Hancock County Opiate Task Force PSA Campaign

In collaboration with AJ du Fresne, UFTV, and the University of Findlay, the Hancock County Opiate Task Force has produced a series of Public Service Announcements which aim to provide awareness, information, and support for those affected by the opiate crisis. Please be sure to view the PSAs and share with others.


Drug-Free Workforce Community Initiative – Technical Assistance Course

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Finding healthy, drug-free workers is difficult for many companies in our community – in part, due to the fact that job seekers and employees are failing drug tests at a record-setting number. In response, Hancock County has joined forces with 16 other communities throughout Ohio to address this problem through the Working Partners® Drug-Free Workforce Community Initiative (DFWCI).

THE OPPORTUNITY: A FREE Technical Assistance Course

A keystone activity of the DFWCI is to offer, free of charge, a technical assistance course to five companies in our community. The outcome of the two-day technical assistance course is that each participating company will be educated and guided through a process to develop (or refine) a state-of-the art and legally sound drug-free workplace policy/program (DFWP) that will:

  1. Save you time and money.
  2. Give you systems to attract and keep quality employees.
  3. Increase insulation against corporate liability.
  4. Provide a roadmap to administer an effective and efficient DFWP policy/program.
  5. Position you as a leader in the community — taking action to improve our community’s employable workforce.

Topics covered in this graduate-level course include drug trends impacting the workforce/workplace, legal issues impacting a DFWP program (e.g., Ohio’s marijuana law, ADA, DOT, OSHA), and best practices of operationalizing a policy/program.


The two-day course will be held at the Drury Inn (820 W. Trenton Ave., Findlay, OH) on May 16 & 30 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (lunch provided). Selected businesses must be willing to:

  1. Complete an application.
  2. Send one – three key decision-makers to both days of classroom education and technical assistance. At least one of the key decision-makers must be the same person attending both days of the course.
  3. Allow business name and images to be used in promotional materials.


CLICK HERE to complete a brief application. (For a paper copy, contact Zach Thomas at [email protected]. Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. Monday, April 17, 2017, and selected businesses will be notified within 10 days after the application deadline.


Our business community has been talking about this issue for quite some time. Now it’s time to do something about it. Will you join us?

Hancock County Sheriff Receives Distinguished Leadership Award

On January 31, 2017, the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities, which represents Ohio’s Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Boards, held its annual Legislative Day. This event was designed to convey how through collaborations and partnerships, Ohio’s ADAMH Boards are leading efforts to develop Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care. During the luncheon, OACBHA presented the 2016 Annual Awards to leaders from throughout Ohio who have been working to ensure that community mental health and addiction services and supports are available for all Ohioans.

At the award luncheon, volunteer Board members, Board Executive Directors, and community leaders joined OACBHA in honoring Hancock County Sherriff Michael Heldman who received the 2016 CEO’s Award for Distinguished Leadership. While presenting the award, Cheri L. Walter, CEO of OACBHA, stated that, “As a leader in Ohio’s law enforcement community, Sheriff Heldman’s support of community mental health and addiction services, his focus on ways to build creative partnership to address Ohio’s opiate epidemic, and his support of individuals in recovery and their families make him a true leader in this field.”

The day’s activities concluded with a reception in the Statehouse Museum Gallery that included Board members, advocacy groups, treatment providers and members of the Ohio General Assembly.

The Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities is the statewide association that represents Ohio’s alcohol, drug addiction and mental health boards which are statutorily empowered to plan, develop, fund, manage and evaluate alcohol, drug addiction, and mental health services.  For more information, visit www.oacbha.org or call (614) 224-1111.

(PHOTO: OACBHA CEO Cheri L. Walter and Sheriff Michael Heldman)

Drug-Free Workforce Business Survey Now Live!

In an effort to address the safety and economic threat of substance use in the workplace, Hancock County ADAMHS recently partnered with the Findlay-Hancock County Chamber of Commerce and Working Partners® to launch the Working Partners® Drug-Free Workforce Community Initiative. A critical element of this Initiative is the collection of data to assess business perceptions, attitudes, knowledge and practices as they relate to preventing and addressing substance use in the workplace/workforce.

Click HERE to learn more.


Opiate Task Force Receives Grant

The Hancock County Opiate Task Force was recently awarded a $2500 matching grant from Marathon Petroleum Corporation for the purpose of expanding its community outreach and educational resources. The match dollars, in the amount of $2500, were provided by Hancock Public Health.

In a letter received by Hancock Public Health regarding the match dollars, Health Commissioner Karim Baroudi stated, “In addition to this particular financial support we also pledge our continued commitment to working in unison with the ADAMHS Board and the Opiate Task Force to identify and implement additional strategies to combat the opiate epidemic that is gripping our state.”

Debra Parker, co-chair of the Hancock County Opiate Task Force, stated, “We are grateful to both Marathon Petroleum Company and Hancock Public Health for their commitment to the health and safety of our community. These dollars will provide additional awareness and educational opportunities critical to engaging the community in fighting the opiate epidemic.”

Hancock Public Health Receives Grant to Assist Opiate Task Force

Hancock Public Health was recently awarded a grant through the Ohio Department of Health for the purpose of conducting prescription drug overdose prevention activities. The grant will be used to hire a full time Prevention Coordinator who will focus on population based interventions and will work in conjunction with the Hancock County Opiate Task Force.

Click HERE to learn more.

Drug Free Workplace Community Initiative Launched in Hancock County

December 5, 2016


Findlay, Ohio In an effort to address the safety and economic threat of drug abuse in the workplace, Hancock County is one of 18 Ohio communities participating in the Working Partners® Drug-Free Workforce Community Initiative. This statewide initiative is a public-private partnership, funded in part by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

The Initiative’s objectives are to increase an employable, drug-free workforce in Ohio; build healthier, more productive and economically sound workplaces; and to create systems to educate employees – who are parents or adults with influence over young people – to prevent drug use among that population now and in the future.  To achieve these objectives the Initiative will be modeled after a program developed by drug-free workplace industry experts, Working Partners® and bring together local stakeholders and businesses.

“We are concerned about the drug-related issues we are facing and how they affect not only individuals, families, and the community as a whole, but also workplaces which are the economic foundation of our community,” said Zachary Thomas, Director of Wellness and Education, Hancock County ADAMHS Board. “By bringing employers together to develop polices and share best practices, we believe we are taking very important steps to address the economic threat of substance abuse by employees and job seekers in our state.”

“We are thrilled to partner with Hancock County to create their own unique Drug-Free Workforce Community Initiative,” said Dee Mason, founder and CEO of Working Partners®. “By attacking this problem with a local grassroots approach, working with leaders embedded in communities across the state, we believe we will realize measurable changes that will result in a safer, healthier and more economically viable Ohio workforce.”


The Working Partners® Drug-Free Workforce Community Initiative (DFWCI) is a public-private partnership between the State of Ohio and Working Partners® to address the economic threat of substance abuse by employees and job seekers in our state. We are doing this by

  • Bringing together key stakeholders and employers in 18 communities throughout the state to assess local challenges and resources, and implement strategies to develop a job-ready workforce of drug-free individuals to serve employers’ needs now and in the future.
  • Working with employers to equip them with education, technical assistance and tools needed to prevent and respond to workplace substance abuse in a productive, legally-sound and meaningful way.
  • Providing regular communications to leadership (local, state and national) to keep them apprised of all substance abuse issues and legislation that affect the workplace.

Our goal is to build healthier, stronger, more productive workforces and workplaces based on local needs and, in turn, build a healthier, stronger, more economically-sound Ohio.

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) and Working Partners® have developed a public-private partnership to move the Working Partners® Drug-Free Workforce Community Initiative forward throughout the state. The initiative will support local employment strategies related to drug-free workplaces. OhioMHAS has provided funding for 18 local communities to work with Working Partners® to convene and coordinate stakeholders to assess specific community needs and develop local action plans to develop strong local drug-free workforces by employing a variety of best practices that meet these needs.