Our Impact

Ohio START is currently being implemented in 53 counties throughout the state. Each county program employs 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 1,055 families, 3,228 individuals and 1,822 children.

Read the Ohio START 2022 Impact Report



Ohioans served






children served

Over 2,000 children have been served by Ohio START. The model 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 model please visit the Ohio START Dashboard created by The Ohio State University College of Social Work.



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:


Ohio START children services caseworker

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


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.


Behavioral Health

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


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 model please visit the services page or email Fawn Gadel, fawn@pcsao.org.