As Benjamin Franklin quoted, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Unfortunately, though, effective prevention is more complex than you may think. Whether you are a school, church, business, college campus, healthcare provider, or some other institution, everyone has a role to play in promoting the health and wellness of the people and communities they serve.
Let the You Thrive team help you understand how to be a part of the solution to preventing behavioral health issues. Our team can assist you in identifying the root causes of these conditions and identify services and strategies that are uniquely tailored to your defined setting.
Behavioral Health Prevention Coalitions are an effective way to prevent tobacco use, drug misuse, and suicide at the grassroots level, yet many individuals engage in coalition work with a limited understanding of the tenants of coalition best practices. The You Thrive team specializes in a variety of coalition development services that are customized for your specific coalition’s needs, all with the intent of creating an effective and sustainable coalition.
Our services include training, consultation, and coaching on topics such as:
Organizations that provide prevention services must have prevention supervisors with appropriate credentials as defined by the Ohio Administrative Code. Having supervisors without appropriate credentials overseeing prevention services can put your organization at risk of being incompliant with state certifications, and incompliance can lead to loss of funding for your organization. Let the You Thrive team help you by providing an experienced and certified prevention professional to help your prevention program remain in compliance with state certification while also providing ongoing coaching and training to your prevention staff.
You Thrive currently maintains ongoing weekly, biweekly, or monthly supervision meetings with a variety of prevention agencies across the Miami Valley. We can work together to develop a supervision plan that works best for your agency and staff.
Is your organization looking to become state certified in prevention through the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services? The You Thrive team can help!
Our team understands that this complex process can be quite overwhelming to organizations. We have assisted numerous organizations get through this daunting process with ease. Let us help develop the necessary Human Resources policies, risk management documents, and business continuity plans required for your agency to be compliant with the Ohio Administrative Code. Obtaining your state certification can eventually open up doors to funding opportunities you otherwise would be ineligible for.
Let’s face it, many organizations don’t always have all the answers, people, training, or necessary resources… right? As an organizational leader, you can begin to resolve this dilemma by answering one important question: Should my organization obtain a behavioral health prevention certification from the Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services (OhioMHAS)? Hint: The answer is a resounding YES! The following five points will help you to understand the importance of obtaining this certification.
From a workplace perspective… It’s a stamp of your organization’s excellence. Certifications tell your clients, peers, and funders that your organization is not only qualified, but that it is also a healthy, supportive, and viable workplace. Prevention certification offers proof to others that your organization has achieved high standards of safety, ethics, and organizational best practices, including education and credentialing, with a significant focus on quality.
Most public funding that is earmarked for behavioral health prevention services must go to certified prevention organizations (unless exempted through administrative rule). This is true regardless of whether that funding is at the local (ADAMH Board), state (OhioMHAS), or federal (SAMHSA) levels. Obtaining your organization’s prevention certification will open these funding doors up to you. It also increases your organization’s competitiveness when applying for private and public foundation dollars because it provides the organizational credibility that foundations are looking for. (Hint – this will help you with that resources problem).
One of the most important reasons to get your organization prevention certified is that it helps you stay ahead of the competition. If you truly want your organization to thrive, you need to stay current in all the technologies and regulations that affect your profession. Continuing to grow and evolve your organization will ensure that it continues to be an asset to your community far into the future.
Many organizations lack some of the basic Human Resource Policies & Procedures that protect an organization from risk of liability. Let’s face it… many small organizations are just one lawsuit away from closing their doors. Further, many organizations lack the capacity or knowledge of how to establish these necessary policies and procedures. OhioMHAS prevention certification helps with that. During the certification process, your organization will obtain a tremendous amount of insight into what policy and procedural protections you should have in place. Whether its client rights and grievances, employee development, or emergency preparedness, the certification process will help you achieve a solid foundation. Your employees and clients both deserve this.
First, you can carefully look at the certification requirements before diving into the process to see how your organization stacks up. This will help you to estimate the number of hours it will take you to complete the certification process. For example, if your organization already has a solid Human Resources Department and other employee programs, the process will be much easier for you to complete. But if you are starting from scratch, it will take a bit longer. Just know that the entire process – from beginning to end – can take anywhere from six months to one year (or more, depending on different variables). Take your time with it so that you can balance it out with your organization’s current projects.
Second, you are not alone. The You Thrive team is available to help you with the process from start to finish. From our perspective, it’s just another day at the office. And we can do most of the behind-the-scenes busy work to keep you on track. At the end of the journey, you and your organization will have a better foundation upon which to achieve your missions, values, and goals. There now… no reason to be apprehensive.
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The You Thrive team provides technical assistance and consultation to individuals seeking to become certified by the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board in prevention. This includes walking individuals through a Professional Development Plan, developing an education plan to obtain the required CEUs for certification, application review, and identifying ongoing professional development opportunities. Our goal is to remove any barriers that may hinder an individual from obtaining their certification while also supporting them through this tedious process.
You Thrive offers a variety of continuing education courses and other trainings to develop and strengthen your staff and your entire organization. Topics include – but are not limited to – the following (*indicates that members of the You Thrive team are certified in the designated training or technique):
BEHAVIORAL HEALTH PREVENTION
*Indicates that a member of the You Thrive team is certified in the designated training or technique.
The You Thrive team works with local government agencies and nonprofit organizations to address challenges by improving efficiencies and enhance performance through strategic planning, project design, program evaluation, and so much more.
Thriving organizations must be financially stable. You Thrive provides best practice grant seeking and writing techniques that can both stabilize and expand the good work of your organization. Our experienced team works to find prospective funders and craft compelling proposal narratives that highlight the impact of your organization’s work.