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PASSR Bureau Staffing Update

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) Pre-Admission Screening and Resident Review (PASSR) Bureau has undergone some recent staffing changes following the retirement of Quality Manager/Assistant Bureau Chief George Pelletier. Please be advised that Rebecca Grimm (Rebecca.Grimm@mha.ohio.gov) has been named Quality Manager/Assistant Bureau Chief. In addition, Kathryn Smigielski, LISW (Kathryn.Smigielski@mha.ohio.gov) now serves in the role of Appeals and Community Options Coordinator, where she will represent the PASRR Bureau in state hearings while continuing her work with community transitions, outreach and compliance reporting.

OAC Rules Update for BH Professionals and Providers

The OhioMHAS Bureau of Licensure and Certification issued a memo updating rules following the end of the COVID-19 State of Emergency declaration on June 18. The affected rules include: OAC 5122-30-27 Transfer and discharge rights; OAC 5122-21-03 (E)(4) PASSR; OAC 5122-29-29 (D) Assertive Community Treatment; and OAC 5122-40-07 Program policies and patient records.

Promotoras de Salud Toolkit: Mindfulness for Latinos – June 30

The Ohio Latino Affairs Commission will conclude its four-part Promotoras de Salud virtual training series on June 30 at 3:30 p.m. with a presentation on Mindfulness for Latinos. This presentation will include a discussion of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) curriculum, a structured intervention developed in 1979 by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn to decrease stress, substance use, and improve overall well-being. Presenter Dianna Parra, P.T., M.P.H., Ph.D., 200-HR RYT, IMTA CMTP, will share a modified version of this curriculum developed for immigrant Latino populations. The presenter will address mindfulness practices that may be incorporated into mental health treatment with Latinos as well as the identified benefits of such practices.

RFP: Peer Services Training Curricula – Deadline Extended to July 5

OhioMHAS has issued a request for proposals to offer two funding opportunities to universities and colleges for the development, implementation, and training of trainers on peer support curricula. Eligible candidates are institutions of higher education; universities and colleges with expertise in behavioral health, mental health and/or substance abuse and expertise in youth and young adult services Universities and colleges may submit a proposal for one or both funding opportunities. Proposals are due June 18. Learn more on the State of Ohio Procurement Opportunities web page.

NAMI to Host National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month Virtual Event – July 29

In honor of Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, NAMI Ohio is hosting a free “What Works in My Community” virtual event featuring programs in Ohio that provide programming and outreach to diverse populations on July 29 at 10 a.m. The event will focus on the services these programs provide, what makes them successful, why culturally competent mental health services are critically important, and feature a panel discussion with experts and individuals served by the programs. Click HERE to register online. Questions? Please email Katie Dillon-Luli at katie@namiohio.org.

New SAMHSA Web Resources to Help Reduce Mental and Substance Use Disorders

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration recently posted several webpages containing a variety of videos, factsheets, and broadcast-quality public service announcements to help individuals and their loved ones connect with and remain in treatment for mental and substance use disorders. Each page contains a brief overview of the topic, ways to obtain help, and additional References and Relevant Resources at the bottom of the page. Some of the resources are available in Spanish as well as English.
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