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>>> Deadline Extended for Ohio Center of Excellence MHA-FY22-Prevention-CEBHPP-02 Based on questions received as part of the FAQ process, the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) Office of Prevention has extended the application deadline by two weeks for the Ohio Center of Excellence RFA (MHA-FY22-Prevention-CEBHPP-02). Applications are now due Aug. 29 by 11:59 p.m.

>>> AG Drug Dropoff Day – July 31 Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost announced the creation of the first AG Drug Dropoff Day, which will take place on July 31 from 10a.m.-2p.m. Click HERE to view a map of participating dropoff locations and HERE to learn more about how to safely store and dispose of prescription medications.

>>> Free Training for Peer Recovery Supporters The Ohio State University College of Social Work and the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services are sponsoring three Whole Health Action Management (WHAM) trainings geared for Peer Recovery Supporters. These twoday trainings will prepare a peer recovery supporter for how to lead WHAM in their peer organizations. Trainings will take place on Aug. 3-4, Sept. 7-8, and Sept. 9-10. Click HERE for more information and to register online.

>>> Therapeutic Nature-Based Interventions for Working with Trauma – Aug. 18 The Tristate Trauma Network is hosting a virtual training on Therapeutic Nature-Based Interventions for working with Trauma and Nervous System Regulation on Aug. 18 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The training will be led by Katie Ausmus, MA, LPC, BMP, of the Somatic Wilderness Therapy Institute. Participants will learn concepts and interventions rooted in nature-based therapy to support clients coming into the present moment, regulating their nervous systems, and connecting with resources and resilience. Cost is $100 for non-TTN members, $75 for members. Click HERE for more information and to register online. Questions? Please email adamchik@tristatetraumanetwork.org.

>>> Save the Date: 2022 Recovery Housing Summit – March 30 Ohio Recovery Housing (ORH) will host a one day summit next spring in lieu of its annual conference. The Summit will be held March 30, 2022, at The Fawcett Center at Ohio State University. ORH will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and make decisions based on best practice, health safety, and CDC guidance. Registration information will be posted on the ORH website when made available. >>> National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month Resource Highlight Over the past several years, behavioral health providers and education systems are recognizing the value of National CLAS Standardsin advancing behavioral health equity. To advance this effort, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) collaborated with the HHS Office of Minority Health to develop the Behavioral Health Implementation Guide for the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care. Released this July in observance of National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, the Guide underscores the ways in which the National CLAS Standards can improve access to behavioral health care, promote quality behavioral health programs and practice, and ultimately reduce persistent disparities in mental health and substance use treatment for underserved minority communities. The Guide provides concrete, feasible implementation strategies for the health and behavioral healthcare community to improve the provision of services to all individuals, regardless of race, ethnicity, language, socioeconomic status, and other cultural characteristics. >>> New Resource Underage Drinking Prevention Resource Alcohol remains the number one substance used by young people. To help combat the issue, SAMHSA has released a new Learn the Law: How Does Your State Prevent Underage Drinking? Series. These 24 legal policy summaries allow you to track how your state regulates underage drinking as compared to other states in order to help inform your prevention work.

For information on Ohio's response to COVID-19, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427- 5634). For behavioral health-specific information, visit: https://mha.ohio.gov/coronavirus. For behavioral healthrelated questions, email covid19BH@mha.ohio.gov. For COVID-19-related OTP questions, email OTP_COVID19@mha.ohio.gov, for Housing questions, email COVID19Housing@mha.ohio.gov, for Telehealth questions, email COVID19BHTelehealth@mha.ohio.gov, and for Vaccine questions email BHCOVID19vaccine@mha.ohio.gov. Ohio Careline 1-800-720-9616. Click HERE for a list of pop-up COVID-19 Testing Sites and HERE for the latest SAMHSA COVID-19 training and technical assistance resources.

In the News

7.30.21 | Youngstown Vindicator (Editorial) Need growing for more aid for mental health

7.30.21 | Columbus Dispatch Drug drop-off day hosted in Columbus, elsewhere to combat prescription drug addiction

7.29.21 | WBNS-TV City leaders say pilot program for mental health, addiction 911 calls shows early success

7.29.21 | Hillsboro Times-Gazette Drug disposal boxes working

7.28.21 | WBNS-TV Ohio parents talk pressures of competitive sports following Simone Biles withdraw 7.28.21 | The Associated Press More HOF health services coming to help NFL players

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