Ashtabula County Children Services START Direct Service Team was given an Above & Beyond Award at our 2022 It Takes A Community luncheon for all of their hard work and dedication during these challenging and difficult pandemic years.
We are proud of what Ashtabula County START Team has been able to do over the past two years. The START team has been dedicated to helping families and children affected by substance use since they began in the Spring of 2019. Ashtabula County have the support of their member agency’s directors and CEOs who regularly attend their Steering Committee meetings and allow their staff to attend our monthly Direct Service Team meetings—even in a pandemic! The Direct Service Team continued to provide intensive case management and needed supports to families while trying to manage their own safety in the midst of COVID-19 protocols. Over the past two years, Ashtabula County continued to safely maintain children with their families and assist participants in achieving sobriety.
Since accepting their first participant in 2019, over 70 children have safely remained in their parent’s custody while working towards sobriety. Children Services could not have achieved this alone, and it is only because of the START team that they are able to keep these families together and thriving.