Meet Your Neighbor: START helps families with substance abuse issues

September 26, 2022

Thanks to the Ohio START program, those families have access to a team of professionals who support their recovery, help them navigate the court system, and work to keep the children in the home.

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Recovery Month: Ohio START Shows Success in Reuniting Families

September 12, 2022

September is National Recovery Month, and a program in Ohio is showing success in healing families who have struggled with addiction.

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Ohio START program in Medina County works with families with substance abuse issues or concerns

February 2, 2022

For almost two years, staff members of Medina County Jobs and Family Services have worked to help families in the county with substance abuse issues or concerns.

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Ohio START Announces Cohort 5

January 27, 2022

Ohio START announced today that 4 new counties have been selected to join the program, bringing to 54 the number of counties participating.

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For one group in child welfare, trauma is especially common

September 16, 2021

While many parents and caregivers involved in the child welfare system suffered trauma as children, new research suggests that those with substance misuse issues as adults may have had particularly difficult childhoods.

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Ohio START 2020 Impact Report

February 23, 2021

Ohio START released its 2020 Impact Report including which provides data about the program this year as well as quotes and a success story.

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Ohio START Cohort 4 Press Release

January 26, 2021

Ohio START announced today that 6 new counties have been selected to join the program, bringing the number of counties participating in START to 52.

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Ohio START IV-E Press Release

December 21, 2020

The national START program has been approved for inclusion in the Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse as a promising practice.

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Pandemic Compounds Holiday Stress for Parents Working on Sobriety

December 21, 2020

The pandemic is compounding the regular stresses of the holiday season, and it's an especially challenging time for Ohioans living with substance use disorder.

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Ashley: 'It's a Passion and a Lifestyle Choice'

June 29, 2020

An interview with Ashley, an Ohio START Caseworker.

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Ohio START 2019 Impact Report

June 22, 2020

In 2019, Ohio START served over 1,000 people, bringing important care and needed comfort to 445 adults and 583 children.

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Sarah: A Constant Advocate for Recovery

June 1, 2020

An interview with Sarah, an Ohio START Family Peer Mentor.

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Ohio Innovation Now Awards

October 30, 2019

Ohio START received a 2019 Innovation Now Award from the Addiction Policy Forum.

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Opioid crisis tearing families apart

November 3, 2019

A government study out this past week says the nation's opioid epidemic cost the economy $696 billion from 2015 through last year. Then there's the human toll, not captured by dollars and cents: Lives lost to overdose and families torn apart by addiction. Dean Reynolds reports.

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Ohio START Shows Promise in Healing Families

October 30, 2019

The Public Children Services Association of Ohio oversees the Ohio START program; START stands for "Sobriety, Treatment, and Reducing Trauma."

It was launched in 2017 to tackle the rising number of kids in need of foster care. According to Program Director Fawn Gadel, the program focuses on both the parents' and child's trauma.

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Attorney General’s Ohio START Program To Help Families Impacted by Substance-Use Disorder Expands

October 30, 2018

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Director Mark Hurst, MD, today announced that funding from their offices will help the Ohio Sobriety, Treatment, and Reducing Trauma (START) Program expand to 17 new counties.

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Adapting a Program to Protect Children Caught in the Middle of the Opioid Epidemic

October 22, 2017

Children are the silent victims of America’s opioid abuse epidemic, often suffering neglect, abuse or trauma as one or both of their parents sink into the pit of addiction.

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Pilot program aims to help parents struggling with substance abuse and keep families together

October 18, 2018

With a severe shortage of foster care options, Ohio authorities developed a pilot program called START to help families impacted by the opioid crisis. The program pairs families with a caseworker and gets them involved in counseling, but the key is a peer mentor who offers support along the way.

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Peer support shows promise in Trumbull County

October 14, 2019

Children Services aids families affected by substance use.

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State program helps reunify local families

August 19, 2019

The Ohio START program in Erie County helps stabilize families affected by substance use.

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Pregnant and Addicted: Mothers Seek Treatment through Local START Program

April 10, 2018

To keep her newborn from going into foster care, Manista had to get sober. She was able to get help through child welfare services, which paired her with an innovative program known as START.

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Learn more about the practices Ohio START uses to help serve our families.

Program Practice Manual 2019

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