March 2021
Director's Corner

Happy March to all. This month, we welcome two new technical assistance consultants to the Ohio START team. Carly Mesnick has joined the Ohio START team as the Behavioral Health TA Consultant. Carly is a licensed clinical professional counselor with her supervision designation and has been working as a clinician and director of programs managing the treatment of trauma and co-occurring disorders for 15 years. Carly will focus her work with Ohio START on the behavioral health side of the program, offering technical assistance to the behavioral health partners and PCSAs. Kathy Spirk has also joined the team as an Ohio START Coach and TA Consultant. Kathi Spirk recently retired as the Director of Clinton County Job and Family Services, one of the original pilot counties for the program. She also served as a member of the PCSAO Board of Trustees from 2016-2020, most recently as President. Kathi will provide on the ground coaching to Ohio START teams focusing on Family Team Meetings and Motivational Interviewing.  Please help me welcome Carly and Kathi to the team and feel free to reach out if you would like to request their assistance.    
2020 Impact Report

Ohio START released its 2020 Impact Report! This provides 2020 program data and features testimonials from participants as well as success stories.
From the Field
Butler County
The Butler County team has successfully integrated their new peer into the group and are working well together!
Clinton County
The Clinton County team has successfully completed their ITTA plan and has made amazing progress in rebuilding their program!
Warren County
The Warren County team has integrated their new dyad well and is continuing to add additional cases without any workflow stressors!
Ohio Creates Trauma Certificate to Help Children and Families
A new online training certificate will assist social service professionals, public assistance professionals, and early childhood professionals who work with children and families that have experienced trauma. The training is free, and the certificate will be effective for two years. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS), OhioMHAS, and the Ohio Child Care Resource and Referral Association (OCCRRA) invested nearly $1 million in Coronavirus Relief Funds to develop the three-tier certificate and curriculum. Those undergoing the training will demonstrate knowledge and skill development in the trauma competencies adopted by the Family First Leadership Advisory Committee. Professionals can achieve proficiency in the following levels: Trauma Aware, Trauma Informed and Trauma Competent. Case managers, caseworkers, teachers, therapists, police officers, pastors, probation officers and others can enhance their skills by accessing the website 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.
Thursday March 18th 10:00am-11:30am: Access Zoom Link HERE

Heart to Heart: A Virtual Gathering of Ohio Dads
The Ohio Practitioners’ Network for Fathers and Families (OPNFF) is hosting quarterly forums in 2021 to gather in conversation with Ohio fathers. "These gatherings are an opportunity for fathers all across Ohio to come together and support each other through fellowship, information sharing, and healing. Our goal is for every father to walk away with an increased level of strength and determination to support, protect, and educate their families during these trying times", reflected Harold Howard, President of OPNFF and Vice President of Community Care with Talbert House.

The first forum, Heart to Heart, will be Saturday March 20th, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. The voices of children (ages 10-18) will be featured in the first half hour. They'll be guided in a conversation about school, friends and support from parents during the pandemic. At 11:15, the format will shift to a male-only conversation among fathers, grandfathers, male mentors and father figures, focusing on the pain men are feeling during these turbulent times.

Calvin Williams, OPNFF Board Member and Coordinator of the Hamilton County Fatherhood Collaborative commented, "The event is designed for fathers and children to be supported through sharing about the impacts of the pandemic, the social and political unrest, and how these events are affecting families. It’s a way to turn towards each other versus just looking outward or globally." 

Pre registration is required, click HERE to register.
Training & TA
All trainings have moved to a virtual platform due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Foundations 4: START Child Welfare Practices
March 10th, 2021

ONLY FOR COHORTS 1-3 - This final foundational training supports front-line practice of the START model with the purpose of building on knowledge and supporting the daily work. This training is required for PCSA Ohio START Supervisors, Caseworkers, Family Peer Mentors and BH Supervisors and Service Coordinators. We encourage everyone that is new to START in Cohorts 1-3 to attend. This training will be offered to Cohort 4 in August 2021.
Trauma & Resilience: Identifying children, parents and families at risk
March 15th, 2021

This training includes an overview of the Children's Trauma Assessment Center Trauma Screening Checklist (CTAC). We will also look at how to assess the trauma exposure of their parents, using the Adverse Childhood Experience survey (ACE). This training is required for staff administering the CTAC and/or ACE including: START CW caseworker, FPM, BH Supervisors/service coordinators and suggested for CW supervisors.
Foundations 3: Behavioral Health Treatment Provider Strategies
March 17th, 2021

Intended for COHORT 4 - One day training focusing on behavioral health treatment provider strategies within START that support behavioral health treatment and child welfare outcomes. This training is REQUIRED for PCSA START Supervisors and Administrators; BH treatment provider agency(ies) administrators, supervisors/service coordinators; FPM hiring BH agency supervisor (if applicable). START local teams should attend together and will have the opportunity to discuss how the strategies will be implemented in their community. Staff from cohorts 1-3 that have not previously attended Foundations 3 may also attend.
Family Team Meetings
March 31st, 2021
One of the key ingredients in the Ohio START program is Family Team Meetings (FTM). This training will describe the core principles, components, and skills needed to successfully facilitate FTMs. This training is required for staff that will take active role in FTMs including: START CW caseworker, FPM, BH Supervisors/service coordinators and suggested for CW supervisors.
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.