April 2021
Director's Corner

Happy Spring, Ohio START. I hope everyone has been able to enjoy the longer, warmer and sunnier days recently. This month at PCSAO, we are looking forward to several new trainings and meetings, including a webinar on Ohio’s Medical Marijuana program and our second coaching call discussing case closure and the indicators of early recovery. Please see below for more information.    

From the Field
Greene County
The Greene County team is very fore-thinking and has been planning their Steering Committee Development and has timelines for other hiring goals!
Brown County
The Brown County team now has two full dyads which both successfully meet START fidelity measurements!
Lorain County
The Lorain County team has a parent that was previously in START connect with someone currently in the program through a recovery support program. They are helping to provide support to the new parent!
PCSAO is Hiring!
PCSAO is seeking a second regional manager to assist with the management and 
implementation of the Ohio START program. In this role, the regional manager will focus on the development and oversight of technical assistance required and provided to the Ohio START grantees in a specified region of the state.

Ohio University offering Peer Recovery Supporter Training
Ohio University is offering a Peer Recovery Supporter (PRS) training and apprenticeship program. This program includes the OhioMHAS PRS training and certification and 130 hours field experience hours at a partnering behavioral health agency. Once a trainee is certified, they will be enrolled into an apprenticeship program for 2,000 hours. For questions or more information, email Shasha Collins: collinss1@ohio.edu.

Ascend Report on Neural Development of New Parents
Ascend at the Aspen Institute released a paper titled "Two Open Windows: Infant and Parent Neurobiologic Change" in which they highlight the evidence in support of investments in both parents and children during the paired sensitive periods of early life and the transition to parenting. Access the paper HERE.
Impact of COVID-19 on ACEs
The Health Policy Institute of Ohio has releases a new fact sheet exploring the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Adverse Childhood Experiences. Early indicators of childhood adversity signal that the pandemic will have substantial impacts on Ohio's health, well-being, and economic vitality for years to come.
Read more about this and view the fact sheet HERE.

Drug Recovery App Offers Free Coaching to Minorities in Ohio
Sober Grid, a free iOS/Android app functions like a social networking site for over 300,000 members who are battling addiction. Members can receive inspirational messages, check in with others who are struggling, and get access to professional coaching.
Minority communities in Ohio can receive coaching sessions for free through Sept 30th due to funding maid available by the State Opioid Response project. To qualify, an Ohio resident must have been diagnosed with primary or secondary opioid disorder, and/or has a documented history of opiate-related overdose. They also must be a person of color or belong to an underrepresented group.

Read more about the app and how members can join HERE.
Needs Portal Training
The Needs Portal Team at Ohio State have scheduled an upcoming needs portal trainings for anyone interested in attending. Training will be a 1.5 hour virtual session designed to refresh users on what they need to enter and teach new users as well.
Tuesday April 20th 10:30am-12:00pm: Access Zoom Link HERE

Ohio's Medical Marijuana Training
We’re offering a 1 hour presentation on Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Program on April 21st at 1PM. This presentation will be given by Sharon Maerten-Moore, the Director of Medical Marijuana Operations for the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy. She is responsible for coordinating the Board’s efforts related to the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program including policy and rule development, communications, enforcement, reporting systems, licensing, and partnerships with other agencies.

Attendees will learn about the structure and history of the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program (MMCP), how patients qualify for the program, and general rules regarding how patients can remain compliant with criminal and other laws while utilizing medical marijuana.

Wednesday April 21st 1:00PM: Register HERE

Training & TA
All trainings have moved to a virtual platform due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Foundations 2: Hiring and Supervising Family Peer Mentors
April 14th, 2021

Intended for COHORT 4 - One day training on hiring and supervising family peer mentors. This training is required for PCSA START administrators and supervisors and Hiring Agency administrators and supervisors (if applicable). This training will prepare START sites to recruit, screen, interview, select, train, and supervise FPMs. Staff from cohorts 1-3 that have not previously attended Foundations 2 may also attend.
Break the Cycle: Understanding and Treating Generational Trauma
April 19th, 2021

This workshop will explore how trauma is passed down from generation to generation. The connection between trauma and addiction will be examined. We will explore pathways to healing, including effective trauma treatment strategies for families and individuals, including various motivational, short term, mindfulness-based, and insight focused interventions, allowing for the cultivation and expansion of one's resilience capacity.
Nurturing Parenting
April 27th, 2021

Participants will learn the philosophy, values and constructs of the Nurturing Parenting Programs. This 3 day virtual training will be held April 27-29, 2021. Participants must attend all 3 days to receive credit. It will be broken into 3 2-hour sections each day. 9:30-11:30 will be online virtual, 11:30-1:30 will be time for self-guided reading and reflection activities and then will return to online virtual 1:30-3:30.

This training is recommended for PCSA caseworkers, family peer mentors, behavioral health providers and anyone else in the county that may be working with Ohio START families.
Ohio START is a program of PCSAO
Our Mission: We approach Substance Use Disorders with compassion, understanding and hope for recovery. We work as a team, supporting and holding each other accountable. We believe in family, love and redemption.