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what is OhioRISE?

The Buckeye Ranch serves as a care management entity (CME) within the OhioRISE (Resilience through Integrated Systems and Excellence) program. OhioRISE is a specialized Medicaid-managed care initiative designed for children and youth facing complex behavioral health challenges, including mental health and substance use disorders, as well as multi-system needs. Aetna Better Health of Ohio (Aetna) is the managed care partner collaborating with the program.

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Accessing Services

Children and youth may be eligible for OhioRISE if they are eligible for Ohio Medicaid, are 20 years old or younger, and require significant behavioral health treatment. A Facilitation of a Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) assessment determines eligibility for OhioRISE. Children and youth who may benefit from OhioRISE:

  • Have multiple needs that result from behavioral health challenges
  • Have multisystem needs or are at risk for deeper system involvement
  • Are at risk of out-of-home placement or are returning to their families from out-of-home placement

Enrolling in OhioRISE

In order to be eligible for OhioRISE, you must receive a Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) assessment. To reach out to receive an assessment, please reach out to The Buckeye Ranch’s Same-Day Access team at the button below:

Receive a CANS Assessment


The assessment gathers the young person and family’s story, strengths and needs, to determine the best ways to provide help. An individual’s assessment is updated regularly to aid with ongoing care planning.

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What Buckeye Ranch mental health services are covered by OhioRISE?

The program covers the following behavioral health services: 

  • Multisystemic Therapy (MST)
  • Functional Family Therapy (FFT)
  • Improved Intensive Home-Based Therapy (IHBT)
  • Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility (PRTF)
  • Behavioral Health Respite

Full OhioRISE continuum of care and identification of services The Buckeye Ranch provides:

care coordination services

The Buckeye Ranch also offers Care Coordination services to youth and families who qualify for OhioRISE.

OhioRISE is different from the regular Ohio Medicaid plan for behavioral health because it brings together various providers and groups to make sure that children, youth, and families get the help they need. This happens through a care plan that values the input of children, youth, and families all guided by their strengths, interests, and needs based with a team approach.

To help families feel supported by this care plan, Care Coordination services are included. Children and youth with complex needs are often part of multiple community systems, like juvenile justice, child protection, education, and mental health. Thanks to OhioRISE coverage, Care Coordination connects these systems to create a personalized care plan for each individual’s behavioral health journey to ensure they have the right tools to heal.

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Want to learn more about OhioRISE or have questions about eligibility or services? As a Care Management Entity, our team can help. Please reach out to