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Operational Capacity Building Funds

Operational Capacity Building Funds for FCFCs

Annually, a grant opportunity through the state general revenue fund is made available to each county to assist in the maintenance and operations of the county FCFC.  Below is the required application that must be completed and approved by OFCF no later than July 1, 2021 to receive the annual funding.  Note:  County FCFCs have the option of reporting non-mandated members attendance with this application in addition to the required members attendance.

Family Centered Services and Supports (FCSS) Funds

The Ohio Family and Children First (OFCF) Cabinet Council is committed to continuing the effors to improve programs, services, and supports for children with muliple system issues.  This commitment is shown through the conintuation of the Family-Centered Services and Supports (FCSS) initiatives which began in SFY 10.  The purposse is to maintain children and youth in their own homes through the provision of non-clinical, community-based services.  Families who have children with multiple systemic needs identified through the county Family and Children First Council (FCFC) service coordination process are eligible for FCSS funded services and supports.

Below are documents related to Family-Centered Services and Supports:

FCSS SFY22 Guidance Documents

FCSS Fiscal Forms

​FCSS Reports

OFCF State Flexible Funding

Temporary Law Section 337.30.70 of Ohio's SFY 12-13 Budget allows for county FCFCs to establish a flexible funding pool in order to assure access to needed services by families, children, and older adults in need of protective services.  Specific state general revenue funds (GRF) can be pooled locally to achieve this flexibility. 

  • Click here to learn more about the Flexible Funding opportunity

Multi-System Youth Funding (MSY)

County Family and Children First Councils (FCFCs) via a grant agreement with the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) may seek multi-system youth custody relinquishment funding. Funding must only be requested to support children and youth who are at risk for custody relinquishment or have already been relinquished and need services and/or supports to transition to community and/or non-custody settings.  Click here for more information

FCFC Administrative Agent Designation

Every February, county FCFCs must inform the state if their administrative agent will be remaining the same for the upcoming fiscal year.  Any change in an administrative agent during a fiscal year may delay the allocation of state funds. OFCF is distributing the SFYY23 Administrative Agent Designee and Council Chair form via this Teams link:

  • Please note: all councils must complete this form by 5:00 pm on February 10, 2022, even if their AA or Chair will not be changing for SFY 2023.  The form is dynamic so questions will display based on an individual’s response to Question 2.

Shared Plans and Shared Plan Updates

Effective 2016, the H.B. 289 planning process, the Shared Plan Model, has been updated and revised to include components of the Collective Impact Model.  This updated version of the Shared Plan Model places greater emphasis on identifying and developing community-level, mutually reinforcing activities around identified shared priorities and shared outcomes.  The revised model includes researching community data-informed plans, but also provides the flexibility to identify other shared priorities by other means such as data collection or a community needs assessment process.  The FCFCs may need to do some additional research to support their shared priorities and/or fill any programming gaps, but will not be required to create or develop new FCFC-based strategies.  This revised model was developed by OFCF with several county FCFC Coordinators/Directors providing feedback to help refine the model. 

Below are materials to assist in the shared planning process:

Service Coordination Mechanisms

Each county is required to have a Service Coordination Mechanism. The Service Coordination Mechanism must incorporate certain provisions found in the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) 121.37 (C)(D) and 121.38. The OFCF Service Coordination Mechanism Guidance provides an explanation of and helpful suggestions for developing the county Service Coordination Mechanism.

The OFCF Service Coordination Mechanism Guidance has been updated to include new fiscal rules associated with the Family-Centered Services and Supports (FCSS) funds.  Each county FCFC was required to update their Service Coordination Mechanism and assure all required components are in place.  Below is the updated OFCF Service Coordination Mechanism Guidance; memo to the county explaining the need for such an update; and several attachments in form format.

Contact for a County FCFC

Click the county map below to view your county's Family and Children First contact information.

FCFC County Map


FCSS Monthly Data Report
Start Date/Time: Monday, October 3, 2022 2:00 AM
End Date/Time: Monday, October 3, 2022 2:30 AM
Recurring Event: Recurring Event On the First Sunday of the month until 2/6/2023 (total 11 events)
Importance: Normal Priority

FCSS Monthly Data Reports and invoices are due to OFCF by the 10th of each month,. Send reports via email to

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