OhioMHAS Prevention Office Releases Strategic Plan 2021-24

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) Office of Prevention Services is dedicated to the vision of All Ohioans promoting healthy, safe, and resilient communities. To achieve this, OhioMHAS partners with the state’s behavioral health and related organizations to build a workforce that is capable of sustaining community-based prevention strategies and growing the use of evidence-based practices rooted in the science of prevention. The recently released Strategic Plan establishes a roadmap for providing expansive, strong infrastructure and support that has the capacity to sustain the future of effective prevention in Ohio. OhioMHAS Director Lori Criss added, “Our Office of Prevention Services plays an essential role in carrying out our vision of ending suffering from mental illness, substance use disorders and problem gambling for Ohioans of all ages, their families, and communities.” Click HERE to read more about Ohio’s Prevention priorities, strategies, programming and alignment with the strategic plans of the Governor’s offices of  RecoveryOhio and the Children’s Initiative, as well as the OhioMHAS Strategic Plan 2021-24.

Free BWC Webinars & Virtual Classes - November 2021


Distance Learning in November 2021 


BWC is hosting a number of occupational safety and health webinars and virtual classes in November. For detailed information and to learn how to register, view this flyer.

Webinars –presented live with BWC discount program & continuing education credits

  • Lean Applied to Safety (November 9)

Virtual classes -

  • Electrical Safety in the Workplace through Insight and Implementation of NFPA 70E (November 4-5)
  • Safety Series Module 1: Introduction to OSHA Requirements and Safety Culture Basics (November 8)
  • OSHA Recordkeeping Half-day Workshop (November 22)
  • Confined Space Assessment and Work (November 23-24)
  • Crisis De-Escalation Tactics and Safe Practices Workshop (November 30)

Online E-Courses

  • Bloodborne Pathogens, Developing a Safety Culture, OSHA Recordkeeping 101 and others

For more information or assistance when registering, contact the staff member listed or [email protected].


Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation

Vision: To transform BWC into an agile organization driven by customer success.
Mission: To deliver consistently excellent experiences for each BWC customer every day. Core Values: One Agency, Personal Connection, Innovative Leadership, Relentless Excellence.

Established in 1912, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation is the exclusive provider of workers’ compensation insurance in Ohio, serving 249,000 public and private employers. With nearly 1,600 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.


Improve Your Safety Program and Earn Free CEUs


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! 

Marijuana Use Soars Among College Students While Alcohol Use Drops: Research

A National Institutes of Health (NIH) study has found that marijuana use among college students is soaring as alcohol consumption drops.

In its “Monitoring the Future” report, the NIH found that 44 percent of college students reported using marijuana in the past year, a 6-point increase from 2015. Daily marijuana usage ticked up from 5 percent to 8 percent of respondents during that time.

Meanwhile, 56 percent of college students said they consumed alcohol last year, dropping from 62 percent in 2019.

The number of students who reported binge drinking, defined as having five or more drinks during an outing, dipped from 32 percent to 24 percent in 2020, according to the report.

Nine percent of college students admitted to psychedelic drugs usage, a 4-point increase from 2019.  The report also highlighted the decline of cigarette smoking, amphetamines, and prescription opioid usage among students.

The Ohio Council's 2020 Salary Survey Report is Still Available! 
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