NewsNow - 07.06.2021
Governor DeWine Signs Anti-Hazing Law, Bills to Strengthen SUD Workforce, Ban Sale of DXM to Minors
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today signed Senate Bill 126 (Collin's Law) at a bill signing ceremony at the Ohio Statehouse. Co-sponsored by Sen. Stephanie Kunze (R-Hilliard) and Sen. Theresa Gavarone (R-Bowling Green), S.B. 126, Ohio's Anti-Hazing Act, increases criminal penalties for hazing, includes forced consumption of alcohol or a drug of abuse in the definition of hazing, and widens the scope of who can be punished for participating in or permitting hazing, among other provisions. Last week, Governor DeWine signed the following bills into law: House Bill 9: Sponsored by Rep. Kyle Koehler (R-Springfield), H.B. 9 prohibits retailers from selling cough medicine containing dextromethorphan to anyone younger than 18 without a prescription. While safe if used appropriately, misuse of it has increased in recent years among adolescents and young adults. Read the media release. House Bill 5: Sponsored by Rep. Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville), H.B. 5 creates two pathways to become a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor II. This type of counselor works with those who have substance use disorders and will help fill the shortage of these counselors in Ohio. Read the media release. Pictured: OhioMHAS Director Lori Criss participates in the HB 5 bill signing.
Crisis Services White Paper
SFY 2022-23 Budget Overview Webinar Recording Available
Recovery Is Beautiful Summer Video Series
This week, the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities (OACBHA) will premiere a new Recovery is Beautiful video series, featuring two recovery videos each month. The series will highlight the courage and strength of Ohio’s recovery community and provide viewers the opportunity to chat together throughout the summer. The Recovery Is Beautiful movement is working to provide individuals and families with hope and encouragement, while changing the conversation around mental illness and addiction. We want people to know that mental illness and addiction are chronic illnesses; treatment works and people can recover; and recovery is something to celebrate. Viewers who subscribe to OACBHA’s Youtube channel and post in the live chat during the video premieres will be eligible to win Recovery Is Beautiful merchandise. One winner will be selected from each premiere and will be announced live. The first video – Fahria’s Recovery Story – will air on Thursday, July 8 at 3:30 p.m. The live chat will begin at 3 p.m. Click HERE to watch a video trailer. Save this link to watch live.
Return to School Webinar Series – July 2021
2021 Virtual Adolescent Health Summit Institute – July 26-29
The University of Minnesota Center for Adolescent Nursing is hosting the 2021 Virtual Adolescent Health Summit Institute on July 26-29. Participants will explore healthy youth development - what it means here and now. Building on four decades of research, speakers will explore how racial inequity, COVID-19, and mental health concerns are converging to affect young people's health and healthy development. The event will examine social determinants of healthy development, including structural and institutional racism, through the lens of schools, communities, and families. Attendees will reflect on how COVID-19 has and will continue to transform the landscape of adolescent development. They will delve into effective strategies and best practices for supporting adolescents' mental health and healthy development. Sessions will also examine the importance of engaging young people as problem solvers and powerful change agents in their families, peer groups, and communities. Click HERE for more information and to register.
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills (ASIST) Trainings
The Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation, in partnership with OhioMHAS and LivingWorks, will host free, in-person Applied Suicide Intervention Skills (ASIST) Trainings in Columbus and Akron. Participants will learn how to prevent suicide, by recognizing signs, providing a skilled intervention, and developing a safety plan to keep someone alive. Attendance is limited to 30 registrants per session. Click the links below for more information. July 22-23 | 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Columbus Aug. 12-13 | 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Akron
Save the Date: 2021 OhioMHAS Peer Recovery Support Conference – Aug. 24-25
SUD 101 Training Series for Housing Operators
Ohio Recovery Housing has announced a new SUD 101 Training Series for housing operators. The training will provide basic information about substance use disorders, what services and supports are available for people with SUD, and how to connect people to appropriate services and supports. Trainings start Aug. 16 and conclude June 20, 2022. Click HERE for more information, a complete list of training dates, and registration links.
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