About Us

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

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). 

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



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

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

Family Representatives
             Karen Dickerson            
Starla Doty
Dorothy Moorhead
Mike Moorhead


Kathryn Saylor, Executive Director

Behavioral Healthcare Partners of Central Ohio

Ashley Washburn, Executive Director

Family Health Services

Kelly Campbell, Executive Director

The Woodlands

Jennifer Utrevis, Executive Director

Big Brothers/Big Sisters

Phill Casby, Executive Director

LAPP-- Licking Co. Alcoholism Prevention Program

Christine Mckee, Kid's Place Coordinator
Licking Memorial Health Systems
Deb Dingus, Executive Director

United Way of Licking County


Sylvia Friel
Council Coordinator
Melanie Fling
Multi-Systems Services Supervisor
Heather Berry

Wraparound Facilitator

Heather Cook

Wraparound Facilitator


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