In December 2016 the MHRSB of Lucas County partnered with the Butler County Mental Health and Addiction Services Board and the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services to submit a System of Care Expansion and Sustainability Cooperative Agreement Grant to SAMHSA.
The grant, titled Engage 2.0 built upon the collaborative relationships that have developed regionally around the original Engage Grant communities previously facilitated by Boards in Northwest and Southwest Ohio, and the Family and Children’s First Councils within those Board regions.
Focused on developing and enhancing a more robust system of care for youth, this application proposed to utilize the Lucas and Butler County Boards as regional hubs to support the development of emergency mobile response and stabilization services; high fidelity wraparound services, intensive service coordination for youth and their families; a regional hotline for crisis response; and peer and family supporter services throughout a select group of counties within each of the regions.
In June of 2017 OhioMHAS was notified by SAMHSA that they had been selected to receive the The grant will begin October 1, 2017 and operate on a federal fiscal year. As determined by OhioMHAS, participating counties in Northwest Ohio will be Lucas, Wood, Hancock, Erie, Sandusky, Seneca, Wyandot, Allen, Auglaize, Hardin, and Putnam Counties. Additional counties may be added in subsequent years.