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RFP: Ohio Mobile Response and Stabilization Service (MHA-FY21-MRSS)

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) has issued a request for proposals for funds through the Ohio Mobile Response and Stabilization Service (MRSS) Preplanning, Infrastructure and Implementation initiative (MHA-FY21-MRSS). The Department has implemented MRSS with a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for the past three years in two regions: Northwest (Lucas, Wood, Hancock, Allen, Auglaize, Hardin, Putnam, and Paulding counties); and Southwest (Butler, Warren, Clinton, Preble, and Clermont counties). Through this opportunity, OhioMHAS seeks to fund another round of counties for infrastructure development and implementation. This opportunity is open to either individual or multiple county ADAMH boards from July 1, 2021 through March 31, 2022. The total amount available is $1.5 million with individual awards capped at $250,000. Awards will be announced June 28. Proposals must be submitted to BCYFGRANTS@mha.ohio.gov by 11:59 p.m. on June 14. All questions must be submitted to BCYFGRANTS@mha.ohio.gov by 11:59 p.m. on June 4. Responses to frequently asked questions will be posted the OhioMHAS Funding Opportunities webpage.

Peer Recovery Supporter Training & Field Experience

Ohio University is offering a Peer Recovery Supporter (PRS) training and apprenticeship program funded, in part, by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. This program includes the OhioMHAS PRS training and certification plus 130 hours field experience hours at a partnering behavioral health agency. Once a trainee is certified, he or she will be enrolled into an apprenticeship program for 2,000 hours at a partnering behavioral health agency. During the apprenticeship, trainees will have an opportunity to refine the skills gained during training and make community connections. A stipend will be provided to all participants for time spent in the program. Stipends will be paid out at various steps in the program. Participants must be able to travel regularly to one of the following cities for field experience and an apprenticeship: Chillicothe, Hillsboro, Lexington, St. Clairsville. Upcoming training dates include June 7-11 and June 14-18. Click the link above for registration information. Questions? Please email Sasha Collins: collinss1@ohio.edu.

PGNO’s Longmeier Receives ADAPAO “Prevention Visionary Award”

OhioMHAS extends its congratulations to Derek Longmeier, executive director of Problem Gambling Network of Ohio, who was recently named the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Association of Ohio’s (ADAPAO) 2021 Prevention Visionary Award winner. The award, which was presented during the ADAPAO Annual Conference held last week, honors an individual for exemplary efforts to advance prevention across Ohio. Longmeier has been engaged in prevention since his high school years as a Teen Institute participant, then youth leader, in Allen County. He set the tone for his eventual professional career as a teen, diving headfirst into Teen Institute, including eventually serving on the Ohio Teen Institute youth staff and, once in college, as an alumni intern. He was named executive director of the Problem Gambling Network of Ohio in 2016 where he has worked to establish prevention as a key priority.

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