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Second Annual Greater Dayton Mental Health Foundation Symposium & Luncheon featuring Emmy-nominated Actor Jeffery Tambor

Save the Date!  Emmy-nominated actor Jeffery Tambor (Arrested Development & The Larry Sanders Show) will be speaking at the Second Annual Greater Dayton Mental Health Symposium and Luncheon.  Wednesday, May 14 from 8:00am to 1:00pm at Sinclair Community College.  For more details click here.

Overdose Kits are Coming...

In the war against heroin, there’s a new weapon. Thanks to a new state law, Ohioans are getting increased access to Naloxone or Narcan, a drug that temporarily kicks opiate users back to consciousness after an overdose. For residents like Lori Erion of New Carlisle, who has a family member struggling with heroin addiction, the drug is a potential lifesaver. “What’s happening is heroin is making its way into the lives and homes of people you would not have expected it to,” said Erion, who runs a group, Friends of Addicts, to support families wrestling with opiate addiction.

Starting Monday, kits with Naloxone will be available in Miami Valley Hospital’s downtown emergency room. Samaritan Behavioral Health’s Crisis Care is already giving families a kit that includes Naloxone, County Alcohol Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) agency will soon give families similar Naloxone/Narcan kits. Dayton police are also officers with Narcan kits, as allowed under the new law. .

Learn more here

Medicaid Expansion 101 Training offered

Medicaid expansion is part of an effort to get health insurance coverage for Ohio’s working poor. New regulations under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act allow states to extend coverage to households where the annual income is 138 percent of the federal poverty line or lower.

This training on February 5th, 2014 will educate providers serving people with very low incomes, people who are homeless, and people with HIV/AIDS on understanding how Medicaid works, who is eligible, and how to apply for Medicaid as well as the next steps after an application is completed.  For more information click here for the PDF Flyer or click on our Training Opportunities link and go to February 5, 2014.

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. For more information click Here

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.

Recent News

OhioMHAS Announces Community Innovations Initiative

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services announced it will invest $1.5 million next year in projects that help link non-violent offenders with community-based behavioral healthcare services. The investments into the 12 collaborative projects in 24 counties is part of the Department's new Community Innovations Initiative, which kicked-off last week at the University of Findlay. The funding was acquired through savings resulting from the consolidation of state-funded agencies for mental health and addiction services. ....More


Suicide Risk Management

There are over 38,000 completed suicides in the United States per year. It is the 10th overall leading cause of death and the 3rd cause of death for individuals aged 15-24. Over 90 percent of those who die by suicide meet criteria for a severe and persistent mental illness and the suicide rate has been increasing, particularly among our veterans and middle aged males. click here for More


Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

After a traumatic experience, it's normal to feel frightened, sad, anxious, and disconnected. But if the upset doesn't fade and you feel stuck with a constant sense of danger and painful memories, you may be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It can seem like you'll never get over what happened or feel normal again. But by seeking treatment, reaching out for support, and developing new coping skills, you can overcome PTSD and move on with your life.   For more information, Click here  

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. , click here.

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