Our Initiatives

  • OCOF strives to continually improve services and systems in Southeastern Indiana and beyond in order to improve social and emotional outcomes for children and families. Much of this work is achieved through initiatives and projects with a variety of partners and families.

  • Southeastern Indiana’s System of Care

    In order for all children and families to experience wellness, we must have a strong System of Care in which all services and providers are continually improving and family and youth are empowered.

    OCOF is committed to supporting the System of Care values across all child serving entities:


    • Family-Driven
    • Youth-Guided
    • Evidence-Based
    • Community-Based
    • Culturally and Linguistically Competent
    • Outcome-Based
    • Trauma-Informed
    • Collaborative
    • Strength-Based


  • Current Southeastern Indiana System of Care Initiatives and Projects:
    • Supporting evidence based practices which have included Motivational Interviewing, Wraparound, Transition to Independence Process, Incredible Years, Parent Cafes, Conscious Discipline, Mental Health First Aid, and Positive Behaviors Interventions and Supports.
    • Training on a variety of topics to improve the child and family serving workforce.
    • Consultation and Technical Assistance provided to partners in a variety of areas including facilitation, planning, project implementation, grants management, coalition building, and solution-focused problem solving.
    • Parent Support Programming such as Parent Cafes and United Families in order to empower parents with knowledge and support
  • Early Childhood

    OCOF believes in the importance of prevention and resilience, which starts at an early age.

    Current Early Childhood Initiatives and Projects:
    • Safety PIN (Protecting Indiana’s Newborns). Through funding from Indiana Department of Health, OCOF is working with Choices Coordinated Care Solutions and other partners to reduce the infant mortality rate in Southeastern Indiana
    • Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health). Funding from the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration through the Indiana Department of Health is used to improve the wellness of young children through collaboration with partners on a variety of strategies. Efforts including increasing the use of screening and assessment, improving home visitation programs, implementing parent support programs such as Incredible Years and Parent Cafes, work with primary care to integrate behavioral health, and implementing programming around early childhood mental health.
  • Championing Systems of Care beyond Southeastern Indiana

    OCOF strives to support other communities in improving their Systems of Care.

    Current Championing Systems of Care:
    • As a champion for System of Care development, OCOF provides support and guidance to other System of Care initiatives throughout Indiana and in other states.
      • Annual Indiana System of Care Conference
    • OCOF provides support to the Tristate Trauma Network (www.tristatetraumanetwork.org) serving Greater Cincinnati in order to help the entire region to become a more trauma-informed community.
    • OCOF partners with a number of stakeholders throughout the tristate region in addressing the Opioid epidemic and ensuring that Southeastern Indiana is actively represented.