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Funding Opportunity Available for Nicotine Recovery Integration into Substance Use Disorder Treatment (SUD) 

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Program (TUPCP), Nicotine Recovery Unit (NRU) is committed to increasing SUD provider engagement in tobacco/nicotine use prevention and cessation/recovery efforts, especially in populations that are known to have higher tobacco/nicotine use rates and low utilization of existing cessation/recovery programs. 

For this project, ODH will provide funds to behavioral health care provider organizations that are willing to learn more about enhancing their infrastructure to address nicotine dependence in their SUD treatment clients in the 32 Appalachian counties of Ohio. The project has the followings goals for the funded entity:   

  • Access the facility’s current stage of readiness to implement screening and treatment protocols.  
  • Address concerns relating to treating nicotine dependence at the same time as treating other co-occurring conditions 
  • Increase awareness of the evidence around screening for nicotine dependence as part of routine care in SUD treatment facilities.  
  • Increase staffing infrastructure, confidence and willingness to treat nicotine dependence 
  • Increase support for implementing nicotine screening and treatment workflows.  
  • Identify an agency champion that will be responsible for all nicotine dependence activities.   

Data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health from 2007 to 2014, reported percentages of adult cigarette use at 27.3% in rural areas compared with 21.3% in urban areas[1] and smokeless tobacco use is reported to be twice as high in rural areas.[2] Central Appalachia has the highest prevalence of adult smokers in the nation, 25.2% compared to 16% in the non-Appalachian US. Adult smoking prevalence in Central Appalachia is the highest in the United States, yet few epidemiologic studies describe the smoking behaviors of this population.[3]  In 2019, the Ohio smoking prevalence was 24.9% for adults residing in Appalachian counties, compared with adults residing in non-Appalachian counties (19.9%).[4] TUPCP believes it is important to create awareness of this cessation support, as well as having a trusted community provider involved in promoting awareness of the program.   

Who Can Apply: Eligible applicants are any Substance Use Disorder facility/agency in one of the 32 Appalachian counties in Ohio: http://www.appalachianohio.com/ohios-appalachian-counties.php. The facility must not currently have a screening and treatment protocol in place.   

When: Proposals can be submitted anytime but must be submitted by March 30, 2023 to [email protected]     

Additional Information: For additional information on the funding opportunity, including how to apply, please see the RFQ announcement.

Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation: 2023 Virtual Medical Symposium – May 4-6

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation will host its 2023 Medical Symposium virtually on May 4-6. Session topics include: the latest health principles in occupational medicine, empathy in healthcare, speaking up about mental health, coping with the mental health impacts of trauma, examining our mental health crisis, a live shoulder surgery, and more. Free continuing education credits will be available for more than 20 professions. Click the link above for more information and to register.

OhioMHAS Behavioral Health Careers Survey

The Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) is supporting the 2023 Behavioral Health Careers Education & Careers Awareness Market Analysis in Ohio communities. An independent research firm, Measurement Resources Company (MRC), has been contracted to conduct the market research.

Individuals invited to participate in this market research include: students and career counselors or advisors from Ohio colleges, universities, high schools, and technical schools; personnel from employment assistance programs; current and past members of Ohio’s behavioral health workforce, and employees from related fields.

The results of the market analysis will provide OhioMHAS and its partners with a report of current awareness and perceptions of behavioral health career paths, the reasons employees in related fields are not entering the behavioral health field or why employees are leaving the field, and communication strategies for recruiting behavioral health workers.  

This research will inform the state’s public awareness and education efforts and campaigns around workforce programs and initiatives.

The survey will be open from January 25 to April 15, 2023. Here is the link to the survey. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/OMHASWorkforceSurvey1 

Paper surveys can be made available upon request. Please contact Christian Hall by sending an email to [email protected] to request paper copies of the survey, or for help with any technical issues you experience with the online survey. All respondents will remain anonymous.

For more general questions about the 2023 OhioMHAS Market Analysis, please contact Angelika McClelland, Deputy Director of Public Affairs at the Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services by sending an email to [email protected].

Ohio Attorney General Offering Free Trainings

Ohio Attorney General offering free trainings for non-profit boards on legal compliance with charitable law with Charity University

You Still Have Time to Order The Ohio Council's 2022 Salary Survey Report

The Ohio Council's 2022 Compensation and Benefits Survey Report, prepared by Blue & Co., LLC is now available. The 2022 report includes a new section on Other Ohio Industry Compensation. This section includes a comparison of In-Demand jobs in Ohio both within the health and social services sectors as well as other industries that community behavioral health providers are now competing with for talent.  Once you have your copy of the report, please see the Summary section beginning on page 5 that provides a summary overview of the survey results.  

To order, please click here to complete the order form and pay electronically. Your order will be processed immediately upon receipt and a link to the 71-page report will be sent to the email address provided on the order form.   

Thank you for participating in this year's survey process.  We truly appreciated your patience and continued support.

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