September 2021
Director's Corner

Happy September! We hope everyone had a restful Labor Day weekend. We're excited to announce that we have hired a new Regional Manager, Jen McClellan, who you can learn more about below. We're also offering several trainings this month, and we're having our second Essential Component call on Sept. 16th at 9am. Read below for more information!

From the Field:
County Spotlights
Portage County
The Portage County START Team is working hard to integrate the START philosophy into the entire agency! They also have made great progress with their START families.
Lucas County
The Lucas County START Team is ready to successfully close one case now that the family has achieved sobriety for 6 months!
Lorain County
The Lorain County START Team had another successful case closure!
2021 Annual Ohio START Summit
Ohio START held a successful in-person summit on August 10th. Approximately 200 program staff, partners, and supporters came together for a full day of training and collaboration.

Read more about the summit HERE.
PCSAO Hires New Regional Manager
PCSAO is excited to announce that Jen McClellan will be joining the PCSAO Ohio START team as Regional Manager and will focus on the development and oversight of technical assistance to Ohio START grantees. She will start on September 13th.

Jen has a variety of experience working for non-profit organizations serving children, families, and adults in Central Ohio. For the last several, years she has held leadership positions in mental health, foster care, and medical social work. Jen is passionate about meeting the needs of vulnerable Ohioans.
Raised in Central Ohio, Jen received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from The Ohio State University. Jen enjoys spending time with her husband, three children, and dogs. She spends most of her spare time at the ice rinks where her children keep her busy with their hockey schedules.

Vendor Selected for Peer Mentors
PCSAO is excited to announce that Ohio START is partnering with Family Life Counseling and Psychiatric Services Inc. to provide technical assistance to Ohio START Family Peer Mentors, their employers, and public children service agencies implementing the Ohio START program. The technical assistance will be led by Brychelle Mullins, former family peer mentor for Richland County Children Services. Mullins will provide information regarding the implementation of the START model, recruitment and onboarding of family peer mentors, and best practice for peer support.
OhioMHAS September CLAS Standards Trainings
The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) Bureau of Recovery Supports, in partnership with Multiethnic Advocates for Cultural Competence (MACC) Inc., will host two “Implementing Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards” trainings in September.

The training provides recommendations to health care organizations for addressing language and cultural barriers to adequately meet the needs of a population growing in diversity, and provides a blueprint for establishing community engagement and includes recommendations on conducting community assessments. While the trainings are geared toward Residential Facility Class 2 (RF2) providers, they are open to anyone. Virtual trainings are scheduled for Sept. 7 at 1 p.m. and Sept. 14 at 9 a.m. Click the links for registration information.
OACBHA Virtual Celebration of Recovery Event
The Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities (OACBHA), in partnership with NAMI Ohio, Ohio Citizen Advocates for Addiction Recovery (OCAAR), and Ohio Peer Recovery Organizations (Ohio-PRO), announced plans to host a virtual Celebration of Recovery on Oct. 1 at 1 p.m. The virtual celebration will feature inspiring recovery stories, a recovery-centered trivia game, and a keynote presentation from comedian, writer, and podcast host, Chris Gethard. At 3 p.m., attendees will have the option to attend one of two breakout sessions: 1) Art for the Heart or 2) Yoga and Mindfulness for Recovery. Click HERE for more information and to register.

Needs Portal Training
The Needs Portal Team's next live training on the Needs Portal with be on Friday, September 10th from 12-2 pm. We encourage all new caseworkers, FPMs, and behavioral health partners to attend. We also encourage you to attend if you could use a refresher or if you have any outstanding questions to troubleshoot.

Please use the link below to register and as always, feel free to email the Needs Portal Team at with any questions or concerns.

Training & TA
All trainings have moved to a virtual platform due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Substance Use Disorders 101
September 9th, 2021

This training provides an opportunity to learn information regarding substance use, definitions, and classes of different substances and medications utilized for stabilization and support recovery. It will provide an overview of the impact on the brain, family roles, and recovery process.
Assessing Safety and Safety Planning in SUD Cases
September 13th, 2021

This workshop is designed to enhance knowledge and skills in the areas of assessing safety and safety planning in cases involving substance use and abuse. It will include a framework for best practice in bias-informed client engagement, assessing safety, and safety planning in these complex cases.
Family Team Meetings
September 15th, 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 an active role in FTMs including START CW supervisors, START CW caseworkers, FPM, and BH Supervisors/service coordinators.
September's Essential Component and Fidelity Standard Call
September 16th, 2021

To better prepare and support everyone for certification, we will be holding a monthly Essential Components & Fidelity Standards Call in place of the monthly Affinity Calls. They may be attended by any Ohio START staff. The September call will focus on Element 2, a strong collaborative partnership with substance use disorder (SUD) treatment providers and other family serving entities are required to develop a coordinated system-of-care.
Secondary Traumatic Stress & Provider Resilience
September 17th, 2021

Secondary Traumatic Stress, the presence of PTSD symptoms due to the exposure to other people's traumatic experiences, is arguably the biggest threat to the well-being of our workforce. After a quick review of Trauma-Informed Care, we'll explore the impact of Covid-19 on both the families that we work with and on us! Then we'll define STS and other related terms and conditions. We'll learn how to increase our own resiliency by tapping into the positive experience of compassion satisfaction and meaningful connections. Throughout the entire session, we'll identify and rehearse strategies to build worker resiliency, increase self-care and address STS.
Trauma & Resilience: Identifying children, parents and families at risk
September 20th, 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.
Ohio START FTM Facilitator Skills
September 27th, 2021
One of the key ingredients in the Ohio START program is Family Team Meetings (FTMs). This workshop is designed to provide and rehearse the skills needed to successfully facilitate the FTMs. The FTM should be neutrally facilitated, engage all participants, and provide a guided format for identifying strengths, needs and develop an action plan. This training will review the core principles, components, and skills needed to successfully facilitate FTMs. We will utilize break-out rooms for groups to simulate the FTM process with opportunities to rehearse their own facilitation. This skill-building session is intended for anyone that currently or will be responsible to facilitate an FTM. 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.