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
  • Substance Abuse and Recovery Initiatives

    Current Substance Abuse and Recovery Initiatives and Projects:
    • Community Action Recovery Effect (CARE). OCOF facilitates this Recovery Oriented System of Care focused in Dearborn County. It is a collaborative group of diverse stakeholders coming together to support community wellness and ensure a recovery-ready community. To learn more about CARE, visit www.dcinecare.org or on Facebook: Dearborn County CARE.
    • Building Communities of Recovery. OCOF works with 1 Voice, the local recovery community organization, to implement the Building Communities of Recovery grant from the federal Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration. The purpose of this program is to mobilize resources within and outside of the recovery community to increase the prevalence and quality of long-term recovery support from substance abuse and addiction.