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Behavioral Health News Briefs
Behavioral Health News Briefs
BEHAVIORAL HEALTH BOARD APPRECIATES COMMUNITY SUPPORT

The Washington County Behavioral Health Board thanks the citizens of Washington County for passing the Mental Health Levy in the November 2016 election.  The levy will allow the Board to double its previous available funds, allowing the Board  to greatly increase Washington County prevention, treatment and recovery services. 

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH BOARD COLLABORATES WITH HOPEWELL HEALTH AND THE WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE TO ESTABLISH A RAPID RESPONSE TEAM

?A Rapid Response Team is now operational in Washington County.  A three-person team consisting of a Sheriff's Deputy, a Hopewell counselor, and person in recovery from a substance use disorder meets with individuals who may have overdosed and/or had frequent contact with law enforcement because of drug involvement.  The counselor and person in recovery may also meet, before discharge, with individuals who have been hospitalized because of a drug incident.  The Rapid Response Team offers information and referrals regarding treatment and other recovery services. 

WANTED:  PEER RECOVERY SUPPORTERS!

If you are a person who has  lived experience with substance use and/or mental health disorders, please consider becoming an Ohio Certified  Peer Recovery Supporter.  For information about the certification process, go to: https://thrivepeersupport.org/how-to-become-an-ohio-certified-peer-recovery-supporter/  

PLANNING FOR THE 2019 WASHINGTON COUNTY CIT TRAINING UNDERWAY

The Washington County Behavioral Health Board, in collaboration with local law enforcement agencies, Marietta Municipal Court,  mental health personnel, and interested individuals, is planning the fifth annual Washington County CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) training for law enforcement officers.  

The Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program is a model for community policing that brings together law enforcement, mental health providers, hospital emergency departments and individuals with mental illness and their families to improve responses to people in crisis. CIT programs enhance communication, identify mental health resources for assisting people in crisis and ensure that officers get the training and support that they need. 


SUICIDE AWARENESS ALLIANCE PLANNING "A WALK TO REMEMBER"

The Suicide Awareness Alliance of Washington County is planning "A Walk To Remember,"  an event focusing on awareness, prevention, and remembrance of loved ones lost to suicide.   The event will be on April 13, 2019, beginning at 9:00 a.m. at Indian Acres Park in Marietta.  For information about helping sponsor or participating in this event, call 740.374.6990.


LOSS TEAM, A VALUABLE RESOURCE FOR WASHINGTON COUNTY CITIZENS

The Suicide Awareness Alliance of Washington County, under the leadership of Alliance  President LeeAnn Price, recently launched a new and vital resource for survivors of suicide loss, who are themselves at risk for mental health problems and suicide. The Washington County LOSS (Local Outreach for Survivors of Suicide) Team is called out by law enforcement agencies following a death by suicide to provide postvention support and referrals to the person's family and friends.   "Postvention" refers to activities which reduce risk and promote healing after a suicide. 

HOPE  GROUP PROVIDES POSTVENTION SUPPORT FOR SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE LOSS

HOPE (Helping Other People Endure)  is a support group for those who have lost a family member, friend, or co-worker to suicide. The mission of HOPE is to help survivors accept their losses, work through the pain, and adjust emotionally.  HOPE provides a safe and confidential environment for those who have experienced this type of tragedy.

HOPE was established in 2011 by a survivor who completed support group facilitation training offered by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. For more information, contact Suicide Awareness Alliance president and member of the Behavioral Health Board,   LeeAnn Price,  at  (740) 350-3365 or .

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH BOARD SPONSORS BOTH ADULT AND YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID CLASSES

In addition to Adult Mental Health First Aid training, the Washington County Behavioral Health Board now offers the Youth Mental Health First Aid course.  Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations.  For more information, contact Miriam Keith at the Behavioral Health Board at (740) 374-6990 or .

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH BOARD RE-ESTABLISHES A NAMI (NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS) CHAPTER IN WASHINGTON COUNTY.

The Washington County Behavioral Health Board has re-established a NAMI chapter in Washington County.  is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness, including those living with mental health disorders and their loved ones.   The NAMI Washington County chapter is offering two NAMI programs:

  • NAMI Connection is a recovery support group program for adults living with mental illness.  The group offers respect, understanding, encouragement, and hope.  The group meets the first Thursday of each month, 6:00 -7:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Marietta.  For more information, call Melissa at (740) 350-8264 or Brett at (740) 350-2368.
  • Family to Family Educational Program is  a free series of 12 weekly classes to help people understand and support their loved ones living with mental illnesses. The goals for participants is that they will learn about illnesses of the brain and their treatments, gain communication and coping skills, and learn to be an advocate for self and the loved ones living with mental illness.   The classes will begin on February 26.  For more information, call Jane at (740) 885-2115 or Karen at (740) 374-6086.




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David Browne, C.P.A.

Executive Director
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Providing essential prevention, treatment, and recovery programs for children, adolescents, and adults at risk for mental illness and substance use disorders

344 Muskingum Drive
Marietta, OH 45750

Ph: (740) 374-6990
Fx: (740) 374-6927

Hours
Monday - Friday
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Except for legal holidays

CRISIS HELP LINES

Is it an emergency? Dial 911.

Local Hotline: Dial (740) 373-8240.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
Dial 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Ohio Crisis TEXT line:
Send 4HOPE to 741741.

Local information and referral service:
Dial 211.