A Collection of News Articles and Helpful Resources
Media inquiries may be directed to:
Vicarious trauma is something we don’t talk about enough in helping professions,” says Dani Green, vicepresident of counseling programs at Best Point Behavioral Health by The Children’s Home. “It’s very real and I thinkit’s important this week to recognize and bring awareness to the topic.
Amanda Tipkemper Testimony
Amanda Tipkemper, education and autism services director at Best Point Education & Behavioral Health, testifies before the Budget and Finance Committee at the City Council budget hearings held on June 8, 2021. Amanda explains the importance of job readiness programming at Best Point Education & Behavioral Health, its impact on the community and asks the committee to continue funding this life-changing resource. Click the link to see her testimony on our YouTube Channel!
Childcare providers use two- generational approach to help preschoolers from being expelled
Our friends at PACES (Positive + Adverse Childhood Experiences) interviewed our own Carolyn Brinkmann, director to early childhood and school age services, about a tragic phenomenon in the United States. Did you know preschoolers are three times as likely to be expelled from school than elementary, middle and high school-aged students?
Minecraft at Heidt Center of Excellence
Caitlyn Lynch, autism intervention specialist at the Heidt Center, developed the lesson plans for her students participating in Minecraft Club. She said the immersive, detailed environment rewards skillsets and attributes like critical thinking and dynamic planning.
Justice Letter AAPI
"It’s imperative and incumbent on all community service organizations as well as our civic, business, clergy, and scholarly communities to keep these topics at the forefront of the conversation. It is my hope our neighbors and friends will echo our call to action of pledging solidarity with the AAPI community."
Opinion: We must equip our most vulnerable children to win
Have you ever considered how a random roll of cosmic dice could have altered life circumstances for anyone? Check out this insightful op-ed by The Children’s Home’s Chief Administrative Officer Roderick Hinton published by The Cincinnati Enquirer.
Autism & Pop Culture
"I think Rain Man did a great job in calling attention to autism and humanizing the diagnosis," said Amanda Tipkemper, education and autism services director at Best Point Education & Behavioral Health. "It was a springboard for making it part of the national vernacular, but it also created a stereotype that all people with autism are savants, which is not the case at all."
CareSource Donates $1M to Increase Behavioral Health Treatment Options in Ohio
“Real mental health needs among vulnerable populations have the utmost attention of parents, educators and the medical community,” said John Banchy, president and CEO of The Children’s Home. “My deepest appreciation is extended to CareSource who is helping us continue to advance and modify our efforts in real-time to remain relevant and impactful. Community allies like these have supported us in staying open, available, and ready to meet tomorrow’s challenges.”
Best Point Education & Behavioral Health Newsletter August 2020
We're excited to bring you a new feature - Seasons of Transformation: The official newsletter of Best Point Education & Behavioral Health. Here you will find a great snapshot of the latest and greatest happenings at Cincinnati's premiere nonprofit agency that has supported children and families of Greater Cincinnati for 156 years!
Community Impact During the Pandemic
“Your support continues to help us make positive impacts on our community. We've compiled some very illustrative data that shows how, with the help of our supporters, volunteers and partners we're able to continue to make a difference. The needs of the vulnerable children and families we support don't disappear because of a crisis. And neither do we.”
What was the difference between autism and Asperger’s Disorder?
“In the past, people who had been diagnosed with autism or Asperger’s Syndrome shared similar characteristics; like the sensitivity when it came to textures and lights, the need to follow a routine or a certain schedule. Today, there is no longer a diagnosis for Asperger’s. Debbie Gingrich, vice president for Behavioral Health at Best Point by The Children’s Home describes why.”
Online Parent Support Group
“The parent support group is the brainchild of Karen Hargis, school-based day treatment therapist at Best Point Education & Behavioral Health. Hargis says the sole purpose of the group is to focus on supporting parents and guardians who have children enrolled in the agency's school-based day treatment services.”
Justice Letter from John Banchy
“We have been presented with a real chance to enact positive change, only limited by our resourcefulness and our will. While injustice among marginalized populations is now at the forefront of the national conversation, The Children’s Home encourages our neighbors and friends to join the conversation of justice in productive, thoughtful and meaningful ways.”
"Drive-Thru Graduation" at Best Point Education & Behavioral Health
“The first ever 'drive-thru graduation' by Best Point Education & Behavioral Health is scheduled for Monday, May 18, 6 p.m. at the circule drive located on the agency's main campus in Madisonville where 17 graduating seniors will be recognized by the non-profit organization.”
Best Point Education & Behavioral Health receives COVID-19 Regional Response Fund Grant
“Best Point Education & Behavioral Health's pandemic childcare program has received a timely grant from the COVID-19 Regional Response Fund in a collaborative effort made possible with the Greater Cincinnati Foundation and United Way.”
"Governor Mike DeWine on Thursday, March 12, directed all schools in Ohio to close at the end of the scheduled school day beginning Monday, March 16, as a precautionary measure. It's also important to note what Best Point Education & Behavioral Health has been doing prior to, and immediately after, the governor's decision."
Opioid use and danger of e-cigarettes among Greater Cincinnati youth
"Best Point Education & Behavioral Health of Cincinnati will continue to provide prevention and early intervention services to youth and will remain vigilant about upcoming trends such as a rising use of e-cigarettes, commonly referred to as 'vaping.'"
Art Therapy is an integrative mental health and human services profession that enriches the lives of individuals, families, and communities through active art-making, creative process, applied psychological theory, and human experience within a psychotherapeutic relationship, according to the American Art Therapy Association.