will covers systems engagement - local and statewide. 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 3 registration and meeting links. Please email questions to OhioRISE@medicaid.ohio.gov.

>>> New Suicide Prevention Resource Available

The Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation (OSPF) has released a new Coalition Approach to Suicide Prevention one-pager  to highlight the important role coalitions play in suicide prevention. According to OSPF, coalitions concentrate the community’s focus on a particular problem, encourage alliances, and create consistency in the community’s approach to the root causes of suicide. Together, members of a coalition can do more to reduce suicides, support grieving families, and inspire change in the world around them. Check out OSPF’s resources webpage for this and other helpful prevention resources. 

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