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4th Edition / December 2019MONTGOMERY COUNTY COLLABORATIVE NEWSLETTERSERVING THECOMMUNITYAS ONEInside this issuePAGE 5Male Leadership Academy Pairs Youth withMentors for SuccessPAGE 7Nicholas Residential Treatment CenterOpens to Serve At-Risk YouthPAGE 13County Engineer Reopens Keowee StreetBridge to PublicPAGE 13More Than 100,000 Tires Recycled Since2013 through Tire BuybackPAGE 14HSPD Raises Awareness of Hunger andHomelessnessFood SummitAnnounces New AwardsThe 9th annual Montgomery County FoodSummit was held on Nov. 20, bringing togethermore than 300 people to learn about the brandnew Food Equity Plan. This action plan, createdby the Montgomery County Food EquityCoalition, seeks to reduce hunger and improveaccess to healthy food through six focus areas:Food Insecurity, Strong Communities, VibrantFarms, Healthy People, Sustainable Ecosystems,and Thriving Local Economies.Continued on page 3Board ofDevelopmentalDisabilitiesServicesMontgomery County Collaborative Newsletter1

New Therapy Dog ProgramOffered to InmatesThrough a partnership with the Miami ValleyPet Therapy Association (MVPTA), MontgomeryCounty Sheriff Rob Streck hopes to provide aninnovative service to inmates that helps easefeelings of anxiety, depression and anger, asthey navigate through the court system.Dr. Kathryn StormJoins the ARCMontgomery County’s Animal ResourceCenter welcomed Dr. Kathryn Storm tothe team in August as their new Directorof Veterinary Medicine. Always up for achallenge, Dr. Storm says that working inshelter medicine is her dream job and sheloves that no two days are the same.Under her guidance, the clinic and its staffare hard at work treating animals in our careand making sure they’re ready to go totheir new homes. Welcome to MontgomeryCounty, Dr. Storm!“While these programs are often heavilypromoted in the prison systems, they are far lesscommon in county jails. This program is a meansof supporting emotional wellness, and we arelooking forward to more positive outcomes,”said Sheriff Rob Streck.Montgomery County Jail TreatmentCoordinator Teresa Russell has worked todesign a true therapeutic program with supportfrom the onsite medical and mental healthproviders. The program focuses on socializationand encouragement, giving inmates theopportunity to meet with the dogs and theirhandlers through both group and one-on-onesessions, often learning and relating to howthese animals have survived emotional andphysical traumas.The therapy dogs of MVPTA are also usedoutside of the jail, even working alongsidedeputies to provide emotional support tovictims of the Memorial Day tornadoes.The handlers and dogs are certified by theirMVPTA. Handlers volunteer for the program, soit comes at no cost to the Sheriff’s Office.Teddy, a therapy dog, gets some lovefrom Corrections Officer Regina Neer.2Montgomery County Collaborative Newsletter

DRG Hosts 3rd AnnualBring Your Green ChallengeMontgomery County Health CommissionerJeff Cooper presents at the annual Food SummitContinued from page 1This year’s Food Summit also featured theinaugural Food Champion Awards, namingthe following winners: Neah Rainey, Nourishing Spirit Award Nicole Adkins, People’s Choice Award Glenna Jennings, Educator Award The Foodbank, Inc., Community Partner AwardThank you to our event co-hosts for theirleadership on this important issue: CountyCommissioner Judy Dodge, Health CommissionerJeff Cooper, Former U.S. Ambassador Tony P. Hall,and City of Dayton Commissioners Chris Shawand Matt Joseph.Dayton Regional Greenkicked off the annualBring Your GreenChallenge at a pressconference on Oct. 9 atCox Arboretum. The BringYour Green Challenge is afriendly competition open to allarea green-certified businesses, schools, andgovernment agencies.Challenge participants compete to saveenergy and resources throughout the year,while receiving free tracking tools andlearning experiences along the way. Finalistsare eligible for cash prizes.DRG awards Green Business Certificationsthroughout the year, with more than 725businesses certified to date.The first two Bring Your Green Challengesprevented the release of over 12.5 milliontons of CO2 into the atmosphere. To follow thisyear’s challenge, visit bringyourgreen.comfor updates.Protect Your Furry Friendwith a Dog LicenseMake sure to get your 2020 dog license, on salenow through Jan. 31, 2020.Licensing your dog is an excellent way to protectyour pet. A dog license provides legal proofof ownership and helps distinguish a stray dogfrom an owned dog. A dog license can also betraced 24 hours a day, 365 days a year throughthe Montgomery County Auditor.Revenue from dog licensing is a major source offunding for the Animal Resource Center, helpingfund our foster and adoption programs to placeanimals in loving homes throughout the community.Licenses can be purchased at the Auditor’sOffice, various outposts throughout the county,and online at Control Officer Brian Baker and Commissioner Carolyn Ricepet one of the furry guests at the Dec. 3 dog license event.Montgomery County Collaborative Newsletter3

Montgomery County JuvenileCourt CASA ProgramReceives Grant for YouthImpacted by Opioid CrisisJudges Anthony Capizzi and Helen Wallaceannounced Sept. 30 that the MontgomeryCounty Juvenile Court CASA (Court AppointedSpecial Advocates) Program was awardeda 50,000 mentoringgrant from the NationalCASA Association.Work done under thementoring grant willtarget opioid-impactedyouth.2020 EnvironmentalCalendar ContestEncourages Creativity andSupports Local SchoolsMontgomery County students in grades K-12were encouraged to submit original artworkthat supports a water conservation or “recycleright” theme for the 2020 EnvironmentalCalendar Contest.Funds will be used to recruit, train and assignnew volunteers to represent the best interestsof children who have experienced abuse orneglect resulting from a guardian using opioids.Volunteers will also mentor youth, helpingthem increase their level of connectivity withcommunity and family, improve educationaloutcomes, and reach stable placements.The federal grant funds distributed throughNational CASA/GAL are provided by the Officeof Juvenile Justiceand DelinquencyPrevention, USDepartment of Justice,as authorized underthe Victims of ChildAbuse Act of 1990.Environmental Services received more than 400submissions, which were scored by volunteersfrom Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.Thanks to sponsorsfrom 21 localorganizations, 10,000in prize moneywas awarded toMontgomery Countyschools. CountyCommissioners Debbie Lieberman, JudyDodge, and Carolyn Rice presented the funds atthe Montgomery County Fairgrounds on Nov. 13.Each student winner received a plaque and theirrespective school was awarded a presentationcheck. Schools with month winners received 500 each and those with honorable mentionsreceived 250 each. Kettering Fairmont HighSchool received the highest award of 2,500 forits students’ cover-page prize.The winning artwork created by Charlie Roy, an 11th grade student atKettering Fairmont High School4Montgomery County Collaborative Newsletter

The initial group of mentors and mentees in the Male Leadership Academyattended the inaugural dinner at Sinclair Community College.Black Violin spoke to the first class of the Male Leadership Academyon Nov. 5, before their performance at the Schuster Center.Male Leadership AcademyMentoring Program Kicks OffMontgomery County has a new youth initiative,aimed at giving young men a positive malerole model. The Male Leadership Academyheld its kickoff dinner on Oct. 16, bringing in theinaugural group of mentors and mentees.The Male Leadership Academy will serveyouth ages 14-16. Each participant is pairedwith a mentor to provide guidance and helpdevelop character, soft skills and leadershipskills. With this guidance, these young men willprogress into the next stage of their lives withconfidence.At the dinner, Montgomery CountyCommissioners Debbie Lieberman, JudyDodge, and Carolyn Rice, as well as CountyAdministrator Michael Colbert, spoke on theimportance of having a strong mentor.On Nov. 5, the participants had their first groupouting with their mentors, with a receptionfollowed by a show at the Schuster Center. KenMarcus and Wil B., the duo known together asBlack Violin, even met with the group beforetheir show during a special reception.Nearly 300 employees from across the county showedup at The Job Center for this drone photo shoot topromote Child Support Awareness Month in August.Almost all of them wore green, the awareness colordesignated for the month. It was a great show ofsupport for our Montgomery County Child Supportstaff, who handle over 50,000 cases to ensure thewell-being of area children. This photo won the “MostCollaborative Award” in the Ohio Child SupportDirectors’ Association annual photo contest.Montgomery County Collaborative Newsletter5

Community Health AssessmentThe 2019 Montgomery County CommunityHealth Assessment was completed in lateSeptember. A behavioral health section wasadded to the 2019 report. This section includesmental health, substance misuse and abuse,and accidentaldrug overdosedata.The datapresented inthe CommunityHealth Assessment are used by the communityto select the priorities and goals of the 2020-2022Community Health Improvement Plan. The fullassessment may be found on Public Health’swebsite: ssmentBoard of DevelopmentalDisabilities Services WelcomesNew SuperintendentThe Montgomery County Board of DevelopmentalDisabilities Services welcomed Pamela Combs,Ed.D., as its new Superintendent on June 10.Combs recently servedas Superintendent of theGallia County Board ofDevelopmental Disabilitiesin southeastern Ohio. Heraccomplishments thereincluded founding anon-profit housingcorporation andpurchasing homes to support individuals’integration into the local community.In addition to her work with Gallia County,Combs’ experience includes service as Directorof Provider Relations for the Licking County Boardof Developmental Disabilities, and as DeputyDirector of Information System Services for theFranklin County Job and Family Services agency.6Montgomery County Collaborative NewsletterMontgomery CountyHonored as one of theMontgomery County has been recognizedby Springbuk as one of the Healthiest 100Workplaces in America. Each of the winningcompanies is considered an exemplaryleader for the effectiveness of their healthand well-being initiatives.Over 1,000 of America’s top well-beingprograms were evaluated for this awardacross the country. This year’s winners spannearly every industry, size, geography andinclude both privately-held and publiclytraded organizations. For the full list of thenational award winners, visit this link.Montgomery County provides acomprehensive wellness program to supportemployees and spouses in mind, body andspirit while encouraging personalaccountability for self-care. The County offersseveral innovative opportunities, includingdisease management programs, personaland online coaching, biometric screenings,health assessments, diabetes preventionand diabetes awareness initiatives, tobaccocessation classes, mobile mammographyevents, meditation, and on-site classes.

New Location for theNicholas ResidentialTreatment FacilityOn Sept. 26, County Commissioners DebbieLieberman, Judy Dodge,and Carolyn Rice, alongwith Juvenile Court JudgesTony Capizzi and HelenWallace, cut the ribbonat the newly renovatedNicholas Treatment Center.The long-awaited Residential Center is a 24hour, non-secure residential facility that providesbehavioral intervention, substance abusetreatment, and mental health services for youthbetween the ages of 11 and 18. Having kidsplaced close to home results in better outcomes,and fewer out-of-state placements will benefitthe County with cost savings and bettercoordination of care.The facility, which had previously been theDora Tate Center, was originally built in 1969and formerly housed Road Patrol staff from theMontgomery County Sheriff’s Office. FacilitiesDirector Phil Miller led the design work on theNicholas Center and Managing Engineer JuliaGourley led construction of the project. Thenewly-renovated facility has four wings and acentral core.The gymnasium, which was named in honorof the late Judge Nick Kuntz, features onefull and two half basketball courts, and twovolleyball courts.The Montgomery County Board of Electionsrolled out new voting equipment October 8that was ready for use on November 5 for theGeneral Election. Registered voters could usethe new machines or paper ballot. ElectionsDirector Jan Kelly and Deputy Director SteveHarsman, explained to media how the Countywas ensuring voting security during a pressconference (pictured above).COAT Selected for OIPPPromising Practice AwardThe CommunityOverdose ActionTeam (COAT)recently received thePromising PracticeAward from the OhioInjury PreventionPartnership (OIPP).OIPP’s mission is toprevent injuries inOhio such as fallsamong older adults,drug overdose, and child/youth injury.The OIPP Promising Practice Awardrecognizes outstanding community-basedinterventions aimed at reducing theincidence of injury and violence in Ohio.It is their hope that, through recognition ofinnovative and effective programs suchas the COAT, partners across the state willconsider similar strategies in their injuryprevention efforts.Montgomery County Collaborative Newsletter7

Information Technology’s Jacob Baileyhelps employees with their Service Nowrequests. What’s on the horizon for IT?They are working to facilitate the LearningManagement System that could be usedas a cross-departmental training andlearning system. Look for more on LMS inour next newsletter.The “gloved one” stopped by the StillwaterCenter this past August, delighting about100 residents and staffers with a memorableperformance. This Michael Jacksonimpersonator had all the moves down, asthe crowd enjoyed Billy Jean, Beat It, Thrillerand other favorites. Residents wore MJstyle hats, and they decorated the hallswith Michael Jackson art they created inpreparation for the big event!8Montgomery County Collaborative NewsletterParents in Recovery ReachMilestone at Family TreatmentCourt GraduationFive parents who have grappled with opioidaddiction reached a significant milestone onDec. 3, as they graduated from Family TreatmentCourt (FTC). A partnership between MontgomeryCounty Juvenile Court, Children Services, andbehavioral and addiction services providers, FTCis a voluntary program for parents with activeChildren Services cases.The program takes up to 20 months, andparticipants are subject to regular urine screenings,counseling, support groups, court docketappearances and other measures in their caseplans. “This program is intensive,” said Beth Dostal,Program Coordinator. “Participants’ support ofone another is an important component to thesuccess of all graduates. They own up to theirfailures, and, just as importantly, they celebratetheir successes with others who are workingthrough the same struggle.”“We have four Children Services Caseworkers, aSupervisor and a Court Liaison who team with theJuvenile Court staff to ensure FTC participants’compliance with their rigorous case plans,” saidJewell Good, Assistant Director for Children Services.“We are so proud of what we’ve been able to dowith our graduates to help keep families together.”A total of 28 parents have graduated in the threeyear history of the program.

Coroner’s Office RemindsYou to Prevent CarbonMonoxide PoisoningThis WinterCarbon monoxide is a poisonous gas thathas no smell or taste, and CO poisoning ispreventable. After CO is inhaled, it entersyour bloodstream and prevents blood fromcarrying oxygen. This lack of oxygen causesthe body’s tissues and cells to fail and die.Most common symptoms of CO poisoningare headache, dizziness, weakness,nausea, vomiting, chest pain, andconfusion. Low-level exposure can causedifficulty thinking or concentrating,depression, irritability, or irrational decisions.Poisoning Prevention Tips: Change the batteries in your CO detectorevery six months. Have your heating system, water heater,and any other gas, oil, or coal burningappliances serviced by a qualifiedtechnician every year. Keep vents and flues free of debris. Never leave the motor running in a vehicleparked in an enclosed space, such as aclosed-door garage. Never use a charcoal grill, hibachi, lantern,or portable camping stove inside a home,tent, or camper.If you suspect CO poisoning, call 911 or ahealth care professional right away.Montgomery County Veterans ServiceCommission set up an information table forthe Prostate Cancer Walk on Sept. 14, 2019.The Commission is looking for events to supportin 2020. Submit your ideas to Missy Zimmer [email protected] AdvocatesAvailable to Assist EmployeesMontgomery County partnered with McGohanBrabender for benefit services. One of thefeatures of this partnership is MB Advocates,which will be your first resource for benefitsrelated issues. MB Advocates will work with youto help you better understand your benefit plans.They will also work directly with the insurancecompanies to advocate on your behalf toanswer questions or resolve claims issues you maybe experiencing with an insurance carrier.The MB Advocate team can be reached at(937) 260-4300 or (877) 635-5372, or by email [email protected].Montgomery County Collaborative Newsletter9

Public Health Warns thatLung Injuries Related to VapingContinue to RiseThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) and multiple states are investigatingthe occurrence of severe pulmonary diseaseamong people who report vaping. At this time,it is unknown what is causing or contributing tothe symptoms and disease. As of Oct. 22, therehave been 34 deaths and 1,604 cases reportednationwide. State and local public healthofficials in Ohio have confirmed 44 cases ofvaping-related severe pulmonary illness and areinvestigating an additional 30 reports of illness.On Sept. 30, the OhioDepartment of Health(ODH) issued a HealthAlert requiring healthcare providers toreport to their localhealth department allsuspected cases ofsevere pulmonary disease of unclear cause witha history of vaping in the past 90 days.Area Kinship CaregiversReceive 220,000 inODJFS GrantsMontgomery County families recently received 220,000 in state assistance, thanks to onetime Post Adoption/Post Guardianship ServicesGrants through the Ohio Department of Joband Family Services.Many area children avoid going into fostercare by staying with relatives in Kinship Carearrangements. While this can be a great benefitfor the kids, it can cause financial difficultiesfor the caregivers who don’t typically receiveassistance the way foster families do.“People were crying they were so shocked,because we have never been able to offer10Montgomery County Collaborative NewsletterEveryone Deserves aSecond ChanceThe Reentry Career Alliance Academy (RCAA)is changing lives and building a strongercommunity. During an interview Oct. 16, RCAAgraduate Mary Stafford spoke of how theprogram helped her get her life back on track.“My self-confidence is back, my self-worth. Mydesire to try to do better, because now I knowbetter. I know I don’t have to be stuck in a rutbeing called ‘ex-offender’ because I am a‘restored citizen’ and I can go out in the worldand be proud of what I’m doing today and notdwell on my past. They gave me a voice. Theygave me a reason to want to live. It’s just anawesome program.”Mary Stafford, RCAA Graduate, Class of 2018anything like this before,” said Jewell Good,Assistant Director for Montgomery CountyChildren Services. “This was an unprecedentedopportunity to help meet the needs of childrenplaced in kinship homes.”Our Children Services team diligently workedthrough the application process to securethe grants. Montgomery County first received 150,000 to distribute to qualifying familieswith o

your pet. A dog license provides legal proof of ownership and helps distinguish a stray dog from an owned dog. A dog license can also be traced 24 hours a day, 365 days a year through the Montgomery County Auditor. Revenue from dog licensing is a major source of funding for the Animal Resource Center, helping