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RecoveryOhio to Hold Statewide enCompass Training to Combat Substance Use Disorder – Nov. 9

Today Governor Mike DeWine announced that RecoveryOhio, Addiction Policy Forum, and the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) are teaming up to host a free, statewide enCompass training on Nov. 9 to help those affected by addiction. The program, called enCompass, is a comprehensive resource for navigating substance use disorder.  Funded by OhioMHAS, enCompass is a resource for family members who are trying to navigate the complex world of addiction while helping loved ones achieve recovery. The EnCompass program has already been helping families around Ohio since April 2021 by holding individual county trainings. On Nov. 9, enCompass will have its first statewide, 8-hour virtual training session. Participants will learn from six main subject areas, the signs and symptoms of addiction, how to start the conversation, getting an assessment and treatment options, how to set healthy boundaries, and how to access recovery support about the medications to treat addiction. Attendees for the trainings can include families, friends, caregivers, clergy, law enforcement, first responders, healthcare providers, employers, educators, community-based service providers, and anyone else interested in learning how to respond to substance use/co-occurring disorders. All participants will receive a certificate at the completion of the course. 

OSAM Network Releases New Mental Health Initiative Report

The Ohio Substance Abuse Monitoring (OSAM) Network has released its first Mental Health Initiative (MHI) report: Treatment and Support Services for Persons Living with Serious and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI). In addition to the new MHI reports, OSAM publishes six-month drug trend and Targeted Response Initiative (TRI) reports. TRIs are designed to address specific populations/drug abuse trends and other addiction related concerns (e.g., problem and pathological gambling, employment needs of persons receiving treatment for substance use disorder [SUD]), while MHIs examine topics related to mental health. Topics of interest for TRIs and MHIs are identified by OhioMHAS leadership and data for these reports are gathered on an as-needed basis.

Fall ACORN Training Series: Adolescents with Co-Occurring Risks and Needs

The Center for Innovative Practices/Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Center of Excellence at Case Western Reserve University in cooperation with the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services is pleased to announce a series of no-cost trainings centered around providing care to adolescents with multiple, overlapping needs – including co-occurring mental health and substance use needs. Each training will be presented live in a virtual format from 9:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Each training has been approved for three continuing education hours in Ohio for counselors, social workers, psychologists, and for those licensed by the chemical dependency professionals board.

Oct. 22 | Adolescence: A Unique and Specialized Period of Development

Nov. 5 | Adolescents with Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Needs: Already in Your Care

Nov. 19 | Psychoactive Drugs of Abuse and Differential Diagnostic Considerations in Adolescents

relink.org Human Trafficking Webinar – Oct. 28

Relink.org is hosting a free, informational webinar on Human Trafficking on Oct. 28 at 2:00 p.m. The presentation will explore how participants can utilize overlay vulnerability mapping, resource mapping and actual data to better address the human trafficking problem in Ohio. Featured presenters include Sarah Capri, relink.org’s statewide coordinator, Christi Scott Bartman, founder of Eyes Up Appalachia, and Seth Boughton of the Ohio Network of Children’s Advocacy Organizations. Click HERE to register.

Maryhaven and Asian American Community Services Present Gambling Overview 101 – Oct. 30

Maryhaven and Asian American Community Services are partnering to present a free, in-person Gambling Overview 101 overview on Oct. 30 from 10 a.m.-noon. The presentation will take place at Maryhaven’s Columbus location at 1792 Alum Creek Dr. This session, which is funded by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) and the Franklin County ADAMH Board, features OhioMHAS Gambling Treatment Coordinator Scott Anderson, AS, LCDCII and Maryhaven’s Gambling Services Manager Bruce Jones, LSW, LCDCIII, NCGC II. Lunch will be provided. Asian Festival Community Liaisons, counselors/social workers who work in the Asian community and concerned community members are encouraged to attend. For more information and to register contact Danny Nam of AACS at 614.203.7474 or George Hicks of Maryhaven at 614.324.2426.

November CANS Training Schedule Announced for Ohio CANS Certification

The Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) has announced November 2021 Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) training dates for CANS assessors. With leadership from Governor DeWine’s Children’s Initiative, ODM has worked with other Ohio agencies that work with youth with complex needs—including OhioMHAS—and the Praed Foundation to create an Ohio specific CANS tool and Decision Support Model that all Ohio CANS assessors will be expected to utilize. The CANS is a functional assessment tool that will be used across systems to make determinations on OhioRISE (Resilience through Integrated Systems and Excellence) eligibility, care planning, Qualified Residential Treatment Program (QRTP) level of care, ongoing assessment, and monitoring of individual and population outcomes. Please refer to the FAQ, the CANS Training Registration Guide, and the CANS Training Enrollment Guide for information on how to register and enroll for the CANS training. For questions or concerns related to course registration or enrollment please contact support@tcomtraining.com. For any additional questions, please contact OhioRISE@medicaid.ohio.gov.

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