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Free Tax return preparation for Qualifying Tax Payers

The IRS's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs offer free basic tax return preparation to qualified individuals.

The VITA program has operated for over 50 years. VITA sites offer free tax help to people who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns, including:

• People who generally make $58,000 or less

• Persons with disabilities; and

• Limited English-speaking taxpayers

Local sites:

Zion Lutheran Church

3300 Canfield Road

Youngstown, OH 44511


Volunteer Prepared Taxes

Oak Hill Collaborative

507 Oak Hill

Youngstown, OH 44502


Volunteer Prepared Taxes

School Age

Job and Family Services - The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services offers a wide range of assistance for Ohioans. This includes employment and training assistance, unemployment benefits, cash assistance, food assistance, child care, child and adult protective services, adoption, and child support. Most ODJFS programs are administered by local agencies so you can get the assistance you need right in your own county.

Mahoning County Job and Family Services

345 Oakhill Avenue
Entrance D
Youngstown, OH 44502

To Apply For Medicaid, Food or Cash Assistance:1-844-640-6446

Monday - Friday
7:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Mahoning County Job and Family Services website

Ohio Medicaid Toolkit:

Employment First

30 E. Broad St., Columbus OH 43215
Phone: 614-466-6612

Preparing for youth with disabilities to assume adult roles as community members and workers should begin very early in a young person’s life and is effective when supported by a multi-agency team and meaningful services. This is what the Ohio Employment First Transition Framework strives to create. The Ohio Employment First Transition Framework includes tools to assist individuals and teams across agencies to understand, learn more about, and use Evidence Based Practices and Predictors.

Employment First Website

Transition Options in Postsecondary Settings (TOPS)

One University Plaza

Youngstown, Ohio 44555

(330) 941-2437

YSU-TOPS supports young adults with intellectual disabilities or autism wishing to participate in college, career, and community learning experiences in preparation for independent living and competitive employment. TOPS students attend specialized classes in the areas of communication, Practical living, First Aid/CPR, employment readiness and self-care. They attend inclusive classes in the area of health and fitness offered through the universities REC center. Students complete internships each semester to help expand vocational skills.

Check out the Facebook page for more information.

Charting the LifeCourse 

Even though the framework was originally developed for people with disabilities, it is designed universally, and can be used by any family making a life plan, whether they have a member with a disability or not. Core Belief: All people have the right to live, love, work, play and pursue their life aspirations just as others do in their community.

Life Course Tools are available for free download on the website


Opportunities with Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD)

OOD helps students with disabilities successfully transition from school to work. Transition teams work together to develop activities and experiences designed to provide students with the necessary skills and knowledge to reach their postsecondary goals.

For information click on link below:

Disability Benefits 101

DB101 will help you make informed choices and show you how you can make work part of your plan. DB101 provides information to learn about benefits program and rules around work. Get answers to frequently asked questions. Find out how to avoid common pitfalls; Estimators: Get results tailored just for you that helps you plan and set goals for work.

DB101 is written by benefits experts in the disability community who understand programs and make sure that DB101 is always up-to-date and correct.

DB101 is free for users. If you have questions or comments about your benefits:

Alta Behavioral Healthcare

711 Belmont Ave., Youngstown OH  44502
Vince Paolucci
Phone: 330-793-2487

Alta Behavioral Healthcare is devoted to providing the highest quality of professional care to children, teens and their families. Our staff is highly skilled in helping families understand their situations and what needs to be done to bring practical solutions to the problem at hand.

Comprehensive Behavioral Health

140 Javit Ct

Austintown, Ohio


Helps  struggling individuals, couples, and families find control and hope in their lives. Offers counseling and psychiatry, family mental health, telehealth, depression treatment, community-based care management, home health care and anxiety treatment.

PsyCare for Behavioral Health and Counseling

997 Boardman-Canfield Road

Boardman, Ohio 44512 Phone: 330-758-0101 

 Dedicated to assisting individuals and families to overcome difficult emotional, behavioral, mental and relationship problems. Offers child and adolescent treatment, individual and group therapy, parenting training, behavior management, health psychology, psychiatric care management and many more.

ABA Therapy Solutions, LLC

Utilizes the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis and develops individualized programs or treatment plans that target cognitive, speech, language, academic or school readiness, behavior management, play, and social skills. Each individualized program is based on the child’s strengths and work to decrease skill deficits.

Ashley Overton, M.Ed, BCBA, LBS, COBA

Co-Owner/Chief Clinical Officer


1714 Boardman Poland Rd Poland, OH 44514

(855) 400-3455

Proactive Behavior Services

Dr. Leah Gongola



Proactive Behavior Services is an Applied behavior analysis (ABA therapy) that services in homes, schools and community settings.

They host Camp Sunshine in Aurora in the summer.

Akron Children’s Hospital

Ensures families have convenient access to  pediatric care, we have 2 hospitals in northeast Ohio and more than 60 urgent, primary and specialty care locations.

For information call: 330-543-2000 or visit:

Mercy Health

Are you or a loved one in crisis? Do you need someone to talk to? Mercy Health provides clinical staff who are trained to conduct emergency mental health assessments to determine the most appropriate level of care. The Mercy Health behavioral health crisis line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Partial hospitalization program (PHP); Intensive outpatient program (IOP); Outpatient clinic; Cognitive processing therapy for treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); Collaborative care with primary care physicians; Diagnostic assessment and individualized treatment planning; Individual counseling for children, adolescents and adults; Group therapy; Family/marital counseling; Parent-child interaction therapy; Hispanic counseling program; Mental health assessments; Drug, alcohol and tobacco addiction treatment; Medication management; Relapse prevention strategies. 1-844-552-4278

Youth Intensive Services

They’re offering respite, or mentoring, services to kids who need an adult role model in their life. They’re managing residential homes for teenage boys and girls who are almost out of options in their lives – and they’re turning these young people’s lives around. For the better. They’re offering vocational services for disabled adults who are seeking some independence in their lives.

238 S. Meridian Rd. Youngstown, Ohio 44509.



Boundless proudly offers online

counseling and psychiatry throughout

northeast Ohio.

Our independently licensed counselor (LISW-S) specializes in treating

individuals with depression, anxiety, ADHD, autism, co-occurring mental

health diagnoses and intellectual or developmental disabilities, and more.

Medication management is also available.


We are currently able to offer telehealth services for counseling, psychiatry, speech, and potentially ABA. We are currently accepting new clients with Medicaid for all services with select services accepting new clients with Medicare and private insurance.

If you would like to make a referral to our agency, you may call 614-436-7837 (we are currently experiencing technical difficulties with our phone system), fax 614-436-8704, email, or complete our online referral form.

Intake Department

445 E. Dublin Granville Road, Bldg B.

Worthington, OH 43085

T: 614-436-7837 ext. 8181

F: 614-436-8704


300 E. Scott Street

Youngstown, OH 44505

Phone: 330-740-2239

Fax: 330-740-2272


Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-4pm


  • Provides court appointed volunteers to act as guardian for abused, neglected, and dependent children; appear in court to recommend to the judge what is best for the child's future involving their custody.

Help Network of Northeast Ohio Programs

Navigator for Families with Special Needs

The Special Navigator for Families with Special Needs program offers free guidance and referral information to families that have children with special needs. A Parent/Family Specialist assists families and professionals in locating programs, services and information by calling 330-747-KIDS (5437) ext. 244. This service is available to Mahoning and Trumbull County residents. Please call for additional information.

EasterSeals of Mahoning, Trumbull, & Columbiana Counties

Easterseals offers a Weekend Respite Care Program at our facility in Youngstown on select weekends throughout the year. This program is designed to provide respite to families and caregivers of medically fragile children and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Easterseals Teen Club was founded to provide a social group for teenagers with disabilities and special needs.

Find Us in Your Community:

Easterseals of Mahoning, Trumbull & Columbiana Counties

299 Edwards Street,

Youngstown, OH 44502-1599

Contact Us

Phone: (330)743-1168

Edna Edmonds

Unit Director

Boys & Girls Club of Youngstown

2105 Oak Hill Ave.

Youngstown, OH 44507

(Office): 330-782-2714 ex 103

(Fax): 330-782-2715


Summer program from June 14 until August 20 from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm Monday through Friday.

Cost is $50 but scholarships available includes a snack and lunch.

Program includes activities that work on being good leaders. Register at online at office. Following age groups:

6 to 8 year olds

9 to 12 year olds

Teen group

In addition, an afterschool club during the school year.

YMCA of Youngstown

Nikki Murray (Youth and Teen Director/Day Camp Director)

Day Camp and Youth & Teen Director


Summer events at the YMCA include a day program for kids 3yrs-5yrs called “NeeHi” that runs at the Boardman YMCA location only June 7-Aug 13 for ½ day 9am-12pm Monday, Wed, Friday.

Summer Day Camp (full day) 6yrs-13yrs old that takes JFS funding, 9am-4pm Monday-Friday. June 7-August 20 at the Boardman and Central YMCA. There is a registration fee, weekly fee and get a t-shirt.

Register online at

Grant funding available.

The Parent Project

◦A 10-11 week parent training program designed specifically for parents of strong-willed or out-of-control adolescent children ages 10 and above.

What behaviors are addressed?

◦Arguing, backtalk, family conflict

◦Poor school performance

◦Truancy and dropping out

◦Influence of social media and technology

◦Early teen sexual activity

◦Drug use by teens and pre-teens (identification and intervention)

◦Destructive relationships

◦Youth violence and bullying

◦Running away and breaking laws


Karen E Guerrieri, LPCC-S, LICDC, SWA

EMDR Trained Therapist and Parent Project Facilitator

Mahoning County Juvenile Court

Judge Theresa Dellick, Presiding

300 E. Scott Street

Youngstown, Ohio 44505

330.740.2244 x. 6412

Skills to Succeed Academy

Created specifically to meet the needs of job seekers, Skills to Succeed Academy offers 36 bite-sized, interactive modules. Jobseekers will be guided on the entire journey, from choosing the right career and finding a job to achieving success in the workplace.

Best Buddies

Best Buddies is the world’s largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Our programs empower the special abilities of people with IDD by helping them form meaningful friendships with their peers, secure successful jobs, live independently, improve public speaking, self-advocacy and communication skills, and feel valued by society.

Compass Family & Community ServicesWorkforce Development

Workforce Development specializes in assisting people in finding jobs and provides ongoing support to help employees and employers sustain the employment relationship

  • Youth job placement

Works with youth with disabilities and other special needs, their family and their school to provide a network of support designed to gain employment and discover their long-term career goals.Helps find a job that will make them proud of their accomplishments.

Mahoning County Office

535 Marmion Avenue,

Youngstown, Ohio 44502


Flying High Services

 Offers the following to  include the Professional Development Center vocational school, job readiness and placement assistance, GED tutoring, Working Toward the Future Program, GROW Urban Farm, nutritionally assisted alcohol and drug treatment, peer support and case management services, and the Eagle’s Nest Recovery House.

Flying HIGH Inc. is located in Youngstown, Ohio and serves residents across the Mahoning Valley.

6 Federal Plaza Central #701 Youngstown, Ohio 44503.


Goodwill Youngstown

Offering a full range of vocationally oriented services, Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries provides opportunities for persons with disabilities as well as individuals with disadvantaging conditions (e.g. poverty, homeless, etc.). Specially designed programs serve individuals who are visually impaired, and other groups with special needs. Goodwill Services include: Janitorial; Laundry; Vocational Rehab; Job Placement; Radio Reading; Vision Services.

Anyone who would like to tour the main complex on Belmont Ave. may call (330)759-7921 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Just in Time Employment Agency

Life and Job Coaching Consultants. Helps match candidates with open positions whether part-time work or full-time employment. A full-service employment agency specializing, long-term, part-time, and seasonal placements. 3229 Belmont Ave. Youngstown, Ohio 44505.



(Mahoning County Educational Service Center) Mahoning County Educational Service Center (MCESC) provides our partners with the information, guidance, and skills to help them meet that goal. School Districts today face a challenging climate of changing federal and state requirements, funding issues, social pressures and societal problems that trickle into the classroom. It’s MCESC’S intent to provide resources so that districts can skillfully navigate those challenges.

Monday thru Friday 8-4pm

7920 N. Palmyra Rd. Canfield, Ohio 44406.



The Mahoning County Training Association Youth Development Center supports the development of young adults by providing vocational and academic opportunities to facilitate self-sufficiency. CCMEP is for individuals 16-24 years old. Eligible youth may receive services that include career exploration, leadership development, work readiness training, subsidized work programs, and job placement services. Recruitment takes place once a year, with members being a sophomore or junior in good standing, and eligible to receive WIOA services and/or TANF eligible.

20 W. Federal St. Suite 604

Youngstown, Ohio 44503.


PACER Center

PACER’s National Parent Center on Transition and Employment® provides quality information and resources for families of young adults with disabilities on transition planning, civil rights, work-based learning, career accommodations, higher education, financial aid, and much more! A new, cutting-edge website inspires, educates, and engages families around transition; Technical assistance and training to professionals on best practices for engaging families, including those who are underserved; In-person and online workshops for parents of youth on topics such as assistive technology, postsecondary supports, and finding work in the community.

8-5pm Central time.


8191 Normandale Blvd Bloomington, MN 56437.


Check out these videos from DODD:


Seeks to expand the utilization of technologies in the support of persons with disabilities through educating stakeholders and partnerships with the local provider agency. We will do this by providing the local support teams with the tools and resources they need to identify and utilize enabling and assistive technologies.

Cuyahoga County Board of DD

Assistive Technology (or AT) is any interactive item that can help you increase or maintain your independence, skills, and involvement in the community. There are many ways to use AT, such as completing work tasks, communicating with family and friends, or reminding you to take your medication.

Medina County Board of DD

The Smart Home is a mock “home” set up to demonstrate the wide variety of technologies available to help a person be more independent within their home.


Vision: Why We Do What We Do: People with disabilities have the opportunity to live their best lives. Mission: What We Do: OCALI inspires change and promotes access to opportunities for people with disabilities.

Lending library to include assistive technology.

SIFTS is a quick and easy web-based survey tool developed primarily to support families/individuals who need assistance in matching a person’s needs and strengths to AT features.


Supports individual needs through: seizure management, medication compliance, fall risk mitigation, elopement mitigation, identify visitors, sleep/wake patterns, location/communication, safety in the community, and wellness checks, to promote independence.

THS Remote support services

Total Homecare Solutions (THS) is the leader in remote support services and technology for persons with developmental and physical disabilities.

Phone: 513-882-9088

Watch these videos for more information:

Catholic Charities

Services offered at Catholic Charities Regional Agency include: Adoption and Foster Care Information and Referral, Basic Needs Assistance, Down Payment Assistance / Home Ownership, Ex-Offender/ Prison Re-entry / Linkage Services, Financial Education, First Step / Pregnancy Support Services, Housing Counseling, Homeless Outreach, SOAR Project / Benefit Bank, Christina House Domestic Violence Program.

319 W. Rayen Ave. 44502.


Help Network of Northeast Ohio (formerly Help Hotline)

 We continue to provide 24/7 crisis intervention, suicide prevention and intervention, referrals, support services and counseling services to persons experiencing mental health related and/or situational problems. Help Network of Northeast Ohio also: refers and links persons in need of emergency assistance to community resources that can provide it; disseminates information about community human services to individuals and families who need them. Dial 211 to learn more about any of the following programs: 211 Information and Referral; B.R.I.D.G.E.S. (Building Recovery of Individual Dreams Through Education and Support); Deaf & Hearing-Impaired; Dispute Resolution Services; Food Pantries & Free Meal Sites; Homeless Outreach Program; Housing Opportunities Program; Intensive Guardianship Program; Payeeship Programs; Peer Resource & Recovery Programs; Senior Line; Special Navigator for Families with Special Needs; Suicide & Crisis Intervention/Prevention; Suicide Prevention Education; Survivors of Suicide Support Group; Victims Assistance; Victims of Crime Support Group; Warm Line; W.R.A.P (Wellness Recovery Action Project).

261 E. Woods St. Youngstown, Ohio 44509.


Jewish Community Center/Jewish Family Services

At Jewish Family Services, we provide services to everyone from all walks of life regardless of age, religious affiliation, or gender. Programs include: Adult Protective Services; EMDR Trauma Therapy; Personal Counseling; Home Delivered Meals; Guardianship/Case Management; Holiday Assistance; Our Gang; Advocacy; and Education. Membership at Jewish Community Center of Youngstown offers comprehensive on-site services and support for you or the entire family. The facility houses a state-of-the-art fitness center, a 25-yard indoor heated pool, racquetball courts, tennis courts, gymnasium, deluxe health club with sauna, steam, and whirlpool, and much more. The beautiful 18-acre campus offers something for everyone: Fitness and Aquatics Services; Trained, certified, professional fitness staff; Special events & programs with specialists from the nutrition, health and fitness fields; Early Learning Center that serves children 6 weeks-12 years all under one roof; Summer Camp (1st-8th Grade); Adult, teen, and school-age children's programming; Cultural arts, social events, volunteerism, senior outreach.

505 Gypsy Lane Youngstown, Ohio 44594.


Mahoning County Children Services

 Mahoning County Children Services is the county’s single agency empowered to provide public care and services to children as set forth in Chapter 5153 of the Ohio Revised Code. Many of the services provided by the agency are mandated by the Ohio Revised Code, including investigations, in-home protective services, foster family care, adoption and group care. Services are funded through a variety of local, state and federal sources. Current services present a continuum of assistance to families: case management; protective services; information and referral, service planning, unmarried parent services; homemaker services; parent education; crisis services; therapeutic foster care; emergency shelter; adoption; post-adoption services; life skills/independent living; and substitute care.

222 W. Federal St. 4th floor Youngstown, Ohio 44503.


Mahoning County Probate Court

The Probate Court handles the following types of cases: Adoption; Civil/Miscellaneous; Correction of Birth Certificate; Disinterment; Estate Administration; Guardianship and Alternatives; Marriage License; Minor Settlements; Name Change; Registration of Birth Record; Trust; Wills; Wrongful Deaths.

Monday thru Friday 8-4:30pm

120 Market St. Youngstown, Oh 44503.


Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County -

The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, incorporated as the Reuben McMillan Free Library Association, serves all citizens of Mahoning County, Ohio. The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County connects people and communities to reliable resources that inspire learning and foster enrichment. Provide reliable information and answers for those that seek them.

305 Wick Ave. Youngstown, Ohio 44503.



WRTA is the Western Reserve Transit Authority, which provides bus services in Mahoning County. If you are certified Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-eligible; or 65 years and older, you can take advantage of WRTA’s All-Access service (formerly known as Special Service Transit [SST]), which is designed for people with disabilities and seniors who are not able to or have difficulty using fixed-route bus service. ADA All-Access will pick you up at your home and transport you to your destination (e.g., doctor’s office, shopping center, friend’s or relative’s house). This service is available within the area covered by WRTA’s fixed route bus service and loop service.


604 Mahoning Ave. Youngstown, Oh 44502

Disability Rights Ohio

 Disability Rights Ohio is designated under federal law as the system to protect and advocate the rights of people with disabilities and as the Client Assistance Program under the Rehabilitation Act. The mission of Disability Rights Ohio is to advocate for the human, civil, and legal rights of people with disabilities in Ohio.

Disability Rights Ohio provides legal advocacy and rights protection to a wide range of people with disabilities.

M-F 9-12pm and 1-4pm.

200 S. Civic Center Dr. #300 Columbus, Ohio 43215.



Vision: Why We Do What We Do: People with disabilities have the opportunity to live their best lives. Mission: What We Do: OCALI inspires change and promotes access to opportunities for people with disabilities. Action: How We Do What We Do: OCALI informs public policy and develops and deploys practices grounded in linking research to real life.

M-F 8-4:30pm 470 Glenmont Ave. Columbus, Ohio 43214.


Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities (OCECD)

OCECD is dedicated to insuring that every child with disabilities is provided a free, appropriate public education, continually striving to improve the quality of services for all children and youth with disabilities in Ohio. OCECD is a statewide, non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the educational interests of children with disabilities. Staff across Ohio collaborate with local parent support organizations to offer information, training, and support to parents of children with any disability ages birth-26.

165 W. Center St. #302 Marion, Ohio 43302.


Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) -

Offering support across the lifespan of people with developmental disabilities, the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities oversees a statewide system of supportive services that focus on ensuring health and safety, supporting access to community participation, and increasing opportunities for meaningful employment.

8am to 5pm M-F.

30 E. Broad St. Columbus, Ohio 43215.


Social Security Administration 

With retirement, disability, and survivors benefits, Social Security is one of the most successful anti-poverty programs in our nation's history. The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program pays benefits to disabled adults and children who have limited income and resources. SSI benefits also are payable to people 65 and older without disabilities who meet the financial limits. People who have worked long enough may also be able to receive Social Security disability or retirement benefits as well as SSI.

M-F 9am-4pm

354 E. Federal St. Youngstown, Ohio 44501.


STABLE Accounts

 A STABLE Account is an investment account available to eligible individuals with disabilities. STABLE Accounts are made possible by the federal Achieving a Better Life Experience (“ABLE”) Act. STABLE Accounts allow individuals with disabilities to save and invest money without losing eligibility for certain public benefits programs, like Medicaid or SSI.



Fifth Third Bank

Contact Us:


Mission Statement:

The STABLE Program for the first time, provides tax-advantaged savings and investment opportunities to individuals with disabilities without risk of losing means-tested benefits.

30 E. Broad St. 9th Floor

Columbus, OH, 43215

Community Fund Ohio

Mission Statement:

The mission of Community Fund Ohio, an Ohio nonprofit, is to develop and make available trust vehicles, education, and related services that help enable individuals with disabilities to use private funds to enhance their quality of life while attempting to safeguard their government benefit eligibility.

About Us:

Community Fund Management Foundation, doing business as Community Fund Ohio beginning in 2020, is a 501(c)(3) that develops and makes available several types of trusts that benefit individuals with disabilities. Community Fund was initially created in 1993 and funded by the collaborative efforts of Ohio County Boards of Developmental Disabilities, attorneys, disability advocates, families, and individuals.

Basic Information:

Community Fund Ohio provides nonprofit trust advisor services for Ohio residents needing pooled special needs trust services.

Contact Us:


Please visit our website, call our office at 216.736.4540, or email our general email at

Strong Families, Safe Communities Project

The State of Ohio is committed to improving care coordination and providing support for families with children in crisis who present a risk to themselves, their families or others because of mental illness or a developmental disability.

Ohio Autism Insurance Coalition:

Resources related to accessing intensive behavioral treatments, such as ABA , for autism, developmental disabilities and mental health disorders for all stakeholders: individuals with ASD/DD/MH and their families, employers, insurance carriers, legislators, providers, government, regulators, advocates and educators.

Our newly formed Coalition supports Ohioans with getting access to the prescribed treatments from their physicians and behavioral health practitioners.

Marla Root, Founder & Director, Builds Parity, Access and Capacity, 614-565-5765

These programs range in services, certificates, degree-seeking, cost, and housing options, but they are all providing valuable opportunities for transition-age youth with developmental/intellectual disabilities or autism who want a college experience and the benefits that come with it. Check out this website for resources:

Psycare Behavioral Healthcare:

Integrative Family and Systems Treatment (IFAST)

Integrative Family and Systems Treatment (IFAST) is designed for complicated cases and difficult issues such as: delinquency, school failure or refusal, anger management, Children’s Services involvement, self-injurious behavior, autism, Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED), major mental illness, mood disorders, acting out, oppositional behavior, and ADHD.

IFAST can help with reintegration issues such as return from foster care or residential treatment release from JJC, and active children services cases. It is an intensive home and community- based service. We see clients and families an average of three hours per week for about six months. The goal is to help develop natural supports for the family that will be there after completion of the program.

IFAST includes ongoing bi-weekly case consultation with the program developers David Grove, LISW and Andy Solovey, LISW. In initial controlled studies IFAST is shown to be equal in effectiveness to Multi Systemic Therapy (MST). IFAST is an evidenced supported treatment modality developed with input from Ohio Department of Mental Health.

We offer comprehensive assessment, family and individual and family counseling in-home and in the community, as well psychiatric case management services (PCM). You will get an in-home counselor who is well-trained in strategic family therapy. To assist the counselor, an IFAST- trained case worker is assigned to help with family stability and accessing community resources and direct support at school, Children’s Services, and court meetings.

IFAST is all about identifying behavior patterns in families and developing strategies and family skills to change these patterns and problem behaviors. We treat the entire family, not just the child. Each case is assessed for level of treatment required, and all cases are tracked with measurable outcomes. IFAST can work with other agencies and providers. We will develop a specific and individualized plan for your family. All involved parties are updated weekly on progress and case status.

To make a referral please contact the Struthers PsyCare location at 330-318-3078 or email

Cadence Care Network:

Multisystemic Therapy

Multisystemic Therapy is an evidenced-based intensive family and community-based treatment program targeting youth with severe psychosocial and behavioral problems. These individuals are usually chronic offenders between 12 to 17 years old, deeply involved with delinquent peers, experiencing problems at school or with truancy, and engaging in substance abuse.

The goal of this program is to prevent out-of-home placement and help teens to be engaged in school and their community to reduce future court involvement

If you’re ready to take the first step, please call 330-544-8005 to make an appointment.

Lori Shelby MSW, LSW

Family Support Supervisor, Therapist, and Wraparound Facilitator

Cadence Care Network / Formerly Homes For Kids

165 E. Park Ave.

P.O. Box 683

Niles, OH. 44446

Office: (330) 544-8005

Work Cell: (330) 984-1867

Fax: (330) 544-9379


Resources for ICF (intermediate care facilities) services available to people and families served by county boards:

Please click on the following links to find out more.

1. DODD Online ICF Search Tool:

2. DODD Electronic ICF Informational Booklet:

Mahoning County Prosecutor's and Mahoning County Sheriff's Department set up special needs registry.

The registry is free and voluntary to county residents’ and aims to help first responders before they get to an emergency scene.

The Mahoning County Special Needs Registry is a voluntary service open to all citizens with special needs who reside in Mahoning County. The creation of the registry is to help police officers and other emergency service personnel better assist residents with special needs in the event of an emergency by providing those first responders with vital information regarding a registrant’s special needs, emergency contact information, physical description and current photography.

Here is the link to register:

Family Success Network

A community-based, family serving program in Columbiana, Mahoning, and Trumbull Counties. We ensure that families are able to meet their needs through community resources and personal family coaches.

The Family Success Network (FSN) offers families an array of free services designed to respond to families’ immediate and emergent needs, including parent education and concrete supports, through a personal Family Coach. Families may choose to visit with their Family Coach on a virtual platform, by telephone, or in-person in a neutral community setting. Home visitation is also available if the family prefers that option

For more information

Triple P Positive Parenting Programs

Free Online Parenting Courses

 Governor Mike DeWine announced a free online parenting program for families. The Triple P program gives families positive strategies that are proven to work.

Learn more about the Triple P: Positive Parenting Program course here.

Parents get full access for 12 months thanks to Ohio Children’s Trust Fund and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Subscription will end automatically.

Ohio Afterschool Child Enrichment Educational Savings Program

Program Overview

The ACE Educational Savings Account program provides qualifying families with a $500 credit that can be used to pay for a variety of enrichment activities that will accelerate learning for students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. These funds can be used for:

Before- or after-school educational programs;

Day camps, including camps for academics, music and arts;

Fees for learning extension centers;

The purchase of curriculum and material for home-school families;

Educational, learning or study skills services;

Field trips to historical landmarks, museums, science centers and theaters – including admission, exhibit and program fees;

Language classes;

Musical instrument lessons;


Which Students Qualify?

The ACE Educational Savings Account program is available to any student between the ages of 6 and 18 years old whose family income is at or below 300% of the federal poverty level. Qualifying children include those who attend any Ohio public or nonpublic school or are home educated by their parents and have been excused from the compulsory attendance law for the purpose of home instruction. An eligible student can be enrolled in a public or nonpublic school or has been excused from compulsory attendance law for the purpose of home instruction.

For more information:

OhioRISE (Resilience through Integrated Systems and Excellence)

As a part Ohio Medicaid’s effort to launch the next generation of Medicaid, ODM has launched OhioRISE (Resilience through Integrated Systems and Excellence), a specialized managed care program for youth with complex behavioral health and multisystem needs.

For more information:

The Jewish Community Center of Youngstown provides a safe, welcoming, environment for children to have fun and make friends. Our year-round youth programming allows kids to have unique experiences in culture, sports, games, and friendships. At the JCC, children are exposed to music, art, cooking, reading, team building, athletics, travel, and fitness.

The Youth Department is devoted to continuous programming for children ages 6 months - 18 years old and includes


PJ Library

B'nai B'rith Youth Organization

After-school Programs

Performing Arts

Camp JCC

Jewish Youth Program


JCC Youth Programming

At JCC, each child's individual talents are celebrated in an environment that fosters fun and learning.

All members of Jewish Community Center of Youngstown are encouraged to attend our outstanding and distinctive programming opportunities.

For more information contact Alyssa DiLullo, Youth Program Coordinator at 330.746.3250 ext. 116 or by email

Hubbard Pool offers free swim lessons for children with disabilities:

Adaptive Sports Ohio

Community-Based & Interscholastic Sports for Individuals with Physical Disabilities

At Adaptive Sports Ohio, we remove barriers to ensure that individuals with physical disabilities have a chance to play, and utilize sport to elevate ability and empower futures.

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2148 Eagle Pass, Suite C

Wooster, Ohio 44691


4920 Commerce Parkway, Suite 2

Warrensville Heights, Ohio 44128

5015 Mahoning Avenue, Suite 4

Austintown, Ohio 44515