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Biden-Harris Administration Expands Access to Mental Health and Substance Use Services with Addition of 10 New States to CCBHC Medicaid Demonstration Program

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), today welcomed 10 new states into the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) Medicaid Demonstration Program, after they successfully developed the necessary state-level infrastructure and worked with providers in their states to develop programs that meet CCBHC standards: Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Rhode Island and Vermont. The CCBHC Medicaid Demonstration Program provides states with sustainable funding that helps them expand access to mental health and substance use services, supporting President Biden’s Unity Agenda and the Biden-Harris Administration’s efforts to tackle the country’s mental health and addiction crises.

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New Innovative Tool Generates Customized 988 Materials for Ohio Communities

Just ahead of the two-year anniversary of the launch of the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline in Ohio, a new tool has been created to allow anyone throughout the state to design free, customized 988 materials that can be shared within their communities.

The easy-to-use OHIO988 Materials Generator will help stakeholders and individuals throughout Ohio to create handouts, posters, and social media graphics with messaging and visuals that can be tailored to their respective audience. Users of the Materials Generator will be taken through a series of prompts, including questions about what language they would like to use for the materials (English and Spanish), what 988 key messaging they would like to use, the format they would like to have the materials created in, and what logos and contact information they would like to have appear on the materials.

A video tutorial showing how to use the Materials Generator is available to watch HERE.

In addition to the Materials Generator, Ohioans can also access the 988 Ohio Toolkit, which is continually updated with downloadable fact sheets, posters, logos, and social media shareables.

The 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline launched in Ohio and across the nation on July 16, 2022. Ohioans who are experiencing a mental health or addiction crisis, and their family members, are able to call or text 988, or chat 988Lifeline.org to reach a trained call specialist who can offer help and support. Learn more about Ohio’s suicide prevention efforts by visiting 988.ohio.gov.

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Introduction to the American Society for Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Criteria Fourth Edition

AmeriHealth Caritas Ohio is offering a BH continuing education training program to assist with development of the Behavioral Health workforce. All of their trainings are FREE to BH clinicians, trainees, paraprofessionals, and other attendees. CEUs are also available at no cost for counselors, social workers, and marriage and family therapists. 

Virtual Workshop Presented By: Kristi L. Enochs, MSW, LCSW
Senior Clinical Training Specialist, AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies
Two Separate Trainings Offered via Zoom (Register for One):

Description: The ASAM Criteria Fourth Edition uses a holistic, person-centered approach to determining the appropriate level of care and developing individualized treatment plans for clients with substance use disorders (SUDs) and co-occurring conditions. This training will introduce core components of the ASAM Criteria, along with Fourth Edition updates to level of care assessment, decision rules, and continuum of care. Didactic material and case scenarios will be used to illustrate ASAM’s six dimensions and how multidimensional assessments are used to develop appropriate level of care recommendations and person-centered treatment plans that consider each client’s unique biomedical, psychological, and sociocultural context.


  1. Describe core components of ASAM Criteria, including (a) level of care, (b) decision rules, and (c) continuum of care.
  2. Introduce 4th Edition updates, including new terminology, levels of care, and guiding principles.
  3. Examine how ASAM dimensions and risk ratings can be used to inform level of care recommendations and person-centered treatment planning. 

3.0 CEUs Pre-Approved for Ohio Counselors, Social Workers, & MFTS*
(CSWMFT Provider #s: RCS092303 & RTX032403)
Licensees from other disciplines are encouraged to contact their state licensing board to request continuing education credit for this training.

*Participants must stay for the entire training and complete an online program evaluation survey at the end of the webinar to receive continuing education credit. Please note that partial credit will not be awarded for this event. 

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The Ohio Council Welcomes New Member Provider, Mohican Young Star Academy

Mohican Young Star Academy in Perrysville, OH - Olga Strasser, Executive Director, can be reached at [email protected] or by phone at (614) 406-1877.

Mohican Young Star Academy is a for profit organization providing residential treatment, behavioral health and SUD services to males aged 8-21 in 35 counties (in and around Ashland County). 

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Governor DeWine Cuts Ribbon on New Central Ohio Behavioral Healthcare Facility

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) Director LeeAnne Cornyn hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday to unveil the all-new Central Ohio Behavioral Healthcare (COBH) hospital in Columbus.

“As we prepare to open the doors to this new hospital, we are also opening the doors to a new era for Ohio’s mental healthcare system,” said Governor DeWine. “This world-class facility offers the space and resources necessary to provide more patient-friendly treatment strategies for individuals facing serious mental health challenges. We believe this new hospital will open more pathways to recovery and enhance our ability to transform lives.”

COBH will replace the Twin Valley Behavioral Healthcare (TVBH) Kosar building next door as the State’s regional psychiatric hospital serving central Ohio. TVBH opened in 1977.

The new COBH hospital contains 208 beds – 30 more than its predecessor. On top of increased patient capacity, the new facility has been designed to meet the needs of today’s behavioral healthcare environment by offering significantly more space.

At over 270,000 square feet, COBH offers nearly 100,000 square feet of additional space. The new hospital includes eight patient units, each with its own intensive care suite. The facility also includes enhanced exercise and relaxation options for patients, featuring three secured courtyards with amenities such as a walking path, shelter, and basketball court.

COBH also contains an indoor gymnasium, a social learning center for patients, art rooms, a meditation room and chapel, and a courtroom area for patients receiving court-mandated treatment.

“With all of these options available to patients to enhance their treatment experience, the new Central Ohio Behavioral Healthcare facility will continue to solidify Ohio’s reputation as a trailblazer and national leader in the behavioral healthcare field, said OhioMHAS Director LeeAnne Cornyn. “Under Governor DeWine’s leadership, the well-being of all citizens – especially those impacted by mental illness and substance use disorders – is a top priority. This modern facility represents the best of current patient care philosophies and truly showcases that our hospitals are the ‘Heart of Hope’ for the patients and families we serve.” 

The new facility also offers increased privacy for patients. At the new COBH, 85 percent of patient rooms will be single occupancy, which is often preferred by patients and their families. At the outgoing TVBH Kosar building, all of the patient rooms had multiple beds. Staff and patients will begin moving into COBH in June. Once the move is complete, TVBH’s Kosar building will be demolished and replaced with green space.

Click HERE to view more ribbon cutting photos and HERE to see more photos of the hospital interior.

Read the Governor's Full Media Release Here!

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