History Time Line
|1977||Incorporated as the Clermont County Diagnostic Center with a budget of $195,008|
Jim Carter was hired as the Director of the Clermont County Diagnostic Center with a staff of 5 (including himself) and a budget of $198,908.
From 1979 to 1982 the Diagnostic Center moved from a single purpose agency serving 140 Jim Carter was hired in June of children and families annually to a multi-purpose agency quadrupling the number served and tripling budgets, staff and programs.
Became Grantee of Head Start
The County Commissioners felt that their running a Head Start program as a part of county government was inappropriate. An agency within the county was sought which had as its goal services to children. The Diagnostic Center submitted a competitive grant to Region V in Chicago and subsequently was awarded the Clermont County Head Start Program. We receive funding from both the Department of Health and Human Services and the Ohio Department of Education.
Head Start began by serving 150 children and to date they are serving 573 children.
Counseling program added. (Children’s Treatment Center)
|1987||Home Visitor Program added.|
Therapeutic Foster Care program added.
Focuses on providing an emotionally stimulating and supportive home environment to youth who are unable to live in their own homes. Youth receiving these services frequently have severe emotional and behavioral difficulties.
Grant from the Ohio Cluster board to start up the Home Visitor program.
Emergency Team added.
Child Focus developed an Emergency Team that was designed to reduce the number of psychiatric hospitalizations in Clermont County. The purpose of the team is to evaluate children who have threatened harm to themselves or others, who are actively psychotic, or who are out of behavioral control. The demand for emergency services began to exceed the capabilities of a team. The emergency team no longer exists as a team per se; instead, all traditional outpatient clinical staff are trained in crisis intervention in order to meet the community need and keep the number of hospitalizations low.
Substance Abuse Program – grant (Celebrating Families)
The Celebrating Families Program consists of five components which includes structured trainings for staff, preschool prevention activities, parent prevention groups, healthy family conferences and summer fairs.
Early Head Start – grant. The Early Head Start program serves children birth to three and pregnant mothers through a two generation comprehensive program design offering two program options: Home-based and Center Based.
Crisis Response Team added.
A cooperative effort involving multiple community agencies. The team is coordinated by Child Focus and the Clermont County Educational Services Center and is comprised of staff from Child Focus, the Clermont Recovery Center, Juvenile court, Children’s Protective Services, the Clermont County Educational Service Center, the West Clermont and New Richmond Exempted Village school districts, and Family and Children First, and several other agencies. The purpose of CRT is to assist communities, schools and business when crises or disasters occur in order to share the burden of grief and facilitate the process of healing.
Even Head Start – grant. Even Start serves both parents and children. Adult classes include GED preparation, life skills, parenting skills, job search skills, reading, math, and computer skills. Children participate in the Head Start program or primary school classes and benefit from a family-focused home visit each moth. Parenting includes support, activities, stress management, and information for them as their child grows and develops.
Intensive Home Based program added
Since July, 1994 the Clermont County Juvenile court and Child focus, Inc. have cooperated to reduce out of home placements for adjudicated juveniles. This program brings Probation Officers together with therapists on a team that jointly decides which families to refer to the service, cooperates in providing necessary services and meets weekly to review goals and progress.
Child Care – for-profit program. CFI is the largest single provider of childcare in Clermont County (Head Start included in this count).
Collaboration with Ohio Department of Mental Health to place Millcreek SOS staff at Child Focus for community-based work and to staff a partial hospital program.
Wasserman Youth & Adolescent Center opened (Partial Hospitalization)
Official opening of the Wasserman Center partial hospital program (building dedication and program opened). This is a freestanding partial hospital setting serving school age severely emotionally disturbed youth. Referrals come from schools, CPS, and Juvenile Court.
Genesis Center for Learning opened – This is a collaborative endeavor between the Clermont County. Educational Service Center and Child Focus to offer mental health services in a school for severely emotionally disturbed adolescents.
Clermont County Alternative School opened. Another collaborative endeavor between the Clermont County Educational Service Center and Child Focus to offer mental health services to a school for “at risk” general education high school students.
|1999||Childhood Education Center opened. A collaborative endeavor between the Clermont County Educational Service Center and Child Focus to offer mental health services to a school for severely emotionally disturbed elementary children.|
School-based itinerant services added – School based mental health (individual and group counseling) services initiated with children and adolescents identified as SED, but placed in a general education setting. Also added group counseling to Milford School District Success Academy.
START – Another collaborative effort between the Clermont Cty. ESC to provide mental health services to a pre-school program for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. In 8/01, STAIR opened which expands the service to K – 3 grades.
Crisis Counseling services to Glen Este High School and Goshen High School.
Independent Living Program added A community-based placement program for youth 17 years-of-age and older who are in need of transitional living in a supervised arrangement.
In collaboration with the Hamilton County Educational Service Center, Child Focus provided crisis counseling and groups on anger management, social skills and self esteem to several school districts within Hamilton County.
Life Skills Group Training. Life skills training is a comprehensive 24-week preparation program designed to facilitate the development of the skills necessary to begin living competently in young adulthood. The curriculum covers information including but not limited to: Self care, educational and career planning, personal finance, family matters, nutrition, home selection/maintenance, personal relationships, safety, community resources and much more.
Actual Revenue of $9,681,546 with 260 employees
|2002||Budgeted at $10,629,329|
|2003||Added cell phone-based Clermont County Crisis Hotline, 528-SAVE|
|2004||Life Skills Curriculum is professionally published and printed.|
|2005||Last Chance Driving Program, in collaboration with Clermont County Sheriff’s Office and Juvenile Court, provides law enforcement and mental health programming for teen drivers at risk of losing their license. Early Learning Initiative (ELI), the state Head Start program, is expanded to child care partners.|
|2006||The Therapeutic Preschool Program, TIP, is implemented for preschool children with backgrounds of abuse and neglect and behavioral problems. Child Focus provides Bullying Prevention services in tri-state schools using an international, best practice model, Olweus Bullying Prevention standards.|
|2007||Inconspicuous Partners, a screening and assessment tool that identifies homicide and suicide risk for students that have been bullied, is developed by Child Focus staff.|
|2008||In collaboration with Children’s Protective Services, Child Focus provides Family Stability Services. Child Focus expands home-based outpatient services to serve depressed mothers identified by Help Me Grow. Child Focus expands foster care programs to Hamilton County.|