OhioMHAS (Ohio Mental Health & Addiction Services)
Peer Recovery Supporter Training (PRS)
Contact: Tara Plaugher
Phone: (740) 374-6990
If you are in recovery from a mental health and/or substance use disorder and would like to help others in recovery, consider becoming a Peer Recovery Supporter!
This training is available to individuals who live in (or are willing to work as a Peer Recovery Supporter in) Ohio. First consideration will be given to residents of Washington County. There is a mandatory application process, 16 hours of pre-training online coursework and a 40 hour in-person training. Certification as a Peer Recovery Supporter (PRS) is the ultimate outcome. There are employment opportunities for Certified Peer Recovery Supporters locally and across the State.
This training is part of the Washington County Behavioral Health Board’s and the State of Ohio’s commitment to transforming the behavioral health system into a Recovery-Oriented System of Care. Peer Recovery Supporters are a powerful support to individuals in recovery, and agencies/service providers are realizing the major impact a PRS can have on an individual’s recovery journey.
TRAINING DATES for 2021: To be determined…
Location: Washington County Emergency Operations Center, 204 Davis Ave, Ste. 3, Marietta, OH 45750
For more information, please contact Tara Plaugher, (740) 374-6990.
Recovery Engagement Teams (RET)
Contact: Aleisha Roberson
Phone: (740) 374-6990
We have two RET Teams serving Washington County. The County RET Team and the Marietta City RET Team are collaborative “grassroots” efforts between the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the Marietta City Police Department, Rigel Recovery Services, Life & Purpose Behavioral Health, Hopewell Health Center, Memorial Health Systems, and other contract peer supports to meet those battling addiction at their homes and out in the community. The purpose is to show those experiencing substance use disorder, specifically those who have recently experienced an overdose, that they are not alone. Their community still cares about them and we want to support them through their battle. This effort is funded and headed up by the Washington County Behavioral Health Board.
Washington County Crisis Response Team
Contact: Shaeleigh Sprigg
Phone: (740) 374-6990
The WCCRT is a collaborative effort of volunteers with a rich diversity of personal experience and professional skills, backgrounds and expertise available to provide supportive services to agencies, businesses and/or individuals in Washington County who have experienced a traumatic event. The primary role of the WCCRT is to: Support people impacted by a sudden and/or traumatic loss or event with immediate needs to regain a sense of control over their lives and to promote individual and community healing.
What is a sudden and/or traumatic event?
(can include non-fatal events)
Completed Suicide- Confirmed and Non-confirmed
Drug Overdose – Intentional and Unintentional
Fatal Car/ATV/Snowmobile Accidents
Exposure to Violence or Traumatic Event
The WCCRT firmly believes that individuals are resilient and that if offered support, interventions and/or information, most individuals affected by a traumatic loss can heal without formal counseling or interventions. By responding to a request, the WCCRT seeks to reduce the often overwhelming feelings of helplessness, confusion, and heightened anxiety that is normal following a traumatic loss or event.
The WCCRT is on call seven days a week throughout the year for events occurring in Washington County. Any member of the community, agency representative, police jurisdiction, fire department, hospital, school, faith-based organization or other organization can call to invite a response by the team. Activation begins with a discussion between the person requesting support and the WCBHB staff to determine the specific level of response.
Response activities may include the following:
The team will not be providing therapy or clinical interventions
- Direct Intervention:
Facilitated small group discussions
- Indirect Intervention:
Problem solving and practical assistance
Emailing resources and supports
Behavioral Health Matters Scholarship Program
The purpose of this program is to support workforce development in areas with an identified shortage of highly qualified providers of behavioral health services in Washington County. Specifically, this program provides scholarships to assist students who are pursuing an undergraduate or advanced degree in Social Work, Counseling, or Addiction. The Executive Director shall establish an online application process and a selection committee to choose and manage scholarship recipients.
- Washington County resident
- Online application
- One letter of recommendation
- Must be pursuing either an undergraduate or advanced degree in Social Work, Counseling, or Addiction
- Must be willing to stay in Washington County