Your February Update from the Wood County ADAMHS Board

New Stigma Busters Episode!

Join us on Saturday, February 26th for a new episode of Stigma Busters where we chat with The Cocoon to discuss domestic violence and mental health. Click here to give it a listen!

Provider Updates

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A Renewed Mind

As a faith based organization, A Renewed Mind provides excellent behavioral healthcare that renews the mind, body, and spirit for all who struggle with mental health, addiction or fetal alcohol exposure.

A Renewed Mind is a private, not for profit 501(c)3 behavioral health care organization. They work to deliver personalized, high quality behavioral health services to our community in a compassionate manner.

A Renewed Mind has developed a reputation of providing quality services based on our commitment to respecting the individual and in forming strong therapeutic relationships.

They accept a variety of private insurance plans, Medicare, Tricare, Medicaid, county board, and self-payment.

Get in touch with A Renewed Mind by calling 1-(877)-515-5505.

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The Cocoon

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM)

TDVAM, declared in 2010, is a month-long campaign dedicated to raising awareness about teen dating abuse. Topics like dating abuse and unhealthy relationships can be difficult to talk about, especially for young people. It is important to be authentic about the challenges we face in relationships and the reality that dating violence happens to millions of people, including teens.

Each year in the US, 1 in 3 teens will experience physical, sexual, or emotional abuse by someone they are in a relationship with. And nearly half of college women report experiencing violent and abusive dating behaviors. As teens and young adults learn how to navigate relationships, parents and influencers (teachers, coaches, aunts, uncles, friends) play a pivotal role in modeling healthy relationship behavior.

How can you take action to raise awareness and provide support? Consider having a discussion with a young person in your life about healthy relationships. This can be effective in helping them identify the healthy behaviors they should look for in a partner, and how to recognize unhealthy behaviors. Whether on campus, online, at home, at work, or hanging out, if you see something concerning or notice changes in someone close to you – ask questions. Let them know you are a safe space to share their experience without any judgment. It is ok to ease into it – try asking “Hey, I have noticed you have not been on social media or socializing as much, is everything ok?”

Not sure how to approach someone that you are concerned about? The Cocoon is a valuable resource in our community to provide support not only to those experiencing abuse, but to also provide guidance and support to those who are concerned about a loved one. Advocates can be reached 24/7 by calling 419-373-1730 and selecting option #2. Follow us on Facebook (@cocoonwoodcounty) for information about TDVAM throughout February.

All Cocoon services are provided at no cost to survivors and their loved ones thanks to the support of community partners like the Wood County ADAMHS Board, eliminating financial barriers for anyone reaching out for help.

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Children's Resource Center

Children's Resource Center is deeply rooted in their commitment to providing support and care for children. They offer a variety of services, including but not limited to, Crisis Intervention Services, Psychiatric Services, Behavioral Health Counseling, Residential Services, and Prevention Services.

Contact CRC by calling 419-352-7588 or emailing crckids@crcwoodcounty.org

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Harbor is a leading mental health and substance use disorder treatment provider in Ohio. We are a not-for-profit mental health care agency that has been serving the community for over 100 years. Harbor serves over 23,000 youth, adults, seniors and families annually and provides a full range of mental health, telehealth, and substance use disorder treatment services. Harbor is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and certified by Ohio Mental Health & Addiction Services (OhioMHAS).

The Connection Center/309 South Main St. Bowling Green, OH 43402/419-354-4200

Through participation in The Connection Center, members are able to reclaim important life necessities integral to their identities that they may have lost due to their illness: mental and physical wellness, self-esteem, friendships, family, employment and education. They may also receive services and support that is individualized to their recovery, learn life skills and how to balance responsibilities and incorporate wellness activities into their lives.

Membership is free and open to adult residents of Wood County who are receiving mental health and/or Substance Use Disorder services. For a calendar of events and updates please visit The Connection Center’s Facebook page at Connection Center BG.

Mental Health Assessment and Counseling

Evidence based treatment for adults, youth, and families struggling with mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, stress, trauma, grief, impulse and anger management, ADHD, abuse, substance use and medication management. Services include comprehensive assessment and individualized treatment.

Developmental and Behavioral Services

A comprehensive approach to the diagnosis of children with developmental and behavioral concerns such as ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, intellectual disability, chromosomal abnormalities, language disorders, fetal alcohol concerns, and developmental delays. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Clinic for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Providing 1:1 intervention.

Primary Care

Preventive screening, monitoring of health conditions, common illness, recognizing early onset of symptoms associated with chronic disease, and comprehensive coordination of care across all health providers.

Telehealth Services

Most services are also available via HIPAA secure video. Confidential telehealth services may be delivered while a patient is at home, one of our agency sites, or at another healthcare facility.

Day Treatment

Intensive, goal oriented group treatment services for Adults and Youth that offers structure and support to individuals at risk for hospitalization, recently discharged from the hospital or who have significant impairments with functions of daily living.

Case Management / Community Psychiatric Supportive Treatment

CPST provides a variety of services to assist people with their mental health recovery including securing and managing basic needs, developing basic living skills, linkage and coordination with community services. This service can include coordinating with child’s school and attending IEP/504 meetings.

Vocational Rehabilitation and Career Services

Career assessment, job seeking and interview skills training, and job coaching for successful employment placement based on individual strengths and interests.

Employee Assistance Program

Short term, confidential solution-focused counseling and crisis services provided via contract with employers to help their employees achieve optimum levels of emotional, social and overall well-being.

Early Childhood Mental Health

Counseling services for concerns that young children experience as well as linkage to community resources. Issues include abuse or neglect, depression, bedtime problems, anxiety, temper tantrums, aggression.

Early Childhood Consultation

Program to support parents and early care and education center. Individual consultation within a preschool setting with parents and teachers. Parent workshops and early care and education teacher trainings also provided.

Substance Use Disorder Treatment

Services to help individuals with substance use problems reclaim their lives.

• Ambulatory Detox – Walk-in outpatient medical detoxification program providing withdrawal management, comfort, support and education for drug and alcohol recovery.

• Medication Assisted Treatment – Overall addiction treatment program that includes counseling, sober support meetings and medication management appointments.

• Intensive Outpatient Group Programming – Structured individual and group treatment, 3 to 4 days per week focused on improving coping skills, peer support, and recovery.

• Women’s Residential Substance Use Disorder Treatment 24/7 residential treatment program designed to meet the challenges that women face in accessing services for alcohol and drug addictions.

• The Chrysalis – Unique 24/7 residential addiction treatment program for women, including pregnant women and those who have delivered in the past year. Services address the importance of mother-child bonding and encourage engagement with children during treatment. Babies and young children can remain with mothers during residential care.

Psychiatric Services

Medication Management and Psychiatric Evaluations by Psychiatrists and Certified Nurse Practitioners.

Psychological Services

Testing and Assessment by licensed Psychologists.

School-Based Prevention

Programs on alcohol, tobacco, drugs and violence provided to schools and community groups throughout Lucas County.

Heroin & Opiate Initiative

Grant funded by Lucas County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board that provides education and presentation to community organizations about the heroin and opiate epidemic in Lucas County.

Wellness Initiative for Senior Education (WISE)

Educational program for individuals 55 or older that assists with aging process, risk factors and behaviors to stay healthy and examination of how alcohol and medications affect seniors.

STEPS Program

Self-esteem, Teamwork, Expression, Problem-solving, Socialization An after-school Day Treatment Program for children ages 7-17 that runs 3 hours per day, 4 days per week. Our staff will work with families to identify transportation options and connect children and their families with other needed community resources.

FACES (Families And Communities Enhancing Stability)

An initiative that will assess Adverse Childhood Experiences

(ACEs) in two zip codes (43605 and 43607) with the purpose of providing positive social experiences that will counteract the negative impact of ACEs that can lead to poor adult health.

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NAMI Wood County

NAMI Wood County has a variety of programming throughout the year! This programming is FREE and available to all Wood County residents.

  • NAMI Wood County is hosting their March Education Series titled “Navigating the Criminal Justice System as a Family Member”. The presentation will be held Tuesday, March 8 from 6-8p.m. at the NAMI Wood County office. Learn more about resources in Wood County to help yourself and your loved one understand the criminal justice system including information on the Assisted Outpatient Treatment program.
  • NAMI Family-to-Family is an educational course for family, caregivers, and friends of individuals living with a mental illness. NAMI Wood County will be hosting their next class starting on Monday, March 14th from 6:00-8:30p.m. in-person at the NAMI Wood County office.
  • NAMI Peer-to-Peer is an educational course for individuals living with a mental illness. NAMI Wood County will be hosting their next class starting Thursday, March 17th from 2:00-4:00p.m. in-person at the NAMI Wood County office.
  • NAMI Wood County is having a Spring T-shirt Contest for Mental Health Awareness Month. From February 1 through February 28, submit your creations around the theme of “Together for Mental Health,” and the winners will be the design for their spring t-shirt campaign through the month of May. Submit to the adult age bracket (ages 13 and older) or the youth age bracket (ages 12 and under) by visiting www.namiwoodcounty.org/tshirtcontest/.

Lastly, NAMI Wood County is looking for nominations to be recognized for their hard work in 2021. Click this link to nominate for the Provider Award or Community Impact Award.

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Unison Health

Unison Health has several programs available to Wood County and surrounding areas! Some of these programs include:

A New Direction:

This is a cognitive behavioral therapy program for clients involved with the legal system to work on unhealthy thought patterns, Substance Abuse Prevention, Mental Health Treatment, Learning Social Skills, Reentry into society with changing their distorted thought patterns and tactics and challenging criminal and addictive thinking.

Group meets two times per week, Monday, and Wednesday from 5pm-7:31 pm for 40 sessions

Anger Management:

This program helps people struggling with anger issues. Skills and issues addressed include identifying cues and triggers of anger, managing anger in a positive manner, conflict resolution skills, relaxation techniques, and more.

Group meets every Tuesday from 10 am-12:31 pm.

Substance Use Treatment:

Unison Health works to help adults with substance use disorders achieve sobriety and total wellness. In addition, we help adults develop strategies to maintain their sobriety during and after completion of the program.

-Unison offers Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP):

Groups are on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1-3:15

Individual therapy and Case management also available.

-After Care Programming to assist with the maintenance of sobriety.

Groups are Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9 am-10:30 am

Unison Health can be reached at (419)-352-4624

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Wood County Educational Service Center

The Wood County Educational Service Center provides multiple programs that support student growth and learning, including STARS, Canine Crew, Summer Academy, Summer STARS, Adventures, and much more. The students have the best in academic intervention available, including access to evidence based literacy and math computer intervention program SuccessMaker, personalized tutoring and district collaboration, and positive youth development programming, Positive Action and PAX. Students participate in Challenge Centers, activities in which children engage in sequenced, progressive activities designed to build increased understanding, skills, and accomplishments in nine content areas, including:

  • Arts
  • Cultural Studies/Global Learning
  • Health and Safety
  • Technology
  • Math/Problem Solving
  • Motor Skills
  • Reading/Writing
  • Science
  • Service Projects/Learning and Character Building

To learn more, call 419-354-9010

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Zepf Center

Zepf Center has been a Behavioral Healthcare resource in Toledo for almost 50 years. With a rich history of helping those in need, they are dedicated to treating patients with respect and providing hope. Zepf offers many services, such as problem gambling, career development, recovery housing, mental health first aid, adolescent behavioral health services, and more.

Need help? Call 419-841-7701.

To get in touch with the 24/7 Detox Admission Line, call (419)- 754-3869.

Wood County Community Needs Assessment Findings

To read the full report, click here!
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February is Black History Month -- Let's Talk about Racism and Mental Health

People of color and all those whose lives have been marginalized by those in power experience life differently from those whose lives have not been devalued. They experience overt racism and bigotry far too often, which leads to a mental health burden that is deeper than what others may face. Racism is a mental health issue because racism causes trauma. And trauma paints a direct line to mental illnesses, which need to be taken seriously.

Past trauma is prominently mentioned as the reason that people experience serious mental health conditions today. But obvious forms of racism and bigotry are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to racial trauma.

There are more than one type of racism, including but not limited to:

Systemic/Structural Racism: Systemic/Structural racism has three components: history, culture, and institutions/policy. Historical racism provides the framework for current racism. Any structure built on a foundation (history) of racism will be a racist structure. Culture, which is ever-present in our day to day lives is what allows racism to be accepted, normalized, and perpetuated. Institutions and policies make up the fundamental relationships and rules across society, which reinforces racism and give it societal legitimacy (which makes it so hard to dismantle).

Interpersonal Racism: Racism that happens between individual people. When individual beliefs or prejudices become actions toward others.

Institutional Racism: Institutional racism occurs within and between institutions. Institutional racism is discriminatory treatment, unfair policies, and inequitable opportunities and impacts, based on race, produced and perpetuated by institutions (schools, mass media, etc.). Individuals within institutions take on the power of the institution when they act in ways that advantage and disadvantage people, based on race.

Internalized Racism: When racism and white supremacy affect the minds of Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) to the point where they begin to believe that they are inferior because of their own race. This can sometimes lead to “inter-racial hostility” in which BIPOC treat other BIPOC in a way that mirrors how white racists might treat them. Another way internalized racism can manifest is by BIPOC accepting and internalizing Eurocentric ideals and values.

Depression is the most commonly reported condition across BIPOC. Additionally, racial trauma can increase the risk of BIPOC meeting the criteria for PTSD. Importantly, stress plays a crucial role in how racism affects both physical and mental health. Stress hormones are released during stressful situations and research has shown that both the experience of and the observation of racial discrimination is stressful for children and adults who identify as BIPOC. The frequent presence of these stress hormones can lead to physical conditions like high blood pressure and heart disease, as well as mental health conditions like depression, anxiety, and overall poor health outcomes. Discrimination is typically something that occurs frequently and as a result, creates a sustained level of stress and stress hormones in those who are the most likely to experience this discrimination.

Quick Stats:

  • Black adults are 20 percent more likely to report serious psychological distress than White adults
  • People who identify as being two or more races (24.9 percent) are most likely to report any mental illness within the past year than any other race/ethnic group
  • Compared with White people with the same symptoms, Black people are more frequently diagnosed with schizophrenia and less frequently diagnosed with mood disorders
  • Native and Indigenous American adults have the highest reported rate of mental illnesses of any single race identifying group
  • Mental and behavioral health conditions are common among people in the criminal justice system, in which BIPOC are disproportionately overrepresented. Approximately 50 percent to 75 percent of youth in the juvenile justice system meet the diagnostic criteria for a mental illness.

*Information from www.mhanational.org/racism-and-mental-health

About Us

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.

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