The Opioid Crisis—One State’s Approach to Supporting the Health and Wellness of its First Responders


This webinar will feature representatives from the Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS), who will speak about how first responders are becoming trauma-informed and discuss the practical applications of putting trauma-informed strategies in place. Presenters will discuss several innovative state and local programs, including training programs and support initiatives. The role of leadership and integrated system responses will be highlighted, including OhioMHAS’s new first responder liaison, who serves as a resource to first responders, their agencies, behavioral health care providers, and the community at large. The Ohio ASSIST program, among other state efforts, will be introduced. Ohio Assist provides Post Critical Incident Seminars to first responders and their families and has partnered with several other states in providing seminars and resources through trained peers to assist these states in helping their own first responders.

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