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

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:

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 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.

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 or emailing
4C for Children provides free assistance in locating licensed childcare/preschool/summer camps:
1-800-256-1296 x1330 or

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

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

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   

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 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

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

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

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 or look online at

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

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

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.  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

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

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.

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.






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

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.


Clermont County Mental Health and Recovery Board awards 12 mini-grants to local organizations

BATAVIA, OH (July 20, 2023) — The Clermont County Mental Health and Recovery Board awarded 12 mini-grants to local organizations for the period of July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024. The Mental Health and Recovery Board plans, funds, and monitors mental health and addiction services locally. The grants will fund evidence-based programs that enhance mental health and/or prevent addiction in Clermont County. The grant applications were initially reviewed by a three-member committee. A total of $30,000 was allocated, with maximum funding per project of $3,000.

The organizations selected for a mini-grant are:

Batavia Middle School, Calm Room: To create a calm, sensory-controlled space where students can go to feel safe and relaxed when they are overstimulated. The room will contain special lighting, snacks and drinks, comfortable areas to decompress, fidgets and sensory items, plants, and various calming activity options such as yoga and journaling.

Clermont County Public Health (2), Wound Care Kits and Xylazine Test Strips: To purchase Xylazine test strips and Xylazine Wound Care kits to be distributed to the participants of the Clermont County Bloodborne Infectious Disease Prevention Program (Syringe Services Program). The Bloodborne Infectious Disease Prevention Program offers a comprehensive approach to harm reduction that includes a one-for-one exchange of syringes, free naloxone, HIV and Hepatitis C testing, and referrals to treatment or other services.

Inter Parish Ministry, Food Pantry Summer Picnic: To provide summer picnics, freshly prepared hot meals, and “pop-up” picnics in various Clermont County communities for clients who are in need and to provide community mental health resource information and empowerment items. IPM’s Summer Community Picnic Program fosters a sense of well-being among food-insecure families and individuals who use the agency as a food resource.

Milford Mulberry Elementary School, Sensory Path/Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS): To install a permanent sensory path in the school building to be used as a tool that students can access when they need an out-of-classroom break that is guided with specific motor activities to reregulate their bodies. The grant will also pay to continue the school’s subscription to the PBIS software app that supports data-driven decision making.

Milford Pattison Elementary, Second Step Learning Kits K-3: To purchase one Second Step instructional kit for each grade level from kindergarten through third grade and one Principal Toolkit to assist with training for staff. Kits will be used by general education teachers class-wide to provide research-based instruction in social emotional skills and in turn, to help students build confidence, collaborate with others, and learn to navigate the world. The kits also allow teachers to access online digital resources related to the program that can be used for future, stand-alone implementation. The kits allow staff to access online training modules to prepare for teaching.

Milford Seipelt Elementary, Social Emotional Learning Program (SEL): To provide every student with whole-school assemblies, as well as smaller breakout sessions for more social-emotional learning (SEL) sessions, in which students will have the opportunity to engage in activities that promote self-reflection, relationship building, and social awareness.

Milford School District, Staff Well-Being: To plan activities around the wellbeing of staff that will include securing a weekly yoga instructor who could provide yoga to our staff onsite as well as various sensory and mindful materials that would create the opportunity to be available at various professional development days that have been set for recalibration as a station to relax and reset.

New Richmond High School, Sources of Strength: To continue efforts to improve mental wellness of both staff and students through a program called Sources of Strength. Sources of Strength is an upstream suicide prevention program that provides training for early intervention and suicide prevention. The program’s goal is to improve the social and cultural climate of the school and improve the mental health and wellbeing of both staff and students. It uses peer leaders to enhance protective factors associated with reducing suicide across a school population.

Safe Harbor of Hope, Day Ministry Center: To begin a Day Ministry Center available Monday through Friday as a point of connection for services geared toward women in the community who struggle with addiction and mental health wellness. The women will receive peer support services, food, clothing, hygiene products, drug testing, and other resources and information.

SMART Recovery, US Inc., SMART Recovery Handbooks: To purchase 200 SMART Recovery Handbooks to be distributed to clients at Clermont County addiction treatment facilities. The handbooks will provide clients with tools to help them with recovery. The grant will also be used for facilitator training and the development of additional community meetings.

West Clermont Merwin Elementary, PBIS Rewards System Access: To implement a schoolwide digital management system for Positive Behavioral health and Interventions Supports (PBIS) Rewards. Teachers and support staff at Merwin Elementary are currently using physical tokens to reward students for demonstrating appropriate behaviors at school. Teachers often share that the process of printing and cutting out the physical tokens is extremely time consuming each week. Rewarding students as a whole class is not always feasible during instruction or learning activities. The PBIS Rewards digital program will allow teachers and staff to immediately acknowledge positive student behavior from a mobile device.

People in Clermont County can text 911 for emergency help

BATAVIA, OH (July 19, 2023) — People in Clermont County can now text 911 for emergency help. This could be especially helpful for people with a language barrier, or hearing or speech impairment. It also could help when a caller feels unsafe making a voice call due to a domestic situation, burglary in progress or prowler.

The Clermont County Department of Public Safety Services asks people with emergencies to call 911 if they can, but text 911 if they can’t.

“We always prefer voice calls, but text-to-911 offers a helpful alternative when that may not be possible or work very well,” said Jessica Wiederhold, Director, Clermont County Department of Public Safety and Services. “We appreciate the support of the county commissioners in starting this new service.”

Text-to-911 was approved by the Board of County Commissioners in March. Testing began in April, with dispatchers responding to texts sent to 911 and texting back to 911 hang-up calls.

Clermont County is partnering with Agent511 for text-to-911 because it integrates into the RapidSOS Portal, which dispatchers use to pinpoint the location of callers. This gives dispatchers the ability to initiate an outbound text to a number at any time to assist if they are unable to communicate by voice. Dispatchers also can send a link via text that callers can click to share their exact location. They have the ability to send a mapping link to first responders to share the exact location of an emergency. Finally, language translation services are included to better assist non-English speaking callers and those with hearing/speech issues.

Text-to-911 already has proven beneficial in these instances:

* A dispatcher assisted a younger caller via text whose mother was being physically abused by her boyfriend.

* A dispatcher was able to send an outbound text to a Spanish-speaking caller and ascertain what the problem was and get help to the caller’s family in another country.

*A dispatcher assisted a female via text who believed that someone was breaking into her house.

Clermont County to spotlight comprehensive effort to address mental health, substance use challenges

BATAVIA, OH (July 14, 2023) – Clermont County is participating in Ohio’s BRIDGE Day, in support of the first national Day of Deflection, on Wednesday July 19. The event serves to educate the public about the work of law enforcement and treatment partnerships to address mental health and substance use challenges.

The Ohio Department of Public Safety (DPS) in collaboration with other state, local and private entities are driving the statewide community outreach day called BRIDGE Day.

Bridging Recovery Interdiction Data Gathering Enforcement (BRIDGE) combines law enforcement and substance use treatment resources in a coordinated effort focusing on reduction of supply and demand, simultaneously prioritizing treatment for those who qualify. Deflection Teams, also known as Quick Response Teams (QRTs), are comprised of first responders and mental health professionals who assist in pre-arrest diversion and post-overdose response.

Deflection is when first responders, social workers and recovery support professionals connect individuals experiencing mental health or substance use challenges to community-based treatment and/or services as an alternative to arrest or taking no action.

Clermont County has been in the forefront of these trends since the Opiate Task Force (now called the Clermont Addiction and Recovery Partnership) helped created QRTs in 2017. Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services provides QRTs under a contract with the Clermont County Mental Health and Recovery Board (MHRB).

The team consists of first responders and treatment professionals. With QRT, the goal is to get people into treatment following an overdose.

“In Clermont County, increased naloxone distribution and heightened awareness mean that more people are surviving opioid overdoses,” said Lee Ann Watson, Director of the MHRB, and former Co-Chair of the County’s Opiate Task Force. “The QRT partners first responders with treatment professionals who can connect people to needed substance use disorder treatment at a time they are most actively seeking it.”

A video is being created to help explain how deflection works in Clermont County.

Clermont County selects projects for $1.7 million in housing funds

BATAVIA, OH (July 6, 2023) — Nearly $1.75 million in federal funds have been targeted for a variety of projects to benefit communities and non-profits throughout Clermont County, ranging from home repairs for seniors to a program that teaches about gardening and healthy food preparation.

The Clermont County Board of Commissioners on June 28 selected the 2023 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) projects to be included in the Action Plan to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

CDBG projects were selected from 2023 CDBG applications as submitted from local jurisdictions and non-profits. Projects were awarded based on the overall benefit to low and moderate income areas and persons.

The Clermont County Department of Community and Economic Development (CED) works with communities to leverage multiple funding sources for their projects, such as CDBG, HOME, Capital Bill Funds, ODOD Demolition Funds, OPWC, FEMA, FAA, OEPA, as well as others.

The 2023 CDBG projects include:

Clermont Senior Services Inc. Home Safety Repair Program: $115,000
Home Repairs for Seniors including accessibility, furnace, plumbing, electrical repairs. Many wheel chair ramps and grab bars that keep seniors living in their homes and damaged floor repairs will be completed. It is estimated that 36 families and over 50 people will be assisted.

Clermont County Community Alternative Sentencing Center (CASC): $71,000
This is the very successful program the Board has funded for a number of years as an alternative to jail for those residents struggling with addictions. This provides much needed counseling and treatment and helps many of our residents turn their lives around.

Clermont County General Health District Homeowner Septic Rehab Program: $100,000
Fund 10-15 septic system repairs or replacements for Low income residents through forgivable loan. The Health Department will combine these funds with WPCLF and H2Ohio funding from Ohio EPA.

Clermont County General Health District Newtonsville Sewer Connection Program: $100,000
Fund 10-15 sewer connections for low income residents through forgivable loan.

Housing Opportunities Made Equal Fair Housing Program: $15,000
HUD required Fair Housing Program. This organization provides fair housing training to groups such as realtors and landlords and assists renters when they have complaints or concerns about their housing situation.

Ohio Township Mt. Pisgah Playground Phase 2: $12,000
Replace outdated playground equipment at Mt. Pisgah Park.

OSU Extension Clermont County Demonstration Gardens/Food Science Lab: $82,000
Construct demonstration vegetable gardens and replace outdated food science kitchen for demonstration of gardening and healthy food preparation to JFS Clients and other low to moderate income persons.

Felicity Franklin PTO Felicity Cool Tools for School: $10,000
Purchase of school supplies for children of needy families including backpacks, binders, pencils. This program was run successfully before but funding has been lost currently for the program. Approximately 300 back packs will be stocked with supplies and additional supplies on hand during the school year.

Streetlight Ministry Homeless Outreach Program: $25,000
Outreach to homeless in form of sleeping bags, meals, clothing, transportation, ID and Birth certificates, and connecting clients with services such as helping them with IDs and Birth Certificates.

Tate Township Parking Lot at Bethel Cemetery/Park: $90,000
Construction of parking lot with paving. Township has provided the gravel base which is installed. The Township has purchased additional land adjacent for a park and plans for trails.

Wayne Township Former Newtonsville School Roof: $70,000
Pay 70% of Roof for building up to maximum of $70,000. The building houses two non-profit food pantries that serve the LMI community.

Williamsburg Township Emergency Service Building Upgrades: $147,000
Upgrade outdated and dangerous electric system in building to operate while on backup generator already purchased. Switch electric from 3 phase to 1 phase.3 new HVAC Units that operate on 1 phase electric. Update Kitchen for EMS/ Fire employees.

Clermont County Community and Economic Development (CED) planning and administration of grants: $189,469

The 2023  HOME projects include:

Clermont Housing Corporation (CMHA) Veterans Village Housing Project: $640,000

Clermont County Community and Economic Development (CED) planning and administration of grants: $70,000

Clermont County Community and Economic Development (CED) activity delivery: $40,000





Safety Champion: Greg Sandfoss

Bridge Crew Foreman Greg Sandfoss of the Clermont County Engineer’s Office always keeps safety at the forefront. His four-person crew repairs and replaces the county’s 421 bridges.

“Safety has always been our No. 1 priority,” said Sandfoss, who has worked on the county’s bridges and guardrails for 25 years. “Everyone wants to get home to their family at the end of the day. Safety is always our goal.”

His crew hasn’t experienced a major injury during their combined 80 total years with the county. Members of the team are operator Brian Gumbert and highway workers Kenny Houk, Miles Tarvin and Jeff Fletcher.

“That many years of experience and zero injuries is pretty outstanding,” Clermont County Safety Coordinator Gary Caudill said. “They have great teamwork. Everyone knows what the other guy is going to do before he does it.”

Caudill noted that the crew is especially cautious while working on busy roads. That can include closing roads for larger projects. The team also makes sure that banks are stabilized and takes precautions to prevent trips, falls and sliding. When operating heavy equipment, they are keenly aware of surroundings.

“Working in traffic is not a pleasant thing,” Sandfoss said. “With the volume of traffic, you’ve got to keep your eyes peeled.”

Sandfoss appreciates the support of Caudill.

“Gary is always there if we need anything,” he said. “He’s a big asset to the county.”


Clermont County breaks ground on Phase 1 Filager Campus Improvements

BATAVIA, OH (June 15, 2023) – Clermont County broke ground today on the $18.5-million Phase 1 Filager Campus Improvements project. Monarch Construction Co. of Cincinnati was awarded the construction contract on May 31. Construction will begin this month with an estimated completion in the summer of 2024.

The project will replace outdated buildings and outdoor storage for County Engineer’s Office Highway Operations and Clermont County Fleet Maintenance. The new facilities will take the place of the existing facilities, many of which were constructed in the 1950s and 60s.

The 7-acre campus across State Route 222 from existing facilities will have total building square footage of 74,550.The project will include a highway operations building, a salt storage building, two covered equipment and material storage buildings, a fleet maintenance building and a fuel island.

“This is an investment in our future, one that will help Clermont County more efficiently and cost-effectively provide services to the citizens of our county,” said Bonnie Batchler, President, Board of County Commissioners. “In about a year from now, you’ll see a modern facility at this location that will help Clermont County provide top-quality service to our citizens.”

“I’m grateful to the commissioners for seeing the need for this project,” County Engineer Jeremy Evans said. “This will provide our dedicated and hard-working employees with a setting that will allow them to better maintain the equipment they use to maintain the county’s many roads and bridges.”

The project is being funded by the county capital fund.

A second phase would include demolition and cleanup of existing buildings and construction of office space for the Engineer’s Office, County Facilities and Clermont Transportation Connection.

Commissioners award bid for Filager Campus

BATAVIA, OH (May 31, 2023) — The Board of County Commissioners today awarded an $18.5-million bid for the first phase of a Filager Campus in Batavia that will replace outdated buildings and outdoor storage for County Engineer’s Office Highway Operations and Clermont County Fleet Maintenance.

Monarch Construction Co. of Cincinnati received the bid for the project, expected to start this month. Completion is anticipated in the summer of 2024.

The 7-acre campus across State Route 222 from existing facilities will have total building square footage of 74,550. It will include an enclosed garage for highway operations trucks, space for fleet maintenance and mechanics, a salt barn, a fuel station and covered storage.

The new building will house Highway Operations, with various sections (administration, work room, training, locker rooms, sign shop, conference rooms, storage).

The facility will include enclosed parking, maintenance and truck wash areas for 26 dump trucks, which are valued at about $225,000 each. On the current campus, many are exposed to the elements. This can cause wear-and-tear and situations such as salt freezing in the beds of dump trucks during winter weather.

Salt storage will be expanded to 6,000 tons, up from 4,000 at the current site. (Clermont County uses about 6,000 to 6,500 tons of road salt each winter.) Other items such as straw and guard rails will be stored in covered areas, which is not now possible. A double-sided fueling station will be added, improving efficiency.

The existing 6-acre, 40,300-quare-foot campus includes: highway ops/sign shed (opened 1958), fleet maintenance (1958), equipment and material storage (1960’s), truck barns (1968 and 1988), facilities/CTC (1974), salt barn (1986), highway mechanic (1996), fueling station (1989), CTC bus lot (2011). The salt barn is a wooden structure.

Commissioners authorized a Request for Qualifications (RFQs) for the project on June 30, 2021. Eight RFQs were received and reviewed. On Dec. 6, 2021, the board authorized a contract with Garmann Miller, a design firm. Construction drawings were submitted to Permit Central on Sept. 30, 2022.

A second phase would include demolition and cleanup of existing buildings and construction of office space for the Engineer’s Office, County Facilities and Clermont Transportation Connection.

County Engineer Jeremy Evans thanked the Board of County Commissioners for recognizing the need.