COUNTY BOARD DIRECTORY
COUNTY BOARD DIRECTORY
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STRENGTHENING OHIO’S PEER SUPPORT / CONSUMER-OPERATED SERVICES
The Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities (OACBHA) has been working to move Ohio’s local communities forward as Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC). The first major principle of the working the ROSC BluePrint is focus on clients and families, and OACBHA is invested, as is the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS), in nurturing the peer movement in Ohio that utilizes “lived experience” in helping consumers achieve and sustain recovery. Toward this end, OACBHA has partnered with OhioMHAS, thanks to a Statewide Advocacy Network Grant, to make available tools, resources, and trainings to strengthen Ohio’s peer support/consumer-operated services network. Click here to view the OhioMHAS peer support page.
Our ultimate goal with the grant is to support the development of a stronger Statewide Advocacy Network (SWAN) of Peer Support/Consumer Operated Services that builds upon existing tools and expertise with specific focus on strengthening their governing boards and their advocacy efforts.* To help guide the work of the grant, OACBHA has enlisted members to join a PS/COS Advisory Committee.
*It is important to assure Peer Support and Consumer-Operated Services providers that through this one-year grant, OACBHA plans to function as a catalyst for establishing and developing COS’s in Ohio; OACBHA does not intend to “own” this project or process long-term.
Through conversations and meetings with key consumer organizations and individuals, as well as an online survey, OACBHA has sought input from PS/COS providers into the types of resources that would best meet their needs. These resources may be utilized to enhance existing local peer support and consumer-run organizations or to create new peer-led, community-based services to promote recovery. The consensus reached was that any peer support resources being created should build upon (not replicate) previous efforts, with focus on three key areas: Board/Leadership Development, Advocacy/Marketing, and Sustaining Funding.
OACBHA is developing a guide to key components for governing board orientation and education, an index of available resources cross-referenced by topic and another resource that provides information on multi-level advocacy (self-advocacy, peer advocacy and systems advocacy). Accompanying each of the resources will be regional trainings for teams of PS/COS leadership and governing board representatives. Through these resource and regional trainings, OACBHA will work with the recovery community to strengthen the presence and availability of peer support and consumer-operated services in Ohio.
Peer Support and Consumer Operated Service Resources
Index of Resource Topics for Peer Support/Consumer Operated Services
Index of Policies and Procedures by Source
SWAN Regional Grantee Map
OhioMHAS has given grants to five regional SWAN grantees in Ohio. These grantees' regions are defined by the OhioMHAS state hospital catchment areas. Each grantee is working to reach out to other consumer-operated service organizations and peer support organizations to help coordinate their efforts and work together to support each other. The grantees and their regions are detailed in the map below. The Northcoast region does not yet have a grantee. These five grantees and a number of other organizations have formed the SWAN Advisory committee. Click here to view a listing of the Advisory Committee.
Click here for a listing of COS and peer support organizations. Note:This listing may not be fully accurate. If you know of a site that exists but is not on this list, or a site that is on this list that is no longer operational, please contact Cody Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org.