On April 24, 2017, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), NAADAC, Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services, and Columbus State Community College joined forces to host the second Ohio SAMHSA-NAADAC Workforce Forum at Columbus State Community College. A forum previously took place on September 6, 2016. The forum aimed to build awareness and educate high school and college/university students about the benefits and opportunities in the substance use and mental health disorder professions in the hope of increasing the number of college/university students choosing to enter the behavioral health field and specializing in these disciplines.
The Ohio SAMHSA-NAADAC Workforce Forums focused on the rewarding benefits of the substance use and mental health disorder disciplines, Ohio's workforce needs, state certification and licensing requirements, national certification opportunities, networking and mentoring connections, and other professional development opportunities. Finally, students visited with local substance use disorder treatment providers to learn more about employment and internship opportunities.
Speakers included representatives from the Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services, SAMHSA's Region V, Columbus State Community College, Ohio Coalition of Associate Degree Human Services Educators, Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board of Cuyahoga County, NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, and treatment centers and programs, including Maryhaven, The Recovery Center, Access Ohio, and the Urban Minority Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Outreach Program.
In addition, the event was live-streamed to the public and coordinated satellite events at ten other locations across the state: Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, Columbus State Community College - Delaware, Hocking College, Kent State University Salem Campus, Northcoast Behavioral Healthcare, The Ohio State University at Mansfield, Ohio University - Chillicothe, Southern State Community College, Stark State Community College, and Twin Valley Behavioral Healthcare.
Recording of the sessions are available here.