September 3, 2014
>>> Residential State Supplement and Adult Care Facility/Adult Foster Home Incentive Updates
Ohio Department of Mental health and Addiction Services Director Tracy Plouck sent an announcement to behavioral health stakeholders this week regarding updates to the Residential State Supplement (RSS) and Adult Care Facility/Adult Foster Home (ACF/AFoH) Incentive programs. Beginning October 1, 2014, RSS program enrollment will be available to current residents of ACF’s and Adult Foster Homes. Also for SFY 2015, the new RSS Quality Program will be initiated and the ACF/AFoH Incentive will be continued, which is available to licensed operators who facilitate the linkage of the homes’ residents with local mental health and/or alcohol and other drug (AOD) providers according to their service needs. Click HERE for more information regarding the RSS Program and RSS Quality Payment, or email RSS@mha.ohio.gov. Click HERE for more information regarding the ACF/AFoH Incentive Program, or email ACF-AFoHIncentive@mha.ohio.gov.
>>> Your Voice Matters: Gambling Survey Deadline Extended through Sept. 17
OhioMHAS has extended the deadline to complete a gambling disorder survey related to training, prevention, screening and treatment and public awareness/prevention education. The survey will be now be available through Wednesday, Sept. 17. If you would like to participate, and have not yet completed the survey, please visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/provider07152014 to share your feedback. Please contact Nick Martt Nicholas.Martt@mha.ohio.gov | 614.466.9004 with any questions.
August 28, 2014
>>> RFP for Housing and Employment Supports Mini-Grant FY2015
OhioMHAS has allocated $350,000 from the FY15 Mental Health Block Grant budget to promote the integration of housing and employment services. The purpose of this funding opportunity is to support Board areas in implementing new projects that incorporate permanent housing AND integrated competitive employment. OhioMHAS is seeking proposals from board areas for innovative projects that integrate employment and housing services in an effort to increase the number of individuals who are competitively employed and living in independent community settings in order to help individuals achieve an enhanced quality of life. The deadline to submit proposals is 4 p.m. on Sept. 24, 2014. Click here for a PDF of funding opportunity MHA15032. Inquiries must be submitted through the State of Ohio DAS procurement portal.
>>> Medicaid Eligibility Expansion and Spend Down
Persons who have a spend down for Medicaid may now qualify for Medicaid through recent eligibility changes. To determine if someone is eligible under a MAGI Medicaid category, the individual must re-apply and submit a new Medicaid application, and meet all of the following criteria:
1. Income must be at or below 133% federal poverty level (FPL);
2. Must be between the ages of 19 – 64;
3. Must not be eligible under another category of Medicaid;
a. Applicant cannot be a Medicare beneficiary. However, a person may be included if he/she is determined disabled by SSA and currently in the two-year waiting period for Medicare
b. Parents residing with minor children cannot qualify UNLESS the child has creditable coverage (through Medicaid or privately)
New Medicaid applications may be submitted using the OhioBenefits website. For more Frequently Asked Questions on Medicaid Eligibility visit the Ohio Department of Medicaid website.
August 18, 2014
>>> Reminder: Tune in to OhioChannel.org Tuesday (tomorrow) at 10 a.m. for a live Start Talking! webinar
Click HERE to watch tomorrow’s webinar live at 10 a.m. EST on OhioChannel.org. Learn more about the Start Talking! statewide youth drug prevention initiative championed by Gov. John Kasich and First Lady Karen W. Kasich at: www.StartTalking.ohio.gov.
August 6, 2014
>>> Ohio Tapped to Receive $4.8M Supported Employment Grant
OhioMHAS has been selected to receive a five-year, $4.8 million Transforming Lives through Supported Employment grant from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. OhioMHAS will partner with Firelands Counseling and Recovery Services and Daybreak, Inc., as well as other state agencies to implement the project, which aims to modernize, enhance, and increase availability and quality of Individual Placement and Support (IPS) services to meet the needs of individuals with a severe and persistent mental illness or co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. The expected outcome is for Ohio to have the necessary infrastructure in place to maintain, expand, and sustain IPS throughout the state and to increase the number of individuals who obtain and retain integrated competitive employment of their choosing. In addition, Ohio will establish two robust Individualized Placement and Support Supported Employment programs within the state, secure sustainable funding, establish a permanent training program using in-person and virtual platforms and gather/analyze program data in order to make necessary changes to improve service provision. The grant is expected to serve 450 individuals over the five year grant period.
>>> RFP: Ohio Statewide Student Survey - To random sample all 88 counties for two grade levels.
OhioMHAS today released three Requests for Proposals to assist with: 1) Instrument Development (MHA15029) 2) Administration Preparation (MHA15028) and 3) Paper and Electronic Data Capture System (MHA15027) for a statewide student survey. In 2012, a cross-system consortium of key Ohio stakeholders including state agencies, foundations, universities, prevention providers and other community members selected the implementation of a statewide youth survey that provided county-level data as one of the Top 10 strategic priorities. The need for county-level data emerged as a common need among members of the Interagency Prevention Partnership. Several agencies and organizations are required by their federal, state or foundation funders to provide evidence of population-level change.
Proposals are due Sept. 3, 2014 and the anticipated award date is late September. All questions regarding the RFP’s must be submitted electronically no later than 8 a.m. Aug. 22, 2014 via the “Submit Inquiry” link on the specific RFP posting which may be found on the Ohio Department of Administrative Services portal. No questions will be answered after the deadline. You may NOT contact any OhioMHAS staff member directly with questions regarding this RFP. Contacting staff directly with questions could result in disqualification of a proposal. Responses to all questions will be posted to the website.
>>> NASMHPD Releases New Report: The Vital Role of State Psychiatric Hospitals
The National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) has released a new report The Vital Role of State Psychiatric Hospitals. This technical report is advocacy for state psychiatric hospitals to be a vital part of the continuum of recovery services that should be integrated with a robust set of community services. Recommendations are provided for improving community integration, state psychiatric hospital services and operations, and policies on all system levels. This report is not advocacy for increasing state psychiatric hospitals or beds. To support and justify the recommendations, the report includes background and discussion on the history and current context of state psychiatric hospitals; data and trends; how admission decisions to state psychiatric hospitals are made; the impact of the 1999 Olmstead Supreme Court decision; financing; the use of technology; and what the environment and culture of state psychiatric hospitals should be.
August 5, 2014
>>> Participation Sought: Problem Gambling Provider Survey
OhioMHAS is currently conducting a survey to gather information related to problem gambling training, prevention, screening, treatment and public awareness/prevention education efforts. The Department greatly appreciates participation from any agencies that provide problem gambling prevention, treatment and recovery support services. Please see the attached letter for more information. To access the survey, follow the link in the attached PDF, or click HERE. Questions? Please contact Nick Martt at Nicholas.Martt@mha.ohio.gov or 614.466.9004.
August 1, 2014
>>> OhioMHAS SFY 2014 Annual Report Now Available
The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services was created as of July 1, 2013, by consolidating the Ohio Department of Mental Health (ODMH) and the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services (ODADAS). In the agency's first annual report covering State Fiscal Year 2014, you will find information on new and continued initiatives related to prevention, treatment and recovery supports. The report also includes fiscal charts showing how appropriated funds were spent by the agency. The work of staff to make this transition and build upon strengths of both former agencies to integrate services at OhioMHAS has been phenomenal. The support from the Governor’s Office, the General Assembly, our stakeholders and our state and local human services partners has helped tremendously.
Click here to view/download/print an electronic version of the report. A li