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 Montgomery County ADAMHS Wins Grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to Promote Black Youth Mental Health

For Immediate Release
September 21, 2022
Media Contact: Tina Rezash Rogal – trezash@mcadamhs.org

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, OH – Montgomery County ADAMHS has been chosen by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health to be one of the recipients of more than $3 million in grants to eight organizations for a new initiative to demonstrate policy effectiveness to promote Black youth mental health.

“Over the past decade, Black children under age 13 years are twice as likely to die by suicide compared to their White peers,” said RDML Felicia Collins, M.D., Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health. “With this new initiative, we intend to identify specific policies that exhibit a meaningful impact on mental health for Black youth and to spread the word about these effective policy efforts.”

“Montgomery County ADAMHS is dedicated to providing mental health resources to all citizens living in Montgomery County and has a special focus on those who are our most vulnerable populations, including children. The combination of natural disasters, violent crime, and a global pandemic have negatively impacted the mental health of our children in the past three years. We are grateful to HHS for trusting us with this initial $400,000 grant to allow us to increase our efforts to support Black youth in Montgomery County,” said Helen Jones-Kelley, Executive Director of Montgomery County ADAMHS.

The $400,000 grant will be matched with an additional $400,000 from Montgomery County ADAMHS to launch ACEs Aware. This innovative approach to improve youth mental health will increase access to screening tools for local providers to determine the number of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) a child has been exposed to, and how that ACE score can impact their mental health. ACEs include events such as abuse, neglect, and various other impactful events that are experienced during childhood. For each additional ACE a child has experienced, the child is nearly twice as likely to attempt suicide, have suicidal ideation, or engage in self-harm.*

“Research is clear that the higher a child scores on the ACE screening, the greater the impact on mental health and physical health as the child grows. The earlier we can intervene with treatment and support, the better the outcomes are for the child,” said Tristyn Ball, Director of Prevention & Early Intervention for Montgomery County ADAMHS.

Read more about the goals of the grant and the additional award winners by clicking here. Please contact Tina Rezash Rogal at trezash@mcadamhs.org to schedule interviews.

*Duke NN, Pettingell SL, McMorris BJ, Borowsky IW. Adolescent Violence Perpetration: Associations with Multiple Types of Adverse Childhood Experiences. Pediatrics 2010; 125: e778–86

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About Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS):

Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) is responsible for the planning, funding, and monitoring of public mental health and addiction treatment services for individuals and families of Montgomery County, Ohio. Under Ohio law, the ADAMHS Board is one of 50 Boards coordinating the public behavioral health and addiction treatment and recovery system in Ohio.


Crisis Now Hotline to Launch on January 1, 2022, in Montgomery County, Ohio

For Immediate Release

December 27, 2021

Media Contact: Tina Rezash Rogal – trezash@mcadamhs.org

DAYTON, OH -
Effective January 1, 2022, residents of Montgomery County will have a new way to access immediate services for mental health and substance use emergencies. Crisis Now will answer calls to a newly created hotline phone number 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Crisis Now hotline number is 833-580-CALL, or 833-580-2255.

ADAMHS CEO, Helen Jones-Kelley says the need for emergency mental health services in Montgomery County is great. “Montgomery County’s residents are still hurting from years of trauma. COVID-19 cases continue to rise, overdose deaths are the highest in Montgomery County in 3 years, and calls to the suicide prevention hotline are up 30%. We must take bold action to provide the help and resources people need during this unprecedented time,” said Jones-Kelley.

When someone calls the Crisis Now hotline, they will talk with a trained behavioral health professional who will assess their needs and determine the next best steps for the individual to access mental health services. The Crisis Now hotline is operated by RI International. “RI International currently operates this Crisis Now model in 10 states. We know early access to treatment saves lives and that is what we are bringing to the residents of Montgomery County,” said Kevin Huckshorn, VP Northeast Region for RI International.

Residents of Montgomery County are encouraged to call the Crisis Now hotline to access services for mental health issues and substance use disorder. Again, the Crisis Now hotline phone number is 833-580-CALL, or 833-580-2255.

If you have any questions, please contact Tina Rezash Rogal, Director of Strategic Initiatives and Communication for Montgomery County ADAMHS, at trezash@mcadamhs.org.

 

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About Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS):
Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) is responsible for the planning, funding, and monitoring of public mental health and addiction treatment services for individuals and families of Montgomery County, Ohio. Under Ohio law, the ADAMHS Board is one of 50 Boards coordinating the public behavioral health and addiction treatment and recovery system in Ohio. For more information about ADAMHS, please visit www.mcadamhs.org or call 937-443-0416.

About RI International:
RI International is a global organization with more than 50 programs located throughout the United States and abroad. RI International continuously works to strengthen our position as the worldwide leader of mental health and substance use crisis service design delivery as well peer-delivered care.



MONTGOMERY COUNTY ADAMHS RELAUNCHES APP

 For Immediate Release                                                                                                                          

October
12, 2021

Media Contact: Samantha Elder, Director of Strategic Initiatives & Communications at Selder@mcadamhs.org.

DAYTON, OH – Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) has relaunched the free, community-centric App, LocalHelpNow, formerly known as GetHelpNow. LocalHelpNow places mental and behavioral health, housing, treatment, and other resources right at the fingertips of Montgomery County residents.

The App also houses resources and information surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and lists local businesses and employers identified as Supportive Recovery Workplaces. The Executive Director of ADAMHS, Helen Jones- Kelley, noted the App will continue to evolve, stating, "We are thrilled to relaunch the App under the new name, LocalHelpNow. The App will continue to reflect the needs of the community, including the addition of new resources that come from the long-lasting impact of the COVID-19 pandemic."

The App is available for free on both the Apple Store and Google Play, and is accessible online at localhelpnowapp.com.
Please contact ADAMHS' Director of Strategic Initiatives and Communication, Samantha Elder, at selder@mcadamhs.org with any questions or to request more information.

LOCALHELPNOW

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About Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS):
Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) is responsible for the planning, funding, and monitoring of public mental health and addiction treatment services for individuals and families of Montgomery County, Ohio. Under Ohio law, the ADAMHS Board is one of 50 Boards coordinating Ohio's public behavioral health and addiction treatment and recovery system.