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Ohio START summit a huge success

Ohio START summit a huge success

Ohio START held a successful in-person summit today. Approximately 200 program staff, partners and supporters came together for a full-day of training and collaboration.

Ohio START is an intervention model that helps families struggling with both substance abuse and child maltreatment by creating teams of caseworkers, family peer mentors and behavioral health providers to support them. It provides comprehensive, family-centered services that help families heal through recovery.

“The Ohio START team is pleased that we were able to come together, share our successes and learn together,” said Ohio START Director Fawn Gadel. “We appreciate the support of our partners, including Gov. DeWine, the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services as well as our behavioral health partners.”

The day began with a welcome video from Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and welcome messages from Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Director Lori Criss and Kristi Burre, director of the Governor’s Children’s Initiatives. Tina Willauer from Children and Family Futures, the national START program purveyor, told participants that Ohio is leading the nation in the development and expansion of the program.

The morning session, entitled “Making the Implicit Explicit,” was led by Mary Vicario of Finding Hope Consulting and Marian Stuckey of the Columbus CARE Coalition at Columbus Public Health. After lunch, attendees chose from sessions on Recovery and Relapse Prevention, Engaging Fathers and Strengthening Families, Trauma and Addiction, Medical Marijuana and Engagement Strategies for Shared Decision-making.

Ohio START is an affiliate of the national START program, which is housed at and led by Children and Family Futures. Ohio START is housed at and led by the Public Children Services Association of Ohio (PCSAO). The program began in 17 southern Ohio counties in 2017 as a pilot project created by then Ohio Attorney General DeWine. It has expanded to operate in 52 counties, with the goal of continued expansion around the state.

“There is lots of exciting work to be done in the new year,” said Gadel.