FAQ

Frequently asked questions about the Ohio START program and the services we provide.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I become a part of Ohio START?

Ohio START will be continuing to add additional counties to the program next fall. Counties interested in joining can contact fawn@pcsao.org for more information

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How do I become a family peer mentor?

Family Peer Mentors are people with lived experience from a substance use disorder and involvement in the child welfare system. To become a peer recovery supporter, individuals must complete a training and certification process through the Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services. The OMHAS peer recovery supporter training can be found here.

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How do you decide what families are eligible for START?

Once a call comes in to the PCSA, a caseworker will administer the UNCOPE screening used to identify if an individual is struggling from a substance use disorder. If an individual meets the criteria for SUD, they will then be referred to the START program. However, the program is completely voluntary and parents do not have to participate if they decide they want to take a more traditional route.

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Does START support Medication-Assisted Treatment?

Each Ohio START county partners with a different Behavioral Health agency that offers services in their area. It is up to the service providers whether or not they provide MAT services to clients

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What makes a START case more intensive than a normal children services case?

The Ohio START program employs the family peer mentor alongside the caseworker, so a family is receiving visits from an additional support. Also, both the START caseworker and family peer mentor are required to make weekly visits for the first 60-90 days of the case, which allows for more intensive case management services. Ohio START caseworkers are able to provide intensive services because they carry a low caseload of 10-12 cases.

Have a question we didn’t answer?

Just let us know by emailing fawn@pcsao.org.