Geauga County Board of Mental Health and Recovery Services Non Profit 13244 Ravenna Road US Postage Chardon, Ohio 44024-9012 PAID Permit No. 22 Chardon, Ohio 440-285-2282 (Voice or TDD) FAX 440-285-9617 www.geauga.org ___________________________________ Name ___________________________________ Address ___________________________________ Please read: The publisher has taken care in the preparation of this newsletter, but the information it contains is not intended as a substitute for the expertise and judgment of qualified health care professionals. You should consult with your health care provider about all health-care issues. Geauga County Regional Youth Survey Completed During February and March of 2008, a total of 6,936 Geauga County Students in grades 6 -12 took part in completing the Communities that Care Youth Survey (CTC). All Geauga County schools along with Chagrin Falls High School took part in completing the comprehensive survey. The Geauga County Board of Mental Health and Recovery Services wishes to thank all school superintendents, principals, and guidance counselors who gave their time and energy to making the administration of the CTC survey possible. The Communities that Care Youth Survey is designed to identify the levels of risk and protective factors that predict problem behaviors such as alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, poor school achievement, and delinquency. The Survey also measures the actual prevalence of drug use, violence and other antisocial behaviors among surveyed students. The data collected and the findings from the CTC survey will be summarized and presented in three separate sections: • Risk and protective factors • Drug use • Other antisocial behaviors A comparison and trend analysis will be completed from data and findings of the 2005 and 2008 Geauga County Regional Communities That Care Survey reports. A presentation of the data results and findings is being planned for this fall. Results Available Soon! Summer 2008 Geauga County Board of Mental Health and Recovery Services As the Board of Mental Health and has been active in mental health Recovery Services concluded their and recovery services for a long Board Members 40th anniversary this year, they time in Geauga County. He is also celebrated the work of one of known for strong advocacy on Tom Gazley, Ph.D. our community leaders, one with behalf of children and adults Chairman Robert Goldberg, Ph.D. over 20 years of helping residents needing behavioral health services, Vice Chair with mental health problems. This as well as his sensitivity and Victor Matthews year the Board presented their compassion in working with Treasurer 19th Annual Behavioral Health individuals who may come with Alberta Chokshi Care Advocacy Award to Jeff little hope, and often little ability Secretary Orndorff, a Chardon attorney, for to speak for themselves. Chris Adelman his lifelong Susan Fogarty Margaret Lahner, Psy. D. commitment and compassionate Advocacy Award Mr. Adams Jeff in 1987, first met said, “I Carolee Lesyk, Ph.D. advocacy on behalf of Winner Announced but he had already Georgeanne Mitchell individuals needing been an influential Roger Morris Mariel Rouru behavioral health services. The personality in the mental health Joe Schellentrager award is presented annually by the field in Geauga County long before Louise Stienbarger Board as a symbol of appreciation then. His zealous and sensitive and recognition to groups or advocacy on behalf of individuals Mission Statement individuals who have distinguished with disabilities was evident then It shall be the mission of the Geauga County Board of Mental themselves by their unwavering and continues to this day.” Health and Recovery Services to dedication to the field of mental For many years, Jeff served as a provide leadership in the health and recovery services on Board member on the Geauga development, implementation, and evaluation of mental health behalf of Geauga County. County Board of Mental Health & and substance abuse programs. Recovery Services, including being As an agent for change in Geauga According to Jim Adams, the elected to three terms as County this Board is dedicated to optimizing human and financial Board Chief Executive Officer, Jeff Chairman of the Board. He retired resources and enhancing and was chosen this year because he from serving on the Board in June stabilizing the mental health of citizens of Northeast Ohio. Through comprehensive needs assessment the Board shall 19th Annual Behavioral Health Care Advocacy Award Winner effectively plan and coordinate a full range of community-based services that provide for quality client care in the least restrictive environment possible. * Advocacy Award WINNER * Dr. Goldberg Speaks Out * CIT and NAMI Winners * Kidsfest Jeffrey Orndorff accepts the 19th Annual Behavioral * Youth Survey Health Care Advocacy Award from Geauga County Board of Mental Health & Recovery Services President, Dr. Thomas Gazley The Geauga County Board of Mental Health & Recove Ravenwood Mental Health Center held their 10th annual art show on May 14, 2008. The show displayed a vast array of artistic creations including paintings, sculptures, and handmade jewelry. All of the artwork was made by clients of the Center’s partial hospitalization program. Work is still on display at the South Street office and is available for purchase. For more information contact Heather Denning at 286-1631. Bridges Out of Poverty Law Enforcement Making a Difference Strategies for Professionals and Communities The Geauga County Board of Mental Health and Recovery As part of the Geauga County Behavioral Health Care Recognition Dinner held on May 22, Services was pleased to provide 2008, Deanna Brant, Emergency Services Director for Ravenwood Mental Health Center and scholarships for Geauga County the Mental Health Liaison to Geauga County’s Community Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) human service professionals to Advisory Committee spoke about the Geauga County CIT program. CIT is a program attend an educational workshop, established and funded by the Geauga County Board of Mental Health and Recovery Services "Bridges Out of Poverty: and it is designed to accomplish four primary goals – Strategies for Professionals and Communities" on April 30, 2008. • Provide training for law enforcement to work with those in crisis in the community The Mental Health Association in • Improve communication between law enforcement and mental health providers Geauga County, CASA for Kids and Ravenwood Mental • Track outcomes for those calls to law enforcement that involve mental health emergencies, Health Center presented the workshop at St. Mary’s in to monitor dispositions and improve both the law enforcement’s and mental health Chardon, Ohio. Philip DeVol, provider’s response. who co-authored the book • Promote diversion of persons with mental illness from the criminal justice system when “Bridges Out of Poverty: treatment is appropriate. Strategies for Professionals and Communities” with Ruby Payne, Deanna said that the Geauga County CIT Advisory Committee has been in existence since 2005 Ph.D.and Terie Dreussi Smith, and has always held to the motto that “We are all in this together.” Founding members Lt. presented a model of the Scott Niehus, Geauga County Sheriff’s Department, Lt. Kathy Rose, Jail Administrator with the “cultures” of poverty, the middle Geauga County Sheriff’s Department, Joseph Stehlik, Middlefield Police Chief; and Corporal class, and the upper class. Mr. Ed Samec with the Middlefield Police Department were each recognized and awarded for their DeVol focused on increasing Beth Matthews, Phillip DeVol participants’ awareness of the and Michelle Doehring commitment, dedication and leadership with the Geauga County Crisis Intervention Team. differences in economic cultures and showed how these differences affect opportunities for success. Participants developed an action plan to improve services to clients and improve retention rates for new hires from poverty and how to motivate individuals from poverty. The workshop series is part of the continuing mission of the Mental Health Association in Geauga County to provide Deanna Brant offers local officers CIT awards. quality mental health education at an affordable Scott Neihus and Ed Samec were also recognized by NAMI Ohio and NAMI Geauga County. Ed cost to Geauga County mental and Scott were runners up for the Ohio CIT Officer of the Year Award. NAMI Geauga health professionals. The 107 President Jack Sherman presented the awards and plaques in recognition of their outstanding participants earned commitment to improving the lives of those with mental illness and helping them to seek Continuing Education Units for attending the 6 hour treatment in times of crisis. workshop. ery Services Celebrates Mental Health Month 4th Annual Approximately 550 people attended the 4th annual Geauga County Kidsfest on April 26, 2008. The event was held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Berkshire High School. Over thirty non-profit organizations provided the opportunity for kids to take part in various activities that included everything from frog jumping to making mother's day corsages. Clifford the Big Red Dog was a welcome sight for many kids in attendance. The entertainment program for the day included Banjo the Clown who made balloons of all shapes and sizes for the kids and Captain Willie who did a bang up Pirate Show followed by a Magical Entertainer, whose wit and magic delighted all ages. This annual event was started through a collaborative effort of Geauga County agencies whose interest lies solely with promoting healthy and happy families. The Geauga County Board of Mental Health and Recovery Services is the sponsor of the event with financial contributions also made by the Tri County Association for the Education of Young Children and the Geauga Family First Council. Special thanks to Capps Pizza, Joel's Italian American Grille, Giant Eagle of Middlefield, Kinetico, Sages Apples, Mangia! Mangia!, Dunkin Donuts of Middlefield, Zeppe's of Chardon, and Maggie's Donuts for donating refreshments. The planning for the 5th annual Kidsfest is already underway. The goal of “Think Outside the Stigma” is to correct commonly-held addiction and mental illness misconceptions, thereby increasing NAMI Speakers Meetings the likelihood that those affected will seek treatment and recover. Ohio’s Think Outside NAMI Geauga County's Speaker/Education program the Stigma campaign focuses on four key has been bringing dynamic personalities to Geauga message points: County with unique perspectives on mental illness. * Alcohol and other drug addictions and mental illnesses are brain diseases. On April 17, 2008, Jeannette Halton-Tiggs spoke on * Alcohol and other drug addictions and mental illnesses “Untreated Mental Illness: A Mother’s Tragedy.” Her can affect anyone. story is one of loss and failure in the criminal justice * Alcohol and other drug addictions and mental illnesses system, and her experience was ultimately tragic for are treatable. many. Jeannette’s mission is to ensure that those released from the criminal * Individuals with brain diseases should not be justice system continue to have access to medications and treatment for discriminated against. severe mental illness. She described her attempts to help her son when he The Geauga County Board of Mental Health and Recovery became violently ill with schizophrenia. Jeannette detailed her son’s journey Services offers treatment and recovery through its many with a mental disorder, his successful treatment in prison, and the lack of agencies. Contact the Board for more information at insurance coverage after probation ended. Her experience with the system 440-285-2282. shows how lack of medical insurance can have tragic consequences. Go to www.geauga.org for a list of upcoming speakers meetings. SFY08 Geauga County Board of Mental Health and Recovery Services Contract Agencies Big Brothers/Big Sisters - (440)352-2526 Toll-free or TDD: 1-800-222-2440 Do You Want To Make a Difference? Catholic Charities Community Services Corporation (440)285-3537 Voice or TTY 1-800-242-9755 Teen Institute - (440)279-1706 The Geauga County Board of Mental Health and Recovery Services has Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers, Inc. - (440)285-9119 openings for new Board members. Members are volunteers appointed by the Mental Health Association in Geauga County - (440)285-3945 Geauga County Commissioners, the Ohio Department of Mental Health, or the Ohio Neighboring Mental Health Services - (440)286-7448 Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services and serve for terms of four years. Ravenwood Mental Health Center - (440)285-3568 Meetings are typically scheduled for the second and third Wednesdays of the month. Middlefield Office (440)632-5355 WomenSafe, Inc. - (440)286-7154 This is a great way to serve your county while learning about mental health and chemical abuse treatment and prevention. Go to www.geauga.org for an application or COPELINE - 24 Hr Mental Health and/or call 440-285-2282. Substance Abuse Emergency (440)285-5665 * 1-888-285-5665 During my tenure on the Geauga County Board of Mental Returning Veterans Health and Recovery Services, I have been somewhat Mental Health Issues surprised at the lack of grassroots awareness of information about the mental health services that are and Services available to veterans. Perhaps the national publicity about the delays in newly discharged veterans receiving disability compensation money has obscured the fact that clinical mental health and substance abuse services are available to veterans on a walk-in basis in 28 VA Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) and on an emergent basis at four hospitals with an inpatient care component (Cleveland, Chillicothe, Robert W. Goldberg, Cincinnati, and Dayton). Ph.D, ABPP Vice Chair - Geauga County There are a myriad of mental health problems with which this generation of veterans who have served Board of Mental Health & Recovery Services in the Middle East (Gulf, Iraq, Afghanistan) is presenting. Many of these veterans are a bit older (late twenties, thirties), are in the Reserves, and have had their family and work lives disrupted by the call to active duty. Exposed to high risk and direct combat situations, 30% of soldiers screen positively for mental health problems. The disorders they are beginning to manifest are regrettably predictable. The most frequent is, of course, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) which is manifested in combat related nightmares and flashbacks, suspiciousness, high anxiety and startle reactions, panic symptoms, outbursts of anger, and survivor guilt/self-blame in those veterans whose friends have been killed. A depressive disorder is a frequent concomitant or result of these symptoms. Some veterans turn to substance abuse in a desperate but misguided attempt to regulate their mood, numb their anxiety, or induce sleep. With more women than ever serving, some have been victims of sexual assault, with a resultant ‘military sexual trauma’ variant of PTSD. When these veterans return to their families, their symptoms affect their readjustment and family system as a whole. Anger, emotional distance, and withdrawal predominate. Family members say they have changed. The fact that redeployment is quite likely adds to the difficulty in resolving symptoms and re-integrating into family and community. The possibility of re-exposure and re-traumatization looms. While 13% of returnees report severe problems, only 42% have sought help, due to social stigma. Another frequently manifested disorder is traumatic brain injury (TBI), either from direct wounds or concussive explosions. Initially, it was thought that neurological/neuropsychological intervention through cognitive rehabilitation would be the major treatment thrust. The VA does provide a continuum of care on a regional and local basis depending on recency and severity of the TBI sustained. But it has emerged that treatment of PTSD symptoms associated with these TBI’s are the greater therapeutic challenge, particularly in a view of the cognitive impairments in attention and memory. Due to better protective equipment, many veterans who would have been killed in combat conditions are surviving with lost limbs and facial disfigurements, even if they have not sustained a TBI. Thus I urge you to access the VISN emotionally working through the loss of body parts and functions and adjusting to ‘disability’ is another 10 internet website at treatment need in itself, apart from whatever PTSD symptoms may be present. www.visn10.va.gov for much more specific and detailed In order to deal with the problems of soldiers and veterans, the VA region which comprises most of OHIO information, including portal- (VISN - Vertically Integrated Service Network 10) has collaborated in a group called OHIOCARES. This of-contact phone numbers for is a community response network created to coordinate health care for returning service members. It all VA facilities. The burdens consists of the Ohio DVA Medical Centers and their CBOCs, outpatient Vet Centers, Ohio National Guard of providing mental health and Reserve Units, the Ohio Governor’s Office, and our community mental health and substance abuse care thus can be more boards which send a representative to OHIOCARES meetings. Its goals include increasing public and effectively distributed based administrative awareness of issues, targeting concrete outreach and educational efforts to Reserve Corps on the type, extent, units, and establishing linkages with non-VA community mental health resources. Two training complexity, and specialization conferences for community mental health providers have been accomplished and of services required. In this informational/continuing education talks have been presented in 7 counties, with 4 more scheduled. way, our reservists and Although the VA can provide the full continuum of mental health and substance abuse care to reservists veterans can get the care they and veterans, some remain resentful and seek treatment elsewhere. Thus, while providing some need to heal their mental and measure of care, grassroots clinics and contractors under our Boards’ aegis need more effectively to be emotional wounds and informed of VA services. This will enable timely referrals to the VA for more specialized care which, in resume their lives. They most instances, is free of charge. In an article of this length, it is impossible to catalog the entire range deserve nothing less! of sites and array of services provided by the VA. Wally Waldbauer and Lynn Kempf, long time leaders for Geauga County youth recently Teen Institute - H.A.N.D.S. celebrated their upcoming retirements with family and friends. Both Wally and Lynn have worked tirelessly in the field of prevention for many years. Wally is retiring as the Geauga County Teen Institute Coordinator and Lynn is retiring as the Chardon Community Action Team Prevention Consultant. We will see both Lynn and Wally around Geauga County as Wally continues work as the Attendance/Truant Officer for the Geauga County Educational Wally Waldbauer and Lynn Kempf Service Center and Lynn as she picks up the reins as the new Teen Institute Coordinator for the upcoming school year. A special thanks goes out to Lynn and Wally for all of their passion and hard work on behalf of the youth and families of Geauga County. Their efforts are greatly appreciated as they have truly made a difference in our county. MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN A TEENS LIFE. ◆ It is illegal to host or allow teen drinking parties in your home. ◆ It is unhealthy and unacceptable for anyone under age 21 to drink. ◆ It is unsafe and illegal for teens to drink and drive. ◆ Parents can be criminally prosecuted under the law. ◆ Parents can be sued civilly for any damages caused by hosting or allowing teens to drink alcohol in your home. Board Member Spotlight - Joseph Schellentrager has been a Board member since May of 2003. He is a school psychologist with Lake County Educational Service Center. He coordinates assessments and provides School-based Mental Health Services. What do you think is Geauga County’s greatest concern regarding mental health? The residents of our county have a rich tradition that values personal freedom and quality of life. The Board supports that tradition. Residents want mental health services that are responsive to the needs of the individual. The consumer is the focus and we strive to provide supports that are consumer-centered. We are fortunate to have service providers who bring a history of commitment to our county and have skills that match their commitment. Voters recognize the quality of these services and have been generous in their support. You obviously spend a lot of time volunteering as a board member, why is this a priority for you? The Board’s leadership is experienced and capable. Dr. Tom Gazley, Dr. Robert Goldberg, Alberta Chokshi and Victor Matthews give us the direction and focus to work as a team. As to my commitment, I’ve been fortunate to have a loving and supportive family, loyal friends, and the opportunity for a rewarding career. I provide regional school-based services for diverse learners, many with mental health challenges. I also facilitate school-wide positive behavior support. Being a member of the Board allows me to share my good fortune to help all citizens of Geauga County. I know our work improves outcomes for residents of the county. The sense of generosity I experience is very satisfying. All of us need to know that our world is better because we are a part of that world. What do you think is the most important thing the Geauga County Board of Mental Health and Recovery Services does? The most important thing we do is listen to the needs of our consumers and our mental health service providers. The Board membership acts on their core values to respond to our community’s needs. Our mental health staff, led by our director Jim Adams, shares our commitment and has extraordinary skills to help our values become services for consumers. I am proud to work with others who share a passion for providing quality services to promote mental health. Our county residents expect and support the highest standard of care.