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Fact Sheet/Frequently Asked Questions

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General Information

  • Year Founded: 1923.
  • Number of Offices: 11.
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  • Services Areas in Greater Cincinnati: Predominantly Hamilton, Clermont, and Butler Counties.
  • Accreditations: CARF and The National Council of Trauma-Informed Care Learning Community.
  • Affiliations and/or Key Funders: bi3, Butler County Children Services , Butler County Job & Family Services, Clermont County Children’s Protective Services, Clermont County Job & Family Services, Fifth Third Foundation, Greater Cincinnati Foundation (and their private foundations and donor advised funds), Hamilton County Mental Health & Recovery Services Board, Mental Health Recovery Board for Warren and Clinton Counties, Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services, PNC Charitable Trust, Spaulding Foundation, United Way, University of Cincinnati, Western & Southern Financial Group.
  • Mission: To provide choices and options through a compassionate approach to behavioral health services that result in lasting recovery and resiliency for children, families, and adults.

Our People

Current staff leadership

  • Walter S. Smitson, Ph.D., President & CEO | 55 years of service
  • Danielle Stanton, Chief of Staff | 16 years of service
  • Shelley Batch, LISW-S, Director of MHAP (Mental Health Access Point) | 12 years of service
  • Barbara Bergan, LPCC, Director of Outcomes & Performance Improvement | 20 years of service
  • Vanessa Brown, LPCC-S, LICDC, CTP-C, Clinical/Program Director-Family Healing Center | 8 years of service
  • Kathy Fields, CFO | 38 years of service
  • Gail Hellmann, M.D., Clinical Director of Court Clinic Forensic Services | 35 years of service
  • Kimberly Mages, LPCC-S, Clinical Director of Court Clinic Treatment | 14 years of service
  • Barb Namett, LISW-S, Compliance Officer/Client Rights Officer | 33 years of service
  • Maria Piombo, Ed.D., LPCC-S, Director of Child & Family Treatment Center | 13 years of service
  • Nelly Rimini, LISW-S, Director of Adult Services | 18 years of service
  • Bob Scott, CIO | 24 years of service
  • Lisa Steffen, Director of Human Resources | 19 years of service
  • Jennifer Wlodarczyk, LCDCIII, Director of CDC Behavioral Health | 10 years of service


  • Staff: 194
  • UC Staff: 6
  • Residents/Students: 34
  • Contractors: 64
  • TOTAL: 298

Current Board Leadership


  • Michael O. Chaney, Chair
  • Grace Penn, Co-Chair & Secretary
  • Season Huff, Finance Committee Chair


  • Jim Anderson
  • Mary Ellen Cody
  • Kay French
  • Ron Hitzler
  • Lorraine Lewis Maguire
  • Greg Power
  • Scott Rubenstein


  • Eileen Barrett
  • Miriam West

Services: What we Do

Adult Services supports adults who struggle with severe mental illness. Each person receives individualized services including counseling, case management, group therapy, and prescription-drug management. Many individuals served are also connected to our high-impact programs, such as Culturally Responsive Services, Transgender Wellness Program, and the LGBTQ+ Center.

CDC Behavioral Health Services is located in Butler and Clermont counties and provides mental health and substance use assessment and treatment services to children, families and adults. One specialty program is The Family Healing Center, which serves children and their families in Butler and Clermont counties through trauma-focused therapeutic visitation, successfully helping families build the skills necessary to be considered for reunification.

The Child & Family Treatment Center’s primary objective is to help children be emotionally and developmentally prepared to succeed in school and home environments. This is achieved through our evidence-based practices, our direct-service programs, and our school-based prevention services.

Court Clinic provides a variety of evaluation and treatment services for those involved in the criminal justice system. This includes in-depth assessments and treatment of mental health and/or addiction issues. Two of the signature and award-winning programs focus on men and women in addiction treatment – Alternative Interventions for Women and Alternative Interventions for Men.

Mental Health Access Point (MHAP) is the front door to the Hamilton County public mental health system; the primary mission is to provide a standardized entry to a system of care that ensures that services are available, accessible and of high quality.

Who we Help:

Adults, children, and families.

How we Help – programs and services with the following focus:

  • 24/7 support.
  • Addiction and recovery services.
  • Children and families.
  • Mental health services.
  • Culturally Responsive Services.
  • LGBTQ+.
  • Forensic Evaluation.
  • Specialty Services.

By the Numbers:

  • 17,468 people served in FY 2021-22.
  • 17,884 people served in FY 2020-21.
  • 5 divisions.
  • 10 members of the board of trustees.
  • 11 offices in 3 counties.