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$85 Million for New Appalachian Community Innovation Programs – Bringing Schools, Health and Behavioral Healthcare, Employment Together

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC) today released official program guidelines for the $85 million Appalachian Community Innovation Centers program.

K-12 school districts, joint vocational school districts, regional councils of government, or other political subdivisions located in the 32 Ohio Appalachian counties may apply for funding.

Eligible projects include new construction, renovation, or expansion of existing facilities that:

  • support public education,
  • deliver physical or behavioral healthcare services onsite to students and the public, and
  • provide community access to job-related programming.

To qualify, projects must demonstrate a significant impact in all three areas. 

"Schools are already centers of the community in Appalachia. With the support of the General Assembly, we can use federal funds made available from the American Rescue Plan Act Capital Projects Fund to promote student engagement while increasing the availability of resources for adults," said Governor DeWine.

"Ohio’s Appalachian communities often feel overlooked, and they have a real need for these dollars as they work to provide educational, health care, and job opportunities in centralized locations," said Senate President Matt Huffman (R-Lima). "These are real improvements that people will see every day and will make a difference for decades to come."

The program is administered by the OFCC.

“OFCC is already working with local communities on school construction projects,” said Ohio Budget and Management Director and OFCC Chair Kimberly Murnieks. “The partnership between education, healthcare, and jobs will provide ready access to the type of services that strengthen families and communities in the Appalachian region.”

The application period for the Appalachian Community Innovation Centers Program starts today and ends March 21, 2024. OFCC staff will host a pre-application webinar on February 12, 2024, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. to present the guidelines in detail and allow interested parties to ask questions.

Community behavioral health care organizations operating in the 32-county Appalachian region are encouraged to talk with their public schools, ADAMHS Boards, and local JFS offices about this opportunity.

For more information, visit the program website at ofcc.ohio.gov

 

NatCon24 – Join Us in St. Louis April 15-27

Get ready for NatCon24, the largest conference in mental health and substance use treatment! The National Council for Mental Wellbeing is bringing the best minds in health care to St. Louis from April 15-17 to lead three days of leadership-building, organization-boosting content. Only at NatCon24 can you hear from 500+ speakers, choose from hundreds of expert-led sessions, earn continuing education credits and network with 5,000+ health care colleagues from across the country.

What can you expect as a NatCon24 attendee? Here’s a glimpse:

  • Hear from hundreds of sought-after speakers and thought leaders.
  • Enjoy hundreds of hours of evidence-based, industry-leading content.
  • Discover new ways to boost your operations, impact and bottom line.
  • Participate in “deep dive” discussions about the future of our field.
  • Earn new CE and CME credits throughout the conference.
  • Celebrate health care heroes during an awards program.

Featured keynotes include former First Lady, Michelle Obama, Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist and New York Times Bestselling Author, Isabel Wilkerson, Global Researcher and New York Times Best-selling Author, Marcus Buckingham, and National Council President and CEO, Chuck Ingolia and many more nationally recognized thought leaders.

Best of all, as an Ohio Council member, your membership includes National Council membership, which means you can take advantage of big discounts when you register!

 

RFA Open Through Apr 1st to Expand SUD Treatment in Adult & Family Drug Courts

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has announced a new notice of funding opportunity (NOFA) for Grants to Expand Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Treatment Capacity in Adult & Family Treatment Courts.  The deadline to apply is Monday, April 1st, 2024.

The purpose of this program is to expand substance use disorder (SUD) treatment and recovery support services in existing drug courts. The program recognizes the need for treatment instead of incarceration for individuals with SUDs. Recipients are expected to provide prevention, harm reduction, treatment, and recovery services for individuals with SUD involved with the courts. With this program, SAMHSA aims to improve abstinence from substance use, housing stability, employment status, social connectedness, health/behavioral/social consequences, and reduce criminal justice involvement.

Anticipated Total Available Funding: $24,400,000

Anticipated Number of Awards: 61

Maximum Award Amount: Up to $400,000 per year for up to 5 years.

For questions regarding this opportunity, please contact Jon Berg at SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment Division of Service Improvement at (240) 276-1609 or by email at [email protected].

Questions regarding grants management or budget issues can be forwarded it [email protected].

 

OhioMHAS Releases National Accreditation Crosswalks for BH Services

The National Accreditation Crosswalks for community behavioral health services providers are now available. The Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services’ (OhioMHAS) Licensure and Certification division collaborated with the three national accreditation bodies to align OhioMHAS-certified services with the appropriate national accreditation standards for CARF International, Council on Accreditation (COA), and the Joint Commission (TJC).

The crosswalks support the House Bill 33 statutory requirements for new and currently certified community behavioral health services providers to obtain national accreditation.  National Accreditation is currently required for the following behavioral health services: Assertive Community Treatment; Behavioral Health Hotline; Community Psychiatric Supportive Treatment; Crisis Intervention; Employment Services; General Services; Intensive Home-Based Treatment; Mental Health Day Treatment; Qualified Residential Treatment Programs; Residential and Withdrawal Management; Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Services; SUD Case Management; SUD Qualified Residential Treatment Programs (QRTP) for Youth; Therapeutic Behavioral Services & Psychosocial Rehabilitation. National Accreditation is currently optional for Prevention Services.

Provider organizations can view the crosswalks for their individual accrediting bodies below:

Visit the OhioMHAS National Accreditation Website HERE for additional information and to view the crosswalks.

 

Thousands Submit Comments to OhioMHAS on Proposed Rules Governing Transgender Health Care

Thousands of people sent emails to the Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services during the comment period for a proposed administrative rule that would change health care treatment of those with gender dysphoria, including adults. People submitted more than 6,800 pages of emails to MHAS regarding Gov. Mike DeWine’s proposed rule, according to records obtained by the Capital Journal. DeWine told reporters on Tuesday there will be revisions to the proposed administrative rule that will be announced in the next couple of days. “We’re looking at those comments,” he said. “We’ve listened to those comments. We never had any intention to limit access.” People who sent emails raised many concerns ranging from saying how folks will leave Ohio to saying how care should be between a patient and their doctor. Others said how this will overwhelm an already overburdened medical system. 

 
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