Screening and Intervention of Substance Use Disorders (UNCOPE) (6 hours)
This workshop will assist participants with how to use the evidence-based screening tool (UNCOPE), interpret the results, provide feedback to the parent and offer recommendations to seek further assessment for treatment services. Participants will also become familiar with the assessment process, treatment levels of care, Medication-Assisted Treatment and realistic expectations for aftercare, relapse and/or recovery. This training is required for Ohio START caseworkers, family peer mentors, non-START CW staff responsible for administering the UNCOPE, suggested for CW supervisors and optional for CW administrators, BH administrators, supervisors/service coordinators.

Trauma and Resilience (Screening CTAC and ACE) (6 hours)
This workshop will provide an overview of trauma and resilience. Participants will learn how to use required trauma screening tools for adults (ACE) and children (CTAC), interpret the results, provide feedback to the family and offer recommendations for further assessment for treatment services.

Family Team Meetings (3 hours in-person + prerequisite online)
This training is designed as a joint training for child welfare, behavioral health partners and FPMs who will participate in the meetings. Family Team Meetings are attended by supervisors and line staff in child welfare, children’s behavioral health providers, FPMs and other community partners. This training provides an overview of the teaming process of the FTM in order to meet the needs of the family, including: preparing families and providers for participating in Family Team meetings; basic structure and guidance for facilitating Family Team Meetings; and guidance for handling challenges that may arise in the teaming process.

Ohio START Foundations 1: Creating a Collaborative Governance Structure, Presented by Children and Family Futures (6 hours)
Training components specific to this strategy included: using universal screening tools for substance use and trauma screening, developing protocols for quick access to treatment, and information sharing with treatment partners and courts.

Ohio START Foundations 2: Family Peer Mentors, Presented by Children and Family Futures (6 hours)
The training focused specifically on the family peer mentor recovery support process along with hands-on examination of the structure and support that needs to be in place for recruitment, hiring, training and preparation of the family peer mentor, including: clarifying the family peer mentor function and role, preparing the way for working with team members, and providing supervision and support. The training provided Ohio START teams an opportunity to assess their implementation and receive hands-on technical support to develop an action plan for moving their program forward.

Ohio START Foundations 3: Behavioral Health Treatment Provider Strategies, Presented by Children and Family Futures (6 hours)
Partnerships between child welfare and treatment providers, both substance use and mental health, are key to the success of the START model. START local teams will have the opportunity to discuss how the strategies will be implemented in their community. This is a one day training focusing on treatment provider strategies within START that support behavioral health treatment and child welfare outcomes. This training is REQUIRED for PCSA START Supervisor and Administrators, BH administrators, BH Supervisors/service coordinators, and Hiring BH Agency Supervisor (if applicable), and suggested for PCSA START Workers.

Ohio START Foundations 4: Case Management, Presented by Children and Family Futures (6 hours)
This interactive workshop will explore the “nuts and bolts” of START practice throughout the life of a case. Outcomes for families in START have shown higher rates of parental sobriety, less reliance on foster care and a decreased incidence of repeat child maltreatment and return to out-of-home care compared to non-START families. The START model achieves these positive outcomes by using a variety of best practice strategies found to be effective with families with co- occurring substance use and child maltreatment. This training will review these key practices, including the cross-system collaboration necessary to deliver comprehensive family-centered services, increased oversight and monitoring, shared decision-making, and strategic information sharing.

OMHAS Integrated Peer Training (40 hours)
Individuals in recovery with a direct lived experience of substance use disorders take a 40-hour, in-person, peer-services training to become family peer mentors for Ohio START.

As a part of the training process, individuals must complete 16 hours of E-Based Academy courses prior to the in-person training. E-Based Academy course may be accessed at
E-based Academy Pre-Course Work that must be completed includes:

  1. Introduction to Peer Recovery Support
  2. History of Addiction for Peer Recovery Supporters
  3. Ethics and Boundaries for Peer Recovery Supporters
  4. History of the CSX Movement for Peer Recovery Supporters
  5. Helpful Tips for Peer Recovery Supporters Entering the Workforce
  6. Health and Wellness in Peer Recovery Support
  7. Cultural Competence in Mental Health and Addiction Recovery
  8. Human Trafficking Training for Peer Recovery Supporters
  9. Supervision for Peer Recovery Supporters
  10. Trauma Informed Care in Peer Recovery Support
  11. Ohio S-BIRT: An Introduction to S-BIRT and Motivational Interviewing

OMHAS Integrated Peer Training for Supervisors (4 hours)
Supervisors of the family peer mentors should also complete the 16 hours of E-Based Academy courses specific to peer services and the four-hour, in-person OMHAS Effective Supervision of Peers training. The 16 hours are the same courses on the E-Based Academy that are prerequisites for the family peer mentors. Supervisors may take the on-line courses at

Supervisors must also attend the four-hour, in-person training for those supervising FPM with Ohio START.

Child Welfare 101 (6 Hours)
The training focuses on a basic understanding of child welfare rules, mandates and timelines and helps the peer supporter and SUD provider understand their essential role within the team. This training gives the peer supporter or SUD treatment provider the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of the child welfare system and how they can assist their client by supporting their engagement in the child welfare case plan.

Engagement Skills – Motivational Interviewing (6 hours + prerequisite online)
Participants use the theory and practice exercises from the online course to further develop skills. Participants demonstrate their ability to employ strategies for resolving ambivalence and dealing with resistance; identifying traps in helping; applying principles of motivational interviewing to avoid pitfalls; identifying change talk and how to operationalize individual goals. Motivational interviewing skills are applied in case studies and participants received feedback through peer and self-evaluation. It is highly recommended that Ohio START caseworkers and family peer mentors attend this training together.

Using Motivational Interviewing in Everyday Practice (online course)

This course teaches the use of Motivational Interviewing (MI) – a widely used evidence-based practice for helping people to resolve ambivalence about change by evoking motivation and commitment. Engagement methods and strategies are taught, stressing the critical aspects of motivating and empowering individuals to recognize their own needs, strengths, and resources for taking an active role in changing their lives for the better. Five (5) continuing educational credits, or contact/clock hours are provided with successful completion of the course and post-test.

Ohio START 101
When county ready to begin serving families. This training will provide an overview of the START program, critical elements of program fidelity, implementation recommendations and other information critical to successful implementation of the START program. Will also include training for using the Needs Portal for collecting data for the Ohio START Evaluation.

Family Peer Mentors 101 – TBD

Substance Use Disorders 101 – TBD

Nurturing Parenting – TBD

START 101 (under development)
When county ready to begin serving families. This training will provide an overview of the START program, critical elements of program fidelity, implementation recommendations and other information critical to successful implementation of the START program. Will also include training for using the Needs Portal for collecting data for the Ohio START Evaluation.

Nurturing Parenting – TBD

Other Optional Online Training

National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare:

OMHAS Opioid Online Learning Series