The Franklin County Board of Commissioners holds its General Session meetings every Tuesday at 9:00am in the Franklin County Government Office Tower at 373 South High Street, 26th Floor. Highlighted below are some of the resolutions/contracts scheduled for consideration at the upcoming meeting:
Continuing Partnership to Provide Mental Health, Suicide Prevention Services in Schools, Clinics
The commissioners are expected to approve a one-year contract in the amount of $450,000 on Tuesday with Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) to provide mental health and suicide prevention services. Under terms of the agreement, NCH will: provide mental health and suicide prevention services at select public schools in Franklin County; provide mental health services that are integrated into care at NCH primary care clinics (known as Close to Home Centers) in Franklin County; and provide expanded outpatient and crisis clinic visits in Franklin County. In this the second year of the partnership, Nationwide Children’s Hospital will expand service within 49 schools, reach 10 additional schools with the Signs of Suicide (SOS) program, and one primary care clinic which will provide mental health services.
Providing Arts Education for At-Risk Students
On Tuesday, the commissioners will be asked to approve a resolution to provide a $300,000 Community Partnership Grant to the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education (OAAE) to provide high-quality arts education to at-risk children in various Franklin County school and community locations. Under this agreement, OAAE will provide ongoing support via three local arts education programs. Artists-in-Schools is an in-school program that integrates the arts with other academic subjects and gives children ages 5 to 11 first hand contact with practicing arts professionals. Art in the House fosters creative thinking, leadership, and lifelong learning through the arts for children 5 to 11 years and takes place in Columbus’ Settlement Houses and other neighborhood partner sites. Transit Arts enables approximately 250 young people ages 12 to 21 years old in targeted neighborhoods to work with master and professional teaching artists. In 2018, an estimated 700 children will be served through Artists in Schools and Art in the House programs.