Taylor Academy is a WINNER!

Dr. Walter Smitson is happy to announce that Ethel M. Taylor Academy is the winner of the 2011 Community Schools National Awards of Excellence.

This is an award given by the Coalition for Community Schools. We are very excited as this is a NATIONAL honor. Only 3 schools are picked out of the entire country. The letter from the Coalition for Community Schools is attached.

Central Clinic is the lead agency at Taylor. The Clinic provides the Resource Coordinator, After-School Program and it’s Coordinator. A huge thank you goes to Annie Bogenschutz and her entire team at Taylor. If you have any questions about the award or the programs, feel free to contact Annie, the Resource Coordinator, at or 513.310.5539.

Taylor Academy Award Letter from The Coalition for Community Schools

Central Clinic Renews National Accreditation

Central Clinic has been accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for a period of three years effective May 2009. This accreditation, which extends through May 2012, is the third successive time Central Clinic has received a three year accreditation by our national accrediting body.

All Central Clinic sites, services and programs are covered by this accreditation decision.

As stated in the CARF award letter, “This achievement is an indication of your organization’s dedication and commitment to improving the quality of lives of the persons served. Services, personnel and documentation clearly indicate an established pattern of practice excellence.”

Central Clinic Spring Newsletter Now Online

The latest edition of the Central Clinic newsletter, Connections, is now available for download. Featuring an article titled ‘Meeting the Needs of the Behavioral Health Community’ by President and CEO, Dr. Walter Smitson, this edition focuses on the individual agencies of Central Clinic, Inc., highlighting the unique services and programs they provide.

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Baby Massage Classes At The Young Child Institute

Explore how to be totally present for the new little person you are bringing into your life.

The Young Child Institute has expanded its program offering to include classes on baby massage and getting to know your baby. Getting to know your baby is an adventure that is both magical and overwhelming at times. Practicing baby massage gives new parents the opportunity to learn about their infant’s communication and time out cues. It also helps promote growth, digestion and deeper sleep.

Please take a moment to review the class documentation below by clicking the link. The linked files are in PDF format and require Adobe Acrobat Reader. Acrobat Reader can be downloaded by clicking here.

Baby Massage Brochure
Instructor Bio For Baby Massage
Baby Massage Registration Form

For more information, please call (513)751-3133, ext 7.

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Benefits Access Project Helps Those With Disabilities

There are many individuals in our community who are disabled due to severe mental illness. Many of these individuals receive disability income from SSI or SSDI – but many do not. The very disability that qualifies them for these benefits prevents them from following through with the complicated and bureaucratic process of applying for services.

A number of agencies in the community have staff that can assist a client with this process. However, clients often don’t return for follow up appointments, or they start applications through more than one agency.

MHAP has received a grant from the Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of this process. With this grant, MHAP has formed a collaborative of agencies called the Benefits Access Project (BAP). These agencies will use a shared database to track the process of client applications, reconnect clients with Case Managers at other agencies, and prevent duplicate applications that slow down the approval process. In addition, the Case Managers at each agency will be trained to submit more effective applications.

The goal of the grant is to increase the number of qualified disabled clients who are receiving SSI/SSDI/Medicaid benefits by increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of the process.

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Criminal Justice Mental Health Data Linkage Initiative

In response to the tremendous growth of the inmate population in Hamilton County over the past decade, and the increase in arrest of adults with severe mental illness, the Hamilton County Criminal Justice (CJ) and Mental Health Systems (MH) have identified several problems related to the custody of mentally ill offenders, recidivism, co-occurring disorders, overuse of institutional resources, and ineffective information use.

In its continuing role as a collaborator as the front door for persons to access services through the Hamilton County Mental Health Services and Recovery Board (HCMHSRB), Mental Health Access Point (MHAP) has developed a shared electronic data infrastructure linking Hamilton County Jail to local Mental Health Case Management Agencies informing them daily of the detaining of their clients. The Criminal Justice – Mental health Data Linkage Electronic Program has been in place since December ’08.

Through effective collaboration from Pre-Trial Services, case managers are able to visit their clients at the Hamilton County Jail, provide assistance in the development of a plan for possible early release, diversion prior to sentencing, confirm medication regimen with the MH Unit, and assist their clients with court appearances, schedules, dispositions, and release, working alongside various divisions of the Justice Center (Public Defense Attorney, Mentally Disabled Offender Probation Unit, Court Services Municipal and Common Pleas, the Mental Health Unit, and Sheriff’s Records).

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Central Clinic Winter Newsletter Now Online

The latest edition of the Central Clinic newsletter, Connections, is now available for download. Articles include a statement on the current economic crisis by CEO and President, Dr. Walter Smitson; volunteer opportunities; the Young Child Institute receiving the Mayerson Foundation Grant; and much more!

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Download: Central Clinic Connections Winter 08

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Court Clinic AIW Program Wins SAMHSA

SAMHSA Announces First Science and Service Award Winners

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has selected 20 organizations to receive the agency’s inaugural Science and Service Awards. These awards recognize exemplary implementation of evidence-based interventions to prevent and treat mental illnesses and substance abuse.
The new annual awards program provides recognition to public sector organizations and community-based groups and coalitions that have worked to improve their communities and the lives of individuals by providing the best services possible.
“The success that these organizations have demonstrated and the positive impact that they’ve had on individuals and families is visible proof of the importance and direct benefit of using the latest strategies to prevent and treat mental illnesses and substance abuse in our communities,” said SAMHSA Administrator Terry Cline, Ph.D.
Four awardees were chosen in each of five categories: substance abuse prevention; treatment of substance abuse and recovery support services; mental health promotion; treatment of mental illness and recovery support services; and co-occurring disorders. 
The 20 awardees were selected based on independent reviews of 115 applications, as well as site visits. To be eligible for an award, an organization had to demonstrate successful implementation of a recognized evidence-based intervention, including interventions that have been published in the scientific literature and/or appear on a federal or state registry. Awards were made to the following organizations:
Central Clinic, Court Clinic, Cincinnati – received an award in the treatment of substance abuse and recovery support services category for implementing Helping Women Recover and Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment.

Treatment of Substance Abuse and Recovery Support Services Programs

Central Clinic/Court Clinic
Alternative Interventions for Women Program
Helping Women Recover & Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment
513-558-5808 (Central Clinic)
513-651-9300 (Alternative Interventions for Women)
A need was identified in Cincinnati, Ohio for sentencing alternatives for women, reduced recidivism, and decreases in jail overcrowding. A collaborative effort was formed to coordinate the criminal justice, mental health, and substance abuse systems to overcome system barriers and provide appropriate services for offenders. The Alternative Interventions for Women melds two evidence-based models – Helping Women Recover and Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment – to meet the unique needs of these female clients. A strong collaborative partnership is essential to the program’s success. An integral component of this collaborative model is monthly data analysis and outcome measurement to maximize quality assurance and solve problems. A process evaluation assesses client improvement and program effectiveness at fixed intervals throughout the project and client outcomes are assessed at the beginning and completion of program. Rates of client recidivism are tracked for a three-year period. Outcome data show reductions in symptoms, decreased substance abuse, decreased recidivism, improved family functioning, and reductions in the number of children needing out of home care.


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