House Bill 52 signed by Governor DeWine
This reverses House Bill 509. CE sites and instructors are going to continue to do the exceptional work they have been doing for years.
SUBSTANCE ABUCE TRAINING GRANT
Notice Of Funding Opportunity for 2023
Rural EMS Training Grant Program
Applications due May 1, 2023
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has announced a Notice Of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the 2023 Rural EMS Training Grant Program. There have been important revisions to the amount of funding available and the anticipated number of awards that will be granted.
SAMHSA encourages rural EMS agencies (both fire-based and non-fire based) operated by a local or tribal government, as well as rural non-profit EMS agencies, to apply.
Review the NOFO announcement for a full description of the training program, eligibility information and award details. All applications are due May 1, 2023.
The goal of this SAMHSA program is to recruit and train EMS personnel in rural areas with a particular focus on addressing substance use disorders (SUD) and co-occurring disorders (COD) substance use and mental disorders. Grant recipients will be expected to train EMS personnel on SUD and COD, trauma-informed, recovery-based care for people with such disorders in emergency situations and, as appropriate, to maintain licenses and certifications relevant to serve in an EMS agency.
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OHIO TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE
On Monday, April 8, 2024, people within a 124-mile-wide band in the state of Ohio will experience a total solar eclipse. Areas in Ohio that are outside the path of totality will experience a partial eclipse.
A total solar eclipse is a rare and spectacular event. On average, one happens somewhere on the Earth only once every 1.5 years. Only 21 total solar eclipses have crossed the lower 48 states in the entire existence of the United States. The last total solar eclipse visible in Ohio was in 1806. The next total solar eclipse in Ohio will be in the year 2444.
Multi-agency planning between local, county, and state officials has been underway for over one year now. Has your agency been engaged in similar planning efforts? Are you and your first responders adequately prepared to meet the unique challenges that this event may cause in your area?