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PCSAO releases 2021 annual report

PCSAO releases 2021 annual report

PCSAO maintained historic budget investments by the state and helped county agencies prepare for implementation of the historic Family First Prevention Services Act in a year marked by workforce and placement shortages.

In our 2021 annual report, PCSAO reflects on a year of research and advocacy. Dozens of legislators were engaged in ridealongs with caseworkers, and Ohio START was approved as one of five prevention services under Ohio’s Family First prevention plan. PCSAO also worked with a new Center of Excellence for Adolescent Behavioral Health. “County government is where change happens in Ohio,” said PCSAO Executive Director Angela Sausser. “PCSAO was honored to serve every county agency across the state in addressing some of the most significant problems faced by our communities: child safety and permanency, family stability, mental health and addiction, and generational trauma.”

According to PCSAO Board President David Haverfield (pictured), director of Tuscarawas County Job & Family Services, the association stepped up to the monumental task of implementing the biggest state and federal reforms in history in the midst of a debilitating workforce crisis and shortage of viable placement options for youth with high-acuity needs. “This led to outstanding accomplishments for our association,” Haverfield said. “As we struggle through these challenges, we remain committed to improving outcomes for children and families by marshalling new resources to tackle the most difficult work in government.”

A year-long learning series on race, equity and inclusion for member agencies accompanied strategic modernization efforts focused on safety culture and shared practice model. “In 2021, our dedicated members examined ways to make our system more equitable, more safe, and more consistent from county to county, and I am grateful for a resourceful board and talented staff to achieve those goals,” Sausser said.