Making Accomplishments Together.
Our program initiatives are working to further our mission to “sustainably improve the provision of services to children, young adults, and families” through effective public policy, education offerings, organizational effectiveness, and coalition building.
Current Programs Include:
Kids and families deserve access to comprehensive behavioral health care that is timely, effective, and in convenient locations. We are committed to improving this experience.
Child & Adolescent
Center of Excellence
Ohio’s statewide program to assess, improve and expand service and care coordination capacity for children with complex behavioral health needs and their families.
Connecting Kids with Care
Connecting Kids & Families with Behavioral Health Care
Kids and families deserve access to comprehensive behavioral health care that is timely, effective, and offered in convenient locations. The Alliance is committed to improving this experience for families, which is why we launched the Connecting Kids with Care (CKC) project in 2020.
Our goals include:
Telehealth: We are enhancing the ability of community behavioral health providers to deliver behavioral health care through telehealth means. Providers are being equipped with telehealth best practice training, access to technology solutions, and mini grants to take their programs to scale.
Same Day Access: We are training behavioral health providers to establish capability to serve patients who need initial mental health assessments during the same day they need the service, without appointments.
Hospital Follow-Up Care: We are establishing a referral platform to connect children’s hospitals with community-based providers to provide follow-up care to children discharged from psychiatric hospitalization.
Generous support for the project is provided by:
Interested in Learning More?
Lori Stadtmiller, MBA
Healthcare Network Manager
Child & Adolescent Center of Excellence
The Ohio Children’s Alliance, serving as a subgrantee to Case Western Reserve University, will administer a Financial Services Program to equip, support, and pay providers to deliver Multi-Systemic Therapy and Functional Family Therapy services for children eligible for Family First Prevention Services who also lack Medicaid coverage.
The Center of Excellence’s Financial Services Program may reimburse participating providers for MST and/or FFT if delivered pursuant to federal Title IV-E Clearinghouse standards and other program qualifications
Providers can access the Financial Services Program when they are providing MST or FFT services to children who:
Are referred to the provider by a Public Children’s Services Agency/Title IV-E Agency
Are determined by the Public Children’s Services Agency as a candidate for
Family First Prevention Services,
Lack Medicaid coverage
The Financial Services Program reimbursement rate for Multi-Systemic Therapy and Functional Family Therapy will mirror the prevailing Ohio Medicaid reimbursement rate for those services. See provider manuals & reimbursement rates >
The federal Family First Prevention Services Act (Family First) was adopted on February 9, 2018, and will be implemented nationwide by October 1, 2021.
Family First goals include:
Help children remain safely at home with their families whenever possible;
Ensure that children who must come into care are in the most family-like and least restrictive setting possible; and
Set the expectation of high standards of care and services for our children and families.
In March 2021, the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services announced the award of a contract to Case Western Reserve University to coordinate a new statewide Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Center of Excellence. The role of the CABH COE is to assist the state in:
Support system transformation efforts
Building and sustaining capacity for evidence-based (EBP) and evidence-supported practices (ESP)
Evaluation and monitoring of fidelity to EBPs and ESPs
Building and sustaining a comprehensive standardized assessment process utilizing the CANS
Direct service payment for MST and FFT (Family First)
Expanding service and care coordination capacity for children with complex behavioral health needs and their families
Interested in Learning More?
Carol Taylor, MA
Senior Program Manager
Peer Mentors Program
The target population is current and former foster youth. The inaugural AmeriCorps class of mentors includes four members with foster care living experience. These members will mentor foster youth from across the state who are within a year of emancipating, or who have recently emancipated from the foster care system. Americorps members go through a week of training, learning key concepts in mentorship, social inequity, implicit bias, social determinants of health, leadership, and social justice in service to better prepare them to work with their Ohio mentees.
As part of the training program, members met with several stakeholders throughout Ohio to share their stories and the importance of accessing resources and leveraging the support of others. A centralized referral process has been created, and we will work with stakeholders from across the state to identify current and former foster youth desiring to have a mentor in their lives. Also part of the training program, each AmeriCorps member was placed at one of three sites in the Columbus area—The Village Network, UMCH Family Services, or The Buckeye Ranch—to work under experienced supervisors. Supervisors also take part in training and guiding our mentors during the process of working with young people as well as helping improve the professional development of our mentors through exposure to different aspects of their agency. Our goal is not only for our mentors to effectively improve the quality of life of young people in Ohio, but also to provide resources for our mentors to become stronger leaders in their communities even after their service term is over.
We are confident that our program will produce direct impact on both the community and individual levels and are excited to see how it will grow in years to come.
To learn more about other AmeriCorps programs in Ohio, visit:
Are you or someone you know interested in being connected with a peer mentor?
Tina Jacob, MPH, C.H.E.S.