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.
The second of the brown bag discussions was held yesterday with ODMH Director of Hospital Services Bob Short explaining to employees the role of the state’s psychiatric hospitals and how they are an integral part of the department. Two additional brown bags have been scheduled for this month: ODADAS Opiates Project Manager Christine Morrison will discuss the administration’s efforts to combat Ohio’s opiate epidemic on Nov. 15, and on Nov. 26 ODMH Medical Director Dr. Mark Hurst will present on integrated dual diagnosis.
The informal setting of the brown bags was chosen because it allows employees to feel more at ease with each other and the subject matter. Also, learning a little at a time keeps the information from feeling overwhelming.
Stay tuned to the blog and the consolidation website homepage for more updates on our progress as we move toward becoming the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.