Mental Health

Opioid overdose survivors can experience physical and mental health problems, long after they're revived with naloxone.
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In Springfield, most calls to the city’s 911 emergency switchboard are related to an opioid overdose.

Some overdose victims will die. Many others will be saved with the fast-acting overdose reversal drug Narcan.

But, for some surviving overdose victims, that’s not the end of the story. An overdose can leave behind lasting mental and physical scars, advocates say.

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Oesterlen Services for Youth in Springfield provides emotional and behavioral support for young people.  This week they celebrated the grand opening of the state’s first program designed specifically for children on the autism spectrum.

More than $1 million in funding from Medicaid and Department of Developmental Disabilities will create 15 new jobs at the center and provide a private environment for the treatment of up to 6 children at a time.

The state says it inadvertently released the protected health information of thousands of Ohioans who received mental health services.

Ohio's Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services says the breach happened in February when the agency mailed postcards inviting patients to participate in a satisfaction survey.

 

The state of Ohio recently allotted $9.1 million to fund mental health services for kids kindergarten age and younger. It’s all part of a larger effort to prevent these kids from getting expelled or suspended from school.

Bari Krause works with children at risk of expulsion as a mental health care counselor for Catholic Charities of Southwestern Ohio.  

Last week, she worked with a 2-year-old who was having a hard-time listening to his teacher.

The Ohio Supreme Court is considering the role of the school bus driver for student safety.
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An Ohio initiative is seeking to boost access mental health consultants in an effort to curb the number of children expelled or suspended from kindergarten, preschool and other early childhood education settings.

The state's Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services says 75 counties are expected to benefit from $9.1 million set aside in the state's two-year budget to help fund the initiative. Up to 64 mental health consultants will work with teachers and at-risk students in early learning programs such as Head Start and preschool.

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The students at STEM wanted to use Dayton Youth Radio training for community outreach. In this series we'll be listening to student produced PSA's or public service announcements that represent issues important to teenagers.

Kevin Barber aka Squishy Man is a former psychotherapist who now uses comedy to talk about mental health issues.  He’ll perform at the Little Art Theatre on May 14th. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and the event is sponsored by NAMI Yellow Springs – the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

In a conversation with Squishy Man earlier this week we find out what his name means; he says, “I’m not fat, I’m Squishy,” and how he got it.

A NAMI event featured training scenarios based on real-life situations in which law enforcement interacts with people in mental health crises. police prisons
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Ohio’s prison system has become the state’s largest mental health provider, and the state is hoping to work with advocates in the mental health community to figure out how to deal with that.

Director of Rehabilitation and Corrections Gary Mohr started in the prison system in 1976. He says in those almost 40 years, the growth in the number of inmates coming into the system with mental health issues has shocked him.

Ohio courts would have to report certain mental health information for inclusion in a law enforcement database under a bill headed to the governor.

The House passed the measure on a 92-0 vote Wednesday. The Senate previously passed the bill.

Courts would be required to report to law enforcement agencies those who have been found not guilty by reason of insanity, or people who have been convicted of a violent offense and ordered to get mental health treatment.

The bill is named after a sheriff's deputy who was fatally shot two years ago.

Last week, following a news conference to announce a new health insurance mandate on treating children with autism, Governor John Kasich also addressed 'mental health' and it's connection to violence.  He announced that five million dollars in new funding would be available to help Ohio families with intervention and counseling.  WYSO's Jerry Kenney has more on the story.
 

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