24-Hour Tri-County CRISIS Hotline
If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs help, please call the Tri-County CRISIS Hotline. *Please note, the 24-Hour Crisis Hotline serves only residents of Darke, Miami and Shelby Counties in Ohio.
Or toll free 1-855-276-HOPE
The HOPE-Line, beginning August 1, 2011, provides social support and a caring friend to talk to. Information provided by the HOPE-Line includes basic mental health coping skills and referrals on where to go for help.
HOPE-Line hours: Monday - Friday 4pm-11pm
Saturdays - Sundays 4pm-8pm
Information Regarding Authorization for Admission to a Private or State Psychiatric Hospital can be found on the "Service Providers" page
New and Notable
Tri-County Board Secures Grant for School Staff Suicide Awareness Training
Teachers and school employees in Darke, Miami and Shelby counties will have the opportunity to win money for their schools while learning how to spot the warning signs of suicide in young people, thanks to a $1,000 grant secured by the Tri-County Board of Recovery and Mental Health Services.
The Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation awarded the grant as part of Ohio’s Campaign for Hope – Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative. These funds are made available through a grant from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration as part of the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Youth Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention Program. The funding is to be used to promote the Kognito At-Risk Interactive Online Gatekeeper Training for Middle and High School Educators and Staff.
The Tri-County Board is developing a promotional program that includes incentives for schools to complete the Kognito training, which is an online, interactive scenario-based suicide awareness training program. The incentive program will be rolled out to the schools in early 2014, according to Brad Reed, Tri-County Board Director of Community Resource Development. There is no cost to the schools for accessing the Kognito training.
In December 2012 the Ohio General Assembly passed and Governor John Kasich signed into law HB 543, the “Jason Flatt Act,” which requires school teachers, administrators and certain staff to be trained in suicide awareness. According to the Jason Foundation, suicide is the second most common cause of death among middle school and high school aged youth.
For more information about suicide prevention,
please contact the Tri-County Board at its offices in Troy.
Vicki Rush, Secretary for Community Housing and Tri-County Board, marked 10 years of service in October. To commemorate the milestone, Rush was presented with a plaque by Executive Director Mark McDaniel at the Board's carry-in luncheon November 21.
Greenville Police Chief Dennis Butts was named the Ohio CIT Law Enforcement Administrator of the Year at the Crisis Intervention Team Advanced Training Conference October 28 in Columbus.
The Crisis Intervention Team process trains law enforcement officers in how to recognize and deal with persons exhibiting signs of mental illness or substance abuse and addiction, and how to divert them into appropriate treatment and recovery as an alternative to the criminal justice system.
The Greenville Police Department, through the efforts and advocacy of Chief Butts, is the first department in the Darke, Miami and Shelby County service area to have 100 percent of its officers complete the Tri-County Board’s Crisis Intervention Team.
[SHOWN: Greenville Police Chief Dennis Butts (left) with Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine (right) pose for pictures with other winners of CIT recognitions at the Ohio CIT Conference October 28, 2013, in Columbus.]
Presenting the award was Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. In presenting the award, DeWine noted that Butts has “built strong, collaborative relationships with mental health and addiction agencies in Darke County.”
DeWine quoted Greenville Police Sergeant Scott Drew, saying CIT “has resulted in better service to the public by having knowledgeable officers correctly assess people in crisis and getting them the help they so desperately need,” adding that CIT techniques result in fewer officer man-hours spent on crisis calls, and fewer officer complaints, calling it a “win-win for everyone.”
Chief Butts serves as a member of the Tri-County Board of Recovery and Mental Health Services.
Other area officers recognized include Troy Police Department Patrolman Tom Gibson and Detective Chris Madigan. The two received special recognition for "exceptional contributions to the Ohio CIT movement" in the past year. The officers, both trained in the Tri-County Board's CIT program, were instrumental in preventing a suicide attempt at the State Route 41 overpass of Interstate 75 in August.
At its Annual Meeting and Art of Recovery Showcase Oct. 16, 2013, The Tri-County Board presented the Greenville Police Department the Geraldine B. Nelson Advocacy Award for supportive measures on behalf of another, by promoting the recognition of consumer rights and encouraging positive change in the realm of mental health and addictions issues.
The Greenville Police Department is the first in the tri-county service area to achieve 100 percent completion of the Crisis Intervention Team training (CIT), which familiarizes law enforcement professionals with the mental health and addiction services resources in the area.
In accepting the award on behalf of the department, Greenville Police Chief Dennis Butts said, “We are grateful for any training that helps the department protect and serve the public. The CIT training has been very helpful, and it has helped foster a better sense of familiarity and trust between mental health services and law enforcement.”
[SHOWN L-R: Greenville Police Sergeant Scott Drew, Chief Dennis Butts, Board Chairman Jason Wagner. Oct. 16, 2013, Edison Community College, Piqua.]
Also at the Annual Meeting, Vickie Martin was presented with the first Director's Award for outstanding service to the mental health and recovery network for her leadership in several transitional periods, and Tri-County Board Executive Mark McDaniel was recognized for 15 years of service.
[SHOWN L-R: Executive Director Mark McDaniel accepts a plaque recognizing 15 years of service from Board Chairman Jason Wagner. Vickie Martin accepts the Director's Award from Mark McDaniel. Oct. 16, 2013, Edison Community College, Piqua.]
The Tri-County Board of Recovery and Mental Health Services is dedicated to planning, funding, monitoring and evaluating substance abuse and mental health services for Darke, Miami and Shelby Counties; working diligently to see that the services are cost-effective and of the highest possible quality; informing the community about these services; and access to them.
The Tri-County Board is committed to assuring that help is available to our communities most vulnerable citizens. Services and prevention activities are provided through a network of provider agencies located in Darke, Miami and Shelby Counties. At these agencies, individuals struggling with mental illness and addiction issues will find the help and support they need to lead a full and productive life. Fees for these services are based on a person's ability to pay through a sliding fee scale - no one is denied service because of the inability to pay. This is made possible by federal and state tax dollars and by support from the local Mental Health and Recovery tax levy.
Benefits are those services and access points that we guarantee to all residents
of Darke, Miami & Shelby Counties. These
services are mandated by ORC Ch. 340, serve our priority population and assist
in reducing inpatient hospitalization.
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Tri-County Board currently has full time positions available.
Are you looking for a way to serve your community on a local volunteer board?
Are you sensitive to those suffering from mental illness and substance abuse issues?
Are you a resident of Darke, Miami or Shelby County in Ohio?
If so, we're looking for you!
The Tri-County Board is recruiting interested individuals to serve on the volunteer Board of Directors.
Download the Preliminary Board Member Application HERE!
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