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>>> Governor DeWine Announces Third Round of Wellness Funding for Ohio First Responders

On Friday, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced that 13 local first responder agencies will receive a total of nearly $1.7 million to help support the wellness needs of law enforcement officers, dispatchers, firefighters, paramedics, and emergency medical technicians (EMTs). The grants represent the third round of the new Ohio First Responder Recruitment, Retention, and Resilience Program. To date, Governor DeWine has awarded $11 million to 58 Ohio agencies as part of this program. Click the announcement for a list of local communities that received funding.

>>> Cuyahoga County Court Launches Specialty Docket for Problem Gambling Addiction

The Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court is starting a Problem Gambling Addiction Program to address criminal charges that stem from problem gambling. This is one of the first such court programs in the state, and the largest in the country. The Court is collaborating with Recovery Resources and Ohio for Responsible Gambling (ORG) partners to develop this program. ORG partners include the Ohio Lottery Commission, the Ohio Casino Control Commission, the Ohio State Racing Commission, and the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS). OhioMHAS serves as the resource partner for the initiative and the lead agency responsible for prevention and treatment of problem gambling.

Specially trained Court probation officers, known as Gambling Recovery Officers, will administer the Problem Gambling Addiction Program. A gambling assessment will be used to identify those individuals who may have problem gambling. They will work in conjunction with Recovery Resources, and certified counselors will use programming to help individuals break the negative cycle of gambling. The program can accommodate 50 clients. If a person successfully completes the program, they may have their felony charge dismissed to avoid having a felony conviction of their record. Candidates for the Problem Gambling Addiction Program will be referred by the Judge assigned to their case.

>>> Deadline Extended: NAMI GAP Analysis

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Ohio is conducting a survey to inform strategies for the next 12-24 months. As a part of this process, the organization welcomes feedback from Ohioans who have interacted with NAMI in recent years – either to receive services or as part of a partner organization. The deadline to respond has been extended to 5:00 p.m. on Oct. 14.

>>> Building Cross Cultural Competence: C.A.R.E. Method – Oct. 19

Multiethnic Advocates for Cultural Competency (MACC) Inc., is hosting a Building Cross Cultural Competence: C.A.R.E. Method training on Oct. 19 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Click the link for more information and to register. Questions? Please email maccadmin@maccinc.net

>>> Get Farm Stress Certified

The Ohio State University Colleges of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, and Social Work, in partnership with the Ohio Department of Agriculture, are offering a free, three-module Farm Stress certification program designed to provide mental health professionals the needed understanding and resources to assist Ohio's agricultural community. Register HERE for all three modules below.

Oct. 26 – 1:00-3:30 p.m. | Module 1: Farming 101

Nov. 2 – 1:00-3:30 p.m. | Module 2: Managing the Farm

Nov. 9 – 1:00-3:30 p.m. | Module 3: Farming – The Real World

>>> OSPF October Webinar – Oct. 26

The Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation will host its October monthly webinar Questions of Faith: Suicidality Among Sexual Minority Adolescents and Young Adults on Oct. 26 at 11:00 a.m. Led by Susan DeLuca, MSW, Ph.D., this presentation will focus on health equity for sexual minority populations, current struggles to move forward in the spheres of faith-based entities, and upstream prevention strategies. Registration is free for OSPF members and $25 for non-members. Click the link above for more information and to register. 

>>> A Treatment Alternative for Your Employee: Cove Recovery – Oct. 26

BrightView is hosting a virtual A Treatment Alternative for Your Employee: Cove Recovery presentation on Oct. 26 at noon to introduce participants Cove Recovery, a comprehensive, telehealth-only addiction treatment program. Forum attendees will learn how virtual addiction treatment works, as well as the medical and clinical services offered. Click the link for more information and to register.

>>> Call for Entries: The Henry and Amelia Nasrallah Annual OPPF Research Awards 

The Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Foundation (OPPF) is seeking entries for The Henry and Amelia Nasrallah Annual OPPF Research Awards. The first-place entry will receive $250 and a plaque. The runner-up will receive an award certificate. The awards will be presented at the OPPA Annual Psychiatric Update, which will be held on April 22-23, 2023 at the Marriott University in Columbus. The registration fee to attend the will be waived for the winners and the runners-up. Click HERE for more details about the awards or visit the OPPF Website. Students must have completed the work and been enrolled in a medical school in the state of Ohio. All entries must be received by Dec. 31, 2022. Questions? Please email Michelle Mazza at oppf@oppa.org.

>>> ASAM Accepting Public Comment for Next Edition of Criteria

The American Society of Addiction Medicine has posted draft standards for the upcoming 4th edition of The ASAM Criteria — a book of standards for addiction treatment — on its website and is now accepting public comment until Nov. 11. The first volume of the book, which will focus on adults with substance use disorders (SUDs), is scheduled to be published and distributed by Hazelden Publishing in the fall of 2023. Ensuing volumes will focus on: adolescents and transition-age youth, addiction treatment within jails and prisons, and treatment of behavioral addictions, such as gambling, gaming, and internet use.

>>> Researchers Develop Method to Study Brain Connectivity, Functionality

Scientists have developed a research method that allows for a much more detailed examination of the brain processes involved in some neurological and mental disorders. The study was funded by the National Institute of Mental Health.

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