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 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).
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:
Education and Selective Service- Transcript, FAFSA info, GED, IEP/504 Plan, Selective Service
Housing- What you need to know when looking for housing, Landlord lists, Vacant Unit List, Roommate Questionnaire, Basic Household necessities, Apartment (Home) Maintenance, Fair Market Rent info., Ohio Landlord &Tenant Law, Bridges program for youth who have emancipated out of foster care.
Mandated and Non Mandated Members
Kim Wilhelm, Administrator
Penny Sitler, Executive Director
John Fisher, Director
CFFC Administrative Agent
Dale Lewellen, Superintendent
Kay Spergel, Executive Director
Doug Ute, Superintendent
Council Vice President
Council Immediate Past President
Kristin McCloud, Executive Director
Rick Black, Commissioner
Joe Ebel, Health Commissioner
Kevin Williams, Designee
Kathryn Saylor, Executive Director
Kim Mason, Executive Director
Ed Bohren, CEO
Kelly Campbell, Executive Director
Jennifer Utrevis, Executive Director
Jim Takacs, Executive Director
Heather Burkhart, Vice President
Deb Dingus, Executive Director
Clinical Systems Service Coordinator