OhioMHAS Prevention Services Guidance Document
Prevention in Ohio is grounded in the public health model, which focuses on improving the well-being of populations. Public health draws on a science base that is multi-disciplinary and engages the entire community through the social-ecological model. Prevention aims to reduce underlying risk factors that increase the likelihood of mental, emotional and behavioral health disorders (MEB) and simultaneously to promote protective factors to decrease MEB health disorders. MEB health disorders include but are not limited to: substance use disorders, mental illness, suicide, problem gambling, etc.
This document demonstrates the continuum of prevention based services for MEB health disorders and contains definitions and explanations of how the six prevention strategies can be used to support comprehensive prevention efforts. It also provides guidance for funding and includes a chart showing the prevention activities under each strategy, what funding source can be utilized for each service, and takes into consideration the requirements of different funding sources for prevention services. Ohio’s prevention system is fortunate to have several funding sources to provide prevention services; however, it is imperative to keep in mind the selection of services provided and the funding source depends highly upon the population you are serving and the desired outcome.
Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Office of Prevention & Wellness; August, 2016