Autism Spectrum Disorder and Co-Occurring Conditions

Collaborative Efforts Across Ohio State Agencies

Collaborative Efforts Across Ohio State Agencies

Ohio's state systems have been working collaboratively to support children and youth with developmental disabilities including autism spectrum disorder and other co-occurring conditions.

The following is a list of collaborative efforts across Ohio.

Strong Families, Safe Communities

In 2013, the State of Ohio appropriated funding for local collaborative systems of care in the mental health and developmental disabilities systems targeting youth ages (8-24) in crisis and to sustain treatment plans that support families in the home with community based services. The initiatives, led by the Ohio Departments of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities focus on care coordination, rapid response team efforts, family mentoring and support, screening for high-risk children, and various therapeutic services. For more information on this work visit

Expansion of Residential Supports

The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities and the Ohio Departments of Medicaid (ODM), Jobs and Family Services (ODJFS), Mental Health and Addiction Services (OMHAS), and Ohio Family and Children First Council (OFCFC) joined efforts in 2016 to launch a pilot respite residential program for youth with I/DD and intensive behaviors. The Pilot includes a prototype that incorporates a collaborative service and funding model, including a continuum of care, and utilizes a high-fidelity wrap around approach for Ohio’s most complex youth.

Mental Illness/Developmental Disability Coordinating Center of Excellence (MI/DD CCOE)

The MIDD CCOE is jointly funded by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services & the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities. The mission of the MIDD CCOE is to make life better for people with dual diagnoses of mental illness and a developmental disability by:

  • creating access to expert assessments and recommendations
  • training and educating professionals, paraprofessionals and future professionals to address needs in both mental health and developmental disabilities
  • supporting Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities systems by coordinating and working together
  • helping communities build their knowledge and resources for serving this population

Ohio’s Telepsychiatry Project

The intent of the project is to reach remote areas throughout the state or those with limited access to psychiatric services. Referrals for children can come from all counties. Referrals for adults can come from all counties except the following; Cuyahoga, Franklin, Hamilton, Summit, Montgomery, Lucas, Stark, Butler, Lorain, Mahoning, Lake, Warren, and Trumbull. Currently there are 58 counties that utilize the Telepsychiatry project. Currently, there are over 750 individuals enrolled in the project, including 160 youth. Local county boards of DD provide a contact person to assist with coordinating telepsychiatry services. In order to be eligible, an individual must be:

  • a child or adult with co-occurring mental illness/developmental disability
  • enrolled in Medicaid
  • in agreement to participate & provide consent; have access to a computer with a web cam and high speed, broad band internet connection.