Ohio is making it easier for individuals who are experiencing a stressful situation to find immediate help, 24/7 with the launch of a free, confidential, statewide Crisis Text Line. Starting today, any Ohio resident who needs help coping with a crisis can now text the keyword “4hope” to 741741 to be connected to a crisis counselor. Trained crisis counselors are on stand-by to provide a personal response and information on a range of issues, including: suicidal thoughts, bullying, depression, self-harm, and more. The specialist helps the user stay safe and healthy with effective, secure support. The keyword “4hope” was developed by the Stark County Mental Health and Addiction Recovery (StarkMHAR) board, which piloted a crisis text line for youth and young adults as part of the Strong Families, Safe Communities funding initiative supported by OhioMHAS and the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.
Aug. 4, 2016
>>> Ohio Peer Recovery Supporter Certification Exam Available Online
The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) is pleased to announce that individuals with lived experience of a mental health or substance use disorder may now take the Ohio Peer Recovery Supporter Certification Exam online. The online version is the same as the in-person version with the same parameters. Test takers will have a maximum of three (3) hours to complete the exam and will need a passing score of 70 percent. If you are interested in taking the exam online, please contact email@example.com. Please be sure to include first and last name and indicate your interest in taking the exam online. An account will be created for you and a link to the test with an individual password will be emailed directly to you. If you would like to request a reasonable accommodation, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and we will work with you to make alternative arrangements.
>>> Ohio Citizen Advocates for Addiction Recovery Launches Revamped Website
Ohio Citizen Advocates for Addiction Recovery (OCAAR) has launched a fresh, new website. The new resource features information on advocacy, educational outreach, recovery support services, recovery resources, volunteer opportunities and more. You can find information about the 2016 Ohio Rally for Recovery slated for 1-3 p.m. on Sept. 23 at the Ohio Statehouse, schedule an advocacy training and learn about OCAAR’s new #MyRecoveryMeanstoMe social media campaign that encourages Ohioans in recovery to record a short, 15-30 second video to share on Facebook and Twitter.
>>> Statewide Screening: “Generation Found!”
On Sept. 13, Ohio Citizen Advocates for Addiction Recovery and partners from throughout Ohio, will host a statewide screening of Generation Found, a riveting new independent film from the creators of the The Anonymous People. Generation Found is a powerful story about a community coming together to ignite a youth addiction recovery revolution. The film takes an unprecedented and intimate look at how a system of treatment centers, sober high schools, alternative peer groups and collegiate recovery programs can exist in concert to intervene early and provide real, lasting results. Click HERE to reserve a seat at a screening in your area, or to request a new screening. For more information, please contact OCAAR at 614.486.2430.
>>> Strike Out Addiction With The UMADAOP of Lucas County and the Toledo Mud Hens – Aug. 10
The Urban Minority Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Outreach Program of Lucas County is partnering with the Toledo Mud Hens Minor League Baseball team to host a “Strike Out Addiction” day at Fifth Third Field Stadium in downtown Toledo on Aug. 10. Advocates are invited to help fill an entire section of the sold-out Toledo Mud Hens versus Columbus Clippers baseball game at 6:30 p.m. Attendees, which will include provider agencies, members of the Lucas County Sheriff’s Dart Team, staff members of the 211 Helpline, numerous youth service organizations, parents, clients, local advocacy groups, elected officials and recovering alumni members will receive a “Strike Out Addiction” T-shirt. Scott Sylak, executive director of the Mental Health & Recovery Services Board of Lucas County will throw out the first pitch and briefly address the crowd during the “7th inning stretch.” For more information, contact Geoff Alan at 419.255.4444.
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8.4.16 | Chillicothe Gazette Heroin Partnership to host Recovery Coach training
8.3.16 | WJW-TV Berea police program puts emphasis on getting heroin addicts treatment
8.3.16 | Columbus Dispatch Franklin County coroner announces new anti-heroin efforts
8.2.16 | Columbus Dispatch State to pay doctors more to keep patients healthy
8.2.16 | Akron Beacon Journal (Editorial) Coping in the heroin crisis
8.2.16 | Columbia University School of Public Health High schoolers with mental health issues more likely to use alcohol, tobacco and marijuana
8.2.16 | Toledo Blade Penn National promotes addiction education
7.26.16 | Norwalk Reflector Growth in local behavioral health treatment due to voters’ support of levy
7.25.16 | WKSU 89.7 Ohio Officials Look Ahead At Funding New CARA Anti-Opioid Law
7.25.16 | Lancaster Eagle-Gazette Ohio grant leads to 2,200+ lives saved
7.23.16 | Springfield News-Sun Mayer: Mental health matters
7.22.16 | Akron Beacon Journal Summit County brings mental health awareness to Main Street
Pictured (l-r) Sen. John Eklund (R-Munson Township), Ohio Board of Pharmacy President Kilee Yarosh, Briana, Lake County ADAMHS Board Executive Director Kim Fraser and Governor’s Cabinet Opiate Action Team Deputy Director Andrea Boxill participated in a media roll-out of Ohio’s Opiate MBR bill today in Painesville.
>>> Lake County ADAMHS Board, State Senator John Eklund Host Press Event to Highlight Ohio’s “Opiate Mid-Biennium Review” Proposals
State Senator John Eklund (R-Munson Township) joined with state and local leaders in Painesville this morning to announce Senate Bill 319 (the Opiate MBR) — legislation aimed at strengthening efforts to combat prescription drug abuse in Ohio. Sen. Eklund, who introduced the bill on April 25, provided sponsor testimony on May 11. The bill proposes additional reforms to strengthen oversight by the Ohio Board of Pharmacy, encourage responsible treatment and prevent overdoses. Click HERE to view a backgrounder.
>>> State Launches Public Awareness Campaign to Promote Life-Saving Drug Naloxone in Counties at Highest Risk for Fentanyl Overdoses
A targeted campaign launches Monday to raise awareness about the signs of a drug overdose and to urge family members and friends of people who use drugs to obtain the opiate overdose reversal drug naloxone to administer during an overdose while waiting on first-responders to arrive. The campaign is focused on 15 counties that accounted for 80 percent of Ohio’s fentanyl-related overdose deaths in 2014. Those counties are Butler, Clark, Clermont, Cuyahoga, Franklin, Hamilton, Lorain, Lucas, Marion, Montgomery, Ross, Scioto, Stark, Summit and Warren. Ohio has seen a major increase in overdose deaths involving fentanyl, a synthetic narcotic used to treat severe pain that in its prescription form is estimated to be 30 to 50 times more potent than heroin. Ohio had 503 fentanyl-related overdose deaths in 2014 compared to 84 in 2013. This campaign is a collaboration between the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS). The public awareness campaign includes two billboards; carry naloxone and know the signs, a radio spot, and mobile and digital ads. They direct people to a website at stopoverdoses.ohio.gov for more information, including how to obtain a naloxone kit without a prescription at participating pharmacies, or through Project DAWN (Deaths Avoided with Naloxone) community programs supported by ODH. Read the full media release.
>>> Ohio Educators Encouraged to Incorporate Generation Rx Program Resources into School-Based Drug Prevention Efforts
Ohio is looking to strengthen its fight against prescription opioid abuse by encouraging educators to incorporate free, age-appropriate resources available through Generation Rx into their school-based prevention curriculum. State law now requires all public schools to educate students about the proper use of opiate prescriptions (see House Bill 367). Many schools have already adopted Ohio’s youth drug prevention program, Start Talking!, which encourages students, peer groups and adults to engage in conversation about the dangers of drug abuse before it begins. Generation Rx, which was developed by The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy in partnership with the Cardinal Health Foundation, provides additional resources to help prevent the misuse of prescription medications among young people. Learn more at http://www.generationrx.org.
In the News
5.13.16 | Cincinnati Enquirer Naloxone billboards going up in Ohio
5.12.16 | WKBN-TV Call-a-Counselor: Advice from mental health experts
5.12.16 | Cincinnati Enquirer Ohio to push awareness of life-saving OD antidote
5.12.16 | Chillicothe Gazette Ross targeted in overdose awareness effort
5.12.16 | WCPO-TV Ohio starts campaign to promote OD-reversal drug
April 20, 2016
>>> Ohio Preschool Expulsion Prevention Partnership Announces Toll-Free Centralized Intake Line
Nationwide Children’s Hospital, in partnership with OhioMHAS, has announced a new centralized intake resource for licensed preschools and childcare providers – the Ohio Preschool Expulsion Prevention Partnership at 1.844.678.ABCs (2227). The line, which is staffed Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., links callers to an early childhood consultant in their area who can complete an on-site consultation within two business days. The consultants will: observe and consult at a preschool; provide recommendations on specific classroom strategies and interventions; offer service recommendations and resources for students and families (including referrals to local mental health providers, if necessary) and provide recommendations for training and professional development. The centralized intake line is part of a $9.1 million investment to strengthen early childhood mental health services that was announced in January.
>>> 2016 Statewide Suicide Prevention Conference – May 13
Time is running out to register to attend the 2016 Statewide Suicide Prevention Conference on May 13 on the campus of The Ohio State University. The third annual symposium focuses on Suicide and the Family and will feature presentations from leading researchers and advocates. New this year, the conference will feature two breakout sessions that will provide tools and resources in addressing the impact of suicide and suicide prevention. The conference is presented by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in partnership with OhioMHAS. For more information, click the link above or contact Caitlin Willett at 614.293.7827 | Caitlin.Willet@osumc.edu.
In the News
4.19.16 | People Man Who Survived Suicide Jump from Golden Gate Bridge Shares His Story to Help Others
4.18.16 | Akron Beacon Journal Experts: acknowledge addiction as a disease, boost treatment options to battle opiate epidemic
4.16.16 | Ashtabula Star Beacon (Editorial) Focused on mental health
4.16.16 | Newark Advocate Drug treatment available, but with a wait
4.14.16 | The Associated Press Ohio launches new efforts to prevent suicides
4.14.16 | WCMH-TV Ohio unveils new push to prevent suicides
4.14.16 | WCMH-TV Athens County combating heroin with state’s first prosecutor Vivitrol program
4.14.16 | WKSU-89.7 Ending the Stigma Behind Suicide is Key to Ohio’s New Prevention Initiative
CDC Issues Report on Ohio Visit Examining Increase in Fentanyl-Related Drug Overdose Deaths
March 9, 2016
>>> Zero Suicide Webinars – March 16
The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) is hosting a webinar to provide an overview of the upcoming regional Ohio Zero Suicide Academies. The webinars will provide brief overviews of OhioMHAS suicide prevention efforts and will focus mainly on the six regional two-day Ohio Zero Suicide Academies and Learning Communities targeting clinical care providers in behavioral health and primary care settings as well as Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC). The webinar will be offered on March 16 from 10-11 a.m. and again from 1-2 p.m. Please click on the links below to register. Recordings of the webinars will be made available online for those who are unable to attend.
>>> Board of Pharmacy Adopts New Policy Statement for Personally Furnishing Naloxone
On March 1, 2016, the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy adopted a new resolution to allow Board-licensed facilities to maintain a small stock of non-patient specific naloxone to use in the event of an emergency. The resolution allows authorized personnel at a Board-licensed site to personally furnish naloxone to themselves, pursuant to a physician protocol, to use in the event of an overdose emergency. This prevents the need for facilities that house or interact with high-risk opioid users from having to equip all staff with naloxone. Rather, all staff should be trained and authorized under the physician’s protocol. In addition, the Board also specified the authority and responsibilities of those individuals who personally furnish naloxone under a physician protocol.
>>> 2016 Ohio Youth-Led Prevention Network Gambling Awareness PSA Contest Winners Selected
OhioMHAS congratulates all of the youth-led groups that participated in the Ohio Youth-Led Prevention Network’s 2016 Gambling Awareness PSA competition. Attendees of the Ohio Problem Gambling Conference voted for runner up and first place winners in the categories of “Most Creative” and “Best Message.” Winning groups will be presented plaques at the “We Are The Majority!” rally and resiliency ring on April 28.
View the winning entries:
In the News
3.8.16 | Toledo Blade (Editorial) Local drug court to open
3.7.16 | Lima News Putnam County ready to combat heroin/opiate use
3.6.16 | Toledo Blade Hospital-agency ties ease path to patient’s mental health help
3.6.16 | USA Today Doctor wants overdose antidote in every medicine cabinet
3.4.16 | New Philadelphia Times-Reporter Group focused on suicide prevention
Today, the Ohio Departments of Medicaid and Mental Health and Addiction Services launched a new website and e-newsletter for beneficiaries, providers and other stakeholders to follow behavioral health system redesign activities. Over the past five years, Ohio has made significant progress in rebuilding community behavioral health system capacity. The next steps for redesign, which will be implemented beginning July 2016, include expanding services for individuals with high-intensity needs, modernizing business practices to improve patient care, and coordinating care across physical and behavioral health care services. Visit the website
>>> Register Today to Attend the 2016 “We Are The Majority” Youth Rally and Resiliency Ring on April 28
The Ohio Youth-Led Prevention Network, in partnership with YouthMOVE Ohio, has announced that registration is now live for groups wanting to be a part of the 2016 “We Are The Majority” Youth Rally and Resiliency Ring slated for April 28 in downtown Columbus. The event is free and includes lunch. Register by April 8 to guarantee a spot and receive a T-shirt. Click HERE for more information.
In the News
2.12.16 | Newsnet5 Cleveland Prosecutor on Cuyahoga Co. heroin/fentanyl deaths: We ‘lost two plane loads of Clevelanders’ in 2015
2.12.16 | Associated Press Kroger to offer anti-overdose drug without prescription
2.11.16 | Fox News Walgreens introduces opioid disposal kiosks, prescription-free overdose antidote to combat drug abuse
2.9.16 | WFMJ-TV Statewide program offers peer to peer addiction support
2.9.16 | The Marion Star City seeks new drug prevention program
2.9.16 | CMAJ Online tools improve mental health in primary care
2.9.16 | The Post New prescription guidelines set in hopes of diminishing number of opiate overdoses in Ohio
2.9.16 | Youngstown Vindicator Heroin epidemic must be stopped with education before high school, speakers said
2.8.16 | HealthDay News Study Links Concussion to Higher Risk of Later Suicide
2.8.16 | HealthDay News Doctors Should Screen Teens for Major Depression, U.S. Task Force Says
This week, CVS Health announced would make the opioid overdose reversal medicine naloxone available without a prescription at all CVS Pharmacy locations across Ohio beginning in late March 2016. White House National Drug Control Policy Director Michael Botticelli, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Lucas County Sheriff John Tharp joined CVS Health in making the announcement at a press conference in Toledo on Monday. “Naloxone is a safe and effective antidote to opioid overdoses and by expanding access to this medication in our Ohio pharmacies by the use of a physician’s standing order for patients without a prescription, we can help save lives,” said Tom Davis, RPh, Vice President of Pharmacy Professional Practices at CVS Pharmacy. “We support expanding naloxone availability and we applaud the State of Ohio for its leadership in the fight against drug abuse and addiction.”
CVS Health announced Monday during a press event at the University of Toledo that it would make the opioid overdose reversal medicine naloxone available without a prescription at all CVS Pharmacy locations across Ohio beginning in late March. Joining the company in making the announcement were White House National Drug Control Policy Director Michael Botticelli, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, and Lucas County Sheriff John Tharp.
“Naloxone is a safe and effective antidote to opioid overdoses, and by expanding access to this medication in our Ohio pharmacies by the use of a physician’s standing order for patients without a prescription, we can help save lives,” said Tom Davis, R.Ph., vice president of Pharmacy Professional Practices at CVS Pharmacy. “We support expanding naloxone availability and we applaud the State of Ohio for its leadership in the fight against drug abuse and addiction.”
CVS Health is also providing the opportunity for law enforcement agencies in Ohio to apply to receive a drug collection unit to help local communities safely dispose of unwanted medications, including controlled substances. Through the Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program, a joint effort of CVS Pharmacy and The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, more than 20 drug disposal units donated across Ohio have collected more than 4,000 pounds of unwanted medications since September 2014. Nationwide, the program has donated more than 500 drug collection units and collected more than 28 metric tons of unwanted medications.
White House National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Director Michael Botticelli will join with Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, OhioMHAS Director Tracy Plouck and other state and local leaders in Toledo today, for a community forum on evidence-based programs to prevent and treat prescription drug abuse and heroin use. Director Botticelli will also participate in a press conference prior to the community forum to announce new private sector actions to address opioid overdose deaths in the state of Ohio. The town hall will take place at 1:30 p.m. in the Scott Park Student Center Auditorium on the University of Toledo campus. Click HERE to watch live, streaming video of the event. Following the town hall, Dir. Botticelli will tour the Zepf Center facilities and meet with Ohioans in recovery.
In the News
1.29.16 | Toledo Blade (Editorial) Throwing DRATS at addiction
1.28.16 | Sandusky Register Erie, Ottawa counties receive $270,000 mental health grant
1.28.16 | Ashtabula Star Beacon Talking about mental health
1.28.16 | ThisWeek News Drug-fighting group hears community’s cries for help
1.27.16 | The New York Times Scientists Move Closer to Understanding Schizophrenia’s Cause
1.27.16 | EIN News Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Expands Collaboration with Netsmart for Knowledge-Driven Care
1.27.16 | USA Today Ohio mom begs Congress to act on heroin epidemic
1.27.16 | PR Newswire 2,700+ Substance Abuse Prevention Specialists Convene at CADCA’s National Leadership Forum
1.26.16 | Eureka Alert Why you should never use the term ‘the mentally ill’
1.26.16 | WLWT-TV Ohio seeks to boost early childhood mental health services
>>>Ohio Unveils Opioid Prescribing Guidelines for Acute Pain
As part of Ohio’s continuing effort to curb the misuse and abuse of prescription pain medications and unintentional overdoses, the Governor’s Cabinet Opiate Action Team today announced the adoption of new opioid prescribing guidelines for the outpatient management of patients with acute pain. The new guidelines, which recommend non-opioid treatment options and limiting the amount of opioids used to treat acute pain, expand upon Ohio’s prescribing guidelines for emergency departments and acute care facilities, and for treatment of chronic pain lasting longer than 12 weeks. All three sets of guidelines have been developed in conjunction with clinical professional associations, providers, state licensing
Coverage from The Associated Press Ohio sets new guidelines for short-term pain prescribing
In the News
1.18.16 | Columbus Dispatch Should some Ohio Medicaid recipients have to pay premiums?
1.18.16 | Marion Star Portman addresses heroin in Marion
1.18.15 | Washington Post This mother drank while pregnant. Here’s what her daughter is like at 43.
1.15.16 | Fremont News-Messenger Ohio now getting alerts when overdoses spike
1.15.16 | WFMJ-TV Boardman introduces drug prevention program in schools
1.15.16 | Findlay Courier NAMI to offer new KidShop program
Youth Drug Overdose Deaths Have Increased Sharply in Many States: Report
Oct. 6, 2015
>>>Residential State Supplement Program Proposed Rule Actions
In conjunction with the Ohio Department of Medicaid, OhioMHAS is updating the rules implementing the Residential State Supplement program (RSS.) As part of this update, the OhioMHAS rules will reflect a new allowable fee and personal needs standard. Allowable fees for RSS living arrangements are increased to $1,100 a month for all living arrangements, at the same time the personal needs allowance is being standardized to $200 per month. The rules are also being updated to be consistent with the application process used in conjunction with the Department of Medicaid. Due to the amount of change in the rules, the rules are being rescinded and refiled as new. The proposed rule actions are listed below. More information regarding the proposed changes can be found at: http://mha.ohio.gov/Default.aspx?tabid=251. Please review the draft changes and send comments to MH-SOTemail@example.com by Oct. 14.
>>> Thousands Attend Washington, D.C. Rally to Draw Attention to Addiction
Thousands of Americans converged on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., this weekend for the UNITE to Face Addiction Rally in an effort to eliminate the stigma surrounding addiction and show support for the millions of people in recovery. Speakers included U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy; Michael Botticelli, Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy; and talk-show host and surgeon Mehmet Oz. Performers included Sheryl Crow, The Fray, Joe Walsh, Steven Tyler and Aloe Blacc. The Buckeye State was well represented — with busloads of supporters departing several Ohio cities. OhioMHAS will feature more photos from the Rally and share one group’s journey from the shores of Lake Erie to the Washington, D.C., in the October issue of OhioMHAS e-Update.
>>> October is Substance Abuse Prevention, Bullying Prevention, National Disability Employment Awareness Month
October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, Bullying Prevention Month and National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Check out the resources below for information on how your community can help promote the important awareness campaigns.
Substance Abuse Prevention Month
Bullying Prevention Month
Disability Employment Awareness Month
In the News
10.5.15 | Toledo Blade (Editorial) Fighting Fentanyl
10.3.15 | Dayton Daily News Mental health training used to try to stop mass shootings
10.2.15 | Cincinnati Enquirer (Editorial) Feds must join heroin fight
10.1.15 | Cleveland Plain Dealer Kasich touts his record helping those with mental illness
10.1.15 | Newark Advocate Rural kids more likely pop pain pills
9.30.15 | Canton Repository Canton Police now has Narcan on hand
9.30.15 | Akron Beacon Journal Detox program starts for kids addicted to opiates
9.30.15 | Dayton Daily News Overdose drug available in Dayton without prescription
9.29.15 | Sandusky Register State licenses new drug, alcohol clinic in Sandusky
9.27.15 | Columbus Dispatch 1 in 10 women admits to drinking while pregnant
‘Flakka,’ the new killer drug, is spreading across the country
Be the 95% Problem Gambling Awareness Campaign Launched
Partners of Ohio for Responsible Gambling (ORG) – the Ohio Casino Control Commission, Ohio Lottery Commission, Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS), and Ohio Racing Commission – today announced the launch of a new campaign designed to prevent problem gambling and to build awareness of resources aimed at helping at-risk individuals. The campaign has been specifically molded to reach the “influencers” of problem gamblers – parents, spouses, siblings and friends – to provide engaging tips for low-risk gambling, and to direct Ohioans to a web-site that offers a “take the quiz” problem gambling screening feature. Click HERE for localizable campaign resources. Scroll to the bottom of the page under “Community Toolkit” and enter the password: 95percent (no spaces). Learn more at The95percent.org.
SFY 2016 RFP Employment Opportunities Within Housing Agencies/Departments
OhioMHAS is currently seeking proposals that will support competitive integrated employment opportunities within housing agencies and divisions/sections/departments that are contract agencies of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health (ADAMH)/Community Mental Health (CMH). This fiscal year, OhioMHAS will allocate approximately $350,000 in MH block grant dollars to support Board areas in implementing new positions that incorporate permanent housing AND integrated competitive employment within local systems. OhioMHAS is seeking proposals that create needed positions in housing agencies and divisions/sections/departments within mental health and recovery board contract agencies that will enhance resident or agency outcomes and increase the number of individuals with lived experience who are competitively employed and living in independently in the community in order to help individuals achieve an enhanced quality of life. OhioMHAS will offer a telephone technical assistance session on Sept. 3. The session will be recorded and made available on the OhioMHAS Funding Opportunities page. Questions must be submitted electronically to HousingAndEmploymentRFP2016@mha.ohio.gov by noon on Sept. 16. Final proposals must be submitted to the same email address by noon on Sept. 21.