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2021 Heat-Related Illness Brochure Available

Some medicines and medical conditions can make the body overheat, especially during hot and humid weather. When the body overheats, heat-related illness can cause death if not treated. Almost all psychotropic medications except benzodiazepines (e.g. anti-anxiety drugs, sedatives) are among medications that decrease the body's response to heat. Alcohol, narcotics, and street drugs can also affect heat tolerance. Now that summer is in full swing, Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Medical Director Justin Trevino, M.D., has issued the 2021 Heat-Related Illness brochure. Please read this information and check with your doctor or pharmacist about your medications to stay safe during hot weather.

Governor DeWine Awards RecoveryOhio Grants to Local Drug Task Forces

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced today that more than two dozen local drug task forces in Ohio will receive RecoveryOhio grant funding to support efforts that disrupt the drug trade and promote substance use awareness, prevention, and recovery. A total of $2 million in grants from Governor DeWine’s RecoveryOhio Law Enforcement Fund will be awarded among 27 existing drug task forces to intensify their efforts to identify high-level drug traffickers, dismantle large drug trafficking organizations, interrupt the flow of money and drugs from Mexican cartels, and prevent the sale of illegal narcotics to those suffering from substance use disorder. Grant funding will also be used to support the mission of Governor DeWine’s RecoveryOhio initiative which aims to increase substance use and mental health awareness, implement age-appropriate prevention education in schools, connect those who need help with treatment, and promote recovery.

Public Forum Scheduled for Stakeholder Input on Ohio’s Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Waiver – Aug. 9

The Ohio Departments of Medicaid and Mental Health and Addiction Services will hold a virtual public forum on Aug. 9 to receive comments from any interested party regarding Ohio’s Medicaid Substance Use Disorder 1115 Waiver. The forum will take place from 11-noon, immediately following the August meeting of Ohio’s SUD 1115 Stakeholder Advisory Committee. Staff from both departments will open the public forum by providing a brief overview and progress report on Ohio’s SUD 1115 waiver. Participants will then be invited to offer comments on any aspect of Ohio’s SUD 1115 Demonstration Waiver and its progress. (Participants can offer comments by speaking at the meeting or by submitting written comments before or after the webinar.) Anyone who cannot attend or who wishes to submit their comments in writing can send them via email to MCD_SUD1115@medicaid.ohio.gov. Click HERE to register for the Stakeholder Advisory Committee meeting and public forum. Please be sure to include your name, email address, and organization. Be sure to check the appropriate box if you would like to speak during the forum. Please direct any questions regarding this meeting notice to BH-Enroll@medicaid.ohio.gov.

Recovery Requires a Community Funding Available

The Recovery Requires a Community program has funds available and is accepting new applications. Recovery Requires a Community helps individuals with a behavioral health diagnosis by providing financial assistance for transitioning from nursing homes to sustainable community living.
Program funds can be used in many ways to help an individual transition and can also be used to help recently transitioned individuals to avoid re-admission to a nursing facility. Some examples of recovery assistance include short-term housing assistance, a one-time payment of utility arrears, short-term supportive services (such as home health aide/peer support services), or other needs that will support the individual’s ability to live in the community. For more information and to inquire about funds, please email Recovery@mha.ohio.gov.

Washington County to Host Overdose Awareness Walk – Aug. 28

The Washington County Behavioral Health Board, in partnership with the Washington County Health Department, the Suicide Awareness Alliance for Washington County, and The Right Path for Washington County, will host a walk on Aug. 28 at East Muskingum Park in Marietta to raise awareness for drug overdose and to support those grieving the loss of a loved one due to overdose. Public Health will provide naloxone to those who wish to receive naloxone administration training. Click HERE for more information.

Ohio's Healthcare Professionals Well-Being Survey

The Ohio Physicians Health Program (OPHP) is conducting a statewide COVID-19 well-being survey. The purpose of this study is to gather the perspectives of healthcare professionals working across all disciplines on the types of services needed to support their well-being and the type of infrastructure that needs to be in place so that these services can be easily accessed. Your insight will not only benefit the current system of support for healthcare professionals, but also better equip Ohio for future crises. Responses will help better inform OPHP and its partners as they work to improve services for healthcare professional health and well-being. The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.

CDC Releases New ACEs Infographic

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a new infographic that shows the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and how preventing ACEs can help create neighborhoods and communities where every child thrives. The infographic showcases data from the CDC-Kaiser Permanente ACE study and recent findings to address the following questions: What are ACEs? How common are ACEs? How do ACEs affect our lives? How do ACEs affect society? What can be done about ACEs? ACEs are potentially traumatic events in childhood (0-17 years), such as neglect and experiencing or witnessing violence. However, types of early adversity can be stopped before they start. Safe, stable, and nurturing relationships and environments have a positive impact in creating positive childhood experiences. Their benefits can last a lifetime.

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