New MHRSB Staff Member
Amanda Weller is a new team member at the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Allen, Auglaize, and Hardin Counties. She started in early July as an AmeriCorps VISTA.
Amanda attends The Ohio State University in Lima. She previously received an Associates Degree from OSU. Now, she is finishing her last semester of her Bachelor of Science in Biology. Her background is multi-faceted. She has worked with people with disabilities and as a local event manager.
Serving as an AmeriCorps member, Amanda worked with at-risk youth in community gardens. The AmeriCorps VISTA program was “Addressing Ohio’s Opioid Epidemic.” The Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities developed the program to support the community response to opioids and addiction.
Her MHRSB role focuses on reducing mental health and addiction stigma. Amanda will do this by increasing educational opportunities through service provider trainings. She will also strengthen community relationships through community events.
I Mind: A New Saturday Program for Youth
"I mind if you Juul."
"I mind if you're falling behind in school."
"I mind that you can't compete with us in the competition."
"I mind our team is losing because you can't play."
"I mind that this is hurting your health."
- Parent, Teacher, Coach, Teammate, Doctor -
I Mind is a new local prevention and early intervention program for youth. It is an option for schools for high-school students who have violated the school’s alcohol, drug, or tobacco policy. I Mind is an option for parents to refer their child if they are using alcohol, drugs, or tobacco.
Participants will receive education on smoking, vaping, alcohol, marijuana, and other drugs. They will also complete a substance use screening.
This new program is a collaboration of many community agencies. I Mind is offered on most Saturdays throughout the year from 9 am - 3 pm. It costs $25 which includes lunch. For the program registration, visit www.wecarepeople.org/registrations.