The Ohio Adult Care Facility Association (OACFA) has taken over the scheduling, registration and facilitation of trainings for Residential Facility Class 2 and Class 3 providers relevant to working with persons with a behavioral health disorder.
There will not be any training offered during the month of July 2022. Training is scheduled to resume in August.
The training schedule and registration links are now available online CLICK HERE to view the dates and complete your registration.
OACFA will continue to use the GoToWebinar platform and will continue to have the same quality trainers facilitate the Housing Provider trainings.
VISIT THE NEW OACFA WEBPAGE HERE
COLUMBUS,OH: NAMI Ohio congratulates Judge Joyce A. Campbell for her election as President of the National NAMI Board of Directors.
Judge Campbell’s election was announced Saturday at the conclusion of the NAMI National Conference. She was previously first vice president of the organization. NAMI is the largest advocacy organization for mental health in the Country, working with the Administration, Congress, Governors, and State Legislators in molding policies that impact those citizens in our Country dealing with mental health issues.
Terry Russell, Executive Director of NAMI Ohio, said, “Judge Campbell’s commitment and heart-felt compassion toward those we serve is unmatched. Her understanding of the needs of individuals with mental illness and their families, combined with the skills and experience to lead, will only benefit NAMI as the largest grassroots organization representing those most in need.
Judge Campbell has been on the bench of the Fairfield Municipal Court since 1999. She was one of the first judges in Ohio to establish a specialized mental health court. Judge Campbell created the “Treatment Alternative Court” program in January 2001. It is a specialized docket court, certified by the Ohio Supreme Court, which addresses underlying mental health issues in criminal cases while still holding participants accountable for their actions.
Russell also stated, “Judge Campbell’s leadership at NAMI Ohio will continue. Now she will be able to bring a local voice to advocate to the national mental health system that has allowed far too many people to wander the countryside, languishing in jails, homeless shelters, and substandard housing.”
Judge Campbell has been active with NAMI for the past 20 years, beginning with her home base in Butler County. She has also been a leader on the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation board.
At weekly hearings in her court, Judge Campbell invites NAMI representatives to support people with mental illness who find themselves in the criminal justice system. She is often able to divert people to proper treatment as opposed to jail confinement.
Judge Campbell is also Chairperson of the Ohio Judicial Conference and sits on the Ohio Supreme Court Commission on Specialized Dockets.
She previously served as a prosecutor, a trial attorney, an arbitrator and mediator, and a police professional. Judge Campbell received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Sociology from Case Western Reserve University and her Law Degree from the Case Western University School of Law.
NAMI Ohio’s Board of Directors, Staff and Statewide NAMI Affiliates, and most importantly, Ohio’s citizens living with mental illness and their families are extremely proud of Judge Campbell’s recent election. It is comforting to know we now have a leader’s voice in Washington, D.C.
The Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) is pleased to announce that on May 2, the Ohio Children’s Initiative Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) Information Technology (IT) System will launch for use across Ohio’s child-serving systems. We are writing to inform you of this exciting achievement and of steps we encourage you to take now to prepare to access the CANS IT system after go-live and to provide CANS assessment services to Ohio’s children and youth.
The new OhioRISE program will go live on July 1 and will use the Ohio Children’s Initiative CANS tool to establish eligibility. The CANS was developed with leadership from Governor DeWine’s Children’s Initiatives and Ohio’s child-serving state agencies and is used by a wide variety of providers to inform care planning and decision-making for children and adolescents with behavioral health needs. Certified Ohio Children’s Initiative CANS assessors are expected to use the CANS to gather all information about the child/youth and family story to describe their strengths and needs.
The new CANS IT System will:
- Document CANS assessments and reassessments/updates with a youth/caregiver. Certified Ohio Children’s Initiative CANS assessors will register and use the system to document these assessments in a single location.
- Support our cross-system goal of “one child, one CANS” and ensure that youth/caregivers do not need to retell their stories.
- Improve care continuity and collaboration. Outputs/results are accessible to assessors and care team members, promoting cross-system coordination in real time.
- Produce and review immediate Decision Support Model outputs and recommendations.
- Record information about the child/youth and their caregiver(s) within one shared system.
- Track trends and outcomes to identify gaps and inform access and capacity improvement efforts.
To prepare to access the CANS IT System on May 2, ODM recommends that you take the following steps:
1. Obtain your Ohio Children’s Initiative CANS certification
You must have Ohio Children’s Initiative CANS certification to register in the CANS IT System and complete a CANS assessment with a child/youth. To become a certified Ohio Children’s Initiative CANS assessor, you must:
- Complete CANS training with the Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Center of Excellence (COE), which is responsible for providing statewide professional development activities related to the Ohio Children’s Initiative CANS assessment tool. Assessors must complete the Transformational Collaborative Outcomes Management (TCOM) and Ohio Children’s Initiative CANS Comprehensive training with the COE.
- If you were already certified in a previous version of the CANS, you will need to complete the new version of the TCOM and Ohio Children’s Initiative CANS training session.
- Review the May-June TCOM and Ohio Children’s Initiative CANS training schedule in the attached document and register now! Additional CANS training dates will be announced each month here on the OhioRISE webpage.
If you are having difficulty accessing or enrolling in a CANS training, please reach out to the COE at email@example.com for assistance.
- Register on the Praed Foundation’s website to complete the CANS assessor certification exam and pass with a 70% or higher.
- The COE will provide you with a coupon code to waive the cost of the exam after you have completed their training.
- Register to use the CANS IT System on or after May 2, 2022.
- Please note, assessors must wait one (1) full day after passing the certification exam with Praed to register and begin conducting assessments in the CANS IT System. The CANS IT System receives this information from Praed to verify your exam was taken and passed.
2. Enroll as a Medicaid provider in order to bill for CANS assessments
You must be an enrolled Medicaid provider in order to bill for a CANS assessment. If you are a provider who is not currently enrolled in the Ohio Medicaid program and wish to enroll to provide any services under the next generation of Ohio Medicaid, including the CANS, please visit the following link to the Ohio Medicaid online application: https://portal.ohmits.com/Public/Providers/Enrollment/tabId/49/Default.aspx. Additional resources for provider enrollment are available on the Ohio Medicaid website.
Once you have enrolled as a Medicaid provider or if you are currently enrolled, you must add the “ORC – CANS Assessor” specialty to your provider enrollment. Please email ODM at Medicaid_Provider_Update@medicaid.ohio.gov to request that the “ORC – CANS Assessor” be added to your existing provider type, include the provider NPI and Medicaid ID in the body of the email, and attach the Praed Foundation certification in the Ohio Children’s Initiative CANS to fulfill the required documentation for this specialty addition. Click here to access the OhioRISE Provider Specialties Guide for additional guidance.
If you are interested in contracting with Aetna Better Health of Ohio, the OhioRISE plan, and Ohio Medicaid’s Next Generation Managed Care Organizations to provide CANS assessor services, you must contact them directly using the provider relations contact information found on the Ohio Medicaid Managed Care website’s Resources for Providers page.
Please note, Ohio Children’s Initiative CANS assessors are not required to enroll with Medicaid if they do not intend to bill Medicaid for the service. You may be a certified assessor and register in the CANS IT System without enrolling as a Medicaid provider.
3. Learn how to use the CANS IT System through training offered by ODM
ODM is offering recorded CANS IT System trainings and an Ohio Children’s Initiative CANS IT System User Guide to orient assessors to the new system. Click on the links below to access the new trainings. Click here to access Ohio Children’s Initiative CANS IT System User Guide.
Where can I direct my questions?
CANS training: Please contact the COE at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Medicaid provider enrollment: Please contact the Ohio Medicaid Provider Hotline at 1-800-686-1516.
OhioRISE program: Please contact the OhioRISE mailbox and visit the OhioRISE webpage for more information on OhioRISE.
Ohio Children’s Initiative CANS IT System questions: Please contact the ODM ITS mailbox and include “OhioRISE-CANS ” in the subject line for faster routing.
NAMI Ohio Executive Director Terry Russell was recently interviewed by NBC4 about his career and dedication to those living with mental illness and their families.
Click here to read the feature
NAMI Ohio Executive Director Terry Russell was humbled to be recognized for his contribution to those living with mental illness and their families by Governor DeWine during today’s State of the State Address. More important than the recognition was Governor DeWine’s message about the need to fulfill the promises that were never kept after the closure of Ohio’s state psychiatric hospitals.
NAMI Ohio stands ready to work with the Governor, and Legislature, in any way we can to ensure that Ohio’s citizens living with mental illness have the support and care needed to live successful lives.
NAMI Ohio is an organization that represents those living with mental illness and their families. We have never been more excited than we are today about the opportunities presented in the State of the State Address.
We want to thank Governor DeWine for his years of support of those we represent and for his commitment to correct past failures that have negatively impacted so many people.
Future generations will remember today’s State of the State Address in the same way we remember Dorothea Dix in the late 1800s begging for mental health reform.
NAMI Ohio and all of those that we represent urges everyone that has an opportunity to be part of this change to make it happen! It is time now to fulfill the promises that were never kept and give every Ohio citizen living with mental illness and their families the care that they deserve.
If anyone needs help navigating the mental health system, please do not hesitate to contact NAMI Ohio at 800-686-2646 or email@example.com
You can watch the video of State of the State Address on the Ohio Channel at the link below: