April 2022
Director's Corner
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month (CAPM). Child abuse is preventable by increasing the protective factors like parental resilience, children's social and emotional health, parental knowledge of child development and parenting skills, concrete support for basic needs and social connections. These are things Ohio START helps families with every day.

The Ohio Children's Trust Fund will kick off its campaign “Help Create Positive Childhood Experiences, That Last A Lifetime” on April 7. PCSAO and member agencies will hold the annual Wear Blue Campaign Wednesday, April 13. We hope you will join us in wearing blue and posting your photo to the Ohio Wears Blue Facebook page.

Here is a quote that resonates this month:

“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.”

--George Washington Carver
From the Field:
County Highlights
Auglaize, Mahoning, Trumbull, Gallia and Meigs
Auglaize, Mahoning, Trumbull, Gallia and Meigs County START teams have new Family Peer Mentors.
Ashtabula, Medina, Portage and Stark
Ashtabula, Portage and Medina County START teams each had two case completions and Stark County had one.
Erie and Licking
Erie and Licking County START teams have new caseworkers.
Ohio START welcomes new staff
Ohio START welcomed two new staff to PCSAO in March. Christine Morris is the new Program Coordinator. Christine comes to us from the Family and Youth Law Center (FYLAW) at Capital University where she spent nearly 17 years in information services, communications and projects. Her work there involved program support for the Ohio Intimate Partner Violence Collaborative as well as creating and maintaining websites and community relations. We are excited to have her! 
Amy Reinhart will serve as a technical assistant for Northeast Ohio. Amy comes to Ohio START from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, where she was a technical assistance specialist. Prior to that, she has over 20 years of experience with Sandusky County Job and Family Services in children services. Welcome, Amy!
Ohio START 2021 Impact Report

Ohio START released its annual impact report for 2021. The report includes key metrics, Family Peer Mentor Profiles, trauma research, and success stories. Read it here.
OACBHA Opioid Conference
The Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities Foundation, in partnership with the Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services and the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction, will host Ohio’s 2022 Opiate and Other Drugs Conference June 6-7 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Columbus. The two-day conference will focus on opiates, stimulants, and other substance use disorders, specifically on efforts related to prevention, education, intervention, treatment, recovery, family supports, community engagement, and more. Find more information here, or register here
Sober bar to open in Columbus
Columbus' first sober bar, The Dry Mill, is set to open April 30 in downtown Columbus. Two friends in recovery, Dave Payne and Collin Thomas, developed the concept as a place for people to hang out, spend time together and have a good meal and alcohol-free drinks. Their goals is to provide a space where people early in their recovery feel safe and welcome without being surrounded by alcohol. Read about the background here and the plans for opening here.
Visit the training calendar below to register

Supporting LGBTQIA+ Families

April 8 from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Secondary Traumatic Stress & Provider Resilience

April 11 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

De-escalation with Compassion

April 13 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Understanding the Culture of Poverty

April 15 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Introduction to START for New Staff (Cohorts 1-4 only)

April 21 from 2 - 4 p.m.
Ohio START Foundations #2 - Hiring & Supervising Family Peer Mentors

April 22 from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

(Caseworkers and Family Peer Mentors should not attend)
Motivational Interviewing for Supervisors: Professional Learning Community (PLC)

April 27 from 9 - 10 a.m.

(Supervisors only for this training)
Ohio START FTM Facilitator Skills

April 27 from 9 a.m.- 12 p.m.

(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.