Building community capacity, coordinating systems and services, and engaging and empowering families.
Established in 1995, the Licking County Children and Families First Council (CFFC) 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, whose purpose .is to streamline and coordinate 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. County commissioners establish Councils in each of Ohio's 88 counties.
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 Multi-Systems Services Supervisor, Melanie Fling, at 740-670-8916. Melanie Fling 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 (ECCC) can also contact Melanie Fling who will explain the consultation process (click here for form). A completed ECCC Release of Information is also needed to complete the referral- (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
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.
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
Kathryn Saylor, Executive Director
Ashley Washburn, Executive Director
Ed Bohren, CEO
Kelly Campbell, Executive Director
Jennifer Utrevis, Executive Director
Phill Casby, Executive Director
Christine Mckee, Kid's Place Coordinator
Deb Dingus, Executive Director
Multi-Systems Services Supervisor