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Sources of Strength Suicide Prevention Funding Opportunity

The Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation and PreventionFIRST! are seeking partners to support the statewide rollout of Sources of Strength Ohio, an evidence-based suicide prevention program for elementary and secondary student populations. Click HERE to view the Request for Proposal document. Awardees will recruit schools to participate in Sources of Strength programs, provide technical assistance to local programs, assist with program implementation, and liaison between local and state partners. Candidates do not need to be trained in Sources of Strength to apply but must earn provisional certification during the state fiscal year 2022. Youth-led groups, not-for-profit organizations, schools, school partners, government organizations, and consultants are eligible to apply. Individual awards are expected to be $15,000. Questions? Please email evi.roberts@ohiospf.org or julie@prevention-first.org by Sept. 22. Responses to Frequently Asked Questions will be posted to the RFP webpage. The deadline to apply is Sept. 24

Ohio’s Hotel Industry Launches Initiative to Promote Use of Life- Saving Naloxone

In response to an increase in opioid overdoses, and to help save lives at hotel properties, Ohio’s hotel industry has launched an awareness and informational campaign aimed at getting as many hotels as possible to keep a supply of naloxone nasal spray on site, and to train hotel staff on its safe use in resuscitating individuals. The Ohio Hotel & Lodging Association (OHLA) effort was created in partnership with local initiatives and agencies, including the Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board’s Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP), and Governor DeWine’s RecoveryOhio initiative.

“Our industry is enthusiastic about promoting the use of this life-saving tool in businesses and enterprises of all types,” said OHLA President and CEO Joe Savarise. “It is safe and easy to use. Hotels around Ohio have already saved lives by having NARCAN® on site and being trained and prepared to use it.” By working with OhioMHAS, hotels will be able to obtain a supply of naloxone at no cost, and to legally use the prescription medicine in those businesses. Savarise said that hotels will also be encouraged to install a “NaloxBox” to keep the medicine secure, easily accessible and ready when needed. “Our goal is to make the NaloxBox a life-saving tool in hotels just like Automated External Defibrillators (AED) or fire extinguishers,” Savarise said. “Like those devices, the NaloxBox may never be used. But it will be a life-saver if it is needed.” Click HERE to read OHLA’s news release and HERE for related news coverage.

September CLAS Standards Trainings

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) Bureau of Recovery Supports, in partnership with Multiethnic Advocates for Cultural Competence (MACC) Inc., will host two “Implementing Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards” trainings in September. The training provides recommendations to health care organizations for addressing language and cultural barriers to adequately meet the needs of a population growing in diversity, and provides a blueprint for establishing community engagement and includes recommendations on conducting community assessments. While the trainings are geared toward Residential Facility Class 2 (RF2) providers, they are open to anyone. Virtual trainings are scheduled for Sept. 7 at 1 p.m. and Sept. 14 at 9 a.m. Click the links for registration information.

NIMH Livestream Event on Suicide Prevention During COVID – Sept. 22

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) will host a livestream event on Sept. 22 at 3:30 p.m. on suicide prevention during the pandemic, focusing on unemployment, youth, and otherpopulation subgroups who may be experiencing elevated risk. NIMH has joined with the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention in pledging to reduce the suicide rate by 20 percent by 2025. Watch the livestream event on NIMH’s Facebook or Twitter feeds.

Tristate Trauma Network Announces Fall 2021 Conference – Oct. 26

The Tristate Trauma Network is hosting its annual Trauma-Informed Care Fall Conference, “Building a Legacy Beyond Trauma-Informed Care” on Oct. 26. This virtual conference features trauma expert and author, Janina Fisher, Ph.D. and includes a local trauma survivor speaker as well as offerings from other local providers. Click HERE to see the agenda and to register.

IC&RC Alcohol and Drug Counselor Job Analysis Survey

The International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) invites you to participate in the Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ADC) Job Analysis Survey. This survey will be used to identify tasks and knowledge
reflective of the professional role of an Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Survey results will help develop the specifications for the IC&RC ADC certification examination. The survey will likely require 10- 15 minutes to complete. Individual responses will be kept confidential and will be combined with those of other respondents. The deadline to complete the survey is Sept. 7. Questions? Please email Tina Nelson at Tina@internationalcredentialing.org or call 605.777.2039.

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