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Service Coordination

The Cuyahoga County Service Coordination model is a navigation process designed to direct parents with children, prenatal through graduation, to appropriate services. It directs parents to a full scale of quality services for their children, particularly kids who are having a tough time, and are having difficulties with the traditional service system. It focuses on developing a coordinated and cooperative public system infrastructure that promotes cross system collaboration—at the policy, programmatic, and case levels.

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The Service Coordination Team (SCT) exists to help children with multiple needs and who are involved in multiple public systems, and their families, access appropriate community services and to assure the effective coordination and delivery of services among systems for the child's best possible health and safety. This team works within the public systems to ensure families are not experiencing system barriers. The Service Coordination Team works with family teams ("wraparound" or "wrap" teams) to assist when children are in crisis or in need of a short-term placement. These system liaisons are able to commit dollars on behalf of the systems they represent, and help monitor the child’s length of stay. This subcommittee meets monthly.


Service Coordination Team Members (Contact Information)

Adult Probation
VACANT

Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga County
Linda Torbert

Cleveland Metropolitan School District
Jessica Baldwin/Alice Krost

Cuyahoga County Board of Health
Romona Brazile

Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities
Kerry McAllester/Iwona Oleksy-Wolinsky

Cuyahoga County Division of Children and Family Services
Vacant

Cuyahoga Juvenile Court
Dominique Gambrell/Mandy Shedrick

Cuyahoga Job and Family Services
Gloria Spratt

Family & Children First Council
Robert Pruitt/Vacant

Help Me Grow
Kathleen Netzel

Ohio Department of Youth Services
Maria Kawentel

Starting Point
Abbie Klein/Bonita-Rosalyne McKay


For more information about the Service Coordination Team, please contact Denise M. Pietrzak at (216) 443-6115.


The System Coordination Committee (SCC) is the policy implementation group that reports to the Family & Children First Council Executive Committee. The Service Coordination Team makes recommendations to the SCC based on service or system gaps and barriers. At the request of the Executives, the SCC is responsible for translating those recommendations into policy. The members of the SCC are empowered by the agency executives to implement policy changes within each system.


System Coordination Committee Members

Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga County
Valeria Harper

Cleveland Metropolitan School District
Eugenia Cash

Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District
Allison Craig
 
Cuyahoga County Board of Health
Claire Boettler
 
Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities
Lori Mago
 
Cuyahoga County Division of Children and Family Services
Vacant
 
Cuyahoga Job and Family Services
Jacquelon Ward

Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court
Timothy McDevitt/Van Ward

Educational Service Center (ESC) of Cuyahoga County
Jennifer Dodd

Euclid School District 
Vacant
 
Help Me Grow
Melissa Bixel
 
Lakewood City School District
Elizabeth Kimmel

Parma City School District
Pam Edmonds/Kira Karabanous
 
Starting Point
Debbie Fodge


For more information about the System Coordination Committee, please contact Kathleen Johnson at (216) 698-2971.