IN THIS TIME OF COVID-19, Ohio’s Mobile Response and Stabilization Services can be especially helpful to children/youth and their families. Below are various resources from throughout the state designed to help keep clinicians and caregivers connected to their clients and families in order to keep the pace of recovery, despite the many challenges. Please share the link to this page with anyone you feel might benefit from these resources at this particular time.
For Teens In Crisis Seeking Support, “Hey, I’m Here” Is a Place to Turn
Youth dealing with challenges to their mental wellness, especially during current times of crisis and concern, can find like-minded young people via, “Hey, I’m Here.” As the video says, “When you need support, every second matters and it’s important to know that you are not alone.”
“Hey, I’m Here” is part of Ohio’s Mobile Response and Stabilization Services (MRSS), helping children, youth, and their families who are experiencing an emotional or behavioral stressor by interrupting immediate crisis and ensuring youth and their families are safe. MRSS provides the support and skills necessary to return youth and families to typical functioning.
Right: Parent Advocacy Connection Ohio Map | Click on image to enlarge and expand.
Below: Suggested Resources for Clinicians to Pass Along to Young Clients | Click on an Image Below to Download PDFs
Locate Your FCFC Chair and Coordinator/Director
Click on the link here and you will be led to a map of Ohio. – Click on your county, and you’ll be provided with a list, viewing the FCFC Chair and Coordinator/Director and their contact information along with the FCFC Service Coordination Mechanism, and the FCFC Shared Plan (HB 289).
Ohio Family and Children First (OFCF) is a partnership of state and local government, communities and families that enhances the well-being of Ohio’s children and families by building community capacity, coordinating systems and services, and engaging families. OFCF’s vision is for every child and family to thrive and succeed within healthy communities.Mission Pyramid.
To view and download a PDF of the 88 County FCFC Coordinator/Director Statewide Directory, click here.
Far Right: MRSS COUNTY HEALTHLINE NUMBERS – Click on image to enlarge and expand. | Near right, A Resource Directory for Multi-System Youth in Ohio – Click on image to download PDF.
Please note the Resources for Multi-System Youth in Ohio, a directory encompassing mental health, medical care, family support, community engagement, crisis response and stabilization, service coordination, training, legal help, and housing. There includes as well the contact information of Department of Developmental Disabilities Regional Liaisons. Click Here for PDF of Directory.
DOWNLOAD FREE RESOURCE PDFs: – Click on image or: Beam Cards Here | Take a Break Cards (Elementary and Middle School) Here | Break Cards (High School and College) Here | FASD Resource Directory Here | De Stress Cards Here
Considerations for SOC Leaders to Implement Continuum of Crisis Response Services
Hosted by the National TA Network for Children’s Behavioral Health, operated by and coordinated through the University of Maryland.
View PDF | Considerations for SOC Leaders to Implement Continuum of Crisis Response Services
Mobile Response and Stabilization Services help children/youth and their families who are experiencing an emotional or behavioral stressor by interrupting immediate crisis and ensuring youth and their families are safe. MRSS provides the support and skills necessary to return youth and families to typical functioning.
• Develop contracts with key model specifications and performance expectations • Institute culture of “crisis defined by caller”
• Institute culture of “JUST GO!” • Single statewide call center: Easier for families; enhances access • Standardized practice model for all sites
• Promote access, quality and outcomes using performance data analysis and reporting, workforce development, data transparency
• Mobile crisis creates an important linkage to EDs – Divert from ED (by responding to schools, homes) – Help connect youth and families in ED back to the community
• Programs are kept fiscally viable by combining grant funds and third party reimbursement
• Adapt/leverage the model to link and integrate with other services/systems (e.g., SBDI)
An Inpatient Alternative | Mobile Crisis Response and Stabilization Services (MRSS)
Mobile Crisis Response and Stabilization Services (MRSS) are one example of a cost-effective alternative to the use of EDs and inpatient treatment. MRSS provide mobile, on-site and rapid intervention for youth experiencing a behavioral health crisis, allowing for immediate de-escalation of the situation in the least restrictive setting possible; prevention of the condition from worsening; and the timely stabilization of the crisis.
The mobile crisis component of MRSS is designed to provide time-limited, on-demand crisis intervention services in any setting in which a behavioral health crisis is occurring, including homes, schools and EDs. Depending on the needs of the child, the stabilization component may include a temporary, out-of-home crisis resolution in a safe environment. A growing body of evidence points to MRSS as a cost-effective method for improving behavioral health outcomes; deterring ED and inpatient admissions; reducing out-of-home placements; reducing lengths of stay and the cost of inpatient hospitalizations; and improving access to behavioral health services. In addition, families often report greater satisfaction with MRSS when compared to the ED.
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