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Strong Families, Safe Communities project to reduce risk of harm

The State of Ohio is 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. The Strong Families, Safe Communities project engages local systems to identify community-driven solutions that highlight collaboration across agencies to develop the best possible outcomes for these families.

Many children who are at risk are not engaged in treatment programs and may not be known to the community until a crisis unfolds. Care coordination and crisis intervention services can quickly stabilize a child’s health. Support for these families will reduce risk of harm and help the family remain together. .

During Spring 2013, the Ohio departments of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) and Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) sought community proposals to establish treatment models of care that focus on crisis stabilization for children and youth with intensive needs.That year, the first awards of nearly $3 million. out of a $5 million grant went to seven community partnerships to implement the project and to coordinate services for youth at risk of harming themselves or others due to a mental illness or developmental disability. To hear from program participants, click the logo image at right and view a 10-minute video about the program.

Virtual Town Hall on Kids in Crisis Nov. 2

A virtual town hall titled "Kids in Crisis: Preventing tragedies through earlier intervention took place on Nov. 2, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. DODD Director John Martin and OhioMHAS Director Tracy Plouck shared information about the origins of the project, project partners shared successes and lessons-learned as well as how best practices are being shared across the state, and the FY2016 grantees were recognized. Families shared how the services have made a difference in their lives. Below are materials from the event..

Click image to watch a video about the program.

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Tina Evans
Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities

Holly Jones
Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

FY2015 Request for Proposals

FY2014 Program Activities

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