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NEWLY ANNOUNCED TRAINING | Telehealth Practice: Legal & Ethical Considerations for State & Federal Compliance
Thursday, June 2nd – 9:00-11:00 a.m. EDT (2 CEUs)
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The Ohio Council’s ongoing training series on care for youth and families will continue Thursday, June 2, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. with a newly added session on the legal and ethical considerations of telehealth provision. This session will provide an overview of the legal and ethical considerations behavioral health providers must make when using telehealth. Participants will gain knowledge on state and federal policies impacting the use of telehealth and recommendations to ensure compliance and provide services in an ethical manner. This session will cover state rules governing the use of telehealth for behavioral health providers; federal telehealth requirements, including current waivers and expected changes when the federal public health emergency ends; and best practices for compliant service delivery through telehealth modalities.. This free webinar is sponsored and supported by the Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Center of Excellence. Scroll down for full details and registration. Learn More about the Center.


Innovative Conversations | Equity and Inclusion: Core Values for Our System of Care
Patrick Kanary, founding director of the Center for Innovative Practices (CIP) and host of the CIP’s Innovative Conversations series, welcomes new CIP SOC Equity & Inclusion Coordinator, Kynetta Sugar McFarlane, PsyD, and current CIP Co-Director, Bobbi Beale, PsyD to discuss the new CIP Equity and Inclusion training series, the various levels of cultural awareness addressed, the long-lasting healing of youth and families that can result. In addition to creating and facilitating a monthy Equity & Inclusion Learning Community, Dr. McFarlane has also presented training series on: Understanding the Culture of Poverty; Trauma-Informed Family Engagement: Understanding Implicit Bias & Structural Racism; Affirmative Care to Genderqueer Youth & Families; and Equity in Behavioral Health for All Youth & Families in Ohio. Listen to or View Session


NEWLY RELEASED | Mobile Response Stabilization Service Tool Kit and Resource Guide  – Version 1.0
Mobile Response Stabilization Service (MRSS) is a rapid mobile response and stabilization service for young people who are experiencing significant behavioral or emotional distress and their families.

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MRSS is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is delivered face-to-face at the young person’s home, school, local Emergency Department (ED), or another location in the community.

The purpose of MRSS is to help youth and families build needed skills to ensure that future distress is less frequent and less intense. MRSS consists of a series of three stages: triage and screening, mobile response, and stabilization.

Interventions are designed to maintain the young person in his/her current living arrangement and to stabilize behavioral health needs to improve functioning in identified life domains.

This Mobile Response Stabilization Services (MRSS) Took Kit, a collaboration between the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) and the Center for Innovative Practices (CIP) at Case Western Reserve University, is designed for the new generation of MRSS care providers. Learn More

New HHS Study in JAMA Pediatrics Shows Significant Increases in Children Diagnosed with Mental Health Conditions from 2016 to 2020
A new U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) study published in the American Medical Association’s journal JAMA Pediatrics reports significant increases in the number of children diagnosed with mental health conditions. The study, conducted by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), finds that between 2016 and 2020, the number of children ages 3-17 years diagnosed with anxiety grew by 29 percent and those with depression by 27 percent. The findings also suggest concerning changes in child and family well-being after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Download PDF of Study | Visit HHS.gov Site


Ohio Children’s Alliance Announces Telehealth Grant Award Winners
The Ohio Children’s Alliance is pleased to announce 56 scholarship recipients representing thirty-six (36) community mental health agencies across Ohio. These scholarships were made possible with support from the Ohio Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Center of Excellence and the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Scholarships will support mental health specialists to obtain a Certified Tele-Mental Health Provider Credential (BC-TMH). Expanding access to behavioral health services to children is especially important today given the unprecedented need and the mental health workforce shortage. “The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the virtual world into just about every aspect of our lives, including mental health services,” said Mark Mecum, Ohio Children’s Alliance CEO. “As demand increases from families across Ohio, children’s mental health agencies are committed to expanding access to high-quality care through this virtual platform. The Tele-mental Health credential distinguishes these practitioners as leaders in tele-mental health service delivery and signals to families that the services are aligned with best practices.”

For the mental health practitioners and agencies who were awarded scholarships: click here


UPCOMING TRAININGS  | Mobile Response Stabilization Services (MRSS) Core Trainings Offered to Ohio Care Providers (All Virtual)
Continuing with its work with the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) and partnership with Ohio Governor’s Children’s Initiative along with  the Ohio Department of Medicaid, the Center for Innovative Practices (CIP) is launching a series of MRSS online trainings for Ohio care providers. MRSS help children/youth and their families who are experiencing an emotional or behavioral stressor by interrupting immediate crisis and ensuring youth and their families are safe.

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Learn More about MRSS HERE.


UPDATED SPRING TRAINING SCHEDULE | OhioRISE Care Coordination
Intensive, and Moderate Care Coordination For OhioRISE Moderate and Intensive Care Coordinators (Required for both ICC and MCC)

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These day-long trainings are designed for Intensive and Moderate Care Coordinators associated with OhioRISE. The sessions include material that covers the basics and foundation of Care Coordination as defined within OhioRISE.


RECENTLY RELEASED | Prevention Services and Systems of Care Key to Implementing OhioRISE
A new brief written by Center for Innovative Practices Founder and former director, Patrick Kanary, has been published by the Center for Community Solutions.

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The brief, entitled Prevention Services and Systems of Care Key to Implementing OhioRISE, notes that Aetna, the OhioRISE vendor responsible for managing the services and supports in their contract with the Ohio Department of Medicaid, just completed a round of ‘Listening Sessions’ designed to hear from those individuals and organizations at the ground level of implementation. A full report on the sessions will be published shortly, but there are interesting findings from those sessions.

During the sessions a variety of themes, concerns, questions, and comments emerged. Some of those key areas included navigation; the role of Care Management Entities (CMEs); crisis; stigma; workforce; role of CANS (Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths tool); meeting families’ needs; role of Aetna, and many others.

The preliminary data indicates that the interest is high across the stakeholders and not surprising, providers have a keen interest in keeping informed as well as helping shape the implementation of OhioRISE. The participation level by family/youth group is more likely a reflection of time and access rather than interest. More strategic engagement with family and youth would likely yield additional perspectives and insights.

OhioRISE, Ohio’s next generation of behavioral health Medicaid for children, youth, and families, continues to roll forward to its ‘live’ date of July 1, 2022. Implementation of OhioRISE is a complex and intensive process with multiple partners at the state and local levels.

Learn More about OhioRISE Here | Download a PDF Overview Here | Download FAQs Here


RECENTLY RELEASED | MRSS Practice Standards
The Mobile Response and Stabilization Service (MRSS) Practice Manual is authorized by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) and serves as the basis for process improvement and expansion of MRSS to improve behavioral health services for the state’s young people. The intent of this manual is to establish expectations for operational components and to guide implementation, while allowing ample flexibility to accommodate county/regional needs and practice innovation.

Learn More | Download Full PDF of MRSS Practice Standards


New Report | Children’s Mental Health: Understanding an Ongoing Public Health Concern

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A new report on children’s mental health used data from different sources to describe mental health and mental disorders in children during 2013–2019. Poor mental health among children continues to be a substantial public health concern. Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and anxiety among children of all ages, and symptoms related to depression among adolescents, are the most common concerns. More information on positive indicators of mental health such as emotional well-being and resilience is needed to truly understand children’s mental health.


Recommendations of the Ohio Children’s Behavioral Health Prevention Network Stakeholder Group | Final Report February 2022
Every child deserves to feel safe — to enjoy being a kid, to not worry about where they’re going to sleep that night or where their next meal is coming from. Tragically, too many kids in Ohio experience great hardships that impact every aspect of their young lives.

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Ohio ranks 13th highest in the nation for the percent of children who have been exposed to two or more adverse childhood experiences, known as ACES. These experiences often can have a negative effect on a child’s health and wellbeing throughout their lives.

In late 2019, Governor DeWine signed House Bill 12, which created the Children’s Behavioral Health Prevention Network Group. This legislation was made possible because of Representative Thomas West and the late Representative Don Manning, who were strong advocates. Members were tasked with coordinating and planning a comprehensive learning network that will support young children in their social, emotional, and behavioral development and reduce behavioral health disparities.

The Director of Children’s Initiatives is charged with determining the scope, implementation, and details of the Stakeholder Groups work, and must coordinate the efforts of its members. Under the Director’s leadership, the act requires the Group to implement the requirements on the following page.


Fact Sheet | President Announces Strategy to Address National Mental Health Crisis
In his first State of the Union, the President will outline a unity agenda consisting of policy where there has historically been support from both Republicans and Democrats, and call on Congress to send bills to his desk to deliver progress for the American people. As part of this unity agenda, he will announce a strategy to address our national mental health crisis.

Our country faces an unprecedented mental health crisis among people of all ages. Two out of five adults report symptoms of anxiety or depression. And, Black and Brown communities are disproportionately under-treated – even as their burden of mental illness has continued to rise. Even before the pandemic, rates of depression and anxiety were inching higher. But the grief, trauma, and physical isolation of the last two years have driven Americans to a breaking point.

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From the Ohio Governor’s Children’s Initiative | Healthy Families Handbook: Resources for Building a Collaborative Family Support Plan
In 2020, a total of 1,652 suspected cases of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) were reported to the Ohio Department of Health. That’s 1,652 babies who were born with drugs — most often opioids — in their system causing them to go through withdrawal in their first days of life. An unborn baby’s exposure to drugs may lead to long-term health and development problems, including hearing and vision problems, as well as
difficulties with learning and behavior.

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The purpose of this handbook is to assist all community partners with understanding implementation of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) specifically plans of safe care (POSC). It was created to assist those professionals responsible for developing plans of safe care, Public Children Services Agencies (PCSA) and community partners.

This handbook is the result of the hard work and dedication of the Practice and Policy Academy team, which came together because of a technical assistance grant from the Center for Children and Family Futures.


RECENT RESOURCE | Protecting Youth Mental Health: The U.S. Surgeon General’s Advisory
A Surgeon General’s Advisory is a public statement that calls the American people’s attention to an urgent public health issue and provides recommendations for how it should be addressed. Advisories are reserved for significant public health challenges that need the nation’s immediate awareness and action.

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This Advisory offers recommendations for supporting the mental health of children, adolescents, and young adults. While many of these recommendations apply to individuals, the reality is that people have widely varying degrees of control over their circumstances. As a result, not all recommendations will be  feasible for everyone.

That’s why systemic change is essential. The Advisory includes essential recommendations for the institutions that surround young people and shape their day-to-day lives—schools, community organizations, health care systems, technology companies, media, funders and foundations, employers, and
government. They all have an important role to play in supporting the mental health of children and youth.

For additional background and to read other Surgeon General’s Advisories, visit SurgeonGeneral.gov.


NEW RESOURCE | Using Data to Improve Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH): The Opening Playbook
The Child Development Studies team within the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collaborated with the Public Health Informatics Institute (PHII) to create this playbook as a resource for state, territorial, local, and tribal (STLT) health departments to assess and improve child and adolescent mental health (CAMH).

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To this end, the playbook highlights the rationale for public health engagement in CAMH, suggests ways that health departments can form partnerships to assess and improve CAMH, and proposes three indicators – data that schools generally have available or can make available, such as attendance, disciplinary actions, and school readiness – that can be used to begin assessing CAMH at the population-level. The playbook also includes information and resources related to legal considerations, terminologies, and data standards related to the collection and use of CAMH data.


NEW RESOURCE | Integrating Early Childhood Mental Health Policy to Grow Healthy Kids & Families in Ohio
Groundwork is developing and operating a “center of excellence” for Maternal and Young Child Health to build the capacity of Groundwork Ohio and our external partners to match the needs of communities across the state in this policy space. The mission of the Center is to prepare Ohio for a better future by building and transforming systems that improve maternal and young child health, promote health equity, and prioritize prevention through policy development, research and collaboration so that all Ohio mothers and young children thrive. Download PDF | Visit Website


NEW FUNDING ANNOUNCED | OhioRISE Transition Grants Offered to Ohio Communities
On Tuesday, October 26, 2021, the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) announced the intent to award $25 million in grants to expedite readiness and support the transition to OhioRISE. ODM’s grants are being made to catalyze our collective work to serve the urgent needs of children who will be eligible for OhioRISE next year. Two new types of Medicaid providers, Care Management Entities (CMEs) and Mobile Response and Stabilization Services (MRSS) providers, will be offered grant opportunities to support workforce and organizational development so they can serve future OhioRISE enrollees.

Learn More Here | Download a PDF Overview Here | Download FAQs Here

These Transition Grants will ensure a strong start for OhioRISE, which is a key component of Governor DeWine’s efforts to better serve the needs of multi-system youth and is vitally important to the overall success of implementing Ohio Medicaid’s Next Generation of Managed Care. ODM designed the OhioRISE Transition Program, including this grant opportunity, to support the following goals:
· Prepare for a successful OhioRISE go-live with the rest of the Next Generation of Managed Care Program
· Promote Governor DeWine’s Children’s Initiative and recognize the Administration’s extensive work to better serve Multi-System Youth
· Assist the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services (ODJFS) and local Public Children Services Agencies (PCSAs) with implementation of the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA)
· Recognize and build on the extensive work of OhioRISE’s Advisory Council and Workgroups

Learn More about the OhioRISE Program Here | Visit of the Ohio Medicaid Managed Care Procurement Website Here


WRAPAROUND TOOL | Wraparound Fidelity Index (WFI-EZ) Short Form Index
The WFI-EZ is a self-report measure that assesses the degree to which Wraparound care coordination is implemented with adherence to its principles and practice model. The measure also includes items related to satisfaction with Wraparound and basic youth outcomes. The WFI-EZ can be administered via interview or as self-report and can be completed in about 5 to 10 minutes. There are 4 versions of the measure, one for each of the following types of respondents: Caregiver, Youth, Care Coordinator, and Other Team Member.

Download Three-Page PDF Here

All versions of the WFI-EZ include 25 items designed to assess Wraparound fidelity. Participants are asked to indicate the extent to which they agree that each indicator of Wraparound fidelity has been achieved. Each item is rated on a 5-point index ranging from “Strongly Disagree” to “Strongly Agree.” Fidelity items are organized by the five core elements of Wraparound as promoted by the National Wraparound Implementation Center (NWIC): 1) Outcomes-Based; 2) Team-Based; 3) Natural Supports; 4) Needs-Based; and 5) Strengthsand Family-Driven. WrapStat provides scores for each of these core elements along with a Total WFI-EZ score that reflects overall fidelity. Scores are computed as percentages and can range from 0 to 100.


RESOURCE | Youth and Policing in Cleveland
A Five-Minute Video ToolKit for Community and Neighborhood Action
For several years following the police shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, a number of Cleveland community partners, in collaboration with Case Western Reserve University’s Schubert Center and Strategies for Youth, worked to bring attention to the importance of having officers recognize and protect the youthfulness of the children and teens they encounter.

VIEW RESOURCE VIDEO HERE | Download PDF of ToolKit Here

This requires the Cleveland Division of Police (CDP) to develop policies, training and ongoing support to ensure understanding of age-appropriate expectations by officers during their interactions with young people.

In 2021, the CDP adopted a first-of-its-kind Interactions with Youth Policy, part of a comprehensive set of policy reforms, which recognizes how children and teenagers are developmentally less mature than adults and require age-appropriate protections and care.

This 5-minute video and Toolkit are designed to spark dialogue, understanding and action among adults working with children and teens in our community – in organizations supporting youth,  recreational programs, schools and other settings. The goal is to help raise awareness about these important changes in our Cleveland community and to provide background information about the new CDP Interactions with Youth Policy. This Toolkit also offers discussion questions, links to other resources, and strategies and actions for the community groups who serve as valued partners in supporting our kids and helping to deter criminal justice system involvement.


RESOURCE and REVIEW | Two-Day Virtual Conference on Ohio’s Mobile Response Stabilization Services (MRSS)
As part of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) partnership with Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s Children’s Initiative and the Ohio Department of Medicaid, the Center for Innovative Practices (CIP) at Case Western Reserve University’s Begun Center for Violence Prevention hosted a two-day virtual conference on Mobile Response Stabilization Services (MRSS) September 21-22, 2021. The MRSS Virtual Conference was presented in partnership with SAMHSA’S ENGAGE 2.0 and OhioMHAS.  The Conference featured local, regional, state, and national MRSS experts presenting on a wide range of topics. Below are the videos of each individual presentation, each about an hour long. Just click on the picture to view the video. MRSS stands for Mobile Response and Stabilization Services. Families with youth and young adults up to age 22 who are experiencing difficulties or distress can receive assistance within 60 minutes after contacting MRSS. You may also receive up to 45 days of intensive, in-home services and linkage to on-going supports. Services provided by the MRSS team may include: safety assessments, de-escalation, peer support, and skill building, among others. Access to MRSS is available 24 hours per day, seven day a week. You make the call, together we respond.
View videos of individual conference sessions here.

RESOURCE | Crisis Services White Paper Report from OhioMHAS
The COVID-19 pandemic still has a major impact on the lives of children and youth. Though typically resilient to everyday stressors, children and youth continue dealing with new challenges due to COVID-19, like social distancing, changes to their routines, and a lost sense of security and safety, making them especially vulnerable to feeling stressed, anxious, or depressed.

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For some children, these challenges are exacerbated by the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on their communities. Black and Hispanic Americans, in particular, have faced a significant share of COVID-19 cases in the United States, and Black and Hispanic students have been less likely to have access to online learning.


VIDEO TRAINING SERIES OFFERED FOR OHIO’S WRAPAROUND SYSTEM OF CARE
This video series of the 13-part Wraparound Training provides in-depth overviews and instructionals involving the Wraparound System of Care and Ohio’s experience with the initiative. It is divided into subject segments, each followed by a review module.

VISIT VIDEO INDEX PAGE HERE

The Wraparound process is a way to improve the lives of children with complex needs and their families. It is a team-based planning process used to develop plans of care that are individualized based on the strengths and culture of the children and their family. The plan is needs-driven rather than service-driven, although a plan may incorporate existing categorical services, if appropriate to meet the needs of the consumer.


FROM SAMHSA | Helping Your Children Build Resilience to Substance Use
SAMHSA’s “Talk.  They Hear You.” campaign recently launched a new mobile app that helps parents and caregivers prepare for some of the most important conversations they may ever have with their kids- conversations about alcohol and other drugs. The app shows parents and caregivers how to turn everyday situations into opportunities to talk with their children, and equips them with the necessary skills, confidence, and knowledge to start and continue these conversations as their kids get older. There is even a feature within the app where you can practice having the conversations, so you feel more comfortable when the time comes. Visit page.


NEW RESOURCE | Crisis Services White Paper Report from OhioMHAS
Across Ohio, people of all ages and their families are seeking care in record numbers for substance use disorder and mental health concerns. Frequently, these Ohioans are exhibiting severe symptoms, such as psychosis, suicidal ideation, agitation, aggression, and/ or are exhibiting symptoms of substance withdrawal or the toxic effects of substance misuse or abuse. In many communities, people rely on emergency departments that may lack the behavioral health resources to adequately assess, stabilize, and connect people to community services and supports. Also, emergency departments may not have sufficient resources to provide an adequate response to a psychiatric behavioral health emergency, particularly when people experience prolonged wait times for an available psychiatric bed. In the community, when a person is in crisis and suffering a behavioral health condition or other problem that affects the person’s emotional well-being and safety, law enforcement is often called to respond. The person in crisis may be arrested and jailed without access to the appropriate care. Jail is not the right place for people living with mental illness and their presence there creates difficulties for jail staff

Download PDF of Report Here

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction (OhioMHAS) and its partners are working to develop a supported quality crisis response system to serve as a timely and appropriate alternative to arrest, incarceration, unnecessary hospitalization, or placement in a setting with insufficient resources to address the acute nature of the situation a person is experiencing.


New Article on Systems of Care (SOC) Provides Context of Background and Future Prospects
Describes the evolution of the SOC approach and presents further updates in the philosophy, infrastructure, services, and supports that comprise the SOC framework. 
The system of care (SOC) approach was first introduced in the mid-1980s to address welldocumented problems in mental health systems for children and youth with serious emotional
disturbances (SEDs) and their families (Stroul & Friedman, 1986). Among these problems were
significant unmet need for mental health care, overuse of excessively restrictive settings, limited
home- and community-based service options, lack of cross-agency coordination, and a lack of partnerships with families and youth. The vision was to offer a comprehensive array of communitybased services and supports that would be coordinated across systems; individualized; delivered in the appropriate, least restrictive setting; culturally competent; and based on full partnerships with families and young people (Stroul, 2002). The SOC approach has provided a framework for reforming child and youth mental health systems nationwide and has been implemented and adapted across many states, communities, tribes, and territories with positive results.
– Authored by By Beth A. Stroul, MEd; Gary M. Blau, PhD; and Justine Larson, MD

Read Article | Listen to Beth Stroul on CIP Podcast Evolution of System of Care Approach


The Center for Innovative Practices (CIP) Announces New Partnership to Train Communities in Wraparound Services
The Center for Innovative Practices (CIP), part of the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education at Case Western Reserve University’s Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel School of Social Services, announces a new partnership as part of an Ohio state-wide initiative designed to help introduce and further train Ohio clinicians and caregivers to Wraparound systems of care services and how to implement them in their counties and communities to help youth in recovery and their families.

To help counties prepare for Ohio’s expansion of High Fidelity Wraparound, Ohio Family and Children First (OFCF) in collaboration with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) and the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OHMHAS) are partnering with the CIP to offer a series of Wraparound trainings, learning communities, and capacity development planning meetings for interested

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VIDEO TRAINING SERIES | Supporting Youth with Complex Needs
The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD), in partnership with Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI), developed a 9 module training series to help increase the knowledge and skills for direct support professionals who are supporting youth with complex behavioral health needs.

The content of Module 1 includes five chapters and focuses on:
– Supporting Youth with Complex Needs
– Supporting the Needs of Families
– Preparing Direct Support Professionals
– Understanding Behavior, and
– The Rage Cycle

The remaining eight interactive and competency-based modules focus on The Ziggurat Model, Behavior and Communication, Trauma Informed Care, Reinforcement, Structure and Visual and Tactile Supports, Task Demands and Skills to Teach. The entire 9 module series can be accessed in the DODD learning management system. Anyone is welcome to set-up a profile and view the courses. Module 1 is available via YouTube so that anyone supporting youth across systems can easily access. We believe providers, families and others will benefit from all nine modules. – For questions, please contact Tina Evans at tina.evans@dodd.ohio.gov.


MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES RESOURCE | Custody Relinquishment Revisited
An Executive Summary from Beth Stroul and the Institute for Innovation and Implementation at the University of Maryland School of Social Work
Custody relinquishment for mental health services refers to situations in which parents transfer legal and physical custody of their child to the state in order to access services that the child could not obtain otherwise. In these cases, no maltreatment (abuse or neglect) is alleged; rather, parents agree to give up custody of their children in order to receive mental health services, often residential interventions.

The Institute for Innovation and Implementation at the University of Maryland School of Social Work undertook a project to revisit the problem nationwide. The project involved an informational scan and telephone discussions with state child welfare and/or mental health agency representatives in all 50 states and three territories, as well as with leaders of family-run organizations (FROs) in 18 different states. The intent was to obtain up-to-date information about the extent to which custody relinquishment for this purpose continues, progress that has been achieved, and strategies used by states to eliminate the practice, as well as strategies to increase the availability of home- and community-based services and supports (HCBS) that might mitigate the need to relinquish custody. Highlights of the findings are summarized below.
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Listen to Beth Stroul’s Innovative Conversation session with Patrick Kanary here


CULTURAL HUMILITY TRAINING | Working With Latinx Youth and Families and Recovery from Trauma
The Center for Innovative Practices presents a two-part discussion and training entitled, “Working With Latinx Youth and Families and Recovery from Trauma,” with Ramfis L. Marquez, PhD, LPC,, Gisela Diaz, MA, and Francisco J. Cornejo, MSW. The two sessions guide clinicians and caregivers toward a better understanding of the many Latinx cultures and offers approaches, strategies, and tools for when working with Latinx youth and their families. Topics range from the subtleties and diversity of experiences in the many Latinx cultures to the degrees of generational trauma that uniquely affects these families and communities.

THIS TWO-SESSION, SIX-HOUR deep dive into Latinx culture in the United States and the unique challenges presented for behavioral healthcare clinicians and caregivers working with Latinx youth and families is explored in significant detail in a wide-ranging conversation, covering a broad landscape of topics, punctuated with dozens of real-life examples of challenges met and triumphs made along the path of recovery. The collaborative team-approach uses a combination of instruction, intervention, (listen for Uno Therapy in the fifth stanza), and lessons learned. The true-life examples – some amusing, some harrowing, all poignant, if not inspiring – provide a narrative tapestry that connects and engages throughout the training and makes the daily small victories.
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VIDEO RESOURCE | Raising Awareness of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs)
FASD Awareness Day was September 9th and FASD Advocates in the US and Canada worked together to teach about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and why it matters to you! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) Directory is part of the CDC mission of educating families, professionals, and the public by supporting trainings for medical and allied health students and practitioners, promoting screening and intervention tools for women’s health care providers, promoting educational materials to various audiences, and responding to public inquiries. View Awareness Video | View the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) Directory


CIP Training Brief | Introduction to Integrated Co-Occurring Treatment (ICT)
The Center for Innovative Practice’s Mike Fox, MA, PCC-S, LCDC-III, launches a new series of Training Briefs on Integrated Co-Occurring Treatments and Youth with Multiply-Occurring Needs. The Integrated Co-Occurring Treatment (ICT) model, an evidence informed practice, uses an intentionally-integrated and domain-guided treatment approach, which aligns with the Intensive Home Based Treatment (IHBT) design. The reciprocal interactions of co-occurring substance use and serious emotional disabilities are addressed directly, with each considered ‘primary’. Guiding principles include: System of Care (SOC) core values, a developmentally mindful and resiliency-oriented approach, strong family partnering, intentionally integrated screening and assessment, integrated and stage-matched treatment design, and ongoing safety and risk assessment. Youth, family and community engagement is emphasized and evaluated at all phases. ICT therapists receive weekly coaching and consultation in order to stay on top of the multi-faceted challenges and evolving areas of focus. Learn More

View Video of ICT Training Brief 1 |Download PDF of ICT Overview | Download PDF of Presentation Slid


For Teens In Crisis Seeking Support, “Hey, I’m Here” Is a Place to Turn
Youth dealing with challenges to their mental wellness, especially during current times of crisis and concern, can find like-minded young people via, “Hey, I’m Here.” As the video says, “When you need support, every second matters and it’s important to know that you are not alone.”

View ‘You’re Not Alone’ Video | Visit ‘Hey, I’m Here’ Website
Contact via Instagram @HeyImHereOhio | Email imhere@heyimhere.org

“Hey, I’m Here” is part of Ohio’s Mobile Response and Stabilization Services (MRSS), helping children, youth, and their families who are experiencing an emotional or behavioral stressor by interrupting immediate crisis and ensuring youth and their families are safe. MRSS provides the support and skills necessary to return youth and families to typical functioning. | Learn More about MRSS |


RESOURCE FOR CLINICIANS DURING COVID-19
Conversations and Resources on Covid-19 | The Institute for Innovation & Implementation

University of Maryland School of Social Work
Over the past weeks we have held a number of conversations to support your work during COVID-19. Each conversation—crisis communications, in-home behavioral health, supporting families, residential care, infant and early childhood mental health, and mobile response and stabilization—has had a large turnout and active online participation. Access the recordings here. We continue to plan new conversations to address the challenges of today and to create forward-looking solutions for a brighter tomorrow. And we are working on new resources based on your questions.

Please visit Conversations & Resources on COVID-19 and sign up for our new dedicated email list.


VIDEO SESSIONS from PROJECT ECHO | A NEOMED Partnership
To better reach, inform and serve Ohio’s children, youth and families facing complex mental health, substance use, and behavioral challenges, Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) offers Ohio Systems of Care Project ECHO for Multi-System Youth as part of the State of Ohio’s Wraparound Ohio Systems of Care initiative. The Project ECHO team of experts and specialists provide opportunities to present complex cases and to receive written recommendations from multidisciplinary experts; develop the knowledge and skills to manage complex conditions in their own communities and be part of a community of practice; and learn from brief lectures and case-based learning on topics of special interest. From July 23, 2020 – June 24, 2021, the Project ECHO team will meet Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Each week a case presentation will be shared from different region in Ohio: Northeast, Northwest, Southeast and Southwest. You are invited to view videos of past sessions by clicking the link. View Video of Sessions | Learn More About Project ECHO

Webinar | A National Perspective on the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA)
An Innovative Conversations Webinar with Sheila Pires
Guest Sheila Pires, Managing Partner, Human Service Collaborative​ Core Partner, National TA Network for Children’s Behavioral Health​, speaks with former CIP Director and Innovative Conversations host, Patrick Kanary present a national perspective discussing the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFSPA). It is the first installment of a two-part discussion, the second of which will explore Family First from a state-wide perspective with specialists from Ohio. This session involves the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) and what it means to states funding in-home treatment and recovery for at-risk you dealing with the challenges of mental health, substance use, trauma, and judicial justice issues.
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CIP’s Innovative Conversations Initiative
The Center for Innovative Practices (CIP),  part of the Begun Center for Violence Prevention at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, and in partnership with the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, has developed a new resource initiative entitled, Innovative Conversations, facilitated discussions with national experts in children’s behavioral health and systems of care  Hosted by first CIP director Patrick Kanary, the series also examines how Wraparound Systems of Care can better facilitate how integrated treatment can help yield optimal outcomes with youth recovery.
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Crisis Text Line
The Crisis Text Line provides Ohioans with a state-specific keyword to access its free, confidential service available 24/7 via text on mobile devices. Text the keyword “4hope” to 741 741 to be connected to a person trained to help. | Learn More |


The Wraparound process is a way to improve the lives of children with complex needs and their families.  It is not a program or a type of service, but a team based planning process used to develop plans of care that are individualized based on the strengths and culture of the children and their family. The plan is needs-driven rather than service-driven, although a plan may incorporate existing categorical services, if appropriate to meet the needs of the consumer..


Ohio Start Program Map 2021
Ohio START (Sobriety, Treatment and Reducing Trauma) is an evidence-informed children services-led intervention model that helps public children services agencies (PCSAs) bring together caseworkers, behavioral health providers, and family peer mentors into teams dedicated to helping families struggling with co-occurring child maltreatment and substance use disorder.


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