Ohio Health Issues Poll Shows Increase in Prescription Drug and Heroin Use
The 2015 Ohio Health Issues Poll (OHIP) asked Ohio adults if friends or family members had experienced problems as a result of abusing prescription pain relievers. In 2015, 29 percent said yes. This has grown significantly since 2014, when only 18 percent of Ohio adults said yes. Twenty-two percent of Ohio adults said they had a family member or friend who had experienced problems as a result of using heroin. Only 14 percent of adults said yes in 2014. Forty percent of those who knew someone who had problems due to these drugs knew someone who had overdosed due to a pain drug. For heroin, that percentage was 56 percent. OHIP is sponsored by Interact for Health. The results of the Ohio Health Issues Poll are available here.
BH Redesign and CPT Coding Training Session Videos Now Available
Ohio Medicaid and OhioMHAS, in partnership with the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities, hosted seven regional Behavioral Health Redesign 101 trainings during the months of April and May. The video and slides from the May 6 training session in Columbus are available here. Additionally, Diane Zucker presented on the Current Procedure Terminology (CPT) coding changes that will occur for mental health pharmacologic management and substance use disorder medical/somatic services under the Ohio Medicaid program. This training session is available for review here.
New Report Highlights Opportunities to Promote Employment for People with Psychiatric Disabilities
A new brief by UMass Medical School and the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law outlines policy opportunities that can be leveraged to expand opportunities for people with psychiatric disabilities to successfully obtain and maintain employment. The brief also suggests policy changes that can result in increased access to career development, supported employment, and critical health services. The brief, “Policy Opportunities for Promoting Employment for People with Psychiatric Disabilities,” provides policy recommendations to address current barriers to employment. Individuals with psychiatric disabilities face substantial misperceptions about their abilities, along with a myriad of other employment barriers, including transportation limitations, the complexities of disability benefit programs, and a lack of access to evidence-based supported employment and other services. The full brief can be accessed here.
Recovery Is Beautiful – Highlight
The Recovery Is Beautiful website now offers a new tool. The website now offers a series of screenings to help you or someone you care about. Brief screenings are the quickest way to determine if you or someone you care about should connect with a mental health or substance use professional. The screenings are completely anonymous and confidential, and immediately following the brief questionnaire you will see your results, recommendations, and key resources. To learn more about the self-assessments, visit www.recoveryisbeautiful.org.