LIMA — The Family and Children First council will be entering into a cooperative agreement so it can receive resources to help youth with co-occuring disorders.
Jennie Horner, coordinator for Family and Children First, attended the Allen County commissioners agenda meeting Tuesday morning to ask the commissioners to authorize the council to let it enter into the agreement with the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.
Allen County was selected as one of 14 cohorts, according to Horner. Its selection means it is already a little ahead of the curve in providing services for youth.
The program is called Engaging the New Generation to Achieve Goals through Empowerment, according to the OhioMHAS website, and is a four-year grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency.
“ENGAGE’s purpose is to expand the system of care approach statewide for youth and young adults ages 14 through 21 years with serious emotional disturbances with or without co-occuring disorders, such as substance abuse or developmental disabilities, who have been or are currently involved or at risk of involving in child welfare, juvenile justice or criminal justice systems and or are homeless or at the risk of homelessness,” Horner told the commissioners, who did authorize the council to enter into the grant.
Family and Children First is very committed to that mission and, as such the county has signed up for a three-day High Fidelity Wraparound training in August, Horner said.
Family and Children First already provides these services in the county, but it generally focuses on younger children, according to Horner, and so this grant will help the older children get the services they need.
The grant will provide $2,000 for each youth serviced to support the county’s wraparound team, Horner said. OhioMHAS has estimated that Allen County will serve 15 youth with the grant, but that does not mean the county has to serve exactly 15.
“This is really important to Allen County,” Horner said.