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About Ohio Family and Children First
Ohio Family and Children First (OFCF) is a partnership of state and local government, communities and families that enhances the well-being of Ohio’s children and families by building community capacity, coordinating systems and services, and engaging families.  OFCF's vision is for every child and family to thrive and succeed within healthy communities.Mission Pyramid Engaging and Empowering Families Building Capacity Shared Accountability Coordinating Services

Established in 1993, Ohio Family and Children First (OFCF) is defined as the Governor's Children's Cabinet with the purpose of streamlining and coordinating government services for children and families.  The OFCF Cabinet Council is comprised of the following Ohio Departments:  Aging, Developmental Disabilities, Education, Health, Job and Family Services, Medicaid, Mental Health and Addiction Services, Opportunities for Ohioians with Disabilities, Rehabilitation and Correction, Youth Services, and the Office of Budget and Management.  Locally, the county commissioners establish the 88 county Family and Children First Councils (FCFC).

Family and Children First Councils are mandated to perform four core functions as illustrated in the triangle.  For more information about these core functions or responsibilities, click on the triangle.



Click on the calendar to view OFCF related meetings, events, and key FCFC deadline dates.





RedTreehouse.org is a resource for Ohio's families, young adults, and professionals to promote the well-being of children, youth, and young adults ages 0-26.  The website connects users to relevant information, resources, support networks, and events in communities. Families, young adults, and professionals should join to learn about all the resources, information, and events readily available to them. Organizations should join to share information about their services and connect with others.  The Red Treehouse is a collaborative effort between Ohio Family and Children First and the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland. 

To join, just click on the above logo and be connected to vibrant, growing community.

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Ohio Family & Children First Awarded 

Multi-System Collaboration Training and Technical Assistance Program (MSC-TTA)

Ohio Family and Children First was awarded a training and technical assistance opportunity on Friday, September 18, 2015, for up to three to five local FCFCs to improve multi-system collaboration.  This is a non-monetary training program award that will convene community leaders to develop a focused action plan to address at-risk or multi-system youth within one of the following areas of focus:


  • Developing a multi-system response to youth who have crossed over or are at-risk of crossing over between one or more systems of care (e.g., child welfare to juvenile justice or behavioral health to juvenile justice)
  • Improving multi-system responses to the growing needs of older multi-system youth as they approach adulthood 

Youth involved with multiple systems are a high-need population who require systems and organizations to work together in a collaborative manner to realize improved outcomes. However, changing entrenched practices, policies, and behaviors presents a myriad of challenges.  In support of this work, the Center for Coordinated Assistance to States (CCAS), through funding from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, is offering communities an opportunity to participate in the Multi-System Collaboration Training and Technical Assistance (MSC-TTA) program. This program, offered at no cost to participants, will assist multi-disciplinary teams in developing a stronger infrastructure to improve system processes and outcomes for at-risk youth and youth involved in multiple systems.  Ohio Family and Children First was offered this opportunity as well as three to five local FCFCs.


The MSC-TTA necessitates a commitment of leadership to support system change that will bring multi-system collaboration to fruition. Having leadership from the family court, child welfare, juvenile justice, law enforcement, behavioral health, and education is paramount to addressing the unique needs of youth entrenched in multiple systems.  Representatives from the following areas are mandatory from the local FCFCs participating:  juvenile justice/juvenile court, child protective services, and mental health and recovery services board.  Participation is also encouraged from education, law enforcement, and the local board of developmental disabilities.


In the beginning of the program, sites will identify a topic related to at-risk or multi-system youth that will be the subject of a focused action plan (to be developed during the program). The ideal topic will involve a specific population at-risk of involvement or involved in multiple systems; have measurable outcomes that can be tracked over time; and have multi-system solutions such as policy changes, improved cross-systems infrastructure, funding agreements, or other codified multi-agency agreements. Examples of topics include, but are not limited to:


  • Youth dually involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems;
  • Out-of-home placement mobility and school/housing instability;
  • School-based diversion programs;
  • Involvement of youth with behavioral health issues in juvenile justice and/or child welfare systems;
  • Community reentry for incarcerated youth; and
  • Early identification of trauma and/or behavioral health issues. 

To assist in the development of a jurisdiction’s focused action plan, the MSC-TTA will provide a series of technical assistance activities on a variety of topics; all designed to build on one another. Sites will be expected to incorporate these TTA topics into their action plans. TTA will be provided through topic sessions that consist of webinars, conference calls, and individualized team assistance as needed. All sessions will help jurisdictions incorporate research and best practices into their multi-system collaboration.  This will be a time-intensive process that will require regular work over the next 8 months.  All of the training will disseminated via webinar and/or conference call. 


There will be a very quick turnaround on this opportunity.  Please submit the following information (in writing, on letterhead) to OFCF by COB Friday, September 25.  Submissions can be directed to Chad Hibbs via email at chad.hibbs@mha.ohio.gov:


  • Identify local barriers to addressing multi-system collaboration;
  • State how this training and technical assistance opportunity could assist you in addressing those barriers;
  • Demonstrate shared commitment to the process. 

Counties that have participated in the Cross-Over Youth Projects via Georgetown University are not eligible to participate as this training opportunity as this will be a duplication of the work already completed.  Those counties are: Stark, Ross, Clark, Franklin, Hamilton, Mahoning, Cuyahoga, Trumbull, Delaware, Allen, Ashtabula, Ottawa, Guernsey, and Jackson.


I know that this is a very quick turnaround and I apologize for the timing.  However, we are looking for a few counties that can meet the designated requirements, and are wanting/needing an opportunity to improve multi-system collaboration through their FCFC. 


Please direct inquiries to Chad Hibbs, OFCF Director via email at chad.hibbs@mha.ohio.gov or call (614) 902-4117.



Chad Hibbs Appointed New Ohio Family & Children First Director                                               

Hibbs served a combined 10 years as director of the Guernsey and Coshocton counties Family and Children First Councils before being named OFCF’s East Regional Coordinator in 2014. In that role, he managed OFCF activities in 44 counties in eastern Ohio, and served as interim project director for a $4 million Engaging the New Generation to Achieve their Goals Through Empowerment (ENGAGE) System of Care Implementation Grant from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The goal of the four-year grant project is to develop a statewide system of care framework for youth and young adults, ages 14-21, with mental health challenges, co-occurring disorders and multi-system needs. He previously served as executive director of Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Guernsey County. He is a commissioner of the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood, among numerous other leadership roles. He holds a master’s degree in Organization Development and a bachelor’s degree in Communication both from Bowling Green State University.  Read the media release.




New Ohio Benefits Site Connects Ohioans to Coverage  

On October 1, the State of Ohio launched a new system designed to assist residents who wish to obtain health care coverage through Medicaid. Ohio Benefits is a simplified, self-service Website that makes it easier for Ohioans to learn what type of assistance may be available to them.

Through the new Benefits portal, individuals will receive immediate notice as to whether or not they qualify for Medicaid coverage. Those who do not qualify for Medicaid will be directed to other opportunities for coverage through the federal health insurance exchange.

Over the next two years, Ohio Benefits will become the primary resource for those seeking assistance beyond just Medicaid. In 2015, eligibility determination for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and other programs will be on Ohio Benefits.

If you or someone you know are looking to find out more about Medicaid eligibility and the new system, please visit: Benefits.Ohio.Gov. To follow the integrated eligibility work being led through the Governor's Office of Health Transformation, click here. 

Find Your County FCFC

Click on a county below to view the FCFC Chair and Coordinator/Director contact information, the FCFC Service Coordination Mechanism, and the FCFC Shared Plan (HB 289).

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