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>>> Governor DeWine Outlines Next Steps for Enhancing Student and Teacher Safety 

On Friday, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine outlined Ohio’s next steps for enhancing the safety of Ohio’s students, teachers, and school personnel. The priorities announced will focus on helping school officials evaluate potential threats and develop appropriate responses, as well as improve the physical security of school buildings and campuses. Governor DeWine will also work to further expand Ohio’s behavioral health workforce to increase access to mental health services when and where they are needed and will continue offering ongoing support to Ohio’s law enforcement agencies to prevent violent crime. Click the link above for complete details on the governor’s proposals.

>>> Lorain County Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Celebrates New Housing Facility for Mothers and Their Children

On Friday, OhioMHAS Regional Coordinator Margaret Osborne and OhioMHAS Recovery Housing Administrator Kaitlin Waggoner participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony for The Village, a new housing facility for women recovering from substance use disorders in Vermilion. Operated by the Road to Hope House, Inc., the residence features 12 units and offers a safe, sober living environment for up to 18 women in recovery and their children. OhioMHAS contributed $500,000 in capital funds to the project. Click HERE to read local coverage of the ribbon cutting in The Lorain Morning Journal. 

>>> Updated Manuals Available for Behavioral Health and OhioRISE

The Ohio Department of Medicaid has posted an updated Medicaid Behavioral Health Provider Manual HERE. Updates include the addition of new Medicaid services effective July 1, 2022, and updated resource guides.

Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS)

CANS is comprised of one new billing code, H2000. The CANS is a support tool in the clinical decision-making process to determine eligibility into OhioRISE and level of care and service planning. Qualified CANS assessors must obtain the Ohio Children’s Initiative CANS Assessor Certification and request the “ORC” specialty be added to their individual practitioner Medicaid enrollment. More information about CANS assessor certification can be found HERE. Billing requirements and payment rates can be found in Table 2-12 in the BH Provider Manual and also in the OhioRISE Provider Enrollment and Billing Guide mentioned below.

Mobile Response and Stabilization Service (MRSS)

MRSS is comprised of three distinct billing codes:

  • S9485 – Crisis Mobile Response
  • S9484 – Crisis Mobile Response Follow-up
  • S9482 – Stabilization Service

Provider agencies must be certified by OhioMHAS to render MRSS, and they must also request that the “ORM” specialty be added to their agency’s Medicaid enrollment file to bill Ohio Medicaid. Providers should refer to 5160-27-13 and the OhioMHAS MRSS practice standards for more details regarding MRSS activities and team member qualifications. Billing requirements and payment rates can be found in Tables 2-13, 2-14, and 2-15 in the BH provider manual.

Other Updated Resources on BH.Medicaid.Ohio.Gov:

The following documents have been updated:

Provider Enrollment and Billing Guidance Issued for OhioRISE

In preparation for the launch of OhioRISE on July 1, 2022, the Ohio Department of Medicaid has developed an OhioRISE Provider Enrollment and Billing Guide. The OhioRISE program covers a range of behavioral health services for youth that are comprised of existing, enhanced, and new behavioral health and care coordination services. This guide is intended to share policies related to billing for the new and enhanced OhioRISE services. Existing behavioral health services will be covered in accordance with the OhioRISE Mixed Services Protocol and will be billed consistent with the billing policies outlined in the appropriate provider type billing guidelines. This guidance can be found HERE on the OhioRISE website.

>>> ORH Releases Data Dashboard Guide

Ohio Recovery Housing has released a new tool to assist recovery housing operators use and understand data that is collected using the ORH Outcomes Survey. This guide provides detailed information on how to navigate individual dashboards, how to read and use the data charts provided, as well as helpful hints and strategies for how to use the data to tell the story of recovery housing in individual communities. Through the support of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS), the outcomes tool survey and dashboard are offered free of charge to any recovery housing operator in Ohio. Click HERE to download the guide and HERE to sign up for an outcomes tools training.

>>> SAMHSA National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day 2022 Webinar Recording Available

On May 5, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) celebrated National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day 2022 with a Peer Support for Youth and Families webinar. Click HERE to watch a video recording of the webinar, which commemorated child and youth mental health, and honored youth and family peer support. Featured speakers include: Miriam Delphin-Rittmon, Ph.D., assistant secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use; Hugh Davis, executive director, Wisconsin Family Ties; and Johanna Bergen, executive director, Youth MOVE National.

>>> Women’s Support Group Launching June 10

Lissette Quinones Ministries, Inc., is launching a weekly women’s support group, beginning June 10 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at 8419 Snow Road in Parma. The open group discussions will be in both English and Spanish and focus on mental health, co-dependency, substance use, physical and spiritual health and wellness, domestic violence, and family issues. Transportation is available. Fore more information and additional dates/times, please call 440.340.4521.

>>> 2022 Veterans Suicide Prevention Conference – Sept. 13

The Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation, in partnership with OhioMHAS, the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities and Gilbane Building Company, will host the 2022 Veterans Suicide Prevention Conference on Sept. 13 at the Hilton Columbus at Easton. This free educational opportunity will focus on bringing organizations together to discuss how Suicide Prevention Coalitions function and how they relate to Strategy 4 of the Suicide Prevention Plan for Ohio (2020-2022), Lethal Means Safety & Community Based Interventions for Suicide, and the importance of the Ohio Cares website. Sebastian Junger is the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author of WAR, The Perfect Storm, A Death in Belmont and Fire will provide keynote remarks. Click HERE for complete details and to register. For more information, please email Jason Hughes at Jason.hughes@ohiospf.org.

>>> Save the Date: Ohio SOPHE Health Educators Institute – Oct. 19-21

Save the date! The Ohio Chapter of the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) will host its 2022 Health Educators Institute “Building Community Capacity & Connection” on Oct. 19-21 at Maumee Bay State Park. Visit https://www.ohiosophe.org/ for more details in the coming months.

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5.27.22 | WSYX-TV New head of Columbus treatment center pushing to change lives and communities

5.27.22 | WFMJ-TV Columbiana County celebrates those in recovery with annual conference

5.27.22 | WFMJ-TV Mental Health & Recovery Board director Piccirilli honored for work

5.27.22 | WSYX-TV DeWine’s school safety plan includes mental health, building improvements

5.27.22 | Statehouse News Bureau Responding to Texas school shooting, DeWine pushes for more security and mental health resources

5.26.22 | Dayton Daily News Mental health resource fair aimed at sharing local services, breaking stigma

5.26.22 | WFMJ-TV GRASP support group helps parents deal with grief

5.26.22 | WKRC-TV Mental Health Talent Show of America raises awareness of mental illness

5.26.22 | Dayton Daily News New center that helps people in crisis finds Dayton home

5.26.22 | WHIO-TV Stigmas, stereotypes through the eyes of a substance abuse survivor

5.26.22 | Lorain Morning-Journal MHARS OKs Nord Center campus as new Lorain County Crisis Receiving Center site

5.25.22 | Richland Source Mental Health Awareness Month brings attention to challenges faced by providers

5.25.22 | The New York Times An age-by-age guide to talking to children about mass shootings

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