The annual Save a Life Suicide Prevention Coalition Color 5K will be at the Ohio Caverns on Saturday, September 18th, 2020. More information pending.
Father Tim West and Chief Dean Ortlieb (both with Urbana Fire/EMS) recently noticed an opportunity for county-wide collaboration in support of our community of First Responders. It is the nature of the job of First Responders to be exposed to traumatic events. When something tragic happens, the response in support of those involved must be quick, peer driven, and be assisted by faith based partners and mental health professionals.
Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) is that response model and is used internationally. This fall, Father Tim wrote a grant to the MHDAS Board for the cost of bringing in a nationally known and highly respected trainer on CISM, Bill Wall. The training was supposed to happen in 2020, but the community readiness and outpouring of interest in being partners in this effort drove the date up to December 3 – 4, 2019. According to Dave Torsell of Champaign County EMA, this is the first training Champaign County has had on CISM in roughly 25 years. It is inspiring to see the level of commitment and interest in partnering in this way across the entire county. Here were the agencies represented:
As a result of this training, there are now 35 people in our community with the knowledge and skills to respond quickly to traumatic events to offer quick support and help to improve the resilience of our brave men and women who serve our communities so professionally and faithfully. If you have an interest in receiving this excellent training and being a CISM supporter, please reach out to the MHDAS Board.
On Saturday, October 26th, law enforcement entities participated in the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) national drug take back day, resulting in 146 lbs. of unused or expired medication collected for disposal. Urbana Police Division in partnership with Kroger, the Champaign County Drug Free Youth Coalition, Mary Rutan Hospital, and the U.S. DEA collected 37 lbs. of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Across the county, the Mechanicsburg Police Department collected 109 lbs. from the villages of Mechanicsburg and North Lewisburg.
If you happened to miss the event, but need to dispose of medication, please visit one of the five local drug drop boxes. Drug drop boxes are located at the Champaign County Sheriff's Office, Mercy Health Urbana Hospital (near emergency room entrance), Urbana Police Department, St. Paris Police Department, and Mechanicsburg Police Department. If you are unable to dispose of medications at a drop box location, or if no disposal instructions are given on the prescription drug labeling, the Drug Enforcement Agency recommends following these simple steps to throw the drugs in the household trash:
Do not flush medicines down the sink or toilet unless the prescription drug labeling or patient information that accompanied the medicine specifically instructs you to do so. Please also ensure you are compliant with your community’s laws and regulations prior to taking such action. For more information, please visit: www.ccfcfc.org/drug-free-youth-coalition
Drug drop boxes are located at the Logan County Sheriff's Office, Mary Rutan Hospital (near the emergency room entrance) and at the Russell's Point Police Department.
If you are unable to dispose of medications at a drop box location, or if no disposal instructions are given on the prescription drug labeling, the Drug Enforcement Agency recommends following these simple steps to throw the drugs in the household trash:
A Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) is a “systematic effort to address issues identified by [an] assessment and community health improvement process.”1 Logan county’s Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) is based on data gathered from Logan County communities through the community health assessment and extensive input from over 90 community leaders and residents. The Community Health Assessment (CHA) created a picture of the needs of Logan County, identified community and data strengths and challenges, and provided information for next steps to improve the quality of life and health in Logan County.
Purpose of the CHIP
The purpose of the Logan County Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) is to guide the efforts participating organizations will engage over the next several years to improve the quality of life and health of Logan County residents. The focus of this CHIP is to develop a roadmap to improve a wide range of quality of life issues for the residents of Logan County that is not restricted to addressing only disease conditions.
The CHIP process is typically led by the health department or hospital and involves many other organizations as well as residents. Through the process the major health needs of a community are documented and identified, and a set of priorities are agreed on by all the participants. For each of the priorities, specific strategies that are designed to address the priorities in order to improve the community’s health and well-being.
This community health improvement plan was developed by a team that consisted of several community health and social service organizations that serve Logan County residents. The team included representatives from Mary Rutan Hospital, Logan County Health District, United Way, Community Health and Wellness Partners of Logan County, and Mental Health Drug & Alcohol Services Board for Logan and Champaign Counties. Extensive input was obtained in the development of the plan from over 90 community leaders and residents.
Click to download and read the full 2019-21 Logan County CHIP.
Bellefontaine Police Department taking back unwanted prescription drugs Oct. 26 at Mary Rutan Hospital
On Saturday, October 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the Bellefontaine Police Department in partnership with Logan County CORE, Mary Rutan Hospital, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.
Bring your pills for disposal to the canopy entrance of Mary Rutan Hospital, located at 205 E Palmer Rd. The site cannot accept liquids. Needles/sharps, pills and patches will be accepted. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Mary Rutan Hospital is providing sharps disposal at no cost as a community service.
Last fall Americans turned in nearly 469 tons (more than 937,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at nearly 6,300 sites operated by the DEA and almost 5,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in more than 11.8 million pounds—approximately 5,900 tons—of pills.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.
For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 26 Take Back Day event, go to www.DEATakeBack.com or https://www.logancountycore.com/
The annual Save a Life Suicide Prevention Coalition Color 5K will be at the Ohio Caverns on Saturday, September 14th starting at 8:00 a.m. Click the form below to download and print a registration form.
For more information, contact Stephanie Ketchell at (937) 631-2883.
What is Mental Health First Aid?
These trainings will ENGAGE you, INSPIRE you and EXPAND your understanding of mental illness!
Mental Health First Aid is an interactive, 8-hour Adult certification course that presents an overview of mental illness and substance use disorders in the U.S., introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact and overviews common treatments. Those who take the courses to certify as Adult Mental Health First Aiders learn a 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care.
Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.
Adult Trainings Available
Intended Audience: Individuals who encounter adults
→Wednesday, September 11, 2019 @ 8am to 5pm (sign-in at 7:30am)
@ Quest Community Church, 110 South St, West Liberty, OH 43357 (lunch provided)
Cost: FREE Thanks to the Mental Health, Drug & Alcohol Services Board of Logan & Champaign Counties and Suicide Prevention Coalition
Register By: Wednesday September 4th, 2019
Youth Trainings Available
Intended Audience: Individuals working with youth
→Wednesday, September 18, 2019 @ 8am to 5pm (sign-in at 7:30am)
@ Quest Community Church, 110 South St, West Liberty, OH 43357 (lunch provided)
Cost: FREE Thanks to Mental Health, Drug & Alcohol Services Board of Logan & Champaign Counties, Suicide Prevention Coalition & Logan County Family & Children First Council
Register By: Wednesday September 11th, 2019
(Registration includes: a 200+ page comprehensive manual, all materials, and a 3 year certification)
YOUTH MHFA Training Sponsored by:
ADULT MHFA Training Sponsored by:
For additional information on the YOUTH MHFA Training please contact:
Veronica Brady firstname.lastname@example.org
For additional information on the ADULT MHFA Training please contact:
Stacey Logwood – email@example.com or Julie Wilcox – firstname.lastname@example.org
Bobbi Beale, PsyD of Life Adventures For All is coming April 12, 2019 to present Adventure Therapy: Brief Overview.
Friday, April 12, 2019
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM EDT
Green Hills Community - Foundation Hall
6557 US Rt 68 S
West Liberty, OH 43357
Presenter: Matt Mishkind, PhD, SPHR, SHRM-SCP (see flyer below for training content)
WHEN: Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 10am to 12pm, Registration at 9:30am
WHERE: Green Hills Foundation Hall, West Liberty
CONTACT: Jessica Rhoades at MHDAS,
For more information about any of the prevention services listed below, please contact Stacey Logwood, OCPS, OCPS, Director of School & Community Based Prevention at the Mental Health, Drug & Alcohol Services Board of Logan & Champaign Counties at 937-465-1045 or email@example.com.
40 Developmental Assets® – Search Institute - Everyone’s an Asset Builder introduces the 40 Developmental Asset framework, research, and the powerful role of individual asset builders in the lives of youth. This workshop will help participants identify the characteristics of effective asset builders and their own personal strengths and challenges; understand “circles of influence” and identify those circles in which there is potential for asset building; and make and share a personal commitment to asset-building action. This 2-3 hour training highlights the 40 key ingredients to healthy youth development and local youth data on asset levels, risk-taking, and thriving behaviors.
Alternative options: This training is flexible for a variety of audiences and customizable. We can train parents during Kindergarten registration, Parent/Teacher Organization/Assn. meetings, parent forums, faith-based congregations, creative arts groups, 4H leaders, the possibilities are endless. Let us know your timeframe and audience and we can customize to your needs!
Trainers: Stacey Logwood, OCPS, firstname.lastname@example.org, 937-465-1045
Cecilia Yelton, OCPSA, email@example.com, 937-599-1975
Join us for a free Mental Wellness Work Shop this March 2nd and March 16th at the Logan County Coop!
The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.
Other Logan County Drop Box Locations:
Russells Point Municipal Building
433 St. Rt. 708,
Russells Point, Ohio 43348
Phone: (937) 843-2245
Disposal Available: Monday, Tues., Thurs., and Friday weekly for drop off between 9am-4:30pm
Logan County Sheriff’s Office
284 County Rd 32 S.
Bellefontaine, OH 43311
Phone: (937) 599-3333
Disposal Available 24/7/365
Free Narcan Training coming to Logan County, presented by the Logan County Health District, on January 31st, 2019 from 1-1:30pm.
The Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Services (MHDAS) Board awarded eight mini-grants to Logan and Champaign County community organizations for fiscal year 2019. The grants were awarded for programs that promote a greater awareness of mental health and substance abuse prevention in the two counties. The grant applications were reviewed by a 6 member committee representing both counties and supported by MHDAS Board staff, Stacey Logwood and Adam Sorensen. A total of $18,000 was awarded.
The Review Committee is composed of the following individuals representing Logan and Champaign Counties:
Ann Vogel, MHDAS Board Member
Steve Terrill, MHDAS Board Member
Robert Dean, MHDAS Board Member
Pete Floyd, MHDAS Board Member
Emily Smith, MHDAS Board Member
Reuben Mees, MHDAS Board Member
The organizations chosen to receive a grant were:
Bellefontaine Middle School Health Team: Their mini-grant is for “BMS Goes Bananas (and lots of other fruits and vegetables). Students will have to opportunity to attending hands on classes where they will learn to make foods they can prepare themselves. Students will also have the opportunity to bring their parents to a class where they will work together to make dinner using recipes that use healthy ingredients.
LoCo Art: Their project is titled “Public Beautification Mural Project”. LoCo Art intends to partner with The Mary Rutan Foundation, MHDAS Board and The Logan County Family to focus the creative efforts on the creation of a public art and beautification project with Mental Health as a central theme. This project will consist of a guest artist coming to Logan County to lead at-risk-youth in the creation of a mural.
Off The Rails CrossFit: Their mini-grant is for a “Community Engagement and Personal Development of Veterans and First Responders”. The main focus of this project is to provide much needed support to our local veterans and first responders. A support animal will be licensed and trained then brought to the facility to provide on-site and off-site support to these individuals. The benefits of the support animal will increase mental well-being, encourage emotional health and physical fitness, improve relationships and so much more. The project will also cover the cost of an annual membership to 3 local veterans and/or first responders, which includes in and out of gym events, gym phone app and many more benefits.
The Champaign County Early Childhood Collaborative Committee: Their mini-grant is for “DECA Initiative”. This Initiative will pay for two people to be trained in the DECA’s, which is an assessment tool to identify key social and emotional strengths and planning resources to provide caregivers and parents with research-based strategies to promote resilience in young children. This will also include a DECA-C, has all the same features as DECA, but also assesses social and emotional concerns and is appropriate for children 2 through 5. These individuals will be able to connect the child/families to the proper services and resources.
Champaign County Children’s Literacy Foundation: The project is called “Early Childhood: Family Engagement Asset Activities and Games for Mentoring Program”. This project will create 3 different activities and include a list of the 40 Developmental Assets. The activities will have instructions and ideas for practicing with child. These activities will focus on family engagement, literacy, positive family communication, family support, reading for fun and creative ideas.
Mechanicsburg for a Healthy Community: This organization will be providing an event that highlights the positive efforts of people in Recovery that live in Mechanicsburg. During the Christmas in the Village they will be providing live music at the coffee shop, testimonials from people in recovery, coffee and non-alcoholic beverages, baked goods and informational materials.
West Liberty-Salem High School Key Club: Their event is titled “Welcome Back Luncheon for ’17 and ’18 Graduates”, which will invite the graduates of the 2017 and 2018 classes to return for a luncheon. This will give these post-graduates an opportunity to reconnect and facilitate healing to those effected by the tragic event of January 20th, 2017. WLS want their post-graduates and all students to feel comfortable with their alma mater and send the message that they care about them and their healing journey.
Mini-Grants have been established to provide a limited amount of, one time only, funds for small projects that provide creative and innovative opportunities for recreational and learning experiences that improve and build upon positive mental health and/or provide alternatives to substance abuse.
The Drug Enforcement Agency is hosting their annual Medication Take-Back Day on Saturday, October 27, 2018. Locally, when we hold our take-back day in conjunction with theirs, it reduces the cost and manpower involved in the destruction of the medication collected. So, in an effort to create a healthier community and minimize costs, Community C.O.R.E. will again be partnering with the Bellefontaine Police Department and the Mary Rutan Foundation to host a medication take back event on Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 11am – 1 pm at Mary Rutan Hospital in Bellefontaine (205 E. Palmer Rd.). This event will be a drive-thru event under the canopy of the hospital. During the event hours, residents can dispose of unused, expired, or unwanted prescription medications. Sharps will be accepted and are requested to place in sealed container such as a coffee jar or butter bowl to prevent accidental punctures of the volunteers. No liquids or inhalers will be accepted.
We have seen a significant decrease in disposal rates at medication take back events the past two years – partially because of the permanent drop boxes and partially because of better monitoring of opiates being prescribed in the community. Regardless, we know that there are many unused prescription medications still sitting on kitchen counters, in medicine cabinets, and in other accessible locations in homes. We are asking each member of our community to go home and dispose of unused, expired, or unwanted medications, on Saturday, October 27. We have the ability to save lives and be one step closer to a healthier community.
Alcohol is a major part of the culture of the United States. In 2014, alcohol sales—which include beer, wine, liquor, and other alcoholic beverages—totaled nearly $225 billion. The following year, more than 15 million Americans over the age of 18 reported having Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD), known more commonly as alcoholism. That number reaches even higher among people who haven’t reported the disease or have yet to see a doctor for a diagnosis.
10-15% Of People Don't Start to Drink Heavily Until They are Older in Age
Even When Seniors Live Inside Nursing Homes & Assisted Living, the NCADD says that nearly 50% Have "Alcohol-Related Problems."
The Logan County Health District is pleased to provide the final findings of the Logan County Community Needs Assessment for 2018.
Logan County Community Needs Assessment for 2018 - Full Report
Logan County Community Needs Assessment for 2018 - Summary
The Top Community Priorities are: