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

 
Medicaid Telehealth Rules Made Permanent After JCARR Approval

A temporary expansion of telemedicine options in Ohio's Medicaid program spurred by the pandemic is now permanent after rules cleared a legislative panel Monday. The Department of Medicaid announced in September that it was looking to make permanent a version of emergency telehealth rules created to ensure members had access to health care services despite limitations on face-to-face contact. Those rules were approved by

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New Law Creates 988 Hotline For Mental Health Emergencies

President Trump has signed into law a bipartisan bill to create a three-digit number for mental health emergencies. The Federal Communications Commission had already picked 988 as the number for this hotline and aims

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Schools Aren’t Super-Spreaders

We are starting to get an evidence-based picture of how school-reopenings and remote learning are going, and the evidence is pointing in one direction

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‘Troubling Trend.’ Ohioans Appear to be Smoking More Amid Pandemic Stress

Ohio is raking in more tobacco taxes than the state projected, a troubling sign that Ohioans are smoking and using other tobacco products more during the pandemic. Cigarette excise tax revenue was $16.1 million (21.8%) above what the state had anticipated for September and $23.5 million (13.6%) above estimate for the first quarter of the state fiscal year

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Removing Cops From Behavioral Crisis Calls: 'We Need To Change The Model'

In what will be among the largest and boldest urban police reform experiment in decades San Francisco is creating and preparing to deploy teams of professionals from the fire and health departments — not police — to respond to most calls for people in a psychiatric, behavioral or substance abuse crisis

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Resilience: How It Can Help Improve Your Mental Health

A survey conducted by Everyday Health, with The Ohio State University, found that 83% of Americans believed they had high levels of emotional and mental resilience. However, only 57% scored as resilient on the “Everyday Health Assessment of Resilience.” Alarmingly, a European study “Psychological resilience: A review and critique of definitions, concepts, and theory,” showed that patients

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Millennials' Mental Health is on the Decline—and COVID-19 is Making it Worse

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) released an analysis looking at the health of millennials and found that rates of major depression in this cohort increased by 12% between 2017 and 2018. In that same window, rates of alcohol use disorder increased by

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Free BWC Webinars & Virtual Classes - October 2020

BWC is hosting a number of occupational safety and health webinars and virtual classes in October including

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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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