ODJFS Awards $748,967 to Montgomery County's Healthier Buckeye Council

The Montgomery County Healthier Buckeye Council was awarded $748,967 by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services for its pilot effort being coordinated by CareSource’s Life Services Division.  This effort will focus on increasing individual and family self-sufficiency with an ultimate goal of reducing reliance on public assistance. Montgomery County’s program was one of 22 pilot programs funded by ODJFS for fiscal year 2017.           

“Securing this funding allows us to strengthen our efforts of aligning and delivering services to assist our most vulnerable citizens,” said Montgomery County Commission President, Judy Dodge. “We are confident that CareSource, a community-focused, nonprofit managed care entity is well positioned to oversee the program.”

CareSource Life Services will provide services in the Springfield/Burkhardt Neighborhood in East Dayton and the Westwood neighborhood in West Dayton. Through coordination of efforts and assurance that the right resources are being made available to residents, CareSource will work with partner agencies, Citywide Development, the Foodbank, the Life Enrichment Center, Homefull, Five Rivers Health Centers, and the Hall Hunger Initiative to coordinate the program efforts.

“We are excited about leading this collaboration through our Life Services model.  As partners, we offer a strong foundation for many in our community who face barriers to optimal health and well-being.  This funding and pilot acknowledges the innovative work underway to help our members manage their health care and economic future,” said Pamela Morris, President and CEO of CareSource.

The Montgomery County Healthier Buckeye Council was established earlier this year, in accordance with Ohio Revised Code, to promote a cooperative and effective environment to maximize opportunities and provide care coordination for individuals and families to achieve and maintain optimal health, thereby reducing reliance on publicly funded assistance programs. One of the State’s goals is to assess the pilot programs and replicate successful programs throughout the state.

“As a community, we know it takes partnerships and a more coordinated effort to holistically address the challenges many of the residents face,” said Debbie Feldman, Chair of the Montgomery County Healthier Buckeye Council. 

In alignment with the Joint Strategic Plan for Montgomery County and the United Way of the Greater Dayton Area, this pilot program will also address two top issues facing our community - food insecurity and substance abuse within those neighborhoods. The pilot program begins July 2016 and concludes in June 2017.

For additional information, please contact Montgomery County Human Services Planning & Development Department at (937) 225-4695.