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>>> Ohio Overdose Awareness Day (Aug. 31) Toolkit Available on RecoveryOhio Website

On Wednesday, Aug. 31, our state will recognize Ohio Overdose Awareness Day with a goal of remembering loved ones lost to the epidemic, raising awareness, and supporting communities in the fight against drug addiction. As a way to help local communities promote Ohio Overdose Awareness Day, RecoveryOhio, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), and the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) have partnered to create this Ohio Overdose Awareness Day Toolkit with the theme Everyone Knows Someone. Overdoses Impact Us All.

The toolkit includes social media graphics and posts, videos, posters, and digital ads that can be used by local communities and organizations to raise awareness of Ohio Overdose Awareness Day. These assets feature real Ohioans who have shared their stories of recovery with us in order to help others know that recovery is possible. We encourage you and your organization to help spread awareness and educate our communities on this Ohio Overdose Awareness Day by sharing this toolkit. Visit RecoveryOhio.Gov for more information, including an ever-growing list of how Ohio plans to observe Ohio Overdose Awareness Day.

>>> Governor DeWine Announces Final Approval Of Extended Health Coverage for New Moms

On Tuesday, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved Ohio Medicaid’s extended coverage for new moms from 60 days to 12 months after the birth of their child. With this extension, CMS estimates approximately 21,000 Ohio women annually will be eligible for this extended health coverage. “Maternal health is a strong predictor of a child’s health, so by extending health coverage for new moms, we are helping to provide the healthiest possible start in life for Ohio’s children,” said Governor DeWine. For moms who need it, available coverage includes treatment for postpartum depression; medical care for chronic conditions, such as hypertension or diabetes; breastfeeding resources; and evidence-based nurse home visiting. 

>>> Gambling Treatment Endorsement Requirements Clarified by OCDP Board

Ohio has specific requirements for clinical professionals who treat clients with Gambling Disorder, and the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board wants to make sure prospective applicants for the GAMB endorsement – NCGC-I, NCGC II, ICGC-I, ICGC-II, BACC – are aware of these requirements. The same requirements will also serve to qualify these license-holders: LSW, LISW, LCSW, LPCC, PCC, LMFT, LIMFT, psychologists and psychiatrists to provide the latest in effective clinical care for Gambling Disorder. Since Jan. 1, 2022, requirements have been adjusted for the GAMB endorsement. Anyone seeking the endorsement or anyone assisting people to get the GAMB should discard the old education grids and reference the one found HERE that requires a minimum of four hours in each content area. The same workforce development sessions also provide the hours required to add treatment of Gambling Disorder to a clinical professionals’ scope of practice. Sponsored by Ohio for Responsible Gambling, find a list of sessions offered and/or request assistance with obtaining a GAMB, by visiting PGNOhio.

>>> Ways Parents Can Help Their Kids Thrive Webinar – Aug. 24

Just in time for back-to-school season, Ohio’s 529 CollegeAdvantage Plan, OhioMHAS and Your Teen Media are teaming up to host a Ways Parents Can Help Their Kids Thrive webinar on Aug. 24 at 8:00 p.m. Featuring a discussion with OhioMHAS Director Lori Criss and others, this free webinar aims to teach parents and caregivers ways they can support kids’ mental health and help them thrive as they return to the classroom. Click the link for more information and to register. 

>>> Ohio Recovery Housing Trainings

Ohio Recovery Housing will host a number of upcoming trainings for housing providers. Click the links below for more information and to register.

Aug. 24 | Recovery Housing Basics

Sept. 19 | Substance Use Disorder 101 Training

Sept. 21 | Outcomes Tool Training

Ongoing | House Manager Learning Collaborative Trainings

>>> Virtual Sources of Strength Information Session – Aug. 30

The Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation (OSPF) is hosting a virtual information session on Aug. 31 for organizations interested learning more about the Sources of Strength prevention program. Sources of Strength is a free, evidence-based suicide prevention program for students in grades K-12. This webinar will be led by trainers from 1N5, a non-profit that has brought the Sources of Strength program to dozens of schools in Ohio and Kentucky.

>>> Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation Webinar: Responsible Reporting on Suicide – Aug. 31

Registration is open for Responsible Reporting on Suicide, a webinar hosted by the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation and presented by Dr. John Ackerman from the Center for Suicide Prevention and Research at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Reporting after a suicide death can increase the likelihood of suicide contagion or reduce the likelihood of additional suicides, depending on how the death is discussed in the news or social media. On Aug. 31 at 1:00 p.m., Dr. Ackerman will provide a rundown of the relationship between reporting and suicide rates, responsible reporting guidelines for journalists and non-journalists alike, and how suicide prevention champions can encourage media partners to adopt these guidelines. Registration is free for OSPF members and $25 for non-members. Continuing education will be provided for prevention, addiction counseling, social work, marriage and family counseling, and psychologists. Click HERE to learn more about the webinar or to register.

>>> MACC, Inc,. to Host Free Cultural Competency Trainings in September

Multiethnic Advocates for Cultural Competence (MACC), Inc., will host a free C.A.R.E. (Consider, Accept, Recognize, and Execute) training on Sept. 8 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. and a free CLAS Standards training on Sept. 15 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Click the links to register. For more information, please email maccadmin@maccinc.net or call 614.221.7841.

>>> Register Today: Sixth Annual FASD Forum – Sept. 9

Register today to the attend the Sixth Annual Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Forum, “FASD Through a Trauma Lens,” slated for Sept. 9 at the Renaissance Columbus Polaris-Westerville. Click HERE for full conference details and to register online.

>>> 2022 PF! Coalition Academy – Sept. 13

PreventionFIRST! Will host its 2022 Coalition Academy, “Building Equity in Prevention” on Sept. 13 at the Great Wolf Lodge in Mason. Mary Roary, Ph.D., director of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Office of Behavioral Health Equity, will provide keynote remarks. Cost is $60 ($40 for PF! member coalitions). Click HERE to view an agenda and HERE to register online.

>>> Virtual Youth Peer Support Summit – Sept. 13-14

OhioMHAS is hosting a two-day Virtual Summit on Sept. 13-14 focused on how agencies can successfully utilize Youth Peer Supporters. Vanessa Vorhies Klodnick, Ph.D, LCSW, a national expert on engaging young adult peers, will provide keynote remarks. Other presentations will include tips for supervising young adults, shared experiences from a panel of Youth Peer Supporters, strategies for funding Youth Peer Support, and information about services that Youth Peer Supporters can provide. The Summit is free and open to all who would like to learn more about Youth Peer Support. CEUs will be provided. For any questions, please email YouthandFamilyPeerSupport@mha.ohio.gov

•            Register for Day 1 Here

•            Register for Day 2 Here

>>> October Sources of Strength Trainings

Registration is now open for the Sources of Strength (Sources) Secondary Program Training of the Trainer, scheduled for Oct. 3-6. This virtual, four-day training is intended for individuals committed to training multiple school buildings in the Sources youth-led prevention program. The Sources Elementary Coach’s Training is scheduled for Oct. 26-27. Registration for the Elementary Training will open on Aug. 31. This virtual, two-day training is available at no cost and intended for individuals committed to overseeing implementation of the Sources elementary curricula for students in grades K-6. Registration for these virtual trainings will be accepted by competitive application only. Sources virtual trainings as well as specified implementation costs are covered by Sources of Strength Ohio through support from OhioMHAS. To learn more, check out the training registration page or sign up for a Zoom call with PreventionFIRST’s Julie Cameron.

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8.16.22 | Columbus Dispatch Ohioans now able to receive extended Medicaid coverage after childbirth

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