August 2022
Director's Corner
August 31, 2022 is International Overdose Awareness Day, which is the world’s annual campaign to end overdose, remember without stigma those who we have lost, and acknowledge the grief of the family and friends left behind. Get involved by clicking here.

Ohio START believes in family, love and redemption. Together we have served over 1,000 families. We continue to work as a team, supporting and holding each other accountable.

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” Chinese Proverbs

- Fawn
Summit County Celebrates Graduates
of the Ohio START Program
Donna was motivated from day one. She asked to be part of START because she heard great things about the program. Donna remained humble and took advantage of every opportunity presented to her. Donna is an amazing mother and her son is happy, adorable and thriving in her care. Donna has about 17 months of sobriety.

Congratulations Donna! We are so proud of your hard work.
Khala has experienced many changes through our time working with her in the Ohio START program. She focused on recovery as well as parenting. Khala knew that recovery is what is best for her and her children. She learned to balance working a full time job, caring for the kids and keeping a household while also continuing her sober support.

Congratulations Khala! Keep your focus. Well done.
From the Field:
County Highlights
Successfully closed a case of a mother who was able to check all items but one off of the Indicators of Early Recovery document.
Closed the case of a mother with over six months of sobriety. The graduate brought support people to the agency for a nice celebration.
Successfully closed a case and gifted the graduate tickets to the Toledo Zoo, which is something the mother always wanted to do with her children.
PCSAO 2022 Conference
PCSAO conference registration is now open!

PCSAO is holding its 37th annual conference Monday through Wednesday, Sept. 19-21 at the Hilton Easton. The theme, “As Our World Turns,” recognizes that the children services field is in the midst of many changes and it can feel like we are spinning so fast, we can’t slow down. . 

Read about the conference agenda, keynote speakers, awards, sponsors, and more on the conference webpage

Register here.
Ohio START presenting at Peer Support Conference
The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OMHAS) is hosting a virtual Peer Support Conference, on August 23-24, 2022. The purpose of this conference is to expand knowledge skill and introduce new innovative ideas for peers to utilize to cultivate recovery.

Ohio START is excited to present at the Ohio MHAS Peer Support Conference 2022, "Uplifting Resilience—A Vital Role of a Peer Supporter." The workshop will discuss how to overcome imposter syndrome, develop resilience skills, and reduce stigma in the workplace. We are proud to have a panel of current Family Peer Mentors to join the presentation and provide their expertise.

For more information about the conference and to register, click here.
Visit the training calendar below to register
Ohio START Consortium Meeting

August 4 or 10, 2022
from 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Joyful Together

August 5, 2022
from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Understanding the Culture of Poverty

August 9, 2022
from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Nurturing Parenting: Discipline

August 12, 2022
from 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Ohio START FTM Facilitator Skills

August 16, 2022
from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Trauma Informed Family Engagement

August 17, 2022
from 9:00 am - 4:00 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.
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