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]

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The Ohio Council's 2020 Virtual PAC Campaign
You Can Help Us Reach Our Goal of $8,000!
 


2020 has been a year like no other
and 2021 is shaping up to be very meaningful
in its own right!
 

 

 

 

 

Our advocacy and communication efforts with lawmakers remain critical to advancing and protecting the interests of community behavioral health providers now more than ever.  The Ohio Council maintains and uses a political action committee (PAC) to support and enhance our direct communication and engagement with members of the Ohio General Assembly.  The Ohio Council PAC (OC-PAC) compliments our traditional policy and regulatory advocacy.  While PAC contributions are not necessary to participate in the legislative and policy making process, they are a helpful tool in building and strengthening relationships with lawmakers who share our policy interests and priorities. 

Contribute to the OC-PAC Virtually Today! 

The OC-PAC is funded by the personal donations (personal credit card or Paypal) of individuals who are associated with or employed by members of the Ohio Council.  This year, we have set our OC-PAC contribution campaign goal at $8,000.  We are counting on you to help us reach our goal!  

Make your virtual personal contribution through the OC-PAC weblink 

 

 

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

 
The Biden Plan to End the Opioid Crisis

Biden will tackle this crisis by making sure people have access to high quality health care – including substance use disorder treatment and mental health services. That’s what the Affordable Care Act did by

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‘How Did We Not Know?’ Gun Owners Confront a Suicide Epidemic

According to national health statistics, 24,432 Americans used guns to kill themselves in 2018, up from 19,392 in 2010. People who kill themselves in this way are usually those with ready access to firearms: gun owners and their family members. Gun owners are not more suicidal than people who don’t own guns, but attempts with guns are more likely

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New AMA Policy Recognizes Racism as a Public Health Threat

New policy adopted by physicians at the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Special Meeting of its House of Delegates recognizes racism as a public health threat and commits to actively work on

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White House Signals Acceptance of Omnibus Spending Package

The Trump administration appears ready to accept a $1.4 trillion, full-year omnibus appropriations bill rather than a simple short-term government funding extension, according to top Republicans

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Lima Republicans Set to Lead the Ohio General Assembly

When it comes to House leadership votes, Republicans' decision Wednesday to re-elect Speaker Bob Cupp was comparatively undramatic

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10 Districts Participating in Ohio’s Study of How Coronavirus Spreads in Schools

Ten districts will participate in Ohio’s study of how the coronavirus spreads in schools, using rapid tests to inform future decisions about social distancing and quarantining

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How to Guard Against Seasonal Affective Disorder in the Pandemic's Winter Months

Seasonal affective disorder, also known by its apt acronym, SAD, is a form of depression that some people get for a few months each year, most commonly during the late fall and winter months, as the days shorten

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Pandemic Depression is About to Collide with Seasonal Depression. Make a Plan, Experts Say

survey study published in the JAMA Network Open in September found that U.S. adults were reporting levels of depressive symptoms more than three times higher during the pandemic than before it. A survey conducted by

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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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