Regional Learning Collaboratives

Ohio’s Regional Learning Collaboratives (RLC) are designed to engage Ohio’s prevention professionals located within rural and Appalachian communities to offer guidance and support as they seek and obtain their Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist (OCPS) credentials. As a link within OCAM, coaches will assist with eliminating barriers, provide technical assistance and equip area professionals and community members with the necessary skills and knowledge to implement evidence-based prevention.

  • Assistance reaching your credentialing goals
  • Networking with other prevention professionals
  • Mobilizing community partnerships
  • Continuing education opportunities

Upcoming dates and locations:

  • February 21, 2017 10:00 a.m.-2:15 p.m.Personal & Family Counseling Services, 1433 Fifth Street NW, New Philadelphia, OH 44663
    Click here to register
  • February 23, 2017 10:00 a.m.-2:15 p.m. MHRSB of Allen, Auglaize and Hardin Counties, 529 South Elizabeth St., Ste. 200, Lima, OH 45804
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  • February 24, 2017 10:00 a.m.-2:15 p.m., Paint Valley ADAMH Board, 394 Chestnut St., Chillicothe, OH 45602
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We will be having a working lunch. Please bring $10 cash (a receipt will be provided), or plan to bring your own. Laptops may be useful, but not required. RCHs pending.

For questions or more information contact Stacey Gibson at or 419-334-6395

OCAM was created to support the Ohio Strategic Prevention Framework Partnerships for Success State and Tribal Initiative (SPF-PFS) in the state of Ohio. Funding for the SPF-PFS is provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) and administered by OhioMHAS.

National Academies of Sciences Releases Report on Science Surrounding Marijuana Use; Finds Multiple Harms

Press release from Smart Approaches to Marijuana

First NAS report on marijuana since 1999 finds marijuana especially damaging for psychosis, driving safety, progression to other drugs, learning, pregnancy; says state-based legalization connected to injuries among kids

 Contact: SAM Public Affairs

+1 (703) 665-1410

 [WASHINGTON, DC] – The National Academy of Sciences (NAS), in a landmark report written by top scientists, The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids: Current State of Evidence and Recommendations for Research, concluded after a review of over 10,000 peer-reviewed academic articles, that marijuana use is connected to, among other problems:

  • respiratory problems; 
  • mental health issues (like psychosis, social anxiety, and thoughts of suicide);
  • increased risk of car accidents;
  • progression to and dependence on other drugs, including studies showing connections to cocaine and heroin use;
  • learning, memory, and attention loss (possibly permanent in some cases); and 
  • low birth weight.

Notably, the report also stated that, “in states where cannabis use is legal, there is increased risk of unintentional cannabis overdose injuries among children.”

“This report is a wake-up call to all Americans who have been sold the false promise that marijuana use is not harmful across multiple health outcomes,” said Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D., the President of Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM). “It confirms that although more research is badly needed, tens of thousands of peer-reviewed articles tell us today that marijuana use can produce serious health and social problems. We should be doing everything we can to stop the marijuana industry from continuing to deceive the public the same way Big Tobacco did for a century.”

Furthermore, the report underscored the success of the FDA process in developing legitimate marijuana-based medications for treating specific problems, such as chemotherapy-induced nausea.  In calling for addition research to explore other possible medical uses for cannabinoids, it implicitly criticized the medical marijuana ballot initiatives funded by the marijuana industry, which permit marijuana use without any FDA oversight.

“The NAS report confirmed SAM’s six-point plan on marijuana research, which calls for responsible medication development in the context of the FDA,” said Jeffrey Zinsmeister, Executive Vice President for SAM. “The report also confirms that we need more research on potential negative effects, such as cancer.”

For more information about marijuana use and its effects, see


Time for Action to Restrict Alcohol Marketing in Order to Protect Young People



For Immediate Release Tuesday, January 10, 2017

For more information, contact:

Diane Riibe, Chair Cell: (402) 598-8210

Time for Action to Restrict Alcohol Marketing in Order to Protect Young People
New research makes the problem – and real solutions – clearer than ever

CHAPEL HILL, NC – Based on the findings of research featured in a special issue of the respected journal Addiction released today, experts in public health research, policy, and community mobilization are calling for greater restrictions on youth exposure to alcohol marketing similar to the “legally binding global health treaties and non-binding codes [that] have been developed to restrict the marketing of tobacco, breast milk substitutes and unhealthy foods, based on evidence of a public health crisis.”

The issue features an analysis and first-ever review of a dozen research papers by an impressive roster of global public health experts. The key findings in the research and review include:

  • There’s strong evidence that exposure to alcohol marketing leads to early drinking by youth. The more alcohol marketing messages that young people see – including those in social media – the more likely that they will begin drinking and will drink hazardously through binge drinking.
  • The alcohol industry’s voluntary, self-regulatory system is broken. Alcohol marketing associated with the 2014 FIFA World Cup was a particularly relevant example of how weak, self-regulatory measures can’t do the job of protecting young people. In the U.S., the alcohol industry is responsible for setting its own advertising and marketing standards in order to limit youth exposure.
  • There are better, more effective ways to reduce youth exposure to alcohol marketing. Laws and regulations limiting alcohol marketing – based in public health research and independent of commercial interests that profit from the problem – are the best bet in protecting youth and other vulnerable populations from harmful marketing. A global agreement to limit marketing of alcoholic beverages along the lines of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) could be instrumental in protecting young people.

Interventions that reduce underage drinking are especially relevant, given the growing body of epidemiological studies showing that underage drinking can lead not only to immediate harms (like alcohol poisoning and car crashes) but to long-term, expensive-to-treat medical conditions, including several types of cancer.

“We are mortgaging our future by overexposing our young people to alcohol marketing,” said Diane Riibe, Chair of the U.S. Alcohol Policy Alliance. “It’s time to truly protect our kids, and evidence-based limitations on alcohol marketing can do just that. This is timely and critical research, and we look forward to advocating for its recommendations.”

In virtually every part of the world, alcohol is the leading cause of death and disability for males ages 15 to 24, while excessive alcohol use is responsible for approximately 4,350 deaths in the United States every year among young people 21 and younger.


The U.S. Alcohol Policy Alliance works to translate alcohol policy research into public health practice to prevent and reduce alcohol-related harm.

510 Meadowmont Village Circle, Ste. 235, Chapel Hill, NC 27517