Family Stabilization Outreach
The Mental Health & Recovery Services Board received a grant to embed Family Stabilization Navigators in all three of our local Children’s Services Agencies. These navigators work alongside the Children’s Services caseworkers to respond to all families who are in crisis due to addiction.
Family Stabilization Navigators offer parents immediate access to substance use treatment. They assist with placement and any treatment necessary including Medication Assisted Treatment. Children who need support and treatment due to their families’ addiction crisis will also be linked with trauma treatment.
The goal is to reduce the number of our home placements and get parents on the road to recovery so families can remain together.
Meet the Family Stabilization Navigators
Facilitating positive change and growth within families has been a rewarding experience for me as a Family Stabilization Navigator in Hardin County. By providing skills to improve connection and communication among the families I serve, I am able to see incredible changes. I thrive on being able to build positive connections with other professionals within the field to better serve those affected by substance use. I have previous experience in serving youth and this job is a new experience for me for which I am excited.
I received my Bachelor of Science in Social Work through The Ohio State University and am currently attending school to receive my Master of Social Work. I am passionate about expanding my knowledge so that I can serve my community as best as possible.
Working with families that have been affected by substance use is a passion of mine as I have had personal experience with that situation as a child. By helping families understand addiction and connecting them to treatment resources, I believe I am giving back to my community in a profound way.
I have past experience working in community mental health where I assisted many people affected by substance use and provided in-depth education on addiction and substance use disorders. I received my Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Bowling Green State University.
Currently, I reside in Lima with my husband, Lenny, and our two cats, Princeton and Kingston.
I began working for the Allen County Board of Developmental Disabilities while attending The Ohio State University. After graduating from OSU with my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, I received my Master’s in Education with a concentration in Community Counseling.
I have experience both as a Child Welfare Caseworker and as a Mental Health Clinician. I have worked primarily as an Ongoing Caseworker. But I have worked as a Caseworker Coach and most recently as an Intake and Assessment Supervisor. I was at Lutheran Social Services and Coleman Professional Services as an Emergency Specialist. I also worked at Ridgeview and Mercy Health St. Rita’s as a Behavioral Health Clinician.
Throughout my career, I completed crisis assessments and connected people with local resources for both mental health and addiction services. I also have experience providing inpatient and outpatient individual counseling. I look forward to helping and serving the people of Allen County further in my new role as the Family Stabilization Navigator. My experience in Child Welfare and Mental Health will be an asset to the clients we serve.