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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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ODADAS/ODMH Joint Fiscal Staff on the Money with Consolidation Progress – Part 2

Posted on 9/11/2012 by in ODMH ODADAS Consolidation

By Ashley González
ODMH Public Information Officer

In August, I sat down with ODADAS Fiscal Chief Rosaland Gatewood-Tye and ODMH Fiscal Chief Dalon Myricks to gain their perspective about the consolidation of the fiscal departments from both agencies, which began in October 2011. In the second part of this two-part series, the two fiscal leaders gauge their progress and give advice to the leaders of other divisions who have more recently begun consolidation efforts.

Part 2:
Ashley: How much progress has been made in the consolidation of the two fiscal divisions?

Rosaland: Because we have been together so long, and we have already had the opportunity to look at the operations of how each department handles functions, we have already previously done a lot of work where we started to identify what would be the best practice, and now we’ve had the opportunity to kind of work side by side. So now as the larger consolidation groups are rolling out their inventory and their processes, we’re pretty much at the end of identifying what’s going to be the best way that this happens. So we’ve been able to really have a huge benefit of spending time together because now we’re at that point where we can pretty much just put down the recommendation is going to be on how do we function as one department.

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ODADAS/ODMH Joint Fiscal Staff on the Money with Consolidation Progress

Posted on 8/28/2012 by in ODMH ODADAS Consolidation Fiscal

By Ashley González
ODMH Public Information Officer

With the approaching one-year anniversary of the consolidation of the ODADAS and ODMH Fiscal Divisions, I recently sat down with both Fiscal Chiefs – Rosaland Gatewood-Tye (ODADAS) and Dalon Myricks (ODMH) – to gain their perspective on their progress so far and what still needs to be accomplished.

Two-part series:

Part 1:
Ashley: What challenges did you face when you began consolidating the two agency Fiscal Divisions in October 2011?

Dalon: So we’re coming up almost to the anniversary of it [consolidation].

Rosaland: We should have a party!

Dalon: One of the things I think that was sort of at us, you know, was understanding each other’s work environments a little sooner than just being able to transition into it. So we found ourselves in the middle of a – I don’t want to call it a crisis, but really where critical decisions needed to be made and you didn’t know enough in order to give a full decision to it, but you had to make one anyways. And we found ourselves in that situation on several different fronts. I think what that did was showed that we were all-in, and it showed a commitment from us as CFOs that we were going to work through it. When I first think about it, I don’t think we had all of the right questions or answers in front of us, but I think the decisions we’ve made were the same ones we would have made today. Like everything else, we’ve had our stumbles and we had our successes, but I think when folks look back at it now, the fact that we got together early, and tried to work on some non-work relationships to help foster the work relationships, probably was a good move for us.

Photo: ODMH Fiscal Chief Dalon Myricks (left) and ODADAS Fiscal Chief Rosaland Gatewood-Tye visit the state budget simulator at the Ohio Statehouse Museum. For Myricks and Gatewood-Tye, creating an agency budget is all too real.

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Goal of Consolidation to Better Support Ohio’s AoD and Mental Health Services

Posted on 8/16/2012 by in ODMH ODADAS Consolidation

By Orman Hall, ODADAS Director
Tracy Plouck, ODMH Director

Dear Stakeholders,

As promised, August has become a very busy month on the consolidation planning front. We have many work teams underway and we've asked each of the team facilitators to post information related to his or her progress on a continual basis. As such, the content of this website is constantly evolving and we encourage you to check for updates frequently. We want to clarify that the primary focus of our consolidation planning is to affect changes that will enable a new, consolidated department to better support the provision of AoD and mental health services throughout Ohio. We have a limited period of time to develop consolidation plans that will be incorporated into the FY 14/15 operating budget, and we are committed to providing recommendations and implementation plans that are of the highest quality. With that said, it is imperative that we focus on those items that are related directly to the consolidation rather than employ an approach that seeks "change for the sake of change."

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