OUR COLLABORATIVE

Bridges Program

 
Bridges extends housing and other supportive services to eligible young adults who leave foster care on or after their 18th birthday but are not yet 21 to more successfully transition to independence.

In 2016, Ohio became the 25th state to establish a IV-E extension program when Governor John Kasich signed Ohio House Bill 50. Unlike some states, Ohio did not expand its child welfare system. Instead, a new and distinct program was designed to provide supports to youths aging out of the system and help them successfully transition into adulthood.  This is the Bridges Program. The Collaborative is proud to have been selected by ODJFS to administer this program as the arrangement marks the first time that a IV-E extension is managed in a single statewide network. 

Bridges is a voluntary program available to young adults between ages 18 and 20 who leave foster care in Ohio and are in school, working, participating in an employment program, or have a medical condition that prevents them from going to school or working. The program provides guidance and support on their personal development path.

The program is designed by ODJFS and informed by public and private agency staff, juvenile court staff and other stakeholders including former foster youth.


Bridges provides the following participant benefits:

  • Provides assistance in finding and maintaining gainful employment

  • Ensures there is access to safe, stable and healthy housing

  • Links to appropriate physical and behavioral health services

  • Provides guidance in skill-building for lifelong self-sufficiency

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BRIDGES TEAM

Geoff Hollenbach, MSSW, LISW-S

Bridges Program Administrator

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Geoff directs the administrative team responsible for successful implementation of Bridges, Ohio’s extended foster care program through our provider network of 25 agencies and their staff.

Kelcee Ancona

Bridges Compliance Coordinator

    Kelcee manages sub grant provider performance and compliance through audits, data analysis and reporting, and corrective action management.

    Jason Harland

    Bridges NW Regional Coordinator

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    Jason is the primary provider of training and technical assistance to Bridges providers. He works with assigned agencies to ensure the highest standard of service is being delivered.

    Latasha Colbert

    Bridges Program Manager

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    Latasha oversees the Statewide Bridges performance and quality improvement initiatives and manages the daily operations and functions of the Bridges program.

    Eliza Phinney

    Bridges Intake & Referral Coordinator

    Eliza serves as the first point of contact for young adults interested in the Bridges program and oversees the intake and referral process from initial inquiry to final connection with their Bridges program provider. 

    Alexis Smith

    Administrative Support Specialist

    Alexis provides administrative support to assist the staff and functions of the Bridges program and the Child and Family Health Collaborative of Ohio.

    Brad Bahl

    Bridges Continuous Quality Improvement Director

    Don Kuchey

    Bridges SW Regional Coordinator

    Sarah Shooter

    Bridges SE Regional Coordinator

    Doris Edelmann

    Bridges Community Collaboration Coordinator

    LaTasha Colbert

    Bridges NE Regional Coordinator

    Heidi Reddy

    Bridges Central Regional Coordinator

    Jamole Callahan

    Bridges Community Collaboration Coordinator

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