August 2021
Director's Corner

Happy August Ohio START! This month we are so excited to see everyone who registered for the Ohio START Annual Summit on August 10th. Make sure to read through the newsletter to hear highlights from counties with successful case closures and multiple training opportunities for this month!
From the Field:
County Spotlights
South Central
The South Central START teams had 2 families that graduated from the program! They celebrated with cake, presents, and pizza with family, friends, and treatment providers!
Brown County
The Brown County START team has 3 cases that are nearing a successful closure!
Lorain County
The Lorain County START team successfully closed a case that had been open for almost 2 years! The child was able to remain in home during the entire duration in START.
2021 Annual Ohio START Summit
We are excited to be hosting the 2021 Annual Ohio START Summit in person on August 10th, 9 AM-4 PM at the Fawcett Center. There will be a variety of presentations and speakers on topics relating to substance use disorder treatment, implicit bias, trauma and addiction, and much more! Click on the links below for an informational flyer with the full agenda and presentation descriptions.
Ohio START is Hiring!
Ohio START is seeking a regional manager to assist with the management and implementation of our program, focused on the development and oversight of technical assistance in a specified region of the state.
2021 OhioMHAS Peer Recovery Support Conference
OhioMHAS will host the 2021 Recovery Support Conference: Onward and Upward in Unity virtually on Aug.24-25. The purpose of the conference, during this unprecedented time, will be to support Peer Recovery Supporters who wish to enhance their skills and obtain new knowledge. The COVID-19 pandemic has presented challenges that exacerbate mental health symptoms, attribute to relapse of substance use, and compound the challenges of accessing services for both mental health and addiction. While rendering services to those who are striving to achieve recovery, it is essential for peers to be united, educate and uplift one another, and move onward and upward in maintaining recovery. Embracing the many pathways to recovery is core to achieving success in this endeavor. Click below to register by Aug. 23. For questions, please e-mail
CDC Releases New ACEs Infographic

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a new infographic that shows the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and how preventing ACEs can help create neighborhoods and communities where every child thrives. The infographic showcases data from the CDC-Kaiser Permanente ACE study and recent findings to address the following questions: What are ACEs? How common are ACEs? How do ACEs affect our lives? How do ACEs affect society? What can be done about ACEs? ACEs are potentially traumatic events in childhood (0-17 years), such as neglect and experiencing or witnessing violence. However, types of early adversity can be stopped before they start. Safe, stable, and nurturing relationships and environments have a positive impact in creating positive childhood experiences. Their benefits can last a lifetime.  

Training & TA
All trainings have moved to a virtual platform due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Assessing Safety and Safety Planning in SUD Cases
August 2nd, 2021

This workshop is designed to enhance knowledge and skills in the areas of assessing safety and safety planning in cases involving substance use and abuse. It will include a framework for best practice in bias-informed client engagement, assessing safety, and safety planning in these complex cases.
Screening and Intervention of Substance Use Disorders (UNCOPE)
August 4th, 2021

This workshop will assist participants with how to use the evidence-based screening tool (UNCOPE), interpret the results, provide feedback to the parent and offer recommendations to seek further assessment for treatment services. This training is required for Ohio START caseworkers, family peer mentors, non-START CW staff responsible for administering the UNCOPE, suggested for CW supervisors, and optional for CW administrators, BH administrators, supervisors/service coordinators. This abbreviated virtual edition meets the full-day requirement at this time.
OhioMHAS Peer Recovery Supporter (PRS) Training
August 16th, 2021

OhioMHAS Peer Recovery Supporter (PRS) Training teaches individuals in recovery from a mental health and/or substance use issue to use their experience to help their peers who are also in recovery. This 40-hour PRS training is intended for Family Peer Mentors who are required to become a certified Peer Recovery Supporter and have not already attended the 40-hour training. To attend this training, you must personally be in recovery from an addiction.

This training will take place from August 16-20 and August 23-27, from 10AM-3PM each day with a 1-hour break at noon, and participants must attend the full 40 hours to receive credit. If you miss any portion of the training, you will need to repeat the entire 40 hours at another time, so if you sign up, you must commit to attending the full 40 hours.
Trauma Informed Family Engagement: Understanding the impact of implicit bias and structural racism
August 16th, 2021

Join us to explore what it means to be trauma-informed in our engagement of families. Together we will explore the cultural and historical context of trauma, learn about structural racism and our own implicit bias. We will unpack the potential impact of those issues on our engagement with families. Participants will identify the six guiding principles to trauma-informed care, the importance of authentic family engagement as well as strategies for the implementation of trauma-informed family engagement practices.
De-escalation with Compassion
August 18th, 2021

During this half-day training, we present a unique, compassionate approach to addressing challenging situations. De-escalation with compassion is a way to engage with someone in a high-stress situation. It moves beyond tone of voice or posture to full self-reflection and awareness. It includes assessing our own emotional state and bias, not just the other person. It means seeing someone's behavior as a reaction to fear or suffering, instead of acting aggressive or scary. It allows workers to connect with others as a human being even in escalated situations.
Motivational Interviewing: Practical Application Practice
August 20th, 2021

This follow-up to the Ohio START Introduction to Motivational Interviewing training is formatted as part-refresher and part-learning community, designed to guide practical application ideas and skills about incorporating MI into your professional skillsets. *Completion/attendance of the Ohio START all-day Intro to Motivational Interviewing Training is a required prerequisite.
Trauma-Informed Resiliency-Oriented Supervision
August 23rd, 2021
This session will address the supervisory relationship as a parallel process of promoting resilience, providing both support to the supervisees and a roadmap for the relationship that the supervisee has with the family. We will also address supervisory strategies to monitor and prevent SES symptoms related to resilience promotion. Small group breakouts will be used to promote and model reflective discussions around resiliency components and promotion.
Break the Cycle: Understanding and Treating Generational Trauma
August 30th, 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.
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.