September 2023 Newsletter

Director's Corner

During National Recovery Month, Ohio START is celebrating the achievements of those in recovery and highlighting the value of support networks, treatment options, and resilience in the journey to recovery.

“One of the hardest things was learning that I was worth recovery.” – Demi Lovato

From the Field: County Highlights

Ottawa & Lucas

Ottawa & Lucas counties are beginning the self-assessment for certification.


The Butler County START team has entered the final phase of the Certification Process.


A new Allen County caseworker has completed onboarding, and the team will begin accepting new cases starting September.

The previous version of this newsletter named Summit County here in error. We apologize for the confusion.


The Richland START team has received praise from staff, with comments like, "If it wasn’t for you guys, we would be filing on this case." SUD providers have also shared that they like working with START because “you guys give them a chance.”

Ohio Celebrates National Recovery Month

September marks National Recovery Month. The tagline, “Every Person, Every Family, Every Community,” emphasizes that recovery is possible for everyone. During National Recovery Month, START teams across the state are celebrating the journey of individuals who have overcome addiction, highlighting the importance of substance use treatment and mental health support.

If you are new to running or you are looking for something to help with your recovery, replace bad habits for healthy ones, or just to get out and enjoy the fresh air, we want to help. Join the Running2Bwell Running Group at their group runs to get you on track on Mondays at Second Sole in Akron (down in the valley) at 6:30pm (or any of their group runs in Kent, Medina or Wadsworth). For the latest updates on group runs, please follow Running2bWell on Facebook.

Rock & Recovery is an online HD radio listening experience produced by WAPS-FM in Akron, Ohio. Rock & Recovery mixes inspiring stories and messages of strength and hope from professional health-care providers, the recovery community, comedians and family members. These powerful stories and meaningful messages are carefully woven in between handpicked music. This music is uplifting without being preachy, spiritual without religion and familiar to a wide audience. Learn more here.

START Presents at Ohio Peer Recovery Summit

This month, Ohio START presented at Ohio PRO’s 2023 Ohio Peer Recovery Summit: Ohioans Thriving in Recovery! Family Peer Mentors from Summit (Erin Mills & Jessica Okolish) and Allen (Angela Mueller) Counties joined START leadership to discuss the role of peer support in engaging families affected by co-occurring substance use disorder and child maltreatment. 

START Success Story

Meigs County

The Meigs START team enrolled a family in December 2022.  Both mom and dad were dealing with substance use disorder and were homeless. Mom went to inpatient treatment immediately upon enrolling and dad began outpatient treatment. Their son started in foster care but was soon reunified with mom in inpatient treatment. Dad found full-time employment and was able to maintain sobriety while mom completed inpatient treatment. Once mom graduated from inpatient treatment, the family was able to find an apartment and move in together. The case closed successfully this month with the family reunified with stable income and housing.

Share your success story to be featured in the next newsletter HERE.

Nominate an Ohio START staff member to be spotlighted HERE.

Resources and Events

Please share upon completion of Ohio START 

You can now participate in a phone interview study about your experience. If you participate in an interview from Ohio University or Ohio State University, you will receive a $75 gift card.  

Interviews can be over the phone or via video conference call. 

If you are co-parenting, each parent that completes Ohio START can participate and receive a gift card. 

Your participation is voluntary.  

To schedule an interview text or call: 740-486-0065 

Each interview will last approximately 45 minutes. 

Or email: 

IRB Number: 19-F-40


Ohio START Job Postings

Do you have an open Ohio START position? Please send the details of your open positions to to post on the Ohio START website.


Family Peer Support, Parent Peer Support Supervisor Trainings

The Mental Health & Recovery Board of Union County is offering Parent Peer Support Provider (PPSP) training at no cost. This training is one of two approved trainings to fulfill the requirement for becoming certified as a Family Peer Supporter in the State of Ohio. The next 40-hour PPSP training will be held virtually from Oct. 2-6. The Board also offers a Parent Peer Support Supervisor training, and the next 24-hour PPSP supervisor training will be held virtually from Sept. 13-15. Registration for all trainings can be found here. Questions? Please email Wren Hawkins at


Attend Upcoming Learning Community Discussions

Learning Community Calls will be held quarterly for Behavioral Health Workers, Caseworkers, and Administrators. The Zoom calls will be held on the same date and time, the third Thursday of the month, from 9:00-10:00 a.m. The same link will be used for all learning community calls.

Here is the upcoming schedule:   

  • Sept. 21: Behavioral Health Providers
  • Oct. 19: Caseworkers
  • Nov. 16: Administrators

Calling all behavioral health providers!

Please join us Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023, from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Zoom Link:

Calling all supervisors!

Please join us Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023, from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. for the Supervisor Learning Community Call that is open to both PCSA and BH supervisors participating in Ohio START. Register here.

Visit the training calendar below to register

Foundations 4: START Child Welfare Practices

Sept. 9 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Introduction to Motivational Interviewing

Sept. 13 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Introduction to START for Treatment Providers

Sept. 13 from 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Nurturing Parenting

Sept. 25 from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Family Team Meetings

Sept. 28 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Training Calendar
Ohio START is a program of PCSAO and an affiliate of the National START Model
Our Mission: We approach Substance Use Disorders with compassion, understanding and hope for recovery. We work as a team, supporting and holding each other accountable. We believe in family, love, equity, and redemption.
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