ISSUE 3                                                                                           SUMMER 2017


OCTOBER 16 & OCTOBER 17, 2017 


We are just 3 days away from the celebration of our nation's independence and I'm in the midst of figuring out what to wear and what to bring to "the party". I am also continuing to think incessantly about what the next political event will be that stirs up the media. In my family, we have a pretty significant split in political opinions, right now, and that presents the opportunity for "lively conversation" at each family gathering. I have come to dread these conversations, though, because we often find ourselves at the precipice of what, with just one more barbed comment, could come to be a great family divide. So, for this year's Fourth of July family gathering I have committed to "keeping my big political mouth shut" and focusing on the fact that we all should just be celebrating the fact that we actually have the right to have differing opinions. (That will be hard for me since you all know that I usually have - and usually express- my own strong opinions!) But in the hope that we can look beyond individual perceptions, I am committed to reaching for family camaraderie this time.

It occurs to me that this role is also consistent with who we are as FCFCs .... The voice that tries to bring differing perspectives together to focus on one common outcome... child and family well-being. So here's hoping that not just my family, but all of yours and all of those we serve have a warm and compassionate family experience this year on the Fourth and beyond.

I will leave you with a quote that hangs in my office "The time is always right to do what is right" MLK Jr. ....... I'm gonna try to do my best!


A Re-Focusing of Family and Children First Service Coordination

Over the past two years, the state office has been reviewing the current FCFC Service Coordination Process with an eye towards needed revisions, modifications, clarifications and reorganization. Since the 2015 release of the Recommendations for Establishing High Functioning and Impactful Family and Children First Councils from the CETE Results Management Team of The Ohio State University, the focus of the OFCF state office and the OFCF Cabinet Council has been creating a greater level of consistency and accountability from the Family and Children First Service Coordination Process. Couple that desire with what the State has learned from the SAMHSA System of Care Implementation Grant known as ENGAGE, all signs pointed towards this being the right time to look at revisiting and revising the Service Coordination Mechanism (SCM) Guidance.

Since August 2016, the OFCF Deputy Directors Workgroup and the state staff have been identifying and developing revisions to the current SCM Guidance. These revisions focus on the statewide development and adoption of High-Fidelity Wraparound stemming from the ENGAGE initiative; increased knowledge of the importance of developing systems of care; the need for greater clarity around the processes of FCFC Service Coordination and High-Fidelity Wraparound; the need for further clarification of the youth and families to be served by FCFC Service Coordination; and the desire to create a level of consistency and accountability in the implementation of the FCFC Service Coordination Process.
An additional element to these revisions included the desire of the Department of Developmental Disabilities and the OFCF state office staff to strengthen the connection, oversight and implementation of Early Intervention (Part C) Service Coordination process under each FCFC. Ideas are now being discussed on how to create a greater level of alignment between the EI Service Coordination Process and the FCFC Service Coordination Process that will start to be realized with new language in the revised SCM Guidance.

As these revisions were taking place, the desire to create a greater level of consistency statewide was balanced with the knowledge that access to local resources is anything but consistent. Each suggested revision was created with the desire to maintain flexibility so that this revised SCM Guidance continues to be more of a framework than it is a list of mandates on how local youth and families are to be served. However, within this framework there is a greater level of clarity of the service coordination process and the intended population to be served by through it that will hopefully lead to creating a greater level of consistency in how the process is implemented across the state. 

We look forward to releasing this revised guidance in July, and we look forward to working with each of you as you review your local processes in light of these changes. The OFCF state staff will be a hands-on resource for you and your FCFCs as we work to implement these changes in the coming months.


The fact that Ohio is in the midst of an opiate epidemic will not surprise Family and Children First Council coordinators and directors. We have seen the impact substance abuse, especially opiates abuse, has had on many of our council members, especially child protection, law enforcement, mental health and alcohol/drug addiction boards and treatment providers. We have seen close up the devastating impact on children, families, and communities. Ohio START (Sobriety, Treatment, and Reducing Trauma) is a promising program being launched in 19 Ohio counties. The program may expand to other counties in the Fall. Through grants from the Ohio Attorney General's Office, the program will be administered by PCSAO (Public Children Services Association of Ohio). According to PCSAO, the program will provide trauma counseling to children impacted by parental drug use and drug treatment for parents (PCSAO: Ohio START Executive Summary, April 2017).

Modeled after similar programs in Cleveland and Kentucky, funding for Ohio START primarily comes from VOCA (Victims of Crime Act). Additional funding comes from the Casey Family Programs. In addition, the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services has just released an RFP to secure an entity that will provide training and technical assistance to Ohio START participating counties.

To learn more about how Ohio START will look locally, I recently had a chance to conduct a group interview with Kathi Spirk (Director of Clinton County's Department of Job and Family Services), Gina Speaks-Eshler (Deputy Director of Clinton County's Department of Job and Family Services), and Maggie Henry (Coordinator of Clinton County's Family and Children First Council).

1. What will change in the way services are provided because of Ohio START?
A lot changes! We know what we have been doing with this population is not working. Families with substance abuse, especially opiate abuse, have often "given up". They just don't have any fight left. Ohio START links them up with a "recovery coach" who can identify with them and encourage them by letting them know change is possible. Ohio START families will also have a caseworker dedicated to START families and there will be very frequent contact. Both the recovery coach and the caseworker will have weekly contact with families enrolled in the program for, at a minimum, the first 60 days. After the first 60 days, the recovery coach will continue weekly contact. The frequency of the caseworker's contact may continue to be weekly or may change to bi-weekly, based on the family's need.

Sue Giga-OFCFCA Communications Manager 



Wow-this has to be the mother of all websites when it comes to program planning and implementation! For those who have never visited this site and for those (like me) who haven't visited in years, it is definitely worth a look. Don't let the name fool you. There are all kinds of information on a wide array of topics beyond juvenile justice. From the home page, you can link to "Topics" which will connect you to reviews of the literature, resources, events, and press releases on topics such as child protection and mental health. You can also link to "Funding" which has some useful information about performance measurement and logic models. The "Publication" link will connect you to close to 1,500 publications. The list can be organized alphabetically or by date. I found several interesting publications that would be helpful to council coordinators/directors, council members, parents, and youth:"Making the Most of Your Presentation" (an 8-page publication for youth), "Parent's Guide to Gangs", "Engaging Families and Youth in the Juvenile Justice System", and an "OJJDP Listening Session Report-Creating and Sustaining Fair and Beneficial Environments for LGBT Youth". The "Program" link has an incredible amount of information about evidence-based programs. You can search by topic and sub-topic (e.g., substance abuse, missing children etc.), target age, and risk and protective factors (e.g., individual, family, community etc.). For each program, there is a rating, a program description, a section about outcomes and methodology, and a cost estimate. A relatively new feature is "I-Guides". Currently, there is an "I-Guide" for school-based bullying prevention but there are more to come. These guides provide you with useful information before you identify and implement a specific program: how to get started, how to build support, and how to develop sustainability. There is also a section on research and statistics. Admittedly, this website can be overwhelming! Fortunately, there is a "First Time Visitor" section designed to make the site easier to navigate and the information easier to find. Have fun!



Amy Frese (Ashland)

Jody Rhoades (Darke)

Tessie Swain (Interim)

Julie Brehm (Hamilton)

Rebecca Coward (Hancock)

Valerie Williams (Highland)

Sherry Baldwin (Interim) (Madison & Union)

Lydia Tolbert (Wood)


Cheryl Guyton (Ashtabula)

Lisa Wells (Fairfield)

Danielle Ratcliff (Highland) 

Brenda Rock (Madison/Union) 



Question of the quarter: What movie,  TV show, or song reminds you of your first week as a FCFC Coordinator/Director?

Your Responses:

Lost in Translation (Movie)

The Gong Show (TV Show)

The Beatles-I Get by with a Little Help from my Friends (Song)

Dazed and Confused (Movie)

The Beatles-Long Promised Road (Song)

Twister (Movie)
My first week reminds me of the movie, Twister, as my mind was in a whirlwind...and after 6 months, it still is sometimes!

The Ed Sullivan Show (TV Show)
...that man who kept spinning china plates on bamboo poles...and they kept falling off and breaking.

Babette (Movie)
In the movie, when Babette from Paris takes refuge in a Danish community, she does not speak Danish and they do not speak French.  They have to  learn to under stand each other and communicate.



(Note.  Some SFY18 report due dates have not  been released/confirmed.  Check your grant agreement and/or your program consultant.)


JULY 15, 2017
Expenditure and Program Report

AUGUST 15, 2017
Final Report


JULY 10, 2017 (for June)
Expenditure Reports
(For counties on a monthly reimbursement and for counties on a quarterly reimbursement.)

AUGUST 5, 2017
Final Expenditure Reports
(For counties on a monthly reimbursement and for counties on a quarterly reimbursement.)

Final Program Report
(Submit in GMIS on Program Report Page)

Inventory Report
(Submit in GMIS-Upload to Equipment Section of Approved Budget)


JULY 15, 2017
HV Cost Report and Program Report


JULY 15, 2017
Expenditure and Program Report


JULY 31, 2017
SFY18 OCBF Grant Application

FCFC HB289/ 2017-2019 Shared Plan Update
(to be submitted with OCBF Grant Application)

JULY 15, 2017
Deadline to submit RAR final form for reimbursement funds of SFY17 FCSS funds.

AUGUST 15, 2017
FCSS Annual Report for SFY17
(Due via online survey.)


Your cash basis report to the State Auditor's Office is due 60 days after the end of the council's fiscal year. If your council is on a state fiscal year, the end of your fiscal year is JUNE 30, 2017.



JULY 21, 2017, 2017
Executive Committee Meeting

AUGUST 25, 2017
State Meeting

SEPTEMBER 15, 2017, 2017
Executive Committee Meeting



JULY 28, 2017
SEPTEMBER 22, 2017

JULY 24, 2017
SEPTEMBER 25, 2017*


JULY 18, 2017*
SEPTEMBER 19, 2017


JULY 20, 2017
SEPTEMBER 28, 2017


JULY 26, 2017 
SEPTEMBER 20, 2017

* An ENGAGE Learning Communities meeting will follow the regional meetings with an asterisk.  Regional meetings are 10:00 to 12:00.  The ENGAGE Learning Communities meetings are from 1:00 to 4:00. 

Things change and typos occur so always check with the  sponsoring group if in doubt about any due date or meeting/training date.

We're in This Together-Lessons from Geese
(from Camp Edison) 

Why do geese fly in a V formation? Scientists have learned that as each bird flaps its wings, it creates uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in a V formation, the entire flock adds at least 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own.     
Lesson 3

 When the lead goose gets tired, it rotates back in the wind and another goose flies point. 
It pays to take turns doing the hard jobs with the help of others. Shared leadership and interdependence give us each a chance to lead as well as an opportunity to rest.