The MHAC’s Southwest Hub members represent six counties: Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton, and Warren. Local work gives MHAC members the opportunity to advocate on issues impacting their regional communities and to interact with other regional member organizations to create a cohesive voice.
Meetings & Events
The MHAC hosts bi-monthly Southwest Hub Policy & Advocacy Committee meetings, open to all Southwest Hub members. This Committee works to move forward the five priority areas of the Southwest Hub Advocacy Agenda, and works with MHAC staff every two years to develop a new Advocacy Agenda addressing key local issues related to mental health and addiction disorders.
The 2019-2020 Southwest Hub Advocacy Agenda priorities include:
- Local Funding and Support for Mental Health and Addiction Services - The MHAC researches its Hub county funding structures and advocates for the passage of levies and county budget allocations that support local mental health and addiction service delivery.
- Children and Adolescents - The MHAC researches the prevalence of depression and anxiety among school aged children and adolescents, identifies local, state and national prevention programs and models, and educates public officials and other stakeholders on the importance of prevention services.
- Raise Awareness and Education on Mental Health and Addiction Disorders – The MHAC continues to support local efforts to reduce the impact of the opiate epidemic in the region. It also works to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and addiction disorders, shifting messages to support treatment strategies that are driven by facts and evidenced based practices.
- Workforce Development – The MHAC works to reduce stigma surrounding community behavioral health and the populations its serves while also creating opportunities to promote and support entrance and retention in the behavioral health field. Efforts include promoting the recruitment of new individuals into the pipeline, advocating for funding for schools and providers to offer financial support to students pursuing careers in behavioral health, and encouraging improved support for professionals already working in the field.
- Lack of Crisis Services – The MHAC compiles information on the lack of hospital beds in the Hub region for adults with severe and persistent mental illness and the importance of such services to individuals, families, and the community to use to educate public officials and key stakeholders.
Other ways members are included in local work:
- Members receive action alerts for local policy advocacy, including county budgets, levies, and other local projects.
- Members participate in meetings with local public officials and in-district meetings with state-level public officials.
- MHAC staff consult members regarding local resources and opportunities to highlight best practices and promising programs
- The MHAC hosts one annual Public Officials Breakfast Reception every spring, during which MHAC members engage with local, state, and federal public officials during a morning of networking.
- The MHAC hosts four annual membership meetings, bringing in experts on specific topics regarding mental health and/or addiction disorders to present to and engage with members.
- Members have the opportunity to network and share their own initiatives with their fellow MHAC members.
Interested in becoming a member of the MHAC’s Southwest Hub? Read more about who can become a member on our Join Us page.