A $500,000 grant was presented to two Ohio Valley agencies for a new initiative called "Strong Families, Strong Communities."
The director of the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities personally presented the grant to the B-H-N Alliance and the Belmont Harrison Monroe Mental Health Recovery Board.
They say the program will help children at risk and youth in crisis.
They could be anyone age eight through 24 who needs coordinated care and crisis intervention.
Thirty-eight pairs of agencies applied for it, and one seven got it.
Officials say this will help families in Belmont, Harrison, Noble and Monroe counties who are dealing with a child teetering on the edge of harming himself or others.'
"These would be challenging youth that might have both a developmental disability and a mental health issue," said John Martin, director of the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.
"And they are either a risk to themselves or to others. So we're talking about kids with some really significant needs."
It's going to allow us to serve some very high intense need kids in a comprehensive way," explained Linda Pickenpaugh, president of the Mental Health and Recovery Board. "So we will stabilize a crisis and then try to do long term treatment planning for that youth."
They say the grant will also allow them to offer therapeutic mentoring and respite care for families of patients.
They say it also helps reduce out-of-home placements, and helps keep families together.
And they will work to reduce the risk of harm to both patient and family members.