Services & Programs
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The Child Care Certification Unit certifies and provides training for individuals interested in becoming in-home child care providers in Franklin County. This certification process requires various background checks, including but not limited to Children's Services, local courts, BCII and FBI, home inspections, a fire inspection, a medical statement from a physician or nurse verifying that the applicant is able to provide child care, as well as the completion of initial and on-going training.
Applications can be obtained by visiting our Child Care Provider Forms page. Select and print an application according to the care you wish to provide. If printing from this website is not an option for you, applications can also be obtained by calling (614) 212-1728 or (614) 212-1721.
The Food Stamp program is designed to raise nutritional levels, to expand buying power and to safeguard the health and well-being of individuals in low income households in Ohio. A household may consist of an individual or a group of individuals who live together and usually purchase, prepare and eat their food together. Food Stamp benefits are available through the "Ohio Direction Card" an electronic debit card system.
A medical program for low income working families who are over income for any other Medicaid program. Services include pre-natal care, regular checkups, shots, screenings dental, vision and prescriptions.
Interpretation is available in any language for all Limited English Proficient customers. These services can usually be provided within 24 - 48 hours. Customers should inform a Customer Support Specialist at the reception desk or their Case Manager of their need for an interpreter if their primary language is not English. Language services are also provided for the Deaf/ Hard-of-Hearing.
A cash assistance program for custodial teen parents up to the age of 20, who have not completed high school or received a GED Certificate. The intent of the program is to provide additional case management assistance with services such as child care, transportation and other school related issues, thus eliminating obstacles which may hinder or prevent students from reaching graduation.
The Medicaid Program assists with the provision of medical care to eligible customers through a variety of programs:
- Healthy Start Healthy Families - Medical, dental, vision and prescription coverage for low-income families below poverty and children in families up to twice the current poverty level.
- Pregnancy Related Services - Case management and transportation services for Medicaid eligible pregnant women.
- Qualified Medicare Beneficiaries (QMB) - Assistance with Medicare cost sharing (premiums not included) expenses for eligible elderly and/or disabled individuals.
- Healthchek - Medical, dental, vision and hearing screening for eligible children from birth to age 21.
Transportation services are provided for non-emergency medical appointments for Medicaid customers .
Assistance with placement into nursing home facilities for income eligible individuals. Available exclusively at the West Community Opportunity Center.
OWF is a time limited cash assistance program designed to help meet the financial needs of eligible children and their parents. All customers of cash benefits under OWF can also receive health care under the Medicaid program and food stamps.
Program components also include:
- Assessment of current levels of educational skills and employment history.
- The development of a customized educational/employment plan for achieving self-sufficiency.
- Case Manager assisting with determination of best program activities for individual's goals for finding employment.
One time financial assistance to aid with emergency situations. Applicants must have at least one minor child or a pregnant woman living in the home and be at or below 165% of poverty.
A customer may request a state hearing if they do not agree with an action or decision made about their benefits. If a state hearing request is made within 15 days of the notice reporting the proposed change in benefits, these benefits will remain unchanged until a hearing decision is reached. Customers have 90 days to request a state hearing from the date the notice of change is received. To request a state hearing, please call 1-866-635-3748, and then press option 1 or by completing and mailing back the State hearing request form enclosed with the notice of change. State hearings are held only at the East Community Opportunity Center.
Subsidized child care services for children under age 13. Customers can have children placed in a Child Care Center or with a Home Provider. Eligibility for this program includes an income level at or below 185% of the Federal Poverty Level and current participation in a school, training or employment activity.
A program that teaches English to customers who speak another language. Customers are required to take a test upon entrance into the class and are also required to take a post-test for advancement. Completion of the program is individualized for program participants and determined by their individual progress.
Additional available services include:
Outreach efforts to local employers to establish an ongoing relationship and available employment opportunities which will provide participants with actual work experience.
Education and training services designed to increase an individual's employability potential, i.e., resume writing, interviewing, completing applications, job search, etc.
Preparation of youth for post-secondary educational or employment opportunities through year-round and summer programs.
The Veterans Service Commission is a county agency dedicated to helping veterans, active duty members of the Armed Forces of the United States, and their dependents. Representatives are available at the East and West Community Opportunity Centers. To view a list of services provided by this agency, go to www.franklincountyohio.gov/vets.
Board of Commissioners Agencies
- Animal Care & Control
- Benefits & Risk Management
- Child Support Enforcement
- Economic Development
- Fleet Management
- Homeland Security
& Justice Programs
- Human Resources