Kay Reitz, M.Ed. is the Assistant Deputy Director for the Children, Families and Prevention division of the Ohio Department of Mental Health (ODMH). The ODMH seeks to support and monitor local systems of care, provide quality inpatient services, promote access to community services, improve services to children/adolescents, improve linkages to criminal justice system, provide quality support services, conduct research to address system priorities and protect rights of people receiving services. OMDH, youth and families, along with Ohio’s public mental health and inter-system partners, are currently collaborating to develop a Children’s Mental Health Strategic Plan for Ohio.
Ms. Rietz has contributed to Resiliency Leadership Ohio, comprised of youth with serious emotional challenges and their family members. The group seeks to educate others on mental health issues to alleviate stigma and connect families and youth to helpful resources. The project is funded in part by ODMH and through a federal Transformation State Incentive Grant (TSIG) awarded to Ohio from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. ODMH, in collaboration with Resiliency Leadership Ohio, the Center for Innovative Practices (CIP) at the Institute for the Study & Prevention of Violence at Kent State University, and the Ohio Federation for Children’s Mental Health developed the project’s web site.