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Youth Homelessness Remains a Problem in Ohio

Statistics don’t tell the whole story as the pandemic throws into sharp relief issues the state’s been having for years, including homelessness and its impact on Ohio students.

While the state has plenty of numbers on school enrollment, proficiency of the students and even the sharp 25% increase in home-schooling that has happened during the pandemic, officials acknowledge the difficulty of tracking students who don’t have a home to go to at the end of the day. Many different agencies try to keep track of homelessness as a whole, and having multiple counts of a sometimes-transient population can complicate the problem further. The Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio (COHHIO) has been partnering with the Ohio Department of Education on the topic of student homelessness. But communication director Marcus Roth said homelessness counts in Ohio and across the country range from school district counts to single-day “point-in-time” counts to literal counts of people living on the land as opposed to in shelters. From a school-aged child perspective, that lack of one solid count to rely on can cause problems that impact a child’s education and whether or not their punished for being truant or deemed chronically absent. The state has been studying youth homelessness over the decades, and in the last year saw a decrease of more than 3,000 students reported homeless, from 24,193 in school year 2019-2020 to 21,118 in 2020-2021, which was expected by officials, but not because the issue is fading away.

 
What Types Of Mental Health Apps Work? New Study Examines The Evidence

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have spent years making sure that their meditation app, called the Healthy Minds Program, passes clinical muster and delivers positive outcomes. Designing studies to test the app’s efficacy led Simon Goldberg, an assistant professor at UW, to confront the mountain of thousands of studies of different mobile mental health tools, including apps, text-message based support, and other interventions. Researchers had taken the time to synthesize some of the studies, but it was hard, even for someone steeped in the science like Goldberg, to draw definitive conclusions about what works and what doesn’t. So Goldberg teamed up with a few other researchers and took a step back to see if they could put order to the work collected in these meta-analyses — a kind of deep meditation on the existing research inspired by UW’s meditation app.

(Source: statnews.com: https://www.statnews.com/2022/01/19/mental-health-meditation-app-evidence/?utm_campaign=KHN%3A%20First%20Edition&utm_medium=email&_hsmi=201286588&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-81qR__2xlYVY6OUWk-el01l_W2NnDyqtizjYmV_UHwxzpE7SbtsIQ_JQ4s1ADYuxRF7iF35cto6QlY5Sf26rVOTKOs0sV3k0YnFwyFzJDxRtc8mFA&utm_content=201286588&utm_source=hs_email)

 
Free Training Opportunity - Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk Core Competencies for SUD Providers

The Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation (OSPF) is hosting a 1-day virtual workshop designed to train Substance Use Disorder (SUD) providers on how to recognize and assess suicide risk, plan for client safety, and manage the ongoing care of at-risk clients. The training is scheduled for Thursday, March 31st, 2022 from 9:00am-5:00pm. The training is free. The registration deadline is March 15th. Registration is available here, more details and information on the training is available in the training flyer.   The Zero Suicide Institute at EDC will be providing 6.5 CEs to APA, NAADAC, and NASW professionals.

For questions or additional information on the workshop, please contact Austin Lucas, call: 614-429-1528 or email: [email protected].

 
SAMHSA Announce Harm Reduction Grant Opportunity

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is now accepting applications for the first-ever SAMHSA Harm Reduction grant program and expects to issue $30 million in grant awards. This funding, authorized by the American Rescue Plan, will help increase access to a range of community harm reduction services and support harm reduction service providers as they work to prevent overdose deaths and reduce health risks often associated with drug use. SAMHSA will accept applications from state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, tribal organizations, non-profit community-based organizations, and primary and behavioral health organizations. Applications are due Monday, February 7, 2022.  

 
2022 Ohio Safety Congress & Expo

When it comes to worker safety, We’ve Got You Covered at the 2022 Ohio Safety Congress & Expo (OSC22).

Mark your calendar and plan to attend online March 9-10, 2022.

With up to six specialized learning tracks, there’s something for everyone at OSC22. You’ll learn to more effectively manage your occupational safety program through:

  • Business strategies for a healthier workplace
  • Innovation techniques for efficiency and productivity
  • Governance and compliance practices
  • Professional development for leadership effectiveness
  • Workers’ compensation cost-saving tips

OSC22 offers 40 live broadcast and on-demand sessions from safety professionals nationwide. Exhibitors will be showcasing the latest safety products and services and you can even join a scavenger hunt to earn points and win prizes – all from the comfort of your computer.

Visit www.ohiosafetycongress.com for more information. Registration opens this winter. Best of all, it’s FREE!

We’ll see you online!


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Established in 1912, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation is the exclusive provider of workers’ compensation insurance in Ohio and serves 249,000 public and private employers. With nearly 1,700 employees and assets of approximately $25 billion, BWC is one of the largest state-run insurance systems in the United States. For more, visit www.bwc.ohio.gov.

 
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