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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine releases RecoveryOhio Advisory Council’s Initial Report and recommendations

4/1/2019

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine recently released the RecoveryOhio Advisory Council’s Initial Report that makes recommendations on how to improve prevention, treatment and recovery support efforts that address the state’s public health crisis – mental health and substance use.
 
The council issued more than 70 recommendations in the areas of stigma, parity, workforce development, prevention, harm reduction, treatment and recovery supports, and data and outcomes measurement.
 
Here is a partial list of recommendations for providing additional supports to Ohio’s prekindergarten through grade 12 students:

  • Expand the use of standardized youth prevention survey instruments (Youth Risk Behavior Survey and OHYES!) for improved statewide data to aide state policymakers in their decision-making and better inform local school administrators of their districts’ needs;
  • Establish statewide prevention coordination with all state departments and agencies to ensure best practices, consistent messaging, technical assistance and delivery of prevention services across multiple domains;
  • Identify collaborative funding strategies that will sustain high-quality, effective prevention services across domains in local communities for all age groups and populations using sustainable, predictable funding sources to eliminate the grant cycle effects;
  • Encourage the expansion of community coalitions that include public and private partnerships with health care providers to identify local needs, coordinate best practice assessments and implement strategies targeting multiple domains across the lifespan with the collection of specific outcome measures.
  • Review potential funding for before- and after-school programs as a component of local prevention strategies developed with community partners.
You can learn more here about RecoveryOhio and the council's Initial Report.