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Monday, June 25, 2018

Over 150 people gathered on June 13, 2018 to learn how The Children’s Home of Cincinnati is “Living the vision.”  The Board of Trustees and invited guests celebrated the agency’s accomplishments at its 154th Annual Meeting at the new Autism campus located at 4550 Red Bank Road.  The Children’s Home of Cincinnati has built a reputation in the region by becoming a leader in innovation, making an impact, and answering the ever-growing call of the vulnerable.

President and CEO John Banchy said that when he stepped into the role in 2015, he believed that the only way to continue to live up the mission, history and community would be through developing a bold transformative vision that would guide the organization into its next 150-years.

Chairman Larry Glassmann announced the dedication of the board meeting room to be officially named the “John (Tad) Lawrence Board Room.” The room is dedicated to Tad Lawrence for his 28 years of service on the Board of Trustees.  Tad is also an Honorary Life Trustee.  Tad counts his greatest contribution to the agency as the inclusion of women on the board of trustees.  Tad created a culture to foster diversity building a dynamic team to reap the rewards of improved innovation, better decision-making, and a more effective board of trustees.

Tad said, “I am truly honored to be recognized by one of the greatest organizations that has never slowed down. It’s continued to grow and will continue.”   “Today, The Children’s Home has been able to promote a culture that is built around a continuum of care that expands our services in areas of autism, early childhood education, integrated care, and behavioral health,” said Banchy.  “The challenges and trials of life are not confined to 8 a.m. to 5 a.m.  And in understanding this reality, our dedicated staff has been able to find more effective ways to respond to the need of families we serve by offering critical assistance after hours and on weekends through our newly instituted crisis hotline. This is in addition to our new open access policy for mental health and medical management services; offering services when our clients need it most.”

Larry Glassmann, Chair of the Board of Trustees also recognized outgoing members Rob Grossheim, Phyllis McCallum, and Nick Ragland. The three helped to ensure a fiscally healthy organization for generations to come along with continued growth and development of agency awareness initiatives.

Additionally the FY2019 Budget was approved along with the election of officers:
Larry Glassmann, Chair Bill Fee, Vice Chair (Chair of Advancement)
John Langenderfer,  Vice Chair (Chair of Investment)
Tad Lawrence, Vice Chair (Chair of Governance) Tony Hobson, Treasurer (Chair of Finance)
Joe Dominiak, Secretary (Chair of Service Planning)
John Banchy, Assistant Secretary

“The fiscal year has been incredible”

Banchy announced that the agency now serves over 8,200 children (an increase of 23%) and has added 74 new full-time positions (an increase of 28% over three years), while decreasing turnover by 50% and growing revenue.

The School-based Mental Health Services are projecting over 20% growth this year.  “We are now the lead mental health partner in 59 schools,” Banchy told the crowd. “And this year we provided mental health services at 164 schools in Cincinnati and Clermont County!”

Through the open-access (no appointment needed) initiative the agency has provided 279 appointments in the Medical Management Services, thus decreasing the no-show rate of 40% in the med management business. The Behavioral Health Counseling Services provided 134 on-the-spot appointments through open access for mental health services since August 21, 2017.  “Imagine waiting for weeks when your child is in a crisis – now they can walk in and be seen immediately for their first appointment,” Banchy stated.

Banchy also proudly announced that a pilot program – a crisis hotline for the clients – has already fielded 86 calls from clients in need.

The Levine Family Health Center, a full-service primary care center in partnership with the Cincinnati Health Department, has seen over 2000 medical visits at the clinic since opening in September, 2016.

Awards, recognitions, and engagement

Each year three employees are selected to win the Presidential Award.  The winners are nominated and selected by their peers who live the agency’s core values of compassion, commitment, collaboration, innovation, and excellence.  This year’s Presidential Award winners were Megan Eggleton (Lower School), Linley Vermilion (Behavioral Health), and Ernest West (Autism Services).

Over the past year, The Children’s Home has been engaging the community through an intentional effort to bolster volunteerism opportunities on campus. Since January the agency has had more than 100 individuals and companies on campus to engage with clients and staff through volunteerism.

The Children’s Home of Cincinnati was, for the fourth straight year, recognized as one of the Best Nonprofits to Work by the National Nonprofit Times. We were also recognized by the Cincinnati Enquirer as a Best Place to Work locally.  

“These awards are a reflection of the dedication of our staff who serves so relentlessly to achieve our mission,” Banchy said. “Each and every person in this room is critical to the success of The Children’s Home of Cincinnati.”


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