2015 Strong Families, Safe Communities Grants Awarded

SFSC logoCommunities Collaborate to Create Coordinated Care Plans to Help At-Risk Youth

DODD and the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) have together announced more than $1.4 million in funding for the Strong Families, Safe Communities (SFSC) initiative to provide care coordination and crisis intervention services for youth at-risk due to a developmental disability or mental illness. The grant awards are part of a two-year, $5 million statewide initiative launched last year.

Strong Families, Safe Communities is funded by Governor John Kasich’s initiative to commit money from Ohio’s Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) to develop targeted strategies to stabilize youth ages 8-24 in crisis, and develop long-term treatment plans that help children and families live happier, healthier lives.

This latest round of funding will support seven new projects around the state, and brings the total number of counties served by the initiative to 46.  DODD and OhioMHAS solicited proposals from across the state, emphasizing collaboration among mental health and developmental disabilities service providers and multi-county partnerships. Projects funded for 2015 include intensive care coordination, rapid response team efforts, family mentoring and support, screening for high-risk children, and various therapeutic services.

“The programs that started last year already are showing positive results,” said DODD Director John Martin. “We’re excited to be able to broadly share information about the different programs so success can be duplicated to benefit all counties.” An oversight committee that includes top leadership from both state departments will gather and analyze outcomes to identify best practices and recommended strategies.

OhioMHAS Director Tracy Plouck explained, “Programs receiving the SFSC grants combine knowledge and leadership across agencies. Counties currently participating have been able to help hundreds of families through the use of planning and innovative treatment models.”

Director Martin and Director Plouck will visit each of the community partnerships this summer to officially announce the grants, and to share details about each project with local communities.

Contacts:  DODD: Kerry Francis, kerry.francis@dodd.ohio.gov

OhioMHAS: Eric Wandersleben, eric.wandersleben@mha.ohio.gov