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FY 2021 RFP: Health Equity and Cultural Competence Comprehensive Plan Development

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) has issued a Request for Proposals for the development of an FY 2021 Health Equity and Cultural Competence Comprehensive Plan (MHA-FY21-MEDHECC-01). The selected vendor will work with OhioMHAS, county board and local partners to 1) support statewide initiatives addressing Health Equity and Cultural Competency in Ohio’s behavioral health care system; 2) support development of community-based Health Equity and Cultural Competence (HECC) plans in all 50 ADAMHS boards; and 3) collaborate with community partners and enhance provision of culturally and linguistically appropriate mental health services and substance treatment to minorities and other diverse and special populations. Additionally, the goals of the HECC response should, in part, mirror those of the State’s SOR no-cost extension and SOR 2.0 awards. Questions may be submitted to HECC@mha.ohio.gov by June 4. Responses to frequently asked questions will be posted to the OhioMHAS Funding Opportunities webpage. Proposals must be submitted to HECC@mha.ohio.gov by 11:59 p.m. on June 10.

Rise and Thrive: Competitive Funding Opportunity for Colleges, Universities

Ohio’s college and university campuses and their community partners have worked hard this year to keep each other safe. While vaccines are available and there is a renewed sense of optimism, we also know that the mental and emotional trauma associated with the pandemic and returning to the “new normal” will take additional work. The Rise and Thrive Campus-Community Partnerships will be offering $50,000 to 12 Ohio College Initiative member institutions to fund an outcomes-driven action plan to implement a campus-community project that will promote critical behavioral health and mental wellness services to students. In addition to funding, grantees will receive technical assistance, professional development and networking opportunities. Prevention Action Alliance will host a Q&A webinar June 2 at 9:30 a.m. Registration is required. Local coalitions are encouraged to share this information with their local colleges and universities. To be considered, colleges and universities must be a member of the Ohio College Initiative by July 31, 2021. (Not sure if your institution is an OCI member? Check out this list. Membership applications can be sent to oci@preventionactionalliance.org.) Funding for the Rise and Thrive Initiative comes from the Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) and Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Funds. More information on how to apply will be released on June 2 at preventionactionalliance.org/rise-and-thrive, with final proposals due Aug. 31 at 5 p.m.

Seats Still Available: Parenting School-Age Kids Exposed in Utero – May 26

As part of Ohio’s Strong Families, Safe Communities initiative, OhioMHAS and the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities are teaming up to host a Parenting School-Age Kids Exposed in Utero webinar on May 26 at 10 a.m. Led by Aubrey Page, founder of The Change Starts Here Collaborative, this learning session will break down what is different about the brain for children exposed prenatally and what supports will help lead to success. Click HERE for more information and to register.

Understanding Suicide Risk Among Children and Pre-teens: A Synthesis Workshop – June 15

The National Institute on Mental Health (NIMH) is hosting a Risk, Resilience and Trajectories in Preteen Suicide synthesis workshop on June 15 from 12:30-2 p.m. The workshop is a culmination of three research roundtables focused on understanding suicide risk and risk trajectories among children and pre-teens, including groups with recent increases in risk. The workshop will summarize the state of the science and highlight research priorities related to this critical topic. The goal of the series is to ultimately inform identification of at-risk youth and timing and targets for intervening.

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