THE OHIO COUNCIL OF BEHAVIORAL HEALTH & FAMILY SERVICES PROVIDERS

 
is a statewide trade and advocacy association that represents 150 private organizations that provide alcohol and other drug addiction, mental health, and family services.  The Ohio Council provides four core sets of services to its members:  policy and legislative advocacy; member support and technical assistance; product and service development, generally through endorsed vendor programs; and educational opportunities.


OHIO COUNCIL REMOTE WORK TRANSITION IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19
 
In order to do our part to help contain the spread of the COVID-19,  the Ohio Council of Behavioral Health & Family Services Providers will begin working remotely effective Monday, March 23rd.  Our office will be closed and our phone system will encourage all caller to use e-mail to contact us. 

While we are working remote, we intend to continue to provide you with the same level of advocacy and information and that you are accustomed to receiving from us.  We will still share regular information on Ohio’s COVID-19 response and remain responsive to e-mails.  During this disruption, we want to make sure you can reach us.  If you need help – have questions – or ideas to share, use the below email's to contact us: 

Teresa Lampl, CEO 
[email protected] 

Geoff Collver, Associate Director 
[email protected] 

Soley Hernandez, Associate Director 
[email protected] 

Brenda Cornett, Associate Director for Administrative Services
[email protected]  

Brenna Whiteside, Administrative Assistant
[email protected]

 

The Ohio Council of Behavioral Health & Family Services Providers’
2018 Compensation and Benefits Survey Report is Available

 

The Ohio Council’s 2018 Compensation & Benefits Survey Report, prepared by Blue & Co., LLC  is available for purchase.  The 69-page report includes:

  • Employee Benefits & Human Resource Practices,
  • Employee Turnover,
  • Compensation of Line Personnel,
  • Compensation of Management & Supervisory Personnel, and
  • Profile of Survey Respondents  

The information can be used for benchmarking purposes and for updating compensation management systems.  If you would like to place an order online and pay electronically, please click here.  If you would prefer to pay via check, please click here to download the order form to mail with payment.

Your order will be processed immediately upon receipt of payment and a link to the report will be sent to the email address provided on the order form.


 

The Ohio Council's "Policy Solutions for Addiction and Mental Health Crisis" 

Click here for the publication which outlines Ohio’s crisis with rising overdose deaths and suicides, the unmet needs of children and youth with emotional disorders, and the toll that all of this takes on individuals, families, employers, and state resources.  You will find a statement of providers’ priorities and a focus on improving access to services, adequately financing behavioral healthcare through parity enforcement, and growing the community behavioral health and family services workforce.  The policy solutions address prevention, access to treatment, systemic issues across the continuum of care, improving positive outcomes through recovery supports, and building workforce capacity.  Please share this document in your organization, local communities, and in your meetings with your legislators - highlighting those policy solutions that are most relevant to and impactful for your organization.
 

Headlines, NEws & EVENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

 
Trump Administration Releases List of Companies that Received Most Money from Small Business Bailout Loans 

The Trump administration on Monday disclosed the names of many small businesses, which received loans under a program intended to blunt the economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin sparked an outcry from Democrats when he originally implied that the Trump administration would not disclose the names of participants

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Ohio Deaths by Suicide Exploded in Past Decade, and Landmark Study Says Could Worsen Due to Coronavirus Pandemic Isolation

A group of Ohio agencies on Monday released detailed, localized data on a suicide crisis that has intensified throughout the 21st century and which experts fear could be exacerbated by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. “Suicide in Ohio: Facts, Figures, and the Future” offers a stark look at the crisis, with information on long-term trends throughout the state and data for regions in

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Editorial: Ohio Lawmakers Should Finish Drug Sentencing Reform

The Ohio General Assembly is finally moving closer to passing long-sought legislation to slow the pipeline of minor drug offenders into Ohio prisons. Whether passage of Senate Bill 3 alone will do what many advocates have clamored for is another question. With the legislation pending for more than a year

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Senate GOP Aid Package Emerges, May Tailor Payments to Low-Income Households

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell began to sketch out details of a forthcoming GOP-drafted coronavirus relief package Monday, leaving the door open to another round of direct payments to households as well as more funding for state and local governments. McConnell also began to outline how liability protections for businesses, schools and others that reopen would work. He said that “unless grossly negligent or intentionally engaged in harmful behavior,” stakeholders would be insulated from lawsuits retroactive to December 2019 and through 2024

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HHS Will Renew Public Health Emergency

HHS spokesman Michael Caputo tweeted last week that HHS intends to extend the COVID-19 public health emergency that is set to expire July 25

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Coronavirus Crisis Disrupts Treatment For Another Epidemic: Addiction

“It’s hard to underestimate the effects of the pandemic on the community with opioid use disorder,” said Dr. Caleb Alexander, a professor of epidemiology and medicine at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

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Telehealth Can Be Life-Saving Amid COVID-19, Yet as Virus Rages, Insurance Companies Look to Scale Back

After federal regulators said Medicare would cover such phone and video telehealth visits starting March 1, major insurers followed as COVID-19 started to shut down much of the U.S. Now, doctors face insurers that are starting to back away

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Emergency Drug Overdose Visits Associated with Increased Risk for Later Suicide

A new data analysis funded by the National Institutes of Health finds patients who visited the emergency department for an opioid overdose are 100 times more likely to die by drug overdose in the year after being discharged and 18 times more likely to die by suicide relative to the general population

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ODH Operates Public Hotline, Website & MHAS Releases Provider Specific Toolkit on Coronavirus 

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has opened a public hotline on the coronavirus, COVID-19, which can be reached seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The number is 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634). There is also a website at http://www.coronavirus.ohio.gov

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