Our Impact

The Ohio START Program is currently being implemented in 46 counties throughout the state. Each county program employees at least 1 START caseworker and 1 START Family Peer Mentor who partner to serve a caseload of 10-12 families. To date, the program has served 548 families, 1600 individuals and 890 children.

Ohio START 2019 Impact Report

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1600

Ohioans served

46

counties

890

children

890

children served

Over 850 children have been served by Ohio START. The program aims to stabilize families harmed by parental substance use so that both children and their parents can recover and move forward with safe and addiction-free lives. For current data on the program, please visit the Ohio START Dashboard created by The Ohio State University College of Social Work.

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Our Impact

The Ohio Sobriety Treatment and Reducing Trauma (START) Model is an affiliate of the national Sobriety, Treatment and Recovery Teams (START) Model, an evidence-informed children-services-led intervention for families that has been shown, when implemented with fidelity, to improve outcomes for both parents and children affected by child maltreatment and parental substance use disorders[1]. The national START model is specifically designed to transform the system-of-care within and between child welfare agencies and behavioral health providers; it also engages the judicial system and other family serving agencies. The broad goals of both models are to keep children safely with their parents whenever possible and to promote parental recovery and capacity to care for their children.

[1] California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (2016). Sobriety Treatment and Recovery Teams (START). Retrieved from:
https://www.cebc4cw.org/program/sobriety-treatment-and-recovery-teams/detailed

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Ohio START children services caseworker

provides intensive case management and partners with family peer mentor to serve families in the program

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Ohio START family peer mentor

provides peer support to help families navigate through the child welfare and other systems while also providing hope and motivation to promote healing to keep children safe and families together.

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Behavioral Health

partner with the children service agency to streamline services for Ohio START families

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Our Roles

Ohio START (Sobriety, Treatment and Reducing Trauma) is an evidence-informed children services-led intervention model that helps public children services agencies (PCSAs) bring together caseworkers, behavioral health providers, and family peer mentors into teams dedicated to helping families struggling with co-occurring child maltreatment and substance use disorder.

Our Mission

START Services

For more information on the Ohio START Program model please visit the services page or email Fawn Gadel, fawn@pcsao.org.