Updates from Wood County's ADAMHS Board

Introducing: Mental Health Professional of the Month!

Do you know someone at your agency who is hard-working, committed and passionate about their work in mental health and addiction services? Do they go above and beyond expectations to meet client needs? Now is their time to shine! Each month, the Wood County ADAMHS Board will be highlighting a Mental Health Professional in our community via social media and WoodWork. To submit a nomination, please fill out the form below:

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Events Happening in Wood County

Provider Updates

A Renewed Mind

The Double ARC Center for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) is now located in Wood County at A Renewed Mind’s Perrysburg office. Double ARC is in its 29th year of serving children with prenatal alcohol exposure. Utilizing a multi-disciplinary team of medical professionals, we diagnose youth from 5-17 who have been prenatally exposed to alcohol. We then support the parents with education and training about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. We offer counseling to the child and the family members. FASD is one of the leading causes of intellectual disabilities. 1 in 20 school children may be on the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum. Double ARC merged with A Renewed Mind three years ago and is a leader in Ohio in offering services to those with FASD. Check us out at doublearc.org or call 419.890.1290 to speak with our Director, Sr. Suzette Fisher.

Arrowhead Behavioral Health

Arrowhead provides a variety of specialized services:

  • Inpatient Acute Psychiatric Services
  • Inpatient Substance Abuse and Detoxification Treatment
  • Inpatient Dual Diagnosis (Co-occurrence of mental illness with substance abuse)
  • Suboxone Induction and Maintenance (for Opiate Dependence)
  • Outpatient Treatment
    • Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)
    • Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
    • Relapse Prevention (Aftercare)
  • Up to 28-Day Dual-Diagnosis Rehabilitation Programs
    • Impaired Professionals Program

Counselors in our Admissions Department at Arrowhead Behavioral Health are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for mental health evaluations. For more information about our mental health programs or substance abuse treatment for yourself or a loved one, please give us a call now at 800-547-5695.

Children's Resource Center

CRC will be resuming it's ADHD Summer Camp this year. This program is designed to help children grades 3-6 with ADHD get along better with others and improve their school functioning. Children are placed in age-matched groups and receive intensive experience in functioning as a group, making friends, and interacting appropriately with adults. Treatment strategies are implemented throughout the day while the children engage in social skills training, group problem solving, and practice of these skills through sports activities. Camp will run daily from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Northwood Elementary and Elmwood Elementary schools. Please contact Janet Brumbaugh at 419-353-7588 for more information or to schedule an assessment.

The Cocoon

The Cocoon now offers in-house Youth Advocacy Services

The word advocate is defined as “a person who publicly supports or recommends a particular cause or policy; a champion, a supporter, a proponent.”

Having an advocate dedicated to supporting children of survivors and children who have themselves suffered abuse has long been on the wish list at The Cocoon. That wish became a reality in November 2020 thanks to a one-year grant partnership with Americorps.

As The Cocoon’s Youth Advocate, Ellysia’s focus is to help children gain long-term and healthy strategies to deal with their trauma. She spends much of her time one-on-one with the kids on her caseload and through providing a listening ear and play, builds a trusting and supportive relationship. Ellysia also knows that it is important to connect with parents and help them understand how to effectively support their children’s journey to healing, while also dealing with their own.

“Children who have experienced trauma are often more resilient than most adults I know, but they shouldn’t have to be. My hope for the Youth Program at The Cocoon is to create a space for these children to just be kids. These children are resilient, but they are also kind, funny, smart, full of imagination and joy, just as they should be.”

Along with The Cocoon’s Prevention Specialist, Ellysia plans to create a Prevention Support Group for Boys, a Girl’s Empowerment Group and, as the weather turns warmer, an outdoor play group. Her long-term goal is to be able to have kids that she is working with volunteer in the community to help give them a sense of purpose and pride in their accomplishments.

In the last year, The Cocoon saw a record 36 children enter shelter with a parent or guardian. Ellysia works one-on-one to help kids transition into their shelter stay by helping them put together their very own “ready bins” – a bin that contains sheets, blankets, school supplies, and other items that the kids choose, to help provide some comfort and items of their own, along with her other support strategies.

Ellysia also makes connections for families with local community resources. She can assist survivors in connecting with Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) for food and nutrition assistance, Children’s Resource Center (CRC) for counseling services, and work to help navigate Children’s Services as cases arise. She is also in the process of setting up a referral service with the local juvenile court to support kids who have experienced or witnessed trauma in the development of positive coping skills. Lastly, she is continuing to build a relationship with the local and surrounding county schools to provide extra assistance to our educators in supporting children who have witnessed or experienced violence.

We are proud to offer Youth Advocacy, along with our many other services, to all those who suffer abuse and their children. Our no cost, confidential services are available 24/7 by calling 419-373-1730, and selecting option #2.

Wood County Educational Service Center

The Wood County Educational Service Center's Prevention Education Program's staff have worked hard during the pandemic to adapt programming to the varying school schedules throughout the county. They have continued to provide universal prevention education and group and individual support to students at-risk of developing a substance use problem. The prevention educators have also begun to deliver suicide prevention programming to districts who have requested it. The bi-annual student survey, a key source of student substance use data, is under review and will be implemented this fall in all Wood County school districts.

The Wood County Prevention Coalition has been gearing up for year 6 of the DFC grant, with a new Program Coordinator, Judy Steiner. The Coalition's quarterly meeting, held in conjunction with the Wood County Addiction Task Force, met virtually in March with record attendance. The Coalition also sponsored a problem gaming/gambling media campaign in March. Current efforts include working with district teens to create their own videos to address distracted driving. Plans are underway to implement compliance checks for area businesses for underage sales of alcohol to minors.

To learn more about the Wood County Education Service Center and any upcoming events or programs, visit their website: www.wcesc.org

Harbor is now offering Youth Substance Use Services in Wood County at 800 Commerce Drive, Perrysburg! Harbor's Youth SUD team works with youth ages 13-19 with addictive behaviors related to vaping, alcohol, marijuana, nicotine, caffeinated energy drinks, technology and other addictive behaviors or substances. Call 419-475-4449 for appointment.

Harbor's Outpatient Detox can help individuals detox during the day and return to their homes at night. The clinic is located at 1010 North Prospect Street in Bowling Green. Patients to arrive by 2:00 p.m. for same day services. See flyer below for further information.

All groups at Harbor are currently available in a hybrid model, meaning individuals are able to come on site or join remotely if needed/preferred. For those who may not have access to devices or internet are able to get a table with data provided by Harbor. For more information on some of the programs available, check out the PDF's attached below!

NAMI Wood County hosted their virtual dinner event on Facebook and YouTube Live on Monday, April 19th in the evening. At this event, they recognized community partners, hardworking groups in our community like teachers and nurses, and celebrated all good things! To watch the recorded event, you can visit their Facebook or YouTube page: @NAMIWoodCounty. Additionally, NAMI Wood County will be hosting their next Education Series on Wednesday, May 19th from 6:00-8:00p.m. The topic will be about planning for the future, including discussing STABLE accounts and estate planning.

Lastly, NAMI Wood County will be hosting their virtual 5K event, PreBurn again this spring! Registration is open now until Friday, May 15th. Learn more about this virtual race on their website: www.namiwoodcounty.org.

Unison Health

Unison Health is introducing a new group to provide tools to help find new and meaningful ways to manage suicidal thoughts. The name of the group is SIRS S(Suicidal), I (Ideation), R(Recognizing) S (Self). This group will be facilitated by clinical staff and peer support specialists that have extensive training in crisis and suicide prevention. Group includes staff with lived experience with suicidal ideations either with self or with loved ones.

For questions about the group please call Unison Health office at 419-352-4624

Learn more about all of Unison Health's services at unisonhealth.org

Zepf Center

Follow the link below for a great resource! Created by Jeanine Lindquist, Zepf Center Prevention, these short videos focus on mental health suicide prevention, and other awareness efforts.

Learn more about the Zepf Center and any upcoming events or program, visit their website: http://www.zepfcenter.org/zepf-recovery-housing/

Wood County Suicide Prevention Coalition

The Wood County Suicide Prevention Coalition has been targeting various groups based on local, state and national statistics. Some groups we've already offered support to include nursing home staff, first responders and hospital staff at the height of COVID. Since then, we have provided support to educators and are currently working to provide support to veterinarians, primary care providers and dentists.
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Borderline Personality Disorder or BPD is a widely misunderstood psychiatric disorder with over 14 million Americans experiencing BPD in each year. This serious mental illness centers on the inability to manage emotions effectively.

Often, BPD occurs int he context of relationships, meaning that relationships in which the individual diagnosed are typically all affected. The onset of BPD begins during adolescent or early adulthood.

This mental health condition is more common than Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder combined with the suicide rate of those with this mental health diagnosis exceeding that of the general population.

These Are the Causes of Borderline Personality Disorder

In May of 2007, the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder (NEABPD) organized hearings before congress to educate legislators about Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). A year later, in April, 2008 the U.S. House of Representatives declared May as Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Month.

BPD is one of the most misunderstood diagnoses in mental health. It also comes with serious stigma and negative baggage, so it is important to take time to learn more about this condition to get the facts straight. Learn more by clicking the button and visiting the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder.

Wood County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services Board

Our Mission: The Wood County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services Board advocates, plans, develops, funds, manages, and evaluates community-based mental health and addiction prevention, treatment and recovery services to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Wood County.

Board Supported Programs