CIP Hosts Two-Day Virtual Conference on Ohio’s Mobile Response Stabilization Services (MRSS) Initiative

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Two Comprehensive All-Day Sessions | Tuesday and Wednesday September 21st & 22nd, 2021 – 10 CEU’s Available

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 will host a two-day virtual conference on Mobile Response Stabilization Services (MRSS) on Tuesday and Wednesday September 21-22, 2021 from 9:00-4:00 p.m. 10 hours of CEU credits are available for attendance and participation in the two-day training.  The MRSS Virtual Conference is presented in partnership with SAMHSA’S ENGAGE 2.0 and the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS).

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email for each respective day containing information about joining the meeting.

The eight grant awards, totaling just over $1.7 million, is designed to expand Mobile Response and Stabilization Services (MRSS) for children and families to 18 additional Ohio counties.

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.


Day 1 | Tuesday, September 21, 2021 – 8:30 a.m. Log-In via Zoom link

8:45-9:00 a.m.Welcome & Opening Remarks, Lori Criss, Director, Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services  

9:00-10:00 a.m.Keynote: Crisis Response as Community Responsibility,  Ron Manderscheid. MD

10:00- 11:00 a.m.Workshop 1: “Overview of Mobile Response Stabilization Services,”  Richard Shepler, PhD, PCC-S

– 15-Minute Break

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.mWorkshop 2: “Medicaid and MRSS + Building and Staffing Your MRSS Team,” Sarah Becker and the Ohio Department of Medicaid’s, Kelly Smith and Marisa Weisel

– 30-Minute Lunch Break

12:45-1:45 p.m. – Workshop 3: “Lessons Learned through Implementing MRSS,Precia Stuby, Mike Bowles, Liz Jensen, and Victoria Taylor  

1:45-2:45 p.m.Workshop 4: “Supervising MRSS Panel,” Eric Cavey, Maria Dobie, Britany Reed, facilitated by Sarah Becker

– 15-Minute Break

3:00-4:00 p.m.  – Workshop 5: “Evaluation of MRSS, ” Jeff Vanderploeg, Stacey Rychener, Heather Wells  

Day 2 | Wednesday, September 22, 2021 – 8:45 a.m. Log-In via Zoom link

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. – Keynote: “Small Steps, Big Changes: Taking MRSS to the Next Level,” Chris Morano

10:00-11:00 a.m. – Workshop 6: “Peer Support within MRSS Panel,” Margaret Lawrence and Kaylea Dillon 

– 15-Minute Break

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. – Workshop 7: “Strategies for Rural Counties,” Roberta Donovan and Cathy Krieg 

12:15-1:15 p.m. – Workshop 8: “Collaborating with Key Partners,” Heather Wells, Beth Boyle, Kelly Kennard 

– 30-Minute Lunch Break

1:45-2:45 p.m. – Closing: Open Q&A Session  

Ohio’s MRSS program serves youth ages birth to 21, and their families. OhioMHAS previously established pilot programs in two regional collaboratives comprised of 13 counties: Allen, Auglaize, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hancock, Hardin, Lucas, Paulding, Preble, Putnam, Warren, and Wood. OhioMHAS and its partners are currently working to develop MRSS in the comprehensive system of crisis care for children, youth and families through the OhioRISE Program as a billable service to be launched in 2022.

The goal of this program is to intercede before urgent behavioral situations become unmanageable emergencies,” said OhioMHAS Director Lori Criss. “This expansion will allow us to engage young people
and their families immediately to deescalate a crisis and provide local stabilization services that help keep them safe and healthy in their own homes and communities.”

Funding to expand Mobile Response and Stabilization Services was a key priority in the state’s recently enacted operating budget. Benefits of MRSS programming include:

Costeffective method for improving behavioral health outcomes;

Reducing/deterring emergency department visits and inpatient admissions;

Reducing outofhome placements;

Reducing lengths of stay and the cost of inpatient hospitalizations; and

Improving access to behavioral health services.
  • “These investments are an important step forward for Ohio in meeting the needs of children and families experiencing a mental health crisis,” said Governor Mike DeWine. “While nobody can predict when and where a mental health crisis will occur, Ohio’s MRSS Program represents an important first line of defense in providing timely access to services, improving outcomes for children and families, and reducing burdens on law enforcement and emergency departments.”

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