The second round of grants for the Strong Families, Safe Communities (SFSC) initiative has been awarded. The initiative, led by the departments of Developmental Disabilities (DODD), and Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS), supports collaborative proposals that are designed to establish treatment models of care that focus on crisis stabilization for children and youth with intensive needs, and are aimed at serving Ohio’s youth in crisis through local, community‐driven solutions.
The SFSC initiative began in FY2014, when awards totaling nearly $3 million of a total $5 million grant were awarded to seven community partnerships. The seven proposals accepted for FY2015 bring forward the remaining nearly $2 million in funding, expanding the reach of these efforts from 20 participating counties, to 46 counties in FY2015. The FY2014 projects will again receive funding.
The knowledge gained from the projects will benefit all of Ohio’s communities. An Oversight Committee that includes top leadership from both Departments will gather and analyze outcomes to identify best practices and recommended strategies. This information will be shared broadly so everyone can benefit from the experience of the projects.
Strong Families, Safe Communities is funded by Governor John Kasich’s initiative to commit money awarded from the state’s Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) to develop strategies to stabilize youth in crisis, ages 8-24, and develop long-term treatment plans that help children and their families live happier, healthier lives.
Governor Kasich and the State of Ohio are committed to improving care coordination and providing support for families with children in crisis who present a risk to themselves, their families, or others because of mental illness or a developmental disability.
According to Pam Berry, DODD lead for the SFSC initiative, the services proposed will be in effect for a one year period, from July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015, and will represent multi‐county collaborations. They each will include representation from professionals in the fields of Mental Health, and Developmental Disabilities.