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Posted on 2/8/2013 by Ashley Gonzalez in ODMH ODADAS BRSS TACS SAMHSA Recovery supports

ODMH, ODADAS Present on Successful BRSS TACS Grant Implementation

By Ashley González
ODMH Public Information Officer

In recognition of its success in implementing a $50,000 peer/recovery support grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Ohio was recently asked to present on its experience to other states, territories, providers and stakeholders to help them bring recovery supports to scale for their behavioral health system.

Presenting during the Jan. 24 webinar on behalf of Ohio were Jim Lapczynski, ODADAS deputy director and chief legal counsel; Debbie Nixon-Hughes, ODMH program and policy deputy director; and Karin Carlson, planning specialist with the ODADAS Division of Planning, Outcomes and Research, who discussed Ohio’s lessons learned from the grant’s implementation.

Photo: Staff who presented at the SAMHSA webinar included (l-r) Debbie Nixon-Hughes (ODMH), Karin Carlson (ODADAS) and Jim Lapczynski (ODADAS). In the foreground, Liz Gitter, a mental health administrator at ODMH who served as the BRSS TACS project lead, listens to the presentation.

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Memo: Firearms and Mental Illness

Posted on 1/11/2013 by Ashley Gonzalez in ODMH Mental illness Firearms Medical Director

January 4, 2013

TO: Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Partners

FROM: Mark Hurst, MD, Medical Director, Ohio Department of Mental Health

TOPIC: Firearms and Mental Illness

A tragic event recently occurred in Connecticut when an individual killed 20 schoolchildren, six educators and his own mother before turning the gun on himself. Unfortunately, other similar events have occurred in recent years, including one last February at Chardon High School right here in Ohio. After these events, the mental state of the perpetrator is invariably called into question, leading to concerns about the tendency for violence among individuals with a mental illness. In some cases, it is clear that the perpetrator had a mental illness. In others, it is clear that he or she did not have a mental illness. In many situations, we simply do not know.

Photo: ODMH Medical Director Dr. Mark Hurst

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Public Affairs Team Takes Pulse of Ohio’s Public Hospital System during Tour

Posted on 12/10/2012 by Ashley Gonzalez in ODMH ODADAS Twin Valley Behavioral Healthcare State psychiatric hospital

By Ashley González
ODMH Public Information Officer

To gain a better understanding of the Hospital Services unit within the Ohio Department of Mental Health, employees from the ODMH and Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services combined Public Affairs team, which includes communications and legislation, recently visited one of the state-run regional psychiatric hospitals, Twin Valley Behavioral Healthcare, in Columbus.

Photo: TVBH Psychiatrists Dr. Karen Lowe (left) and Dr. Veda Warrier stand in front of the Kosar facility.

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ODMH, ODADAS Offer Assistance to School, Community Following Increase in Suicide Attempts by Students

Posted on 11/20/2012 by in ODMH ODADAS Chardon Suicide Prevention

By Ashley González
ODMH Public Information Officer

An alarming number of suicide attempts in recent months by high school students in Chardon, Ohio, has concerned state officials, including staff at the Ohio departments of Mental Health and Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services, who are working with local officials to develop a plan to prevent more attempts from occurring.

Between May and September, suicide was attempted seven times by six Chardon High School students. The school was the scene of a deadly shooting in February, during which three students were killed and three others were injured.

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Staff Feed on Chance to Meet and Greet, Digest New Ideas

Posted on 11/8/2012 by in ODMH ODADAS Consolidation Prevention

By Ashley González
ODMH Public Information Officer

To help facilitate agency consolidation efforts, staff members from both ODADAS and ODMH have been taking advantage of recent opportunities to get to know each other better and learn more about the functions and operations unique to each agency.

Last Wednesday, Dr. Tammy Collins, chief of the ODADAS Division of Prevention Services, kicked off the first of a series of brown bag lunch-and-learn discussions designed to familiarize ODMH employees with ODADAS divisions and initiatives and vice versa. Dr. Collins explained to the group of ODMH employees how everyone has a role to play in prevention, and described some of the many prevention-related undertakings at ODADAS such as the annual Ohio Prevention and Education Conference, the Ohio Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Initiative and the Ohio Youth-Led Prevention Network.

Photo: Dr. Tammy Collins explains ODADAS prevention initiatives to ODMH employees at a brown bag discussion.

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