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Director Criss Participating in OSU Recovery Month Panel – Sept. 13

Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) Director Lori Criss is participating in a virtual Recovery Month panel discussion hosted by The Ohio State University Student Wellness Center today from noon-1 p.m. Today’s presentation is focused on what recovery looks like in Ohio and how Ohio is addressing addiction and mental health differently than we did 5-10 years ago. In addition to Director Criss, the panel will feature Dr. Emily Kaufmann, OSU Wexner Medical Center Emergency Medicine; Dr. Rob Graessle, CEO/Founder, Basecamp Recovery Center; Judge Jodi Thomas, Franklin County Municipal Court; and Jill Hillman, H.A.R.T. Court coordinator. Click the link for more information and to register. The presentation will be recorded and available for future viewing. Click HERE to see a listing of more Recovery Month events hosted by the OSU Student Wellness Center.

RFP: FY22 Treatment Access for Adults with Alcohol Use Disorder (MHA-FY22-TAA-AUD-01)

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) is accepting proposals to expand the use of innovative approaches to treat persons with alcohol use/misuse disorder (MHA-FY22-TAA-AUD-01). OhioMHAS seeks to award behavioral health providers funding to propose new programming or fund existing programming that will focus on adults (21+) who are actively misusing or abusing alcohol. Persons appropriate for this programming may come from any of the areas within Prochaska & Diclemente’s Stages of Change. Applicants may consider using funding to support innovative programming, gap funding to cover expenses not otherwise covered by third-party insurance, co-pays, transportation costs, childcare services to allow attendance for behavioral health treatment, or technology costs to help patients connect with treatment (e.g., web applications, medical devices). Questions should be submitted to AUD@mha.ohio.gov by 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 4. Responses to frequently asked questions will be posted to the OhioMHAS Funding Opportunities webpage. A technical assistance call will be held on  Applications should be submitted to AUD@mha.ohio.gov by 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 18.

View RFP (MHA-FY22-TAA-AUD-01)

OhioMHAS Funding Opportunity Face Sheet

Budget Expenditure Form

FY22 Agreements and Assurances

RFP: FY22-23 COVID-19 Block Grant Umbrella Funding Opportunities (MHA-FY22-BCYF-COV19-UMB-01)

To ensure behavioral health services are available and reaching children and families, the OhioMHAS Children’s Bureau is seeking proposals for a one-time funding from applicants able to implement program services to increase infant mental health screenings; expand access to care for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD); enhance maternal depression services; and expand partnerships to eliminate youth human trafficking through community engagement. Applicants must demonstrate the ability to use a trauma-informed approach to target services to youth and young adults ages 0‐25. Additional outcomes sought include: combatting social isolation and promoting mental wellness for vulnerable populations; responding to increased needs for behavioral health needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic; increasing organizational capacity to promote mental wellness while the pandemic lasts and afterward; and strengthening crisis prevention and response. These program services aim to increase protective factors that would counter the effects of adverse experiences from the pandemic with increased peer support, perseverance, and self-regulation, including youth and family engagement. In an effort to simplify the announcements of new funding opportunities, OhioMHAS is using this umbrella Request for Proposal (RFP) to invite proposals on any one or more of the content areas in this RFP. Questions should be submitted to BCYFGRANTS@mha.ohio.gov by 5 p.m. on Sept. 24. Responses to frequently asked questions will be posted on the OhioMHAS Funding Opportunities webpage. Applications should be submitted to BCYFGRANTS@mha.ohio.gov by 5 p.m. on Oct. 1.


OhioMHAS Funding opportunity Face Sheet

Budget Expenditure Form

FY22 Agreements and Assurances

RFP: FY22 Specialized Dockets Subsidy Funding (MHA-FY22-CJS-SpecializedDocket-Subsidy-01)

OhioMHAS is pleased to announce that the Specialized Docket Subsidy Project (MHA-FY22-CJS-SpecializedDocket-Subsidy-01) will be available to specialized dockets which received final certification from the Supreme Court of Ohio on or after July 1, 2019. The funding will be available for the periods of July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022 (SFY 2022), and July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2023 (SFY 2023). This opportunity is available to drug courts and other specialized docket programs provided: the project targets participants with behavioral health disorders. Funding is restricted to addiction and mental health only; the project was granted first-time certification from the Supreme Court of Ohio on or after July 1, 2019; and the project must maintain current certification from the Supreme Court of Ohio throughout the funding period. All applications and accompanying documentation must be submitted to Specialized.docket@mha.ohio.gov. This solicitation will remain open until such time as all available funds have been awarded. Questions may be emailed to Specialized.docket@mha.ohio.gov by Nov. 12, 2021. Responses to frequently asked questions will be posted on the OhioMHAS Funding Opportunities webpage.

Application (MHA-FY22-CJS-SpecializedDocket-Subsidy-01)

SFY22 Specialized Dockets RFA – Certifications before 7/1/19 and recertifications

SFY22 RFA Specialized Dockets RFA – Certification on or after 7/1/19

SFY22 Specialized Dockets Subsidy Project Announcement

Specialized Dockets Allowable Expenses

Peer Recovery Supporter Training Module Survey

The OhioMHAS Bureau of Recovery Supports is creating new online educational modules for peer recovery supporters. The team has developed a survey tool to gather feedback and identify topics that peer recovery supporters would like to see included in the new modules, specifically as it pertains to medication-assisted therapy (MAT). The survey should take between 3-4 minutes. Please respond by Sept. 27.

MHAOhio Youth Mental Health Conference – Sept. 29

Mental Health America of Ohio will host a free, virtual Youth Mental Health Conference, “Understanding the Impact of Racial Trauma on Youth and Emerging Adults,” on Sept. 29 from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. This annual conference serves as an opportunity for mental health professionals and community leaders to come together and learn emerging best practices in youth and young adult mental health care. Featuring Dr. Adrienne Kennedy (Transforming Education, Inc.), Erin Upchurch, MSSA, LISW-S (Kaleidoscope Youth Center), and the Family and Children First Council’s Building Better Lives Initiative team, this year’s event will be centered on understanding the impact of racial trauma on youth and emerging adults. The program has been approved for 6.5 CE hours for Social Workers, Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Psychologists, Chemical Dependency Counselors (renewal only), and Nurses. Peer Recovery Supporters may use this training toward re-certification. Click the link for more information and to register.

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