May 2022
Director's Corner
May is Foster Care Month. The theme this year is "Relative and Kin Connections: Keeping Families Strong." Ohio START works to strengthen families every day, by providing peer support, parenting skills and concrete supports to START participants. We work to keep children in the home whenever possible, and to strengthen and maintain family bonds when they must be apart for a time.

As Michael J. Fox said it best:

"Family is not an important thing. It's everything."

From the Field:
County Highlights
Perry, Muskingum, Defiance, Paulding, and Preble
Five counties committed to the pre-implementation opportunity with Ohio START. Kick off meeting is May 5, 2022.
Mahoning County START team is onboarding a new Family Peer Mentor.

A parent participating in Ohio START reached 8 months of sobriety and reunited with their child.
OACBHA to Host Ohio’s 2022 Recovery Celebration
The Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities (OACBHA), in partnership with the Ohio Department of Mental Health, Addiction Services, Alcohol, Drug Addiction, county Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Boards from throughout Ohio, and Peg's Foundation, will hosting Ohio’s 2022 Recovery Celebration: Growing Stronger Together on June 28 from 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at KEMBA Live!, an outdoor concert venue in downtown Columbus. The event is free to people ages 18 and older. Pre-registration is required. The event will feature speakers, activities, food, and entertainment throughout the day. Ohio PRO, Ohio Citizen Advocates for Addiction Recovery, NAMI Ohio, and the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation will also be participating in the event, providing resources for individuals and family members in attendance. Click here to pre-register for this event.
Visit the training calendar below to register
Screening and Intervention of Substance Use Disorders (UNCOPE)

May 13 from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Family Toolkit: Genograms, ecomaps, and more!

May 18 from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Nurturing Parenting

May 18 from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Introduction to START for New Staff - Cohorts 1-4 ONLY

May 19 from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Motivational Interviewing for Supervisors: Professional Learning Community (PLC) - Supervisors Only

May 25 from 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Secondary Traumatic Stress & Provider Resilience

May 31 from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
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.