UPDATES FROM WOOD COUNTY'S ADAMHS BOARD
MEET THE STAFF
Chris Streidl - Director of Quality Improvement
Chris was introduced to the mental health field after working for Lucas County Family Services. During his time there, he realized that he was referring a great number of his clients to local mental health services. He then decided that he wanted to be the person that offers these mental health solutions directly, and began working for the Children's Resource Center in Wood County. Chris says that he likes working at the Wood County ADAMHS Board because he sees how he is helping people at a macro-level.
When he is not at work, Chris enjoys spending time with his five children, and says his favorite stress reliever is listening to music.
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. As a faith based organization, A Renewed Mind will provide excellent behavioral healthcare that renews the mind, body, and spirit for all who struggle with mental health, addiction or fetal alcohol exposure.
We accept a variety of private insurance plans, Medicare, TriCare, Medicaid, county board, and self-payment.
To schedule a no-cost assessment or receive more information, please call 419-891-9333. Walk-ins are welcome, and appointments can be made at any time.
The CRC offers a Co-Occurring Disorders (COD) Program. This program provides treatment for adolescents with substance abuse and mental health difficulties. The program provides a continuum of services based on the needs of each youth, from those showing initial concerns about experimentation with substances to those who are struggling with addiction. Individual/Family Counseling and Group Counseling are provided by clinicians with expertise in substance abuse treatment with youth. The COD Program goals include:
- Identification of triggers for substance abuse
- Education regarding substances and effects on the body
- Identification of healthy coping/regulation skills to deal with stress and mental health symptoms
- Increase healthy relationships and support
- Develop strategies to reduce and prevent substances use
Another important resource that CRC offers is Functional Family Therapy (FFT). FFT is an evidenced-based model of family therapy that has had successful outcomes with families for over 30 years. This short-term treatment typically lasts 3-6 months and includes both youth and the parent/guardian/s in each therapy session. Sessions can be provided in the home, at the agency, or in another community setting. FFT is for youth ages 11-18 years who experience emotional or behavioral difficulties. These difficulties include frequent family conflict, rule breaking, bullying, truancy, dishonesty, depression, or anxiety. FFT goals include:
- Strengthening families and supporting positive change
- Helping families learn new skills
- Reduce family conflict and problem behavior
- Improve relationships
- Connecting youth and families to resources to provide ongoing support
CRC has included a Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills Group to their resources. DBT is an internationally renowned evidence-based treatment model that has been shown to successfully treat many mental health issues, including emotion dysregulation, depression, anxiety, impulsive/reactive behaviors, suicidality, self-hard, substance abuse, and relationship difficulties. DBT skills group will help teens and their families learn several sets of new skills for managing difficult situation. A parent/guardian or other significant adult in each teen's life will be required to attend every group session with their child. Skills goals include:
- Mindfulness: learn to live non-judgmentally and in the present
- Emotion Regulation: improve ability to regulate feelings and moods
- Distress Tolerance: build tolerance and learn to cope with crisis
- Interpersonal Effectiveness: achieve healthy, balanced relationships
Attention Parents and Caregivers! Join us for a ACT: Raising Safe Kids Program Virtual on Tuesdays from 6:00-7:30pm beginning via Zoom August 24th through October 12th. This is a FREE program and resource to build a safe and strong family. ACT participants will:
- Discuss the Concept of Child Development and Children's Challenging Behaviors
- Learn the Concept of REACT vs RESPOND
- Learn how to prevent challenging behavior through positive discipline
- Understand consequences of children's exposure to violence
- Learn how to understand, express and control feelings
- Teach children to control anger and resolve conflicts
- Differentiate DISCIPLINE and PUNISHMENT
This virtual group is available for Wood County Families and referrals will be accepted until August 13th. To register, call CRC Prevention at 419-352-7588.
For more information or to schedule an intake assessment, please contact CRC at
Since opening our doors on June 14, 2005, more than 4,000 survivors have passed through our doors. As we reflect on the last 16 years of providing critical and sometimes lifesaving services, we ask you to join us in celebrating the strength, resilience and commitment of those who are now living lives free from abuse.
As we move into the second half of 2021, we continue to see the number of survivors reaching out for help grow. In 2020 we served a total of 747 survivors; in the first 5 months of 2021 we had already served 421. And the calls to our 24/7 crisis line are quickly surpassing 7,000 annually.
The foresight of our founders along with the on-going support from our community has made it possible to continue to serve the ever growing and changing needs of survivors, their children, and even tehri family pets. And services are always provided at no cost, eliminating financial barriers so that anyone, no matter their financial situation, can find safety, healing and justice.
To learn more about The Cocoon and our services, visit www.thecocoon.org. If you or someone you know needs help, call our 24/7 crisis line at 419-373-1730 and select option #2 to be immediately connected to a trained advocate.
To learn about the many ways that the community can provide support to survivors, call 419-373-1730, ext. 1002. And mark your calendar now to join us at our upcoming Parking Lot Party at Arlyn’s Good Beer, 520 Hankey Avenue, BG on Thursday, August 26th from 5 until 11pm!
Need to schedule your first appointment? Call 419-475-4449 or email AllAccessStaff@harbor.org.
NAMI Wood County has a variety of programming available happening at the end of this summer and beginning of fall. This programming is FREE and available to Wood County residents.
- NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a recovery-focused educational program for adults who wish to establish and maintain wellness in response to mental health challenges. NAMI Wood County will be hosting the next class starting on Monday, September 27th from 6:00-8:30p.m.
- 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, September 27th from 6:00-8:30p.m
- NAMI Wood County will be hosting their NAMI Education Series on Wednesday, September 15th from 6:00-8:00p.m.In their fall Education Series, there will be information provided on both public and private insurance coverage for behavioral health, and resources available to navigate specific questions.
- Save the date! On Friday, October 1, 2021, NAMI Wood County will be hosting their annual AfterBurn fall event at the Wood County Fairgrounds. This event includes a 5k/1 mile run, chili cook-off, and activities for the whole family! Stay tuned on NAMI Wood County’s website for more details.
SPERA means Hope!
The SPERA program at Unison Health uses an integrative approach to assist with increasing stability in the community. Our goal is to teach people to become more aware of their thoughts, feelings, and body sensations to increase their coping skills. A Peer Support person is actively involved in this program to provide a lived experience to our group members.
SPERA is for individuals recently discharge from a hospital due to suicidal ideation, attempt, or mental health symptoms that are interfering with their daily life skills. This group is good for those at risk for hospitalization to help strengthen/re-enforce their positive coping skills and to provide them with additional support. Individuals seeking mindfulness techniques to assist with increased mental health symptoms can benefit as well.
Free Suicide Prevention Groups
Unison Health is also hosting a free 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). Thie group is 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 these programs or how to get started, please call Unison Health office at 419-352-4624
Judy Steiner accepted a position as the Empowerment Project program manager with WCESC. The Wood County Prevention Coalition hired a new program coordinator, Tina Bradley. The Coalition's next quarterly meeting will be held in person at the WCESC on Friday, September 24 from 9-10:30 and will feature a presentation by Faith DeNardo, Ph.D., CHES. Dr. DeNardo is Bowling Green State University's Wellness Connection Director, Center for Violence Prevention and Education Co-Director, and Title IX Deputy Coordinator, and will render a presentation on the recently completed National College Health Assessment with comparatives to other campuses.
To contact us, call 419-841-7701. To reach our 24/7 Detox Admission Line call 419-754-3869.
According to the CDC, over 81,000 drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States last year. Most likely due to the Covid-19 pandemic, these numbers are higher than ever before. Drug overdoses continue to be one of the world's leading public health crises.
August 31st is a day dedicated to remembering those lost to drug overdose, and providing a safe space for loved ones to grieve without stigma. This day is set aside to educate and stimulate discussion about overdose prevention and drug policy within the community.
Raising awareness about drug addiction and overdose is a crucial step in prevention and intervention efforts. Awareness and information result in a lessened stigma, allowing for people to feel free to seek the help that they greatly need.
To learn more, visit https://www.overdoseday.com/about-the-campaign/ , and stay up to date on the many addiction-related services provided in Wood County.
- Eat a well-balanced diet and drink plenty of water
- Try to get around eight hours of sleep a night
- Take deep breaths and stretch to relax the mind and body
- Spend time getting fresh air by going outside and taking a walk
- Maintain a realistic routine at home
- Focus your thoughts on what you are grateful for today
- Spend time with loved ones (while following social distancing guidelines of course)
- Try to do at least one thing that you enjoy every day
How will you practice self-care today?