Promoting Health & Wellness Throughout Ohio.
The behavioral health care and social service sector is rapidly changing in Ohio and across the country. The Ohio Children’s Alliance responded to this volatility by establishing a Collaborative of community agencies that work together to improve their quality of care and promote their sustainability and relevance. Since 2017, the Collaborative has advanced value-based care and social services innovation among more than forty community agencies spanning every region of Ohio.
In creating this opportunity for Ohio Children’s Alliance member organizations, the Collaborative fosters communication and data-sharing, and information on best practices between health plans, health care organizations, and government agencies in behavioral health. This enterprise allows our members to leverage opportunities to innovate and improve health and social outcomes, achieve savings, foster health integration, and establish administrative efficiencies. In doing so, we achieve our mission by providing better care to those that matter most—children and families.
In partnership, the Collaborative and its member organizations are advancing behavioral health care and social services innovation to tens of thousands of children, adults, and families. 
Current Collaborative Initiatives:

Clinically Integrated Health Care Network (CIN)

Helping our behavioral health providers remain competitive, our CIN engages in value-based care arrangements with Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCO).

Value Based Care

Embracing a value-based lens of health care reimbursement because it rewards and incentivizes quality of care instead of simply the volume of services provided.



Ohio’s program that extends foster care to eligible young adults by equipping those who age out of the system with secure housing, employment, and pursue of higher education. 

Join Our Collaborative!

Enrollment is available to our alliance members, and can provide you access to various services and contracts with government agencies and health plans.

The Collaborative is governed by the Ohio Children’s Alliance Board of Directors and a Governing Council led by:

President & CEO: Mark Mecum

Chief Operating Officer: Karen Hill

Vice President: Bradley Bahl

Treasurer: Gary Stammler

Secretary: Susan Ballard

Mark M. Mecum, M.A.
Chief Executive Officer
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Mark directs the strategic initiatives of the association, its advocacy and lobbying responsibilities, and development of collaborative partnerships.

Karen Hill

Chief Operating Officer

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Karen oversees the growing operational needs, including membership services, professional education, communications, marketing, finance, and grant management.

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.

Aditi Naik, MPA

Bridges Compliance Coordinator

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Aditi 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.

Lorie Stadtmiller, MBA

Health Care Network Manager

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Lorie leads the Collaborative on clinically integrated network program development, quality improvement projects and value based contracting initiatives.

Katherine Weathers, MSSA-MSW

Bridges Program Manager

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Katherine 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

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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. 



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