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]

Sponsorship Opportunity - 

Ohio Council 2020 Virtual Training 

 

Sponsorship applies to the entire series of webinars:

  • Wednesday, October 14th, 3pm-4:30pm - Clinical Engagement Skills for Telehealth 
  • Friday, October 23rd, 9am-12pm - State of Behavioral Health - A State and Federal View; Ohio Annual Meeting 
  • Thursday, October 29th, 9am-12pm - Compliance Part 2 - Clinical Documentation Compliance & Building Compliance into your EHR 
  • Friday, November 6th, 9am-12pm - Cultural Humility & Implicit Bias:  I.N.C.A.S.E. of Bias Emergence Framework    

Each webinar will have a separate process for registration and continuing education credit, so the attendee list will be different for each virtual event.  Sponsorship includes pre- and post-event attendee lists.  If you would like to sponsor the series, please complete the attached form and return to Brenna Whiteside by October 7th.  Pre-payment is not required with the return of the sponsorship 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.
 

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