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  • Be the 95% Problem Gambling Awareness Campaign Launched

  • Partners of Ohio for Responsible Gambling (ORG) – the Ohio Casino Control Commission, Ohio Lottery Commission, Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS), and Ohio Racing Commission –recently announced the launch of a new campaign designed to prevent problem gambling and to build awareness of resources aimed at helping at-risk individuals. The campaign has been specifically molded to reach the “influencers” of problem gamblers – parents, spouses, siblings and friends –  to provide engaging tips for low-risk gambling, and to direct Ohioans to a web-site that offers a “take the quiz” problem gambling screening feature.  Visit the Be the 95% site to learn more!

  • Survey Says: Most Medicaid Beneficiaries Work, More Ohioans Have Health Insurance

    The Ohio Departments of Medicaid and Health joined the Ohio Colleges of Medicine Government Resource Center to announce the results of the 2015 Ohio Medicaid Assessment Survey. The biannual survey's findings illustrate dramatic recent improvements in Ohio's health care landscape. Among them:
    · Half of Ohio’s adult Medicaid enrollees or their spouses work, and another 30 percent are individuals living with disabilities.
    · In the expansion group, 55 percent of men and 56 percent of women are employed or have a spouse who works.
    · Ohio’s uninsured rate has been cut in half since 2012, from 17.3 percent to 8.7 percent. The rate of uninsured children has also been cut in half, from 4.7 percent in 2012 to 2.0 percent in 2015.
    ·The rate of employer-sponsored insurance has remained constant since 2010
    The Ohio Medicaid Assessment Survey provides the health care data necessary to measure the impact of health care reform over time, and specifically for the efficient administration of the Ohio Medicaid program. It represents a partnership among Ohio’s colleges and universities, state and local government, and private sector organizations to provide health services research expertise and assist in improving the health of Ohio’s Medicaid and Medicaid-eligible population.


    trauma informed care training being offered

    This coming April 14th at 7pm at Sandusky Artisans Recovery Community Center 138 E. Market St. there will be the PowerPoint presentation on Trauma Informed Care. It is a part of the ongoing series “Living Life as a Masterpiece” presented at the Artisans by our Executive Director.

    What is Trauma? Here is a simple definition we will be using. Individual trauma results from an event or a series of events, or a set of circumstances that is experienced by an individual as physically or emotionally harmful or life threatening. This has lasting effects on the individual’s functioning and mental, physical, social, emotional or spiritual well-being.

    At Sandusky Artisans Recovery Community Center we put an emphasis on being Trauma Informed. We focus on the basic credo of the Trauma Informed approach that is “It’s not what’s wrong with you but what has happened to you”. At the Artisans we realize that not everyone will experience the same event as traumatic but if they do we try the simple question “How do I understand this person?” rather than “How do I understand this symptom or problem”. Our goal is to support their personal growth and to help them learn to live a more satisfying life by supporting meaningful power sharing and decision-making. Sandusky Artisans Recovery Community Center believes in giving the person Voice and Choice.

    Sandusky Artisans realizes the widespread prevalence and impact of trauma and the potential paths for healing. That is why we believe an understanding of the Trauma Informed Care approach is so important for the individual suffering trauma, their family, loved ones, care professionals and the community.

    Don’t miss this opportunity on April 14th at 7pm to grow in knowledge.

    OhioMHAS Awards $265,387 to erie ottawa for early childhood initiative

    In an effort to promote healthy social and emotional development and school readiness among children age 8 and younger, the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services awarded to the Mental Health and Recovery Board of Erie and Ottawa Counties and Bayshore Counseling Services the “Whole Child Matters: Early Childhood Mental Health (ECMH) Initiative”.

    “The foundations of sound mental health are built early in life,” said OhioMHAS Director Tracy Plouck. “Early experiences—including children’s relationships with parents, caregivers, relatives, teachers, and peers—interact with genes to shape the architecture of the developing brain. Disruptions in this developmental process can impede a child’s capacities for learning and relating to others, with lifelong implications.”

    In Erie and Ottawa Counties the funding calls for the addition of two mental health consultants who will collaborate with teachers and staff at three sites. The sites include two schools and a Federally Qualified Health (FQHC) Center at Family Health Services. The two consultants will provide two full days in each school, one day in the FQHC and the other days providing home consultation and trainings to staff and parents. The consultants will be available for onsite screenings and interventions for not only parents but also teachers and staff in all locations.

    “At the school sites we hope to break the school-home cycle of reports being sent home which are perceived as negative behaviors by the parents,” said Bayshore’s Executive Director Henrietta Whelan. “Part of the interventions will be the reduction of stigma related to children who have emotional, developmental, environmental and sensory issues that result in labeling the child rather than the behavior.”


    Erie-Ottawa MHRB Conducts Stakeholder Assessment

    The Erie-Ottawa Mental Health & Recovery Board (MHRB), along with our peer boards across Ohio, is working to transition Ohio’s community mental health and addiction services system into a Recovery-Oriented System of Care (ROSC). Across the month of December, a large and diverse group of community stakeholders were invited to complete a self-assessment to help determine broad-based community strengths and areas of improvement within a ROSC framework. Two focus groups were held, one in each county, to assist us with looking at the results, determining priorities, and identifying goals. Complete survey results are available under “MHRB Reports” in the “Reports & Publications” tab, as well as a final “Report to the Community” summarizing the results and areas of consensus.











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