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Dec. 7, 2022

>>> State Regional Psychiatric Hospitals Awarded Accreditation from The Joint Commission

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) is pleased to announce that all six Regional Psychiatric Hospitals operated by the state have earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Hospital Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care. The six state hospitals -- which include: Appalachian Behavioral Healthcare in Athens; Heartland Behavioral Healthcare in Massillon; Northcoast Behavioral Healthcare in Northfield; Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital in Toledo; Summit Behavioral Healthcare in Cincinnati; and Twin Valley Behavioral Healthcare in Columbus -- underwent rigorous, unannounced onsite surveys during the past year. During each visit, a team of Joint Commission reviewers evaluated compliance with quality standards spanning several areas including, but not limited to: environment of care, leadership, medication management, patient rights, and infection prevention and control.

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. To earn and maintain The Gold Seal of Approval® from The Joint Commission, an organization undergoes an on-site survey by a Joint Commission survey team at least every three years. The Joint Commission’s standards are developed in consultation with health care experts, providers, and patients. They are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to guide health care organizations in measuring, assessing, and improving performance. The surveyors also conducted onsite process discussions, case reviews, and staff and patient interviews.

“I envision an Ohio where those who seek help for mental illness or a substance use disorder are met with respect -- and treated with the dignity they deserve,” said Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. “Access to quality care is critical to the wellbeing of all Ohioans. Families expect and deserve the best care possible for their loved ones. Knowing all six state-run psychiatric hospitals meet the Joint Commission’s rigorous accreditation standards should be viewed as a point of pride, and evidence of Ohio’s commitment to building and maintaining a statewide system of quality, cost-effective behavioral health care services for its citizens.”

“Our hospitals serve as a critical safety net for Ohioans living with serious mental illness. We are committed to providing access to quality care and a safe environment for all in need. I am exceptionally proud of our hospital staff and leadership for their hard work and dedication to ensuring a quality experience for both patients and our staff,” added OhioMHAS Director Lori Criss.

>>> Updated 988 Resources from SAMHSA

In an effort to promote continued awareness of the new national 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration released several new resources. The new materials include: 988 branded photos; a holiday PSA featuring Zak Williams, mental health advocate and son of the late actor Robin Williams; and a new FAQ about specialized services for LGBTQI+ youth who reach out to 988. SAMHSA’s 988 Communications team routinely sends out updates when new materials are added to the partner toolkit. SAMHSA communicates these updates through various webinars and email lists, including the SAMHSA Suicide Prevention email list. To sign up for the email newsletter, go to the footer (or bottom) of the SAMHSA 988 website page and enter your email address in the “Sign Up” box. On the next screen, scroll down to the Behavioral Health Topic Areas and select “Suicide Prevention” and then click Subscribe. You should receive an email confirming your subscription to the list.

>>> Last Call for Entries: OPPF Research Awards

The deadline for submitting an entry for The Henry and Amelia Nasrallah Annual Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Foundation Research Awards is Dec. 31, 2022. If you or someone you know is interested in participating in this year’s award competition, your entry should be submitted now. There will be separate awards in the categories of OPPA General Members, Resident-Fellow Members and Medical Students. Each winner will receive $250 and a plaque. Each runner-up will receive an award certificate. The registration fee to attend the Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Annual Psychiatric Update on April 22-23, 2023, will be paid for by the OPPF for the winners and the runners-up. This is a great opportunity to recognize individuals for the contribution you are making to psychiatry and the understanding of mental disorders. Entries should be submitted to OPPF@oppa.org no later than 11:59 p.m. on Dec 31, 20.22. For complete details click HERE or visit the OPPF Website.

>>> Upcoming OYLPN Listening Sessions

The Ohio Youth-Led Prevention Network (OYLPN) is looking for participants to join its upcoming listening sessions. These facilitated discussions will help OYLPN leadership learn about opportunities and challenges to the growth of its work with youth across the state of Ohio. Registration will be capped at 12 participants per session. Click the links below to sign-up.

Youth Dates:

Dec. 12 | 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Dec. 14 | 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Adult Dates:

Dec. 9 | 10:30 a.m.-noon

Dec. 12 | 10:30 a.m.-noon

Dec. 14 | 1:30-3:00 p.m.

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