© 2015 Licking County Children and Families First Council and  the Licking County Health Department

About Us

Building community capacity, coordinating systems and services, and engaging and empowering families.    


The Licking County CFFC was established in 1995. Our Council is an association of public and non-profit organizations, schools, clergy, parents, and elected officials, committed to strengthening families and improving the local social and human service delivery system by working together and sharing resources.

Licking County CFFC is part of the Ohio Family and Children First (OFCF) Councils. OFCF is defined as the Governor's Children's Cabinet with the purpose of streamlining and coordinating government services for children and families.  OFCF's vision is for every child and family to thrive and succeed within healthy communities. The OFCF Cabinet Council is comprised of the following Ohio Departments:  Aging, Developmental Disabilities, Education, Health, Job and Family Services, Medicaid, Mental Health and Addiction Services, Opportunities for Ohioians with Disabilities, Rehabilitation and Correction, Youth Services, and the Office of Budget and Management.  Locally, the county commissioners establish the 88 county Family and Children First Councils (FCFC).

If you are interested in becoming a member, contact the CFFC Coordinator at 740.670.8844.

Service Coordination

Service coordination and High Fidelity Wraparound are service planning processes that provide individualized services and supports to families. These processes are child centered and family-focused, with the strengths and needs of the child and family guiding the types and mix of services to be provided. It is critical that services and supports are responsive to the cultural, racial, and ethnic differences of the community population. Licking County’s CFFC is our County’s service coordination and High Fidelity Wraparound provider.

  • To view the  Licking County CFFC Service Coordination Mechanism,  click here 

  • To refer a family to Licking County’s CFFC Service Coordination/High Fidelity Wraparound process, contact the Clinical Systems Services Coordinator, Cindy Webb, at 740-670-8916. Cindy Webb will explain the referral process and assist families and providers in completing the referral form (click here) and Release of Information (click here).

Providers who would like to refer a family to the Early Childhood Clinical Committee can also contact Cindy Webb who will explain the consultation process (click here for form) and Release of Information (click here for form). 

Shared Plan

OFCF Cabinet Council and county Family and Children First Councils (FCFC) monitor data indicators to measure progress in the improvement of child well-being in Ohio.  This monitoring is accomplished through the H.B. 289 Shared Plan Model.  Developed in partnership with CFFC members, Licking County’s 2020-2022 Shared Plan includes actions to address priorities in the areas of:

  • Children/youth with multi-system challenges and their families.
  • Trauma Informed Care
  • Collaborative, Community-based early interventions
  • Parent and family voice


To view the Licking County CFFC Shared Plan, click here


ENGAGE- Licking County CFFC was part of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and Ohio Family and Children First ENGAGE Project. Project funding, through SAMHSA, focused on expanding Wraparound statewide for youth and young adults ages 14 through 21. Find out more about this project at http://www.fcf.ohio.gov/Initiatives/ENGAGE.aspx.

Licking County's ENGAGE Leadership Committee works with partners to ensure a successful transition of older youth to adulthood. The committee created a pocket resource guide  that provides information on local resources and helpful apps., and a Resource binder that provides more detailed information and resources to help youth become independent. Binder Contents include: 

VerificationsBirth Certificate, Social Security Card

Medical-Medical care/Medical Card/Insurance InfoSexual HealthHealth Care Power of Attorney

Education and Selective Service- Transcript, FAFSA info, GED, IEP/504 Plan, Selective Service

Employment- OMJ/CCMEP

Housing- What you need to know when looking for housingLandlord lists, Vacant Unit List,  Roommate QuestionnaireBasic Household necessities, Apartment (Home) Maintenance, Fair Market Rent info., Ohio Landlord &Tenant Law, Bridges program for youth who have emancipated out of foster care.

Important Things to Know - Drivers License, Vehicle Upkeep, Money Saving TipsBudgeting, Consumer Protection, Taxes

Community Resources -Pocket Resources GuidePublic AssistanceFood pantriesPhone minutes

Pregnancy and Parenting resources, Library resources


Mandated and Non Mandated Members

Council President
Kim Wilhelm, Administrator

Licking County Children's Services

Council Treasurer
Penny Sitler, Executive Director

Mental Health America of Licking County

John Fisher, Director

Licking County Job and Family Services,

CFFC Administrative Agent

Dale Lewellen, Superintendent

Licking County Educational Service Center

Doug Ute, Superintendent

Newark City Schools

Council Immediate Past President
Kristin McCloud, Executive Director

Pathways of Central Ohio 

Joe Ebel, Health Commissioner

Licking County Health Department

Kevin Williams, Designee

Ohio Department of Youth Services

Family Representatives
             Karen Dickerson            
Starla Doty
Dorothy Moorhead
Mike Moorhead


Kathryn Saylor, Executive Director

Behavioral Healthcare Partners of Central Ohio

Kim Mason, Executive Director

Family Health Services

Kelly Campbell, Executive Director

The Woodlands

Jennifer Utrevis, Executive Director

Big Brothers/Big Sisters

Heather Burkhart, Vice President
Licking Memorial Health Systems
Deb Dingus, Executive Director

United Way of Licking County


Sylvia Friel
Council Coordinator
Cindy Webb
Clinical Systems Service Coordinator
Heather Berry

Wraparound Facilitator


2018 Annual Report
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2015 Annual Report                                                    2014 Annual Report