Mahoning County Mental Health and Recovery Board
On Monday, the Mahoning County Mental Health and Recovery Board had their inaugural meeting after the merger of the Mahoning County Mental Health Board and the Mahoning County Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services (ADAS) Board. The merger of the Boards was approved in November of 2014 after both boards voted unanimously to join. All 18 Board Members are former members of the previous mental health or ADAS boards. The Board appointed Duane J. Piccirilli, who had been the executive director of the Mahoning Mental Health Board, as the executive director of the Mahoning County Mental Health and Recovery Board. To read more regarding the merger of these Boards, click here.
Union County MHRS Board Executive Director - Dr. Phil Atkins
Dr. Philip Atkins has been named the new Executive Director of the Union County Mental Health and Recovery Board. Philip Atkins, PhD., LICDC, OCPSII holds a doctorate in Public Service Leadership – Human Services and is licensed as a chemical dependency clinician and a certified prevention specialist. He has more than 25 years of experience in behavioral health and in public health approaches to prevention. He was formerly the Associate Director of the Mental Health & Recovery Services Board of Allen, Auglaize and Hardin Counties and has most recently served as the coordinator of Governor Kasich’s Start Talking! Program. To read more about Phil, click here.
Ohio Annual Well-Being Ranking
Ohio is ranked 47th among the 50 states in the well-being of its residents, according to the 2014 Gallup-Healthway Well-Being Index. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index uses a holistic definition of well-being and self-reported data from individuals across the globe to create a unique view of societies’ progress on the elements that matter most to well-being: purpose, social, financial, community, and physical. The ranking is based on over 176,000 phone interviews with people in all 50 states. The Index measures how people feel about and experience their daily lives, and looks at their health across five categories: purpose, social, financial, community, and physical. To see more on this report, click here.
Registration is now live for Ohio’s 2015 Conference on Opiates and Other Drugs
Registration for Ohio’s 2015 Conference on Opiates and Other Drugs is now available! The Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities, in partnership with the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, will host Ohio’s sixth annual Opiate Conference, Ohio's 2015 Conference on Opiates and Other Drugs. This event will take place on March 30-31, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus, Ohio. During March 31st attendees will have the opportunity to hear a morning keynote from Tracy Plouck, Director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and Director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Gary Mohr, who will provide in-depth details of how the two departments are collaborating to help individuals with an addiction who are also involved in the criminal justice system in their SFY 16-17 biennial budgets. In addition to the morning keynote presentations, attendees will hear from Michael P. Botticelli, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, who will serve as the luncheon keynote speaker for the event. This year, the conference scope has been expanded to provide education on opiates as well as other drugs that impact Ohioans. Click here to view the conference registration packet. To register for the conference, click here.
Recovery Is Beautiful Highlight
A new video has been posted to the Recovery Is Beautiful website. In this video, Thelma explains how being in recovery gives her life purpose, and how working her recovery on a daily basis is so important to her. She really is a true champion and living proof that Recovery Is Beautiful! To see the video, click here.