July 2022
Director's Corner
This month is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. Each July, several mental health organizations across the country shed light on the multitude of mental health experiences within communities of color, including Black and Indigenous people, and others that face disproportionate inequities due to systemic barriers and historical adversity.

I hope you are taking time to enjoy the summer weather and spending time with friends and family. This can be a busy time for many people, please remember that self-care is important. Make sure you are taking time to meet your own personal needs.

 “Self-care is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation” — Audre Lorde

- Fawn
Medina County: A Community Embracing Recovery
International Overdose
Awareness Day
August 31, 2022
Ride for Recovery
September 17, 2022
In the News
Governor DeWine Announces Free Online Parenting Program to Families

Thanks to an investment by ODJFS and the Ohio Children's Trust Fund, Triple P is available for free for all Ohio families.  

Ohio families are encouraged to visit www.triplep-parenting.com/oh-en/triple-p/ to sign up for the program.
Reporting Without Stigma:
Ohio Releases Resource for Journalists

Governor Mike DeWine’s RecoveryOhio initiative, the Ohio Attorney General’s Task Force on Criminal Justice and Mental Illness, and the Ohio Opioid Education Alliance have created “Reporting About Substance Use and Mental Health: A Resource for Media Professionals” as a tool to help journalists, producers and other media professionals reduce the use of potentially stigmatizing language or imagery in news and media coverage.

Read the document here.
From the Field:
County Highlights
A mother who is now 5 months sober has supervised visits and a partner who is committed to sobriety.
Congratulations to Athens County on completing their Fidelity Review. Keep up the hard work!
Parent met all case plans goals and has five months of recovery.
Technical Assistance Retreat
On June 9, 2022 Ohio START had a technical assistance retreat with our partners at Children and Family Futures. The entire Ohio START Team gathered in Columbus, Ohio. This opportunity allowed us to work, learn and laugh together.

Thank you to our speakers who facilitated insightful discussions. Mike Kenney of PCSAO started off the day speaking about family engagement and challenged the team to expand their thinking. Then the team discussed coaching tools and tips with Natalie Adams. The day concluded with building cohesive teams with Jacqui Romer-Sensky. What a great experience for all.
Kinnect to Family and Ohio START
Success Story
Shelbe, an Ohio START Specialist with Kinnect shared the story of one family who, with support from her and the START team, was able to come up with their own solution.

Jane and John* were parents to a newborn baby, Amy. Amy tested positive for substances at birth and went home on a safety plan. Jane also had a three-year-old son, Joshua. Shelbe began developing the family genogram. When it became necessary for the children to leave the home on a weekend, Shelbe’s work came into play. Using the genogram, they identified a placement right away with their maternal grandfather. Shelbe also identified Joshua’s legal father who had raised him for the first half of his life. He definitely wanted to be involved and even offered medical information of which the team was unaware. The team connected him with the children’s grandfather who was caring for them. Together, the grandfather and Joshua’s father came up with a plan to care for the children and to keep the siblings connected. Both recognized the value of the sibling bond, as new as it was. Each of them would keep Amy and Joshua during the week. Each weekend, they would take turns keeping both siblings so that they are together every weekend.
*Names and identifying information have been changed for purposes of confidentiality.

With Kinnect to Family and Ohio START’s guidance, the family was able to find their own solution.
Visit the training calendar below to register
Family Toolkit: Genograms, ecomaps, and more!

July 6, 2022 from 9 am - 12 pm
Nurturing Parenting: Appropriate Expectations & Family Roles

July 8, 2022 from 9:30 - 10:30 pm
Family Team Meetings

July 13, 2022 from 9 am. - 4 pm
Substance Use Disorders 101

July 20, 2022 from 1 pm - 4:30 pm
Introduction to START for New Staff

July 21, 2022 from 2 pm - 4 pm
Trauma & Resilience: Identifying children, parents, and families at risk

July 25, 2022 from 9 am - 4 pm
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.
Please send content for the Ohio START Newsletter to Christine Morris.