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NewsNow - 05.25.2022

>>> New Design for Ohio’s SPF-PFS Initiative Website

The Ohio SPF-PFS Initiative website (https://pfs.ohio.gov/) has a fresh new look and feel. All of the information that is needed can still be found on this clean, mobile-friendly website. SPF-PFS stands for Strategic Prevention Framework Partnership for Success and seeks to increase the access of high need rural areas to evidence-based prevention services by building workforce capacity and prevention system infrastructure.

>>> TFAH & Well Being Trust Report on Substance Misuse and Suicide Crisis

Earlier today, Trust for America's Health and Well Being Trust released the new report Pain in the Nation: The Epidemics of Alcohol, Drug, and Suicide Deaths, the latest in a series tracking the nation’s deaths of despair crisis. This year's report found that deaths associated with alcohol, drugs, and suicide took the lives of 186,763 Americans in 2020, a 20 percent one year increase in the combined death rate and the highest number of substance misuse deaths ever recorded for a single year. An expert panel will discuss the findings of the report as part of a Congressional briefing and national webinar on July 14.

>>> Bridging the Gap Between Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health – May 26

BrightView Health is hosting a free, virtual Bridging the Gap Between Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health forum on May 26 from noon-1:00 p.m. Key discussion areas include: recognizing dual diagnoses; common co-occurring disorders; reasons for the link between SMI and SUD; protecting your patient’s mental health in recovery; treatment modalities and the continuum of care; engaging families in treatment; and substance use pathophysiology unique to co-occurring disorders. Click the link above for more information and to register.

>>> Reminder: Ohio’s 2022 Opiate and Other Drugs Conference – June 6-7

The Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities (OACBHA), in partnership with the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, (OhioMHAS), Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) and the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation (OSPF), will host Ohio’s 2022 Opiate and Other Drugs Conference June 6-7 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Columbus. This year’s 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 for more information and to register. Questions? Please email Liz Henrich at ehenrich@oacbha.org

>>> MI/ID Webinar Training Series 

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS), in partnership with the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DoDD), is pleased to announce a training series that will focus on co-occurring Mental Illness/Intellectual Disability diagnoses. These programs will feature experts from the Mental Illness/Intellectual Disability Coordinating Center of Excellence at Wright State University. Trainings will include a variety of topics. The next presentation in the series will focus on Psychopharmacological Management for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities, and be held on June 14 from noon-1:00 p.m. This training will include presentation and discussion of how clinicians can develop familiarity, understand intended results, and follow guidelines with the use of psychoactive medications with IDD patients. Click the link for more information and to register.

>>> Ohio’s 2022 Recovery Celebration – June 28

OACBHA, in partnership with OhioMHAS, Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Boards from throughout Ohio, and Peg's Foundation, will host Ohio’s 2022 Recovery Celebration: Growing Stronger Together on June 28 from 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at KEMBA Live!, an outdoor concert venue in downtown Columbus. Ohio PRO, Ohio Citizen Advocates for Addiction Recovery, NAMI Ohio, and OSPF will also be participating in the event, providing resources for individuals and family members in attendance. We will be celebrating, connecting, and strengthening recovery with empowering speakers, activities, food, and entertainment throughout the day. The event is free, but advance registration is required.

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5.24.22 | Cleveland.com Deaths tied to alcohol and drugs up sharply in both U.S. and Ohio amid pandemic, new report details

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5.24.22 | WCPO-TV Music helping veterans cope with mental health struggles

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5.23.22 | Cleveland.com Bill Denihan, ‘consummate administrator and public official’ dies at 85

5.23.22 | Youngstown Business Journal Mental, behavioral, physical health addressed at Meridian

5.23.22 | Columbus Dispatch (Column) Portman: OSU deaths example of terrifying rise of counterfeit drugs. National action needed.

5.23.22 | Tiffin Advertiser-Tribune PIVOT provides different path to recovery

5.23.22 | Ohio Farm Bureau Better You! Better Ohio! Provides free health, wellness resources

5.22.22 | Dayton Daily News Hope Squad brings awareness to mental health concerns

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5.22.22 | WDTN-TV Summer mental tips for kids

5.22.22 | Wooster Daily Record Parents Who Host campaign aims to curb underage drinking this graduation season

5.22.22 | Springfield News-Sun What’s behind Clark, Champaign counties’ rising suicide rates?

5.21.22 | WBNS-TV Columbus Public Safety offers guidance on healing at first trauma conference

5.21.22 | Dayton Business Journal Montgomery County helping to stomp out mental health stigmas

5.20.22 | WSYX-TV How to start the conversation around mental health

5.20.22 | Tiffin Advertiser-Tribune Mental Health board receives new funding

5.20.22 | Dayton Daily News Ideas & Voices: Dayton region, like all of Ohio, needs to make behavioral health an ARPA priority

5.20.22 | WCH Record-Herald CAC offers numerous programs

5.20.22 | WCPO-TV Fentanyl is everywhere and treatment needs to be just as prevalent, experts say

5.20.22 | Cleveland Jewish News Telehealth remains an important option for mental health care

5.20.22 | WEWS-TV Crossroads Health attempting to break world record for most kites flown simultaneously this weekend

5.19.22 | The New York Times Fentanyl tainted pills bought on social media cause youth drug deaths to soar

5.19.22 | Today Overdose deaths hit an all-time high in 2021. Why some drug policy experts still have hope.

5.19.22 | WBNS-TV Hope Partnership Project helps those in recovery land jobs

5.19.22 | Columbus Dispatch New free service aims to connect Ohio’s health care workers with mental health resources

5.19.22 | Wilmington News-Journal County jails often are a revolving door for people with mental illnesses