Join OACCA, an association for Ohio child welfare and behavioral health providers

Debra Rex, President & CEO, Beech Brook, Cleveland  Donald Warner, Executive Director, Oesterlen Services for Youth, Springfield, OH

Up-to-Date Information

  • Ongoing communication via emails, webinars, and in-person meetings to keep members informed about current issues and trends — read a sample newsletter
  • Discussion about urgent state and county issues, including Medicaid rates and ODJFS rules
  • Receive daily referrals from children service agencies, juvenile courts, & families
  • Access to national issues via our membership to Child Welfare League of America (CWLA), Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, Family-Focused Treatment Association (FFTA), Open Minds, and National Organization of State Alliances for Children (NOSAC)
  • Analysis of policy, practice, and research

Representation through Lobbying and Advocacy

  • Representation at policy and practice decision-making ‘tables’ that help form the direction of child welfare and behavioral health issues in Ohio
  • Professional lobbyist services in developing and tracking legislation — OACCA employs and contracts with three legislative and executive branch lobbyists

Consultation for Business Transformation

  • Executive Director’s network (10 years with OACCA and advocating on behalf of child and family service providers)
  • Prepare for Medicaid managed care contracts and major changes underway to behavioral health and child welfare
  • Enhancement of agency’s credentials with opportunities for staff development
  • Networking opportunities with important stakeholders
  • Participate in regular association meetings with colleagues formed around similar interests, disciplines and concerns including Behavioral Health, Foster Care & Adoption, Residential Treatment, Developmental Disabilities

Training and Professional Development

  • Gain access to OACCA-sponsored trainings, conferences, and seminars, including members-only events
  • Gain access to various trainings on trauma informed care and evidence-based practices, such as SITCAP, TF-CBT, DDP, and the CANS tool
  • Discounts for your staff to attend Ohio Childhood Trauma Institute trainings

Cost-Saving Benefits

Reputation and Influence

  • Demonstrate your commitment to higher standards in child and family services by your observance of OACCA’s core values
  • Be invited to special meetings and committees with state policy makers and Medicaid managed care plan leaders
  • Become of leader within Ohio’s first statewide child advocacy organization
  • Be featured in our membership directory, Yellow Pages, and website
  • Post employment ads on our website

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Questions about membership can be directed to Executive Director Mark Mecum at (614) 461‐0014 x2.