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.
 

Headlines, NEws & EVENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

 
Ohio Council 2020 Virtual Learning Series

The Ohio Council is offering several virtual learning trainings this Fall.  Please view the Ohio Council 2020 Fall Virtual Learning Schedule, as well as, the below list of dates along with the registration information

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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine Planning Extra Funding for Mental Health Services

Gov. Mike DeWine said Thursday he plans at some point in the near future to propose​ providing extra funding to pay for mental health services in K-12 schools, universities and local communities. DeWine said he discussed his plans earlier in the day with state legislative leaders

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Without Guarantee of Additional COVID-19 Aid, State Medicaid Directors Warn of Painful Cuts Ahead

As the prospect of Congress passing additional COVID-19 aid for state Medicaid programs this fall dims, some states are already facing deep cuts that could have painful ripple effects for patients and providers alike

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PPP Loan Forgiveness: What CPAs Should Be Doing Now

In the six months since the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was created, the only certainty about the program has been uncertainty. The PPP came into being as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, P.L. 116-136, which was signed into law March 27. With the coronavirus shutting down much of the U.S. economy, Congress created the PPP to assist millions of small businesses suddenly facing an uncertain future

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Addressing the Crisis of Black Youth Suicide

One often overlooked aspect of the rising rates of suicide in the U.S. is its impact on youth — and in particular, its impact on Black youth. Black people face increased rates of risk factors, including experiences of racism, higher rates of unemployment and financial and food insecurity, disparities in other aspects of health, and limited access to care, all of which result in an increased burden of mental illness in black communities. Despite this heavy burden

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Addicted Hit Harder by COVID-19, Nationwide Study Shows; Doctors Urged to Make 'Action Plans'

Having an addiction to any substance – from tobacco to fentanyl – makes people more susceptible to getting COVID-19, new research shows

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New Research Shows Many Children With Mental Health Conditions Don’t Get Follow-Up Care

A large new study finds that mental health care for many children in the U.S. falls far short, particularly when it comes to the follow-up treatment they receive

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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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