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Ohio Children's Alliance Announces Telehealth Grant Award Winners

Updated: Aug 21, 2023

Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio Children’s Alliance is pleased to announce 17 grant recipients representing six community mental health agencies across Ohio. This opportunity was made possible with support from the Ohio Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Center of Excellence and Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

This opportunity was created to support mental health specialists in obtaining a Certified Tele-Mental Health Provider Credential (BC-TMH). Expanding access to behavioral health services to children is especially important today given the unprecedented need and the mental health workforce shortage.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the virtual world into just about every aspect of our lives, including mental health services.” said Mark Mecum, Ohio Children’s Alliance CEO. “As demand increases from families across Ohio, children’s mental health agencies are committed to expanding access to high-quality care through this virtual platform. The Tele-mental Health credential distinguishes these practitioners as leaders in tele-mental health service delivery and signals to families that the services are aligned with best practices.”

Mental health practitioners from the following agencies were awarded funding:

  • Beech Brook

  • Cadence Care Network

  • Crossroads Health

  • Family Pride of Northeast Ohio

  • Maryhaven

  • National Youth Advocate Program

The selected individuals will enroll in the New STAR Institute to access the certification training. It includes a 9-hour self-paced training program covering the several aspects of using telehealth. Once completed, the individuals will qualify to take the exam to become a Board Certified-Tele-Mental Health Provider.

The Ohio Children’s Alliance is a not-for-profit organization based in Columbus, Ohio. They are dedicated to sustainably improving the provision of services to children, young adults, and families through advocacy, education, and innovative solutions. Learn more at



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