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>>> Ohio Crisis Text Line Now Available in Spanish

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) is excited to announce that our Crisis Text Line 4Hope Keyword partnership is now available in Spanish. Anyone in the state of Ohio who is in need of support can now text 4Hope to 741741 and be connected to a Spanish-speaking crisis counselor. Crisis Text Line is always free, 24/7, and confidential. For more information, please visit https://mha.ohio.gov/get-help/get-help-now/crisis-text-line.

>>> Mental Health Day at the Ohio State Fair

Mental health and wellness took center stage on August 5 at the Ohio State Fair as part of the first Mental Health Day sponsored by RecoveryOhio. Staff from the Ohio Departments of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) and Insurance (ODI) and Governor Mike DeWine’s RecoveryOhio initiative greeted fairgoers, and distributed commemorative string bags, stress balls and educational resources. OhioMHAS Director Lori Criss, RecoveryOhio Director Aimee Shadwick and ODI Director Judi French interacted with fair patrons, visited agency booths, read to children, and served as honorary marshals in the Daily Fair Parade. Click HERE to view more photos from Mental Health Day. 

>>> Request for Proposals: SFY 2023 Campus-Community Collaborative Grants

The Ohio Program for Campus Safety and Mental Health at Northeast Ohio Medical University has announced that the SFY 2023 Campus-Community Collaborative Grants (previously known as Collaborative Program Development Grant) Request for Proposals has been released. These grants serve to support the development of suicide prevention, mental health promotion and stigma reduction programs for campus faculty, staff, and students of Ohio’s institutions of higher education. The proposals should demonstrate a collaborative relationship between one or more colleges, universities, technical schools and/or community colleges within the area and a local community organization. Proposals must demonstrate a collaborative relationship between one or more colleges, universities, technical schools, and/or community colleges within the area and a local community organization. Eligible applicants are limited to not-for-profit Institutions of Higher Education and associated student groups; Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health (ADAMH) Boards or the local NAMI chapters within the State of Ohio.  Proposals should include a detailed budget description not exceeding $5,000. Additional information can be found via the Campus-Community Collaborative Grants FAQ and Instructional Webinar. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on Aug. 25. Questions? Please email opcsmh@neomed.edu.

>>> Bridges Impact Report Released: Participants Met with Tremendous Success During the Pandemic

The Child and Family Health Collaborative, a subsidiary of the Ohio Children’s Alliance, has announced the release of the Bridges Program 2022 Impact Report. The report details how the power of perseverance and commitment, displayed by the combined efforts of participants and staff, resulted in young adults achieving high levels of success during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Ohio Bridges Program is a voluntary program available to young adults, ages 18-21, who emancipate from foster care in Ohio, and who are in school, working, participating in an employment program, or have a medical condition that prevents them from going to school or working. The program focuses on providing resources and support on four main pillars: housing, employment, education, and well-being.

>>> Free Technical Assistance Available for Substance Use Harm Reduction

Prevention Institute has recently joined with the National Harm Reduction Technical Assistance Center (NHRTAC) to provide free help to anyone in the country providing (or planning to provide) substance misuse harm reduction services to their community. The goal of NHRTAC is to improve the capacity and performance of harm reduction programs throughout the United States by ensuring access to high-quality, comprehensive technical assistance. CDC established and expanded the NHRTAC in collaboration with SAMHSA to ensure comprehensive support of the integration of harm reduction strategies and principles across diverse community settings and within a treatment framework. This TA Center will connect harm reduction programs to resources and experts that can help programs better serve their communities. Prevention Institute is lending its expertise in community-driven approaches to strengthen community assets and resources that prevent substance misuse and support long-term recovery. This includes addressing community trauma and building resilience, looking at how to incorporate racial justice and health equity focused approaches, and going upstream to improve community determinants of wellbeing such as economic conditions, social connection, and parks and open space.

Please visit the NHRTAC FAQ page for information and guidance on:

  • How to submit a TA request
  • The network of eight TA providers participating in the program (along with their areas of expertise)
  • Resources that TA providers have uploaded as part of ongoing TA they are already providing.

>>> PGNO to Host Gambling Disorder Case Presentation – Aug. 12

The Problem Gambling Network of Ohio (PGNO) will host a free Gambling Disorder Case Presentation on Aug. 12 from noon-1:30 p.m. This session in the series will highlight the success of the Ohio Warm Transfer project with a case of partnership between treatment and operation. It all started when a patron approached Ed Dick, compliance manager at JACK Entertainment, expressing concern for their own gambling behavior. Thanks to the partnership between Ohio for Responsible Gambling and PGNO with the properties, Ed was able to connect the patron with Ken Buzzelli, a warm transfer counselor. In this session, Ken will discuss the ways he's engaged with this individual since receiving the referral and how they are working on behavior change. Ed will provide a short educational piece on employee training and the importance of responsible gambling. The session will end by highlighting the Ohio Model and the importance of collaboration in helping those in need. 1.50 CEUs are available. Register for this presentation and others in the series HERE or at https://pgnohio.org/events/.

>>> Ohio’s Sixth Annual FASD Forum – Sept. 9

Ohio’s Statewide Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Steering Committee will host the Sixth Annual FASD Forum: FASD Through a Trauma Lens, both virtually and in-person on Sept. 9 at the Renaissance Columbus Westerville-Polaris. Robin H. Gurwitch, Ph.D., professor with Duke University’s Center for Child and Family Health, will provide keynote remarks. The day will also feature eight breakout sessions. Click the link to view an agenda. Registration information will be available soon at the same link.

>>> 33rd Annual Statewide UMADAOP Conference – Sept. 14-16

There’s still time to register to attend the 33rd Statewide UMADAOP Conference slated for Sept. 14-16 at the Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center in Lewis Center. This year’s theme is “Ujima: Be the Village, A Time for Action.” World-renowned poet, writer, commentator, activist and educator Nikki Giovanni will provide keynote remarks. Cost is $150. Click the link for more information and to register.

>>> Ohio Children’s Alliance Fall Conference – Oct. 11-12

The Ohio Children’s Alliance will host its Fall 2022 Conference “Paving the Way” on Oct. 11-12 at the Renaissance Columbus Westerville-Polaris. Early bird registration closes Aug. 24. Learn more and register HERE.

>>> Director Criss Visits New Central Ohio Boys & Girls Club Facility

Last week, OhioMHAS Director Lori Criss and agency staff toured the new facility for Central Ohio’s Boys and Girls Club, which was funded with the support of OhioMHAS Resiliency capital funding. Director Criss and Children, Youth and Families Bureau Chief Grace Kolliesuah spoke with a teen interested in pursuing a career in social work and shared their own educational and internship experiences. Read more about the Boys and Girls Club’s work to support youth and teens in Greater Columbus.

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