On Oct. 30, the Ohio Hospital Association and Ohio Mental Health Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) hosted “Barrier Busting: A Breakthrough in Holistic Care,” the biennial Private Psychiatric Inpatient Provider Conference at the Quest Conference Center in Columbus.
Presenters included Kendall Stewart, M.D., chief medical officer at
Southern Ohio Medical Center and Evelyn Lundberg Stratton, 147th justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio, retired, as well as investigators from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.
The intent of the conference was to identify barriers to providing holistic care to the mental health and AoD population, and acquire practical information to surmount those barriers and enable better organizational and patient outcomes.
The one-day event offered learning sessions on many topics that psychiatric inpatient providers encounter daily when working with people who are living with behavioral health disorders. Approximately 130 people were in attendance.
Retired Ohio Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton promoted The Stepping Up Initiative, a national movement supported by the Council of State Governments Justice Center, the National Association of Counties and the American Psychiatric Foundation to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in jails.
She told the audience to take action to improve our communities through little steps, because when added up, those small steps lead to major progress.
“Ohio is an exciting state to live in,” she said. “There is progress everywhere we go.”
Her latest focus in Ohio and nationally is on establishing veterans courts to help those returning veterans with posttraumatic stress, traumatic brain injury and other issues, which may lead to involvement in the criminal justice system.