We encourage staff members of Ohio Children’s Alliance member agencies to participate on committees. 
To be added to a committee email distribution list, sign up by emailing [email protected] (members only).
Until further notice, Committee meetings will be held via Zoom.  Call-in information is emailed to committee members prior to each scheduled meeting and is available at the beginning of each month in the downloadable member calendar via Member Corner login .

Board of Directors

  • President: Eric Cummins, St. Joseph Orphanage
  • 2021 Meeting Dates: Jan 29, Mar 26, Jun 4, Jul 30, Sep 24, Dec 3
  • Meetings are held from 9:00AM-12:00PM

Foster Care & Adoption 

  • Key Topics: ODJFS rules and licensing/monitoring of foster care programs, independent living, and adoption services; state legislation impacting foster care state child welfare initiatives; best practices and tips in foster care programs
  • Chair: Bryan Forney, Focus on Youth; Kristina Hudson, Bair Foundation
  • 2021 Meeting Dates: Feb 9, Mar 9, Apr 13, May 11, Jun 8, Jul 13, Aug 10, Sep 14, Oct 12, Nov 9, Dec 14
  • Meetings are held from 10:00-11:30AM

Behavioral Health 

  • Key topics: community behavioral health Medicaid, managed care, OhioMHAS and ODM rules for certified behavioral health providers, state legislation
  • Chair: Sean Reilly, UMCH; Sheree Lynch, Positive Leaps
  • 2021 Meeting Dates: Feb 11, Mar 11, Apr 8, May 13, Jun 10, Jul 8, Aug 12, Sep 9, Oct 14, Nov 11, Dec 9
  • Meetings are held from 10:00-11:30AM

Residential Center & Group Home

  • Key Topics: ODJFS and OMHAS rules and licensing activities impacting residential and group home providers, state legislation impacting residential care, state child welfare initiatives, best practices
  • Chair: Bruce Tessena, Abraxas Youth and Family Services; Nancy Harvey, Community Teaching Homes
  • 2021 Meeting Dates:  Feb 11, Apr 8, Jun 10, Aug 12, Oct 14, Dec 9
  • Meetings are held from 12:00PM-1:30PM

Day Treatment Learning Community

  • Key Topics: Best practices and management strategies in day treatment programs
  • 2021 Meeting Dates:  Feb 18, May 20, Aug 19, Nov 18
  • Meetings are held from 10:00-11:00AM

Family Search and Engagement in Residential Care Learning Community

  • Key Topics: Family engagement techniques and tools
  • 2021 Meeting Dates:  Jan 20, Feb 10, Feb 24, Mar 10, Mar 24, Apr 7, Apr 21, May 5, May 19, Jun 9, Jun 23
  • Meetings will be held from 10:00-11:30AM
    • Jan 20, Family engagement techniques and tools
    • Feb 10, Family search techniques and tools
    • Feb 24, Achieving buy-in on FSE from PCSAs / Coordinating FSE w/ PCSAs and licensing bodies
    • Mar 10, Everyone on Board: Culture shift and intentional agency-wide communication
    • Mar 24, Operationalizing change management to family-focused care
    • Apr 7, Extending care and treatment beyond the walls of your facility (with a focus on support after discharge to satisfy FFPSA requirements) 
    • Apr 21, Overcoming challenges to family involvement (geography, transportation, pandemic, rural and resource scarce areas, etc.) 
    • May 5, Funding to support FSE work performed by RTC/CMHC
    • May 19, Partnership models between CMHCs and RTCs  
    • Jun 9, Sustaining family search and engagement / passing the baton 

Home Visiting Learning Community

  • NEW: Focusing on home visiting in residential settings.
  • 2021 Meeting Dates: Feb 25 | Apr 1 | Apr 22 | May 27 | Jun 24 | Jul 22
  • Meetings will be held from 10:00-11:00AM

Collaborative Governing Council

  • 2021 Meeting Dates: Apr 22, TBA

Coding & Billing Affinity Group

  • 2021 Meeting Dates: Jan 28, TBA
  • Coordinator: April Stinemetz, The Village Network
  • Meetings are held via GoToMeeting from 10:00AM-12:00PM
  • Email April Stinemetz for further information and to be added to the invitations for this member-run group (members only)

Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Affinity Group

  • 2021 Meeting Dates: TBA
  • Coordinator: John Smith, Christian Children’s Home of Ohio
  • Email John Smith for further information and to be added to the invitations for this member-run group (members only)