SFSC, on the Road in Richland County

On August 20, DODD Director John Martin presented the Strong Families, Safe Communities (SFSC) grant to Ashland and Richland counties. The grant will assist the local community partnership in providing services to strengthen family relationships, and improve coordination with schools and juvenile courts. The efforts are an expansion of the multi-county grant awarded last year to Ashtabula, Carroll, Columbiana, Portage, Stark, Trumbull, Tuscarawas, Wayne, and Holmes counties.

At the event, Director Martin noted the proposal was selected due to cross-system coordination, plans to increase respite options, and the focus on reducing the number and/or length of out-of-home placements. Local communities are excited about the opportunities the grants will provide, and Richland County media outlets are promoting the grant, which helps increase awareness of the services available in the community.  See: Richland, Ashland Counties Get Strong Families Grants, WMFD TV; Grants to help at-risk children, Mansfield News Journal.

After the event, the group shared ideas and experiences.  (Left to right) Director John Martin, Liz Prather-superintendent of Richland Newhope, John Aller-director of the Stark County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board, and Jim Huntington-superintendent of the Ashland County Board of DD.

After the event, the group shared ideas and experiences. (Left to right) Director John Martin, Liz Prather-superintendent of Richland Newhope, John Aller-director of the Stark County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board, and Jim Huntington-superintendent of Ashland County Board of DD.

Director John Martin and Richland Newhope Superintendent Liz Prather stopped at the City Garden Café in Mansfield City Hall for a tour and a quick lunch following the SFSC event. Sean Conrad takes their order while Manager Mike Bradley explains how the café operates. The café, a partnership with Richland Newhope Industries and the City of Mansfield, helps individuals with DD gain employment skills so they can transition into other community-based jobs. Several former Café employees now are working in area restaurants.

Director John Martin and Richland Newhope Superintendent Liz Prather stopped at the City Garden Café in Mansfield City Hall for a tour and a quick lunch following the SFSC event. Sean Conrad takes their order while Manager Mike Bradley explains how the café operates. The café, a partnership with Richland Newhope Industries and the City of Mansfield, helps individuals with DD gain employment skills so they can transition into other community-based jobs. Several former Café employees now are working in area restaurants.

See more event photos on DODD’s Facebook page.  SFSC contacts:  DODD: Kerry Francis, kerry.francis@dodd.ohio.gov; OhioMHAS: Eric Wandersleben, eric.wandersleben@mha.ohio.gov

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