MIDDLEPORT — Knowing where to turn for the help you need is not always easy, but that is something the Meigs County Family and Children First Council hopes to change with the annual No Wrong Door training.
The training was held last Friday with 48 participants from 29 agencies taking part in the six-hour session.
“The No Wrong Door philosophy outlines working together, innovative thinking and new ways of sharing information to achieve the best possible outcomes for families within our community,” said Andrea Weakly, Meigs County Family and Children First Council Coordinator.
“The vision for No Wrong Door is family-centered, accessible and coordinated services. No Wrong Door concentrates providing front line staff, from agencies and organizations within our county, with the tools to become helpful from a holistic need perspective. Taking into consideration all the services a family may require. By adopting a holistic, family-centered focus, agencies and organizations with in our community will be able to identify families with complex or multiple needs and focus their intensive efforts on responding to those needs,” added Weakly.
The goal of the training is to educate each other on the services each agency provides to ensure that our families are linked to the correct range of services and receive appropriate responses to questions. It also is utilized as a networking opportunity for front line providers to meet other front line providers with whom they may require assistance from.
The No Wrong Door Training is a key vehicle to embed the No Wrong Door philosophy and a planned approach to family-centered service delivery across agencies and organizations. The No Wrong Door Training will not deliver outcomes for families, but it will enable better family outcomes to be achieved
During the training, Meigs County Sheriff Deputy Sgt. Scott Trussell was presented with an award for his work with the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training. Trussell took part in the first CIT training offered nearly a year ago, stepping up as a leader, according to Weakly.
Weakly added that Trussell has help the county to have a better working relationship with Woodland Centers.
Trussell was also nominated for the state CIT award which was recently presented in Columbus.
Agencies and organizations attending included: Meigs County Department of Job and Family Services, Meigs County Juvenile Court, Meigs County Health Department, Meigs County Board of DD, Meigs County Sheriff Office, Middleport Village Police Department, Eastern Local School District, Meigs Local School District, Southern Local School District, Gallia-Jackson-Meigs Board of Alcohol Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services, Woodland Centers, Health Recovery Services, Integrated Services of Southeast Ohio, Tri-County Mental Health, Riverbend Behavioral Health, Parent Advocacy Connection-NAMI, Ohio Family and Children First Council, Red Tree House, Meigs Family and Children First Council, Heart of The Valley Head Start, Gallia-Meigs Community Action Agency, Athens-Meigs Educational Service Center, Sojourners Care Network, United Health Care Community Plan, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and a Parent Representative.