Save the Date: Strong Families, Safe Communities Virtual Town Hall

Kids in Crisis: Preventing tragedies through earlier intervention

Strong Families Safe Communities logoChardin. Sandy Hook. Umpqua Community College. What more can be done to prevent tragedies like these from happening in our communities? One approach that Ohio has successfully implemented is increasing the services that families can engage before they reach a crisis point.

Children at risk – those struggling and teetering on the edge of self-harm or aggression – often aren’t in treatment programs, and are not yet known as someone in need of care and support. To identify those children and help them access the support they need, DODD and the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) developed the Strong Families, Safe Communities initiative.

The program, now entering its third year, funds local collaborative projects that provide care coordination and crisis intervention services for youth who are considered “at-risk” due to a mental illness or developmental disability. The project is unique in that it focuses on the end goal – supporting families in crisis – rather than specifying how the work should be accomplished. This approach offers local communities the flexibility to focus on the services that are needed in their community, and to engage the agencies that can best provide those services.

While the program’s structure allows for flexibility, reviews of the projects from the first two years have shown consistency both in the types of services needed, and the benefits to families and communities. DODD and OhioMHAS have broadly shared these finding so that all counties and all Ohioans can benefit.

Join DODD Director John Martin and OhioMHAS Director Tracy Plouck November 2 from 10:30-11:30 for Kids in Crisis: Preventing tragedies through earlier intervention. You can attend this free virtual town hall from your desk to learn more about the origins of the project, hear from project partners about successes and lessons-learned as well as how best practices are being shared across the state, and see the list of FY2016 grantees. The town hall also will feature families who will share how the services have made a difference in their lives. An interactive session at the end will allow attendees to ask questions.

Register online. Once you register, you will receive an email with more information, including system requirements and the steps to join the meeting on November 2.