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Behavioral Health News Briefs

Behavioral Health News Briefs

MENTAL HEALTH LEVY TO BE ON NOVEMBER 7 BALLOT

Concerned that declining state and federal funding cannot meet the increasing needs of Washington County, the Behavioral Health Board is placing a 5-year, 1/2 mill levy proposal on the November 7, 2017 election ballot.  The levy would fund "essential prevention, treatment, and recovery programs for children, adolescents, and adults at risk for mental illness and substance use disorders."  Of the $737,000 that would be raised by the levy, 2/3 would be used to provide new services and 1/3 to expand current services and to revive services cut as a result of diminishing state and federal funding.  Of Ohio's 88 counties, Washington is one of the 12 counties who do not have a mental health levy.  More information about this levy can be found on the campaign Facebook page (facebook.com/wcbhb) and website (wcmhl.com).

THIRD WASHINGTON COUNTY CIT TRAINING PROVIDED IN MAY

The Washington County Behavioral Health Board sponsored its third CIT training May 1 - 5, 2017.   Nineteen individuals participated in this training; fifty-three Washington County law enforcement personnel have been certified in Crisis Intervention Team training since November of 2014.  Some of these officers are now involved in subsequent trainings as planners, and along with other local professionals, as CIT  instructors.

CIT programs are local initiatives designed to enhance the skills that law enforcement and the community use to respond to people experiencing a mental health crisis. They are built on strong partnerships between law enforcement, mental health boards and provider agencies, and individuals and families affected by mental illness. 

BOARD WELCOMES SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER RECOVERY FACILITIES

In a move to provide local residential substance use disorder recovery services, the Washington County Behavioral Health Board has entered into agreement with two new providers:  Oxford House and Oriana House.  The Board has leased its 8-bed facility in Marietta, OH to Oxford House, a non-profit corporation which is the umbrella organization connecting the network of Oxford Houses around the world.  An Oxford House charter establishes "a democratically run, self-supporting and drug-free home" (www.oxfordhouse.org) where residents help each other both to maintain sober living and transition into the larger community.  Residents of an Oxford House have already made good progress on their roads to recovery. 

Oriana House, an Ohio-based substance use disorder recovery program, offers both residential and non-residential treatment to persons who have recently completed the detox process and are entering the road to recovery.  The Board has leased beds in Oriana's residential facility in Reno, OH.  The agreements with Oxford House and Oriana House are important examples of the Board's commitment to build a quality recovery program in Washington County, OH.



SUICIDE AWARENESS ALLIANCE OFFERS SUICIDE PREVENTION PROGRAM

The Suicide Awareness Alliance of Washington County is offering a free video and PowerPoint presentation called, "More than Sad."  This program teaches parents and others working with children how to recognize signs of depression and other mental health problems, initiate a conversation with the young person regarding the problem, and identify resources for him or her. 
   For more information about this program or information about  Alliance meeting times and locations, call the Washington County Behavioral Health Board at (740) 374-6990.


LOSS TEAM, A NEW RESOURCE FOR WASHINGTON COUNTY

The Suicide Awareness Alliance of Washington County, under the leadership of Alliance Vice 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. 



BEHAVIORAL HEALTH BOARD SPONSORS MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID CLASSES

The Washington County Behavioral Health Board has provided ten Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses to  over 200 Washington County citizens.  Just as  CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack – even if you have no clinical training – Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health related crisis.  In the Mental Health First Aid course, you learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and on-crisis situations, and where to turn for help. If you are interested in hosting or attending a Mental Health First Aid class, contact Miriam Keith at the Washington County Behavioral Health Board, (740) 374-6990.