RISE Partnership

New collaboration earns grant

A collaboration among Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services (HCDDS), Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities (CCBDD), and Envision (a local service provider) was recently awarded $413,908.

This state grant will allow the partnership to offer planned, therapeutic respite and intensive in-home supports services that will make it easier for children with significant behavioral problems to remain in their family home. The new program is called “RISE” (Respite, Intervention Services& Education) and services will begin in July.

“Although the vast majority of individuals with developmental disabilities do not have significant behavioral problems, there is a smaller sub-group that does. This can often create an untenable situation for their family members. We want to equip and support these families so there are less disruptions that could potentially require their child to leave the home temporarily or permanently,” said Jim Steffey, President & CEO of Envision.

In the coming months, Envision staff will recruit and train therapeutic foster care families and develop teachable strategies for parents and foster parents to employ when their child’s behavior becomes disruptive.

HCDDS and CCBD will identify youth who can benefit most from this program, provide support and referrals, and serve as the fiscal agent for the grant program. “We’re excited about the opportunity this grant presents to innovate and better support youth in their homes,” said Alice Pavey, superintendent of HCDDS.

Dan Ottke, Superintendent of CCBDD said, “By developing this program in partnership with Hamilton County and Envision, we’re able to have a greater impact in the region and develop something that can potentially be replicated in other parts of Ohio.”

This story originally appeared on our website on June 7, 2018. See more stories like this here.