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County agency to launch pilot project
Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) has received at $146,294 grant from the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services for a pilot project to assist individuals post-incarceration. The project called Montgomery County Linkages is designed to help ex-offenders from recommitting criminal acts by helping them overcome significant obstacles such as mental health services, housing and substance abuse relapse.
Approximately 62% of inmates have been abusing alcohol and/or drugs; 50% are homeless; 47% have a severe mental health illness; 19% have some level of developmental or learning disability, and 18% have attempted suicide.
The pilot project will fill gaps in services and provide a holistic plan for providing services pre and post-release. “Research shows that most successful reentry programs are achieved when treatment services begin in jail and continue in the community following release,” said ADAMHS Executive Director Helen Jones-Kelley.
The project will be a collaborative effort between ADAMHS, Samaritan Behavioral Health, Miami Valley Housing Opportunities and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department.
We have an App!
Montgomery County’s Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) now has a smartphone app, making it the first agency or department in county government to offer a free download. “The functionality of the app allows users to have information in the palm of their hand,” said ADAMHS Executive Director Helen Jones-Kelley. “It is in response to the significant increase in people using mobile devices to access resources that previously were only available on our website.”
The mobile app for Apple and Android devices can be accessed in the App Store by simply searching for “adamhs,” through the Apple App Store, Google Play or by using the ADAMHS QR Code.
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Talking to/with Your Kids about Drugs
Talking to your kids about drugs is always a tough necessary subject to approach. As tough as it may be,
getting the conversation started should be approached like any other health or safety concern. As a parent, you have to be the initiator of the conversation.
Your kids are not going to be the one's to come to you to have a conversation about drugs. Here are some tips to help you have "The Talk"
- Be clear with your kids that you don’t want them using drugs.
- Talk often about the dangers and results of drug and alcohol use.
- Be a better listener. Ask questions and encourage them
to talk to you.
- Give honest answers. Don’t lie if you used drugs in the past.
- Ask clarifying questions to make sure you understand.
- Use TV reports, anti-drug commercials etc. to introduce the subject.
- Don’t react in a way that will cut off discussion.
- Role play ways to refuse drugs and alcohol.
Research has shown that drug use risk increases between the 9th and 12th grades. Being an involved parent by having a conversation with your child, reduces this risk.
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"As the county agency responsible for overseeing
the public funding of alcohol, drug addiction and
mental health programs and services, ADAMHS is
committed to improving lives and utilizing taxpayer
dollars efficiently. To achieve that end, we remain
mindful that our priority must be accountability to
the citizens of Montgomery County." -
Helen Jones-Kelley, Executive
Director ADAMHS Board
Juvenile Drug Court to Increase Capacity
Boost to Local Anti-Drug Effort
Montgomery County Juvenile Drug Court will increase the number of
youth and families it serves thanks to much needed federal funding.
Juvenile Drug Court currently has about 135 voluntary
participants annually, but that number soon will increase to 165 a
“The expansion of our juvenile drug court is a direct result of the
32 recommendations of the 2008 Montgomery County Alcohol and Other
Drug Abuse Task Force,” said County Commission and Task Force
Co-Chair Dan Foley. “To secure federal funding for this expansion is
a real credit to the task force which had the vision to address gaps
in services and systems.”
The goal of a $975,000 federal grant from the Substance Abuse and
Mental Health Services Administration is to reduce substance abuse
and crime, while saving families. The Juvenile Drug Court began in
1998 and offers judicially supervised treatment and services
including drug testing and community supervision.
“Research shows that drug courts are the most effective form of
justice intervention for
treating people with substance abuse issues, said Juvenile Judge
Anthony Capizzi. “Successful drug courts also reduce crime and
associated costs in the communities they serve. It will provide an
opportunity for a better future for our youth as well as ensure a
better success rate by treating the whole family, not just the
The three-year grant will offer the opportunity to serve youth with
in-home, substance and mental health treatment services through
South Community’s LIFE Program (Learning Independence and Family
project is a collaborative between the Montgomery County Juvenile
Court, South Community, Inc., Case Western University and the
Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
City sets up drop boxes to collect old prescription drugs
Dayton police and Montgomery County’s Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Metal Health Services Board are teaming up to put drop boxes for the disposal of unwanted or expired prescription medications around the city.
Dayton residents may use the drop boxes to dispose of controlled substances such as those used to treat pain, anxiety or attention deficit disorder; non-controlled prescription medications prescribed to treat medical conditions like high blood pressure or diabetes; over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, syrups, ointments, creams, lotions and inhalers.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office on Second Street has had a drop box for about a year as have a number of suburban police departments around the county.
Disposal locations for unwanted or expired prescription medications
- Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office: 345 W. Second St., Dayton
- Dayton Police Districts: 2721 Wayne Avenue; 931 Washington Street; 248 Salem Avenue; 335 W. Third Street.
- Centerville Police Department, 155 W. Spring Valley Rd.
- Miami Township Police Department, 2660 Lyons Rd.
- Butler Township Police Department, 8526 N. Dixie Dr.
- Miamisburg Police Department, 10 N. First St.
- German Township Police Department, 12102 St. Rt. 725
- Brookville Police Department, 301 Sycamore St.
At-Risk Youth Interactive Training Available For High School Educators
Free online interactive training is now available to high school teachers and staff in Montgomery County. The Kognito At-Risk Interactive Online Gatekeeper Training assists school personnel in recognizing and responding to the mental health needs of their students. ....More
Recognizing Mental Health Disorders in Youth
The National Council for Behavioral Health is offering an evidence-based training program to help citizens identify mental health problems in young people, intervene in mental health crises, and connect youth with care.
The program, Youth Mental Health First Aid, focused on youth 12 to 25 years, is being rolled out across the country after a year-long pilot. The adult Mental Health First Aid program has been delivered to more than 80,000 Americans through a network of 2,500+ instructors. The youth version provides an ideal forum to engage communities in discussing the signs and symptoms of mental illness, the prevalence of mental health disorders, the effectiveness of treatment and how to engage troubled young people in services.
Researchers Outline Effective Strategies to Prevent Teen Depression and Suicide
Untreated depression is one of the leading causes of teen suicide, and signs of depression can also be a warning that a teen is contemplating suicide. In an article published this week in the quarterly journal The Prevention Researcher, University of Cincinnati researchers are describing how positive connections can help offset these tragedies.
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Even Moderate Drinking in Pregnancy Can Affect a Child's IQ
Relatively small levels of exposure to alcohol while in the womb can influence a child's IQ, according to a new study led by researchers from the universities of Bristol and Oxford using data from over 4,000 mothers and their children in the Children of the 90s study (ALSPAC) and published November 14 in PLOS ONE.
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