Early this month, DODD Director John Martin visited Findlay to spotlight a Strong Families, Safe Communities (SFSC) grant, awarded to the Family Resource Center of Northwest Ohio, Inc., in partnership with other agencies in Allen, Auglaize, Hancock, Hardin, Putnam, and Van Wert counties. The goal is to strengthen community partnerships in serving youth at risk of harming themselves or others due to a mental illness or developmental disability.
The northwest Ohio project will expand an after-hours crisis response team — the Critical Incident Stress Management protocol — for dealing with traumatic events, and increasing respite options for children and youth who need them. Director Martin addressed a group of Findlay-area partners involved in the efforts and noted that because many children have both mental health and developmental disabilities issues, funding directed at specific services supporting them has been shown to help defuse potential crisis situations. He noted,
We are looking forward to convening a group of the participants in SFSC grants begun last year to see what we can learn from them toward recommending best practices. Many of these families have reported a great deal of success with these targeted efforts.”
For more information: Grant to aid communities in serving at-risk youth; Area counties share grant to help kids in crisis. SFSC contacts: DODD: Kerry Francis, email@example.com; OhioMHAS: Eric Wandersleben, firstname.lastname@example.org