McClintick joins Clermont County as Director of Community and Economic Development

BATAVIA, OH (Dec. 4, 2023) — Experienced township administrator and economic development professional Kris McClintick joined Clermont County today as Director of Community and Economic Development.

McClintick served as administrator for Harrison Township in Montgomery County the last nine years. He had been with the township since 2000, starting as assistant director of community and economic development. After three years, he was appointed to director of community and economic development, a position he held for eight years. He was promoted to assistant township administrator in 2011 and township administrator in 2014.

“Clermont County is clearly positioned for dynamic growth,” McClintick said. “I look forward to working to facilitate that growth for the businesses and residents of Clermont County.”

Bonnie Batchler, President, Clermont County Board of County Commissioners, said: “Kris McClintick’s experience and unique set of qualifications made him the ideal candidate to serve as the next Development Director for Clermont County.”

“In addition to proven economic development success, Kris McClintick possesses strong communication, budget and management skills,” Commissioner David Painter said. “He has a track record of inspiring confidence in fellow employees and building public trust. He is a great addition to the Clermont County economic development team.”

“We look forward to Kris McClintick putting his years of experience to work guiding the solid team in Community and Economic Development,” Commissioner Claire Corcoran said. “These are exciting times in Clermont County—and we have a team in place to bring us to the next level.”

Prior to working for Harrison Township, McClintick held positions with the cities of Xenia and Sidney. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Urban Planning and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.

PATH workers help Clermont County’s homeless population

As caseworker for a program that helps the homeless in Clermont County, Alex Boltz regularly encounters heartbreaking situations, sometimes involving seniors. She fears that growing numbers of aging citizens will find themselves facing similar living conditions.

“I think it’s just going to get worse,” said Boltz, a Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health employee with the PATH (Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness) program. “Their checks are not enough to cover their living expenses and rent continues to rise. Some end up living in cars.”

PATH provides intensive outreach services to Clermont County adults who are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness. The program links people with mental health or substance use treatment services and provides other supports such as assistance with the Social Security application process and housing referrals. You can call an outreach worker directly at 513-765-9094 or 513-614-6918. The program is funded through Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services via federal funds and the Clermont County Mental Health and Recovery Board.

Boltz and co-worker Abby Rau, a PATH SUD (substance use disorder) outreach worker from Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health, say they are working with more senior citizens who receive Social Security checks, get evicted because rent costs went up, and need help getting connected to housing.

“A lot of these people have worked their whole lives and they don’t want to ask for help,” Boltz said. “They have lost faith in the system. When they break down their pride and go for help, it doesn’t go well. Services are good, but providers often are understaffed and overloaded and they just can’t keep up. If a person is willing to live in assisted living or a nursing home, that’s fairly easy to help them navigate the system. Especially if they’re getting their Social Security check. I think it’s just a matter of bridging the gap between their resources.”

Boltz tells about a 65-year-old woman who had been living in her car for two years. The woman now resides in an efficiency room in an independent living facility. Rent at the subsidized facility covers all her meals, transportation to appointments, an on-site laundromat, and community activities.

“She’s so grateful,” Boltz said. “She’s so happy. She didn’t even know that was an option. A lot of seniors think they can’t afford a home, but they’re all sorts of programs and different levels of assistance.”

Boltz and Rau are surprised by the number of homeless senior citizens.

“They’re retired, still have a vehicle, and are living in cars,” Boltz said. “They have no family support. Their family is out of state or passed away. They have lived in poverty all of their lives, so they don’t have a safety net. They have no evictions, no criminal record. They just need somebody to help them put in the footwork.

“Of course mental health and addiction play a big role in the homeless situation, but you run into people going through rough times that don’t have mental health problems,” Boltz added.

Rau said: “For many, rent is going up and they’re not making enough money on their jobs to counter expenses. For some of these people, it’s just an unfortunate situation. Most of us are just one or two paychecks away from homelessness.”

The PATH workers locate and contact with homeless individuals in wooded areas, on riverfronts, under bridges, in jails, hospitals, shelters, libraries, soup kitchens, or time-limited temporary/transitional housing.

They network with a variety of referral sources throughout Clermont County, including law enforcement, shelters, medical clinics, hospitals, churches, businesses and social service agencies. Once PATH workers identify and engage with a homeless client, they make a preliminary assessment for services and begin creating a plan for the client.

Boltz said: “We meet with the homeless, in cars a lot of the time, do an assessment, see what the needs are, any barriers, talk about how they ended up homeless, make a plan, get them to shelter if they want it and can connect them to services. Sometimes, it’s the same resources you or I would use. But they do not have access to a computer or know how to use one. They just need help.”

Rau added: “Sometimes they prefer to sleep outside. You make sure have food. Check in on them. Give them hand warmers.”

For those needing substance use treatment, there are options for sober living. However, subsidized apartments have long waiting lists and group homes for those with mental health challenges are out of the county.

For now, the PATH workers are trying to build awareness about the situation and the services they offer. Boltz has been in her job for 18 months and Rau started in September.

“It’s going to be a cold winter,” said Rau, thinking about those she plans to help in the months ahead.

Family Recovery Court helps dad overcome major challenges

BATAVIA, OH (Nov. 13, 2023) — Adam Hurst started the Clermont County Family Recovery Court program on Dec. 8, 2022, after losing his children due to substance use. Hurst was tired of blaming others for his problems and needed a change.

“Adam entered treatment and worked very hard to overcome his barriers,” said Judge James A. Shriver at the Family Recovery Court’s 15th Commencement Ceremony on Nov. 9. “He got a job, found stable housing, got his license, then a car, and reunified with his children in April. Today we celebrate over 337 days of sobriety and all of Adam’s accomplishments.”

The specialized docket under Judge Shriver was one of the first of its kind in southwestern Ohio when it started on Nov. 13, 2014. Clermont County Family Recovery Court was based on the drug court model, which emphasizes treatment over punishment.

On average, the program takes more than a year to complete. Families (couples or individuals) voluntarily enter Family Recovery Court. Requirements include attending frequent court hearings, Substance Use Disorder treatment, random and frequent drug screens, meetings with a case manager, calling and checking in regularly, attending AA or similar sober support meetings and getting a sponsor or mentor, having income, establishing housing, taking care of criminal matters and getting a driver’s license.

Hurst said during the ceremony that he started using marijuana at age 7 or 8, progressed to alcohol by age 11, and then to methamphetamine. His lifestyle led to loss of family relationships, joblessness, homelessness and jail time. He lost his children to Children’s Protective Services. He was in six treatment programs before entering Family Recovery Court.

“It is better than any of the other ones I’ve ever done,” he said. “It was worth it.”

Sally Partin, a Certified Peer Recovery Support Coach and Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant with the Clermont Recovery Center, was guest speaker. Partin works with all of the families in the Family Recovery Court program.

“Sally is an essential part of the Family Recovery Court because she helps each participant identify their strengths to help them build courage and the recovery community they need to stay sober,” Judge Shriver said. “Thank you Sally for sharing your story today, and why you believe sober support and sponsorship is so important to recovery.”

 

 

4-H holds life-changing event for DD, provides many benefits

For Amber Averwater, the 2023 Clermont County Fair Queen, helping organize an event where individuals from the Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities (DD) got to show animals and enjoy a day at the fair was just one of many pluses of her 4-H experience.

“The joy and excitement was infectious,” said Averwater, 19, a 2022 Clermont Northeastern graduate. “Their smiles were ear to ear. I’m very grateful we were able to bring that joy to them.”

The project involving individuals from the Clermont County DD was called A Day in the Ring. About 15 people, ages 10 to 40 with a spectrum of disabilities, selected and named an animal, learned about the breed, and proudly came into the ring to show it to a panel of judges.

Judges asked what the animal’s name was, the shower’s name, their favorite fair food, and what they learned about the animal such as what the animal is used for.

“It was pretty special,” said Averwater, noting that 4-Hers donated their time and their animals to show. She credited Cindy Stegbauer, a consultant on Junior Fair Board, for advocating for the event and coordinating with DD.

Averwater, who lives on a small farm with goats and chickens outside of Owensville, has been in 4-H for 14 years. Over the years, she has shown mainly beef cows, hogs and dairy goats each July at the Clermont County Fair.

She is president of the Clermont County Junior Fair Board and vice president of the Select 4-Hers club. 

Being Fair Queen this year “has been quite a blessing,” she said. Her main job is to represent and advocate for the fair. 

“From that grows a boatload of opportunities,” Averwater said. “You get to visit county fairs across Ohio to represent your fair. The end goal is to run against other county fair queens to become the Ohio Fairs Queen. It’s a big competition and I’m trying my best to win.”

Opportunities include helping at fairs, assisting children, and being a teacher and educator about agriculture. This year, she has visited about 15 county fairs. She has been to around 40 over the past three years, due to being a fair queen runner-up.

Next year, Averwater plans to go to Wilmington College to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, with a focus in livestock evaluation. She wants to become an extension educator and livestock judge. She works in customer service for Paul Hall and Associates Insurance in Mt. Orab at this time. She also is a high school wrestling official with the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

As Queen, she encourages other fairs to hold A Day in the Ring for their DD populations. 

“It really is life-changing,” Averwater said. “What amazed me was that something second nature to me meant the world to them. For them, it made their entire day, entire month, entire year. It created  a huge impact.”

Averwater has a lot of pride in the Clermont County Fair, its impact on the community, and its long and vibrant history since 1849. She admires its ability to adapt to keep drawing good crowds year after year. She also speaks highly of 4-H.

4-H is for everybody,” she said. “You don’t have to be a farmer to participate. You can borrow somebody else’s animal. You can do archery, cooking, sewing, science, tech. There is something for everyone there. It’s not for any one particular group of people.

“Not only does it teach you timeless and traditional skills you need in life, but it teaches leadership, communication, responsibility and creativity. It allows for a lot of public service, volunteering. It allows kids to interact with other people that you may not see otherwise. It helps kids to socialize and interact with other kids their age from throughout the county.”

As queen, she has been able to talk to people from throughout the state. 

4-H allows you to go up to a stranger and share your common interest in fair-related issues,” she said. “It makes the world not seem so big. I am able to connect with 4-Hers from all across Ohio and all across America. It’s so cool to see there is somebody who I can relate to as a 4-Her and through FFA (Future Farmers of America).”

This past fair season was her last in 4-H. This year, she hands off the Junior Fair Board President title. Next July, she will hand off her Clermont County crown.

“I’m grateful for the 4-H experience and proud of the work we do on projects like A Day in the Ring,” she said.

 

Clermont County Animal Shelter: No-Kill in 2022

BATAVIA, OH (Oct. 26, 2023) – Clermont County Animal Shelter maintained no-kill in 2022, according to Best Friends Animal Society’s annual data report. This means the shelter saved more than 90 percent of the dogs and cats that entered the shelter last year.

“Congratulations to the dedicated and hard-working team at the Clermont County Animal Shelter – and to the volunteers and organizations that support the shelter,” said Bonnie Batchler, president, Board of County Commissioners in Clermont County. “Your efforts have paid off in a big way.”

Commissioner David Painter said: “We’re very proud of the excellent work of the team at the Clermont County Animal Shelter and the many volunteers who support their efforts. The Board of County Commissioners takes the well-being of Clermont County’s dogs very seriously. When the county took over operation of the shelter, we vowed to keep it no-kill – and we have lived up to that promise.”

“We applaud the outstanding effort of the staff and volunteers at the Clermont County Animal Shelter,” Commissioner Claire Corcoran said. “Your hard work has helped us achieve our vital goal of keeping the shelter no-kill. Keep up the good work!”

Best Friends Animal Society, a leading national animal welfare organization dedicated to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters by 2025, recognizes this achievement as a positive step forward and one that can be replicated by other shelters in Ohio.

To learn more about Clermont County Animal Shelter, visit  https://clermontcountyohio.gov/animalshelter/

A 90 percent save rate is the nationally recognized benchmark to be considered “no-kill,” factoring that approximately 10 percent of pets who enter shelters have medical or behavioral circumstances that warrant humane euthanasia rather than killing for lack of space.

Best Friends Animal Society is a leading animal welfare organization working to end the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters by 2025. Founded in 1984, Best Friends is a pioneer in the no-kill movement and has helped reduce the number of animals killed in shelters from an estimated 17 million per year to around 378,000. Best Friends runs lifesaving programs across the country, as well as the nation’s largest no-kill animal sanctuary. Working collaboratively with a network of more than 4,200 animal welfare and shelter partners, and community members nationwide, Best Friends is working to Save Them All®. For more information, visit bestfriends.org.

 

Safety Champion — Buddy Taylor

Buddy Taylor has kept busy the past 34 years driving trucks, flagging traffic, shoveling… doing whatever it takes to get the job done as a member of the ditching crew at the Clermont County Engineer’s Office.

Throughout those many years (27 with the Engineer and seven with Williamsburg), Taylor has kept safety forefront of his work.

“I want all of us to go home at the end of the day,” said Taylor, 62. “I don’t want to be hurt, and I don’t want anybody else to be hurt.”

Clermont County Safety Coordinator Gary Caudill said Taylor acts as a reminder to crew members to wear their safety equipment before starting work tasks.

“He is the first one out of the truck, always wearing his safety gear,” Caudill said. “He works with our new employees, teaching them right from wrong with safety. He is excellent at teaching our young drivers the importance of vehicle safety, right down to how to get in and out of a truck using three points of contact.”

Ron Anter is foreman of a ditching crew that includes Taylor, Willie Turner, Dylan Nickell and Cody Ansteatt. They help maintain more than 400 miles of county roads.

Anter appreciates how Taylor routinely wears his hard hat and safety gear and possesses keen awareness of his surroundings while maneuvering and backing a 22-foot tandem-axel truck. Taylor remains safety-conscious while working around impatient or incautious drivers.

“Buddy sets an example for us,” Nickell said. “He is a reminder for us with his good safety habits.”

Children’s Services launches annual gift drive

BATAVIA, OH (Sept. 25, 2023) — Every year, Clermont County Children’s Protective Services strives to ensure that our children in care have a wonderful Christmas.  Last year Christmas Day was made brighter with gifts for approximately 350 children due to wonderful sponsors like you.

As the holidays approach please consider sponsoring one or more of our children.  You can also sponsor a family (s).  We accept sponsors of all types:  individuals, company sponsors, groups, and organizations, etc.  There is no limit on the amount of gifts or cost; however, if there is a sibling group being sponsored we will indicate that so the sponsors can try and keep the gifts even in number.

HOW TO SPONSOR A CHILDIf you are interested in sponsoring a child or family,  please e-mail Sanna Gast at:  sanna.gast@jfs.ohio.gov. The ages of our children available for sponsorship range from birth to 21 years of age.  A number is assigned to each child (only first names are given due to confidentiality) and their ages, sizes, what they want or need.  After the list of sponsors is developed, the child and/or family wishes will be e-mailed to you so you can shop for the gifts.

GETTING THE GIFTS TO THE CHILDREN

In order to facilitate this, please wrap each gift and attach the child’s name along with the ID number.

Gifts need to be delivered to the agency by the due date indicated on the sponsor sheet.

IF you would like to purchase items and donate to children’s services click the Amazon link below:

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1AWY9ZGE464I1?ref_=wl_share

The items will be delivered and disbursed to children in care. Items range from 0-21 years.

  • Please note that all gifts that are marked for a child are given to that child.  However, donations that are not given for a specific child may be distributed to other sponsored children to ensure equitable distribution of gifts.

 

 

Services to address biggest identified needs

BATAVIA, OH (Aug. 24, 2023) — Food. Transportation. Housing. Mental Health. Education. Employment. Child Care. Respite/Camps/Activities. Social Services – Other. Basic Needs. Medical. Clothing. Services. Other.

Those were identified as the biggest needs when Clermont County Family & Children First asked agencies who work with children, adults and families. Family and Children First responded with a list of resources to meet those needs.

In upcoming weeks, those resources will be shared on Clermont County’s social media channels as part of an effort to educate people about how to meet these needs. Here’s a look at the resources in total, in a Q/A format:

Where can you find food, utilities or clothing for those that don’t qualify for SNAP (food stamps)?

Food pantries and churches will often provide food boxes for those who do not qualify for SNAP. Utilities are often difficult to get assistance with unless the person qualifies for HEAP or PRC funding. Clothing for children can be requested through Give Like A Mother at 513-400-3208 or Impacting Tomorrow provides clothing for adults and children www.impacting tomorrow.com

Where can you find transportation to non-medical or mental health appointments, including transportation for youth without parents available to help?

Transportation is available to medical or mental health appointments through Medicaid Managed Care Plans. Call the number on the back of your card for assistance with arranging the transportation. For medical or mental health appointments for youth under 18 on a Medicaid Managed Care Plan, a parent/guardian is required to accompany the youth on the ride. Families may call Clermont Transportation Connection at 513-732-7433 to ask about the cost for transportation for other reasons. 

Who can assist you in finding place to live?

If adults are assigned a Case Manager through a mental health agency or possibly through the adult court system, they may request assistance from their Case Manager. If a youth is involved in OhioRISE, the parent may request assistance from their Care Coordinator. Under the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, Clermont Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) may issue a voucher to an eligible family, but CMHA is not permitted to assist in the searching process because any “help” provided would appear to be ‘endorsing’ one landlord over another.  The family is to ‘choose’ its own unit.  Under Public Housing and CMHA’s Project Based Voucher (PBV) program, the specific units with subsidy are owned by CMHA.  The family who is eligible who reaches the top of the list is shown the corresponding vacant unit for suitability.

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Are there food pantries in Clermont County who will deliver food?

Medicaid Managed Care Plans will provide transportation to the grocery store or food pantry per their plan. Call your Medicaid Managed Care Plan for details. Additionally, you can call InterParish Ministries at 513-561-3932 if there are extenuating circumstances.

Can I get gas cards to go to the grocery store or medical appointments?

Medicaid Managed Care Plans provide transportation to their customers to medical appointments and also food pantries/grocery stores per the plan. Call the Medicaid Managed Care Plan for details. Additionally, NET (Non-Emergency Transportation) may be requested through Clermont Transportation Connection (rides) by calling 513-732-7433 (press 2 to speak to a Dispatcher) or Department of Job & Family Services (gas cards – call 513-732-8006 for information) for medical appointments for those on Medicaid.

Can I get transportation to an urgent medical appointment if I’m on Medicaid?

Transportation to medical appointments needs to be scheduled days in advance. Call your Medicaid Managed Care Plan to see if transportation is available for an urgent appointment. Additionally, transportation to medical appointments through Clermont Transportation Connection can be scheduled up to 14 days in advance and trips are scheduled on a first come first serve basis. A customer can always call CTC at 513-732-7433 (Press 2 to speak to a Dispatcher) to see if an urgent appointment can be accommodated.

Where can I receive food assistance?

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps low-income people and families buy the food they need for healthy living and a balanced diet. SNAP can help stretch food dollars. SNAP eligibility is based on income and resources depending on a person’s age and household size. To apply for SNAP benefits: https://publicassistance.clermontcountyohio.gov/how-do-i-apply/

There are food pantries in most Clermont County communities, often run through local churches or schools. Interparish Ministries has many drive thru food events throughout Clermont County. Check www.ipmfoodpantry.org for upcoming events. Additionally, there are a limited number of food boxes available each week for pick up at the Department of Job & Family Services (2400 Clermont Center Drive, Batavia). There is also a Department of Job & Family Services/OSU-Extension class that occurs the last Monday of the month at 10 a.m. in Room 103 at 2400 Clermont Center Drive, Batavia that allows participants to select items from a food pantry after attending the class.

Are there mental health services for those without insurance?

Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services offers a sliding scale for adults and for those who qualify, there may be no charge for services. For children, there is a sliding scale offered by Child Focus and it is less restrictive with regard to diagnoses.
There is also assistance for individuals who have high deductible insurance plans, for those who qualify.

Are there “second chance” employers?

Ohio Means Jobs has a list of second chance employers. Call OMJ at 513-943-3000. https://bcwworkforce.com/

Can I get my student’s school transcript with grades if fees are owed?

Families can work with the school district’s Resource Coordinator to determine if this is possible.

Are there school supplies available to children who are in need?

Most school districts have events prior to the start of the new school year where school supplies may be available. Additionally, IPM has an event (sign up is required) where they provide school supplies prior to the start of the school year. There is also a week later in the summer where school supplies can be purchased tax-free.

Where can I find affordable, equitable, quality child care?

Families who qualify may be eligible for financial support, or Publicly Funded Child Care (PFCC), for children attending licensed and PFCC approved centers. PFCC applications can be found at https://publicassistance.clermontcountyohio.gov/child-care-assistance/ or emailing clermont_childcare@jfs.ohio.gov
4C for Children provides free assistance in locating licensed childcare/preschool/summer camps:
1-800-256-1296 x1330 or https://www.4cforchildren.org/

Where can I find respite for a child/youth with complex needs or autism?

Stepping Stones, Camp Joy and Batavia YMCA have summer camps that serve youth with disabilities. Stepping Stones and Camp Joy have weekend options available during the school year. Autism Connections may have additional information available on camps, call 513-561-2300.

Can I get assistance with car repairs?

For eligible customers, assistance for car repairs may be available per the Department of Job & Family Services PRC Plan. Contact Clermont Community Services for details via email at support@cccsi.org

Is there income-based housing for seniors available in Clermont County?

Clermont Metropolitan Housing Authority runs an elderly community as part of their Public Housing portfolio – 79 units in Bethel Woods, which is all 1 and 2 bedroom units.  Anyone interested in applying for CMHA open wait lists can do so by applying at www.clermontmha.org

Where can I get general transportation?

The best option is to contact Clermont Transportation Connection at 513-732-7433. CTC does require advance notice and payment for non-Medicaid covered transportation.

Is there affordable and safe housing available in Clermont County?

Clermont Metropolitan Housing Authority offers a HUD-VASH program, a NED program, a PBV program, a HCV Program, and Public Housing.  However, the need is so great in our county that most of the wait lists remain full.  Anyone interested in applying for any of CMHA’s open wait lists can do so by applying at www.clermontmha.org   

Where can I get adult mental health services?

Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health offers comprehensive treatment services for those without insurance and there are numerous private practice treatment providers throughout the county who accept a variety of insurance plans.

Is there financial assistance for youth to attend driving school or to get their driver’s license?

Youth enrolled and active in CCMEP (Comprehensive Case Management & Employment Program) may be eligible for payment for driving school or a driver’s license. Call OhioMeans Jobs at 513-743-3000 for more information.

Can I get help with my rent or security deposit?

For eligible customers, assistance to pay a security deposit or rent may be available per the Department of Job & Family Services PRC Plan. Contact Clermont Community Services via email at support@cccsi.org for details.

Are there home supports available for seniors?

Call Clermont County Senior Services at 513-724-1255.

Are there life skill classes for adolescents available in Clermont County?

OhioMeans Jobs provides support to eligible youth for job skills through CCMEP (Comprehensive Case Management & Employment Program). Call 513-943-3000 for details.

Are there parenting support resources available in Clermont County?

Child Focus provides Parent Enrichment free to families who do not have an open case with Children’s Protective Services. Additionally, there are numerous programs for parents of younger children, i.e. Every Child Succeeds, Early Intervention Service Coordination. Parents can sign up for free online parenting strategies courses at https://www.triplep-parenting.com/oh-en/triple-p/

Where can I find therapeutic services for children/families with trauma?

Child Focus provides therapeutic services to children/families with trauma and Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health provides therapeutic services to adults. Additionally, there is a list of trauma-certified therapists at https://www.tristatetraumanetwork.org/trauma-therapist-listing/

How do I find transportation to school for my student?

Public schools are only required to transport special needs students to school if that service is identified on their IEP under special transportation. Otherwise, school districts must follow the state minimum law for transportation.

Is there assistance available to help with court fines or costs?

The Clermont County Department of Job & Family Services PRC Plan is being revised and costs for certain legal fees for custody may be available to eligible customers in the future.

It would be great if there was a centralized location for services in Clermont County.

There are numerous agencies at 2400 Clermont Center Drive in Batavia (Public Assistance, Child Support Enforcement Agency, Family & Children First, WIC, Educational Service Center) and other agencies/services are available on Clermont Center Drive or in the Batavia area.

Are there after-school events for youth engagement?

The Resource Coordinator for each school district should have a list of extracurricular or after-school activities available to youth.

Where can a youth interested in trade or vocational activities learn more about their options?

Eligible youth can work with CCMEP (Comprehensive Case Management & Employment Program) through OhioMeans Jobs. Call 513-943-3000 for more information.

Are there mental health supports and therapy available for transition-aged youth?

Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services has a Transition to Independence Program (TIP) which provides mental health, substance use disorder and co-occurring treatment to transition-aged youth. The program also coordinates care with multiple systems including Children’s Protective Services, Juvenile Court and Juvenile Probation. Call 513-331-5841 to see if a youth may be eligible.

Can I receive assistance with transportation to work or gas cards to get to work?

For those who qualify, gas cards may be available per the Department of Job & Family Services PRC Plan. Call OhioMeans Jobs for more information at 513-943-3000.

What is available in Clermont County for those without housing?

For eligible customers, assistance is available to assist in paying for rent or security deposit per the Department of Job & Family Services PRC Plan. Contact Clermont Community Services for details via email at support@cccsi.org.

Can I receive assistance with student lunches or fees?

School districts have free and reduced breakfast and lunch options. Inquire with the school district as to the necessary forms that need to be completed.

Is there home-based respite for children with complex medical needs?

Children/youth with complex medical needs may be able to access respite through their Medicaid Managed Care Plan or OhioRISE. Call the Medicaid Managed Care Plan or your OhioRISE Care Coordinator to discuss.

Are there resources for victims of domestic violence or sexual assault?

Call the YWCA at 513-753-7281. Additionally, the Clermont County Prosecutor’s Office has a Victim Assistance program. Call 513-732-7979 or 513-732-7810 to speak to an advocate.

Where can I get assistance with basic needs (including cleaning products, toiletries)?

Some local food pantries have cleaning products and toiletry items upon request. The Department of Job & Family Services/OSU-Extension collaboration has these items in the food pantry that a family may select from after attending a class that is offered on the last Monday of the month 10 a.m. in Room 103 at 2400 Clermont Center Drive, Batavia.

Is there help available to pay for funeral expenses?

Contact the Clermont County Coroner’s Office at 513-732-8117 and ask about their indigent program.

Is there assistance for AAC (augmentative and alternative communication) devices for nonverbal youth?

If a child/youth is eligible with Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities, the family may be able to request assistance through Family Support Services (FSS) funds. Medicaid or insurance plans may also be of assistance.

Where can I find resources on autism?

Contact Autism Connections at 513-561-2300 or info@autismcincy.org or look online at https://www.autismcincy.org/

Is there help to pay my utilities bill?

For eligible customers, assistance with utilities may be available per the Department of Job & Family Services PRC Plan or HEAP. Contact Clermont Community Services for more information via email at  support@cccsi.org

Where can I find trained providers for children with medical conditions?

Children with Medical Handicaps (CMH) at 513 732-7499 may be able to provide assistance

Where can I find after-school programs and summer supports?

There are many after-school and summer camps available in Clermont County (i.e. Batavia YMCA). Clermont Recovery Center does 4-day summer camps at low-income housing communities during the summer which are free to residents who live in the communities. The Boys & Girls Club has programming – call 513-947-9632. The Ohio Afterschool Child Enrichment (ACE) Educational Saving Account program provides qualifying families with a $1,000 credit per child. See https://education/ohio/gov/OhioACE

Where can I receive information on educational advocacy?

The Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities provides educational advocacy information. Call 844-382-5452.

Are there mental health services in more rural areas?

Many providers offer telehealth options and are marketing services and providing outreach in rural communities throughout the county.

Is there affordable/safe housing for those with legal charges/evictions?

If a family is being screened for Public Housing or PBV, which are units Clermont Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) owns and they act as the owner/property manager, CMHA will do a background screening for prior rental history.  However, if someone is denied for their rental history (or for any reason), CMHA gives them a right to an informal review and they can explain what lead to the eviction, etc. Anyone interested in applying for any of CMHA’s open wait lists can do so by applying at www.clermontmha.org

Is there transportation available in rural areas?

Clermont Transportation Connection is available in rural areas and needs to be scheduled in advance. Call 513-732-7433.

Where can I get outpatient treatment for Substance Use Disorder?

Clermont Recovery Center has a day treatment program and offers a variety of group options. Call 513-735-8100 for more information.

Where can I learn more about lifelong education?

Contact vocational schools or OhioMeans Jobs at 513-943-3000 for information.

Is there childcare available for all shifts and weekends?

Little Anderson provides some evening and weekend care. Monday-Saturday 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Call 513-474-7800.

Can undeclared families receive medical insurance?

Undeclared children and families may be eligible for all public assistance programs with verification of status. Call 513-732-7111. 

Where can I find free or low-priced everyday clothing for adults?

Impacting Tomorrow can provide clothing to adults. Www.impactingtomorrow.com  Goodwill or St Vincent DePaul has clothing for sale and at times, InterParish Ministries will provide clothing vouchers for St. Vincent DePaul.

Where can I find clothes/shoes for school-aged children/youth?

Children/youth can receive outfits through Give Like A Mother. Call 513-400-3208

Is there assistance to get medications for children/youth?

There are often discounts that pharmacies will provide if a family cannot pay for medication. Additionally, the pharmaceutical company can be called to talk about options and samples can be requested from the prescriber.

Is there somewhere I can get baby items until my WIC appointment?  

Some food pantries have baby items available if requested. If a child is enrolled in a home visiting program, like Every Child Succeeds, the parent can talk with their Home Visitor.

Where can I find respite for youth with no disabilities?

There are many camps and before and after-school programs available for children without disabilities. The School Resource Coordinator in your school district should be able to provide options. Funding for respite is not available for children without disabilities.

Are there peer navigators available to assist kinship providers with finding resources?

OhioKAN is available to help kinship families navigate the system and locate resources https://ohiokan.jfs.ohio.gov/

Is there assistance to purchase laundry detergent?

Some food pantries will provide laundry detergent when requested. Laundry detergent is available as a choice in the Department of Job & Family Services/OSU-Extension collaborative food pantry when an adult takes a class at JFS on nutrition and budgeting for food. These classes occur the last Monday of the month at 10am in Room 103 at 2400 Clermont Center Drive, Batavia.

Where can I get nutrition education?

OSU-Extension provides various classes and opportunities to learn about nutrition. There is a class once a month at the Department of Job & Family Services that focuses on making nutritious meals and making food dollars stretch. The class occurs on the last Monday of the month, 10am in Room 103 at 2400 Clermont Center Drive, Batavia.

Where can I find providers for medical or dental appointments?

Medical and dental providers should be able to be obtained by calling your Managed Care Plan directly or by searching on the Managed Care Plan’s website. For those who are veterans, call the VA for assistance. For those without insurance, the application to apply for Medicaid can be completed online https://publicassistance.clermontcountyohio.gov/how-do-i-apply/

Is there assistance available for work clothes for adults?

OhioMeans Jobs may be able to provide work clothes for eligible adults. Call 513-943-3000. Impacting Tomorrow provides clothing to adults and children. Www.impactingtomorrow.com

Where can I find information on local jobs opportunities and training programs?

OhioMeans Jobs has job listings and can provide training to eligible people in a high-demand job. Call OMJ at 513-943-3000. https://bcwworkforce.com/

 

 

 

 

 

Clermont County to participate in Operation Green Light for Veterans

BATAVIA, OH (Aug. 10, 2023) — Operation Green Light is still several months away, but you may want to pick up green bulbs the next time you’re at a hardware store or retail outlet, or shopping online at Amazon.com.

Clermont County plans to illuminate county buildings green Nov. 6-12 as part of Operation Green Light for Veterans, a nationwide effort uniting counties to support military veterans. The initiative, led by the National Association of Counties (NACo), raises awareness about the unique challenges faced by many veterans and the resources available at the county, state and federal levels to assist veterans and their families.

Now in its second year, Operation Green Light is spearheaded by NACo and the National Association of County Veterans Service Officers, building upon successful efforts by the New York State Association of Counties and the NYS County Veteran Service Officers’ Association in 2021. In 2022, over 300 counties participated in Operation Green Light, including Clermont County.

In addition to lighting county buildings, bridges, and other meaningful landmarks, residents, businesses and other organizations are encouraged to participate by simply changing one light bulb in their home to a green bulb. This can be an exterior light that neighbors and passersby see, or an interior light that sparks a conversation with friends. By shining a green light, we let our veterans know that they are seen, appreciated, and supported.

Commissioners name members of emergency planning committee

BATAVIA, OH — The Board of County Commissioners on Aug. 2 appointed and/or reappointed to the Clermont County Local Emergency Planning Committee:

Steve Armstrong, American Red Cross
Mark Baird, Milford Community Fire Department/Clermont County Fire & EMS Chiefs Alliance
Bonnie Batchler, Clermont County Board of Commissioners
Mike Boehmer, Clermont County Public Information Office
Tyler Braasch, Clermont County Public Health
Bruce Crase, Clermont County Building Inspection Department
Randy Davis, Clermont County Water Resources
Jill Ernst, The Health Collaborative
Pam Haverkos, Clermont County Emergency Management Agency
Robert Hirsch, Miami Township Police Department/Clermont County Sheriffs and Police Association
Hannah Lubbers, Adams-Clermont Solid Waste District/Clermont County Environmental Quality
Brooke Matzen, Greater Cincinnati HazMat Unit
Andrew McAfee, Clermont Chamber of Commerce
Robert McLelland, Duke Energy
John McManus, Clermont Soil & Water Conservation District
Michael Mills, Mercy Health – Clermont Hospital
Tim Neyer, Clermont County Water Resources
Jeannette Nichols, Clermont County Prosecutor’s Office – Civil Division
Thomas Peck, Clermont County Trustees Association/Monroe Township trustee
Kevin Riley, Central Joint Fire-EMS District/Clermont County Fire & EMS Chiefs Alliance
Laurie Schlueter, Clermont County Emergency Management Agency
Jeff Smith, Clermont County Engineer Highway Department
Chris Stratton, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office
John Thebout, Clermont County Mayor’s Association/Batavia Village mayor
Jessica Wiederhold, Clermont County Department of Public Safety Services
Robb Wing, Community rep

Terms run through Aug. 14, 2025.

The Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) is a coordinated planning body comprised of individuals who have expertise in planning and response to incidents involving hazardous materials.  The Clermont County LEPC was established pursuant to the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act of 1986 or SARA Title III.

LEPC members are nominated by the Clermont County Board of Commissioners and approved by the SERC (State Emergency Response Commission).  LEPC members are volunteers and serve a two-year (2) term.  Members are reappointed during the odd numbered years.  The membership of an LEPC must include, without limitation, personnel from each of these groups: elected state and local officials, law enforcement, emergency management, firefighting, first aid, health, local environmental, hospital, transportation, broadcast/print media, community groups, and facilities (see Ohio Revised Code, Chapter 3750).

The LEPC is instrumental in fulfilling the purpose of the Community Right-to-Know law to increase the protection of the community from chemicals produced, used, stored, and/or transported within Clermont County.