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>>> Doug Jackson Introduced as Ohio’s 988 System Administrator

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Doug Jackson as Ohio’s new 988 System Administrator. Jackson brings a wealth of management, leadership and strategic planning experience to the Department. Most recently, he served as a deputy director with the State Treasurer’s Office, overseeing the STABLE Account, an investment and spending tool for individuals with disabilities. He previously served as a superintendent with the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, as an adjunct professor at Wright State University, in administration of services and supports at the Miami County Board of Developmental Disabilities, and as a program coordinator with Champaign Residential Services, Inc.

As Ohio’s 988 Administrator, Jackson will oversee the development, implementation, and administration of policies, programs, and services related to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and its Ohio provider network; ensure compliance with all state and federal regulations, laws, and budgetary requirements; oversee grants, contracts and allocation processes; supervise staff; assist OhioMHAS leadership with legislation and/or administrative rules; develop and maintain relationships that support collaboration with other local, state, and federal agencies and organizations; share information related to crisis and prevention services across interdepartmental and interdisciplinary teams and workgroups; and effectively communicate the philosophies and goals of 988, suicide prevention and the crisis response continuum. He will also assist the Department with the integration of behavioral health crisis call center activities and suicide prevention services into a coordinated continuum of care to promote individualized recovery and resilience.

Jackson, who started his new role on June 6, earned both a Master's of Business Administration and a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management from Bluffton University. He also earned an associate’s degree in Business Administration and Management from Edison State Community College. Troy, Ohio is home to Jackson with his wife of 23 years and their 13-year-old daughter. His family is actively involved in their church, Scouts BSA, and many outdoor activities.

Click HERE to learn more about Ohio’s planning efforts related to the July 16 transition to 988.

>>> State Opioid Response (SOR) 3.0 Informational Webinar – June 14

OhioMHAS will host a State Opioid Response (SOR) 3.0 informational webinar on June 14 from 11:00 a.m-noon to discuss elements of the SOR 3.0 grant and obtain service and funding recommendations from community partners. This conference will be held via Teams. Click HERE to join the webinar. To join by phone, call 1.614.721.2972 and enter conference ID 625 013 168#. For more information about Ohio’s SOR Program please contact Ashley Murphy via email at ashley.murphy@mha.ohio.gov

>>> 2022 School Success Conference – June 13-15

The Miami University Center for School-Based Mental Health will host the 4th Annual School SUCCESS Conference June 13-15. The event will be virtual and provided at no cost participants. More information can be found at the Ohio School Wellness Initiative website. Click HERE to register. Questions? Please call 513.529.1809 or email info@ohioschoolwellnessinitiative.com.

>>> OneEighty to Host “Epidemic Within the Pandemic” – June 20

OneEighty, in partnership with Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Mental Health Recovery Board of Wayne and Holmes Counties, State Opioid Response 2.0, and its funded partners United Way of Wayne and Holmes Counites and Orrville Area United Way, will host Epidemic Within the Pandemic on June 20 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The presentation, which will be led by Dr. Nicole Labor, will take place in the Community Room at OneEighty’s main office located at 104 Spink St. in Wooster. The presentation will provide an in-depth look at addiction and recovery during the pandemic. Attendees will have an opportunity before the presentation to tour OneEighty’s new medical department from 4:00-5:15 p.m. For more information, please call 330.804.4402 or email vansicklec@one-eighty.org

>>> Family Awareness and Support Classes Offered

The Africentric Personal Development Shop is offering a 12-week Family Awareness and Support Class this summer. The weekly sessions are two hours long and begin June 11. Topics discussed include: roadmap to recovery, intervention strategies, co-dependency, detachment and enabling, relapse, triggers and cravings, rebuilding family trust, and more. For more information, call 614.253.4448, ext. 107, or email Benjamin McDay at BMcday@adpsinc.org.

>>> State Library of Ohio Releases Juneteenth Reading List

The State Library of Ohio has created a Juneteenth Reading List of books available in the Ohio Digital Library. The books on this list tell the story of Juneteenth, Emancipation, and Reconstruction after the Civil War. The books are grouped into three age categories: Adult, Teen/Middle Grade, and Picture Books. Titles are listed alphabetically in each section; books with an Ohio connection, such as an Ohio author or setting, are indicated by a small Ohio flag. Click on a cover to find that book in the Ohio Digital Library; many titles are available in both ebook and audio formats. Some books on this list have links to an additional resource, such as a discussion guide or author interview. (These links may lead to websites that are not controlled by the State Library of Ohio.) Note that some titles, especially those for older readers, may include violence or other difficult content.

>>> NIAAA “Short Takes" Video Series Enhances Understanding About Alcohol Terms

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) has launched a new video series called "Short Takes with NIAAA." Featuring commentary by NIAAA experts, this series consists of social media-friendly, 60-second videos explaining commonly used—but often misunderstood—alcohol terms. Click HERE to learn more and to access these resources.

>>> NIMH Releases Annual Update to the NIMH Strategic Plan for Research and New Annual Progress Report

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) recently released the 2022 Update to the NIMH Strategic Plan for Research to keep pace with ever-evolving scientific approaches and research priorities. The Plan, originally published in 2020, guides NIMH grantees, potential grant applicants, and staff in the design and implementation of future research. The updated Strategic Plan includes information on the latest NIMH and NIH efforts. Most notably, we expanded on our diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) efforts throughout Plan. In addition, we added information on NIMH’s Approach to Mental Health Disparities Research and the new NIH-wide Climate Change and Health Initiative.

NIMH also developed a companion Progress Report, highlighting significant accomplishments made during fiscal year 2021 toward achieving the goals described in the Strategic Plan. The shareable one-page Progress Report can be found in the Our Progress section included in the digital version of the Plan. We also encourage you to visit the Progress pages, where we highlight key contributions of NIMH-funded investigators in advancing research toward achieving the four Goals of the NIMH Strategic Plan for Research and the Institute’s mission.

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