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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.


    ICD-10 Update

    The health care industry is gearing up for monumental changes as it transitions toward implementing the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, also known as ICD-10. The Ohio Department of Medicaid and OhioMHAS have jointly prepared an ICD-10 Behavioral Health Q & A document that contains answers to the most commonly asked questions. Click here to view.


    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.”

    recovery is beautiful

    Members of the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities (OACBHA) have created a BluePrint that is a five-year plan for moving Ohio toward a Recovery-Oriented System of Care (ROSC) that transitions from a focus on acute care to one that focuses on recovery management to help individuals not only get well, but to stay well. As envisioned in the framework, ADAMH/MHR Boards are the “hub” for their local communities that coordinate across systems to ensure that local entities are prepared to support individuals, families, and communities through a system of addiction and mental health prevention, wellness, crisis intervention, treatment, and recovery support programs and services. The following five principles will be at the forefront in moving a Recovery-Oriented System of Care forward:

    Focusing on Clients and Families-healthcare is personal and most effective when delivered based on the needs and values of the individual receiving care
    Ensuring Timely Access to Care-access to a continuum of high quality, integrated care that is available in a timely manner
    Promoting Healthy, Safe and Drug-Free Communities-availability of a continuum of services that promote the health, wellness, and safety of individuals and communities
    Prioritizing Accountable and Outcome-Driven Financing-maximizing the use of federal, state and local funds to meet locally-identified outcomes to align resources and improve coordination between local community stakeholders
    Locally Managing Systems of Care-healthcare is delivered locally, and individuals and communities are best served when the healthcare system is designed and managed locally.

    To learn more about Recovery is Beautiful, click here and/or visit www.recoveryisbeautiful.org












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