July 2021
Director's Corner

Happy July Ohio START! I hope everyone enjoyed the warm holiday weekend! This month we are excited to announce we will be hosting our 2021 Annual Ohio START Summit in person on August 10th. We also have several program updates including a new partnership with 30 days to Family and an abundance of training opportunities for this month. Read below for more information on these exciting updates!
From the Field:
Cohort 4 County Spotlights
Guernsey County
Guernsey County has received a great response from staff and local providers who attended in-person community presentations!
Miami County
Miami County has filled two key positions of CPS Administrator and START Supervisor! They are working towards next steps in hiring the rest of their START team.
Coshocton County
The Coshocton County team is very organized and has been taking great initiative in the implementation of 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!

Look for an email with information on registration and more coming soon!

Partnership with 30 Days

Ohio START is beginning a two-year pilot program with 30 Days to Family® with the goal of increasing family search and engagement strategies in START cases to prevent or decrease the length of time children are in care. The collaboration will enhance the family-centered recovery model by strengthening each family’s natural support network and ensuring families stay connected. Many families impacted by substance-use disorders may find that their natural support network changes as they embark on their recovery journey. 30 Days to Family® can help families to build out supports such as childcare, transportation, and respite services.

Loan Repayment Program for SUD Service

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration Bureau of Health Workforce offers the Substance Abuse Disorder Treatment and Recovery (STAR) Loan Repayment Program. The STAR program will pay up to $250,000 to awardees in exchange for six years of full-time employment that involves direct treatment or recovery support of patients with or in recovery from a substance use disorder. 

The purpose of the program is to recruit and retain medical, nursing, behavioral health clinicians, and paraprofessionals who provide direct treatment or recovery support of patients with or in recovery from a substance use disorder. Full details are available here. A fact sheet is available here

New SAMHSA Resources

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration recently posted several web pages containing a variety of videos, factsheets, and broadcast-quality public service announcements to help individuals and their loved ones connect with and remain in treatment for mental and substance use disorders. Each page contains a brief overview of the topic, ways to obtain help, and additional References and Relevant Resources at the bottom of the page. Some of the resources are available in Spanish as well as English.

Topics Include:

Gov. DeWine Declares Aug 31 as Ohio Overdose Awareness Day

Governor Mike DeWine signed Senate Bill 30 into law earlier in June at the RecoveryOhio Advisory Council meeting, designating August 31 as Ohio Overdose Awareness Day. The bill, which was sponsored by Sen. Matt Dolan (R-Chagrin Falls), seeks to raise public awareness of the opioid epidemic and to remember the lives lost to addiction. On Aug. 31, a state flag will be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sundown in remembrance of Ohioans lost to overdoses.

Training & TA
All trainings have moved to a virtual platform due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
De-escalation with Compassion
July 7th, 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.
Introduction to Motivational Interviewing
July 9th, 2021

Motivational Interviewing is a guided style of communication child welfare professionals can utilize to assist parents or caregivers in identifying reasons to and pathways toward change. Motivational Interviewing attends closely to engagement, and is well-matched to working with families involved with the child welfare system. There is a required prerequisite prior to attending this course. The link to this can be found on the training descriptions page. This six-hour virtual training builds on an existing introductory level of familiarity with Motivational Interviewing. This course is a requirement for Ohio START caseworkers and family peer mentors and is suggested for all supervisors.
Supporting LQBTQIA+ Families
July 13th, 2021

This training will begin by introducing the concept of queer theory and exploring how privilege and prejudice effect the queer community. Participants will learn current terminology while exploring LGBT+ history and the developmental processes of queer youth. Case examples, clinical tools, and resources will be reviewed. We will focus on how to create an affirming environment and review The Family Acceptance Project, which is an evidence-based intervention that focuses on reducing family rejection. We will also explore ways to assist LGBT youth and review current federal and state rights. Finally, we will review research on LGBT+ parenting.
Substance Use Disorders 101
July 14th, 2021

This training provides an opportunity to learn information regarding substance use, definitions and classes of different substances and medications utilized for stabilization and support recovery. It will provide an overview of the impact on the brain, family roles and recovery process.
Nurturing Parenting
July 20th, 21st, 22nd 2021

Participants will learn the philosophy, values and constructs of the Nurturing Parenting Programs. This 3 day virtual training will be held July 20-22, 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.
Secondary traumatic Stress & Provider Resiliency
July 22nd, 2021

Secondary Traumatic Stress, the presence of PTSD symptoms due the exposure to other people's traumatic experience, is arguably the biggest threat to the well-being of our workforce. After a quick review of Trauma Informed Care, we'll explore the impact of Covid-19 on both the families that we work with and on us! Then we'll define STS and other related terms and conditions. We'll learn how to increase our own resiliency by tapping into the positive experience of compassion satisfaction and meaningful connections. Throughout the entire session, we'll identify and rehearse strategies to build worker resiliency, increase self-care and address STS.
Ohio START FTM Facilitator Skills
July 26th, 2021
One of the key ingredients in the Ohio START program is Family Team Meetings (FTMs). This workshop is designed to provide and rehearse the skills needed to successfully facilitate the FTMs. The FTM should be neutrally facilitated, engage all participants, and provide a guided format for identifying strengths, needs, and develop an action plan. This training will review the core principles, components, and skills needed to successfully facilitate FTMs. We will utilize break out rooms for groups to simulate the FTM process with opportunities to rehearse their own facilitation. This skill building session is intended for anyone that currently or will be responsible to facilitate a FTM. Participants must have already attended a full day Ohio START FTM training prior to attending this session.
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.