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Introducing Care Coordination Services under OhioRISE

Wraparound Care for Youth Complex Behavioral Treatment 

 Wraparound care is nothing new to OhioGuidestone, but now the State of Ohio is using this model of streamlined care and is relying on us to manage part of it. 

OhioRISE (Resilience through Integrated Systems and Excellence) is a specialized Medicaid managed care program that focuses on children who have complex behavioral health and multi-system needs. 

Over time, it will mean that kids who deal with complex behavioral health issues do not have to travel across state lines or be in a secured facility. Instead, the goal is to bring their care closer to home in their familiar communities and surroundings using a proven OhioGuidestone wraparound approach, where care is more accessible and manageable. 

Andrea O’Brien, OhioGuidestone Director of Care Coordination, says complex behavioral needs involve a multitude of care sources like a mental health counselor, a physical or occupational therapist, the schools, the courts, and more, all needing separate appointments, locations, and transportation. 

“Imagine a family where you have individuals dealing with trauma, physical and mental health issues, substance abuse, the criminal justice system, and child welfare services, all with separate agendas and needs. They need a single advocate to bring those services together. A care coordinator can unite all those entities, and within 12 to 18 months, with their needs met, the family can establish a community of support outside of those resources.” 

Back in February the state awarded OhioGuidestone $970,000 to hire and train 150 care coordinators who will manage OhioRise treatment in western Cuyahoga County. 

As a care management entity (CME) for OhioRISE, OhioGuidestone will eventually help over 2,000 young people who need specialized behavioral healthcare services close to home. 

O’Brien says many of those care management jobs are still available. “We are looking for people with experience coordinating teams of people. They don’t necessarily need a license to do the job. OhioGuidestone provides the necessary training through our ‘Center of Excellence’ program at Case Western Reserve University.”   

Would you be a good care coordinator? Contact us.

Anyone interested in becoming a Care Coordinator can find information at OhioGuidestone.org/employment, or if you know someone who might benefit from OhioRise call 1-866-502-RISE (1-866-502-7473). 


CRAIN’S: Rewriting Job Training

The COVID-19 Pandemic has cost many people their jobs, leaving them with uncertain futures. Now, Nonprofit workforce development groups are facing an influx of job seekers with a variety of different backgrounds.

At OhioGuidestone, our Workforce 360° program has been resilient and flexible, even providing Chromebooks to our participants to stay connected.

Click here to read the article from Crain’s Cleveland Business.

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Career Coaches Tackle Job Challenges in Uncertain Times

Thousands of people across the state have lost their jobs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, many of them are facing the daunting task of looking for work; in some cases, they are facing unemployment for the first time in several years. Seeing the critical need for assistance in job searching, OhioGuidestone’s Workforce 360° Career Coaches are taking extra steps to support those we serve, helping them get on the path to meaningful, long-term employment.

“This is an unprecedented time in our country for public health, mental health and the economy,” said Kiersten Watkins, OhioGuidestone’s Assistant Vice President of Program Administration. “While some jobs have come back, others have been eliminated or are still in danger of being eliminated as COVID-19 persists. It can be a stressful and difficult time for individuals and families. Our goal is to be a resource to make things easier.”

Whether someone has experience or is a first time job seeker, Workforce 360° Career Coaches are working with them to navigate this new environment with job searches and interview preparations. It’s important for people to know they are not alone and while the job search may be intimidating, having experience isn’t always the only selling point for employers.

“It’s important to teach people about transferable skills,” said Advancement Coach Christine Hairston. “Even though an applicant may not have direct experience for the job they are applying for, they still have assets to contribute to the company. We want people to ‘sell’ their skills.”

Many Workforce 360° Career Coaches have created videos on the do’s and don’t’s of interviewing, and the key to making a strong impression. This has allowed them to stay connected and share information with those we serve and the community at large during this time.

These videos can be found on OhioGuidestone’s YouTube channel.

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