Achieving Results

Through a trauma-informed lens, PEP Connections provides care for children with deep system involvement.

99% of parents of PEP Connections clients feel that they are treated as a full partner in the process.

Program Details

PEP Connections emphasizes supports and services provided in the neighborhoods where the children and families reside. Youth eligible for PEP Connections services will receive either Intensive Care Coordination/High-Fidelity Wraparound or Intensive Home-Based Treatment (IHBT).

At the point of referral and assessment, the determination is made as to which approach will best support the child and family.

  • Intensive Care Coordination/High-Fidelity Wraparound is an intensive service that coordinates the efforts and services of multiple resources available to support the child and his/her family. The assigned PEP care manager provides intensive mental health support and services. The process includes regularly scheduled team meetings, which often entails contact with school personnel, other professionals and regular home visits to meet with parents or guardians.
  • Intensive Home-Based Treatment (IHBT) is an intensive home-based family therapy service designed for youth who have certain diagnoses. The IHBT therapist will engage the whole family in therapy sessions, which occur twice a week for a total of three to six hours. This is a time-limited service, which lasts for six months.

“When I need a partner, PEP Connections is my first call as I can count on their vast expertise, accessibility and creativity.”

Molly Wimbiscus, M.D., child and adolescent psychiatrist, Cleveland Clinic

Changes to Referral Systems

Beginning Wednesday, June 8, 2022, PEP is no longer taking referrals for PEP Connections through the pepconnref.org site or through PEP’s intake department.

From that date forward, referrals will need to navigate through the OhioRISE system. Information on that referral process can be accessed here.

Should the identified young person be deemed eligible for OhioRISE, the referral will then move to the appropriate Care Management Entity (CME). There are three CMEs in Cuyahoga County.

  • PEP Connections is the CME for what is known as Catchment Q, which includes much of Cleveland and most inner-ring eastern suburbs.
  • OhioGuidestone is the CME for Catchment P, which is primarily western Cuyahoga County.
  • Ravenwood is the CME for Catchment R, which is eastern Cuyahoga County, and New Directions is the provider within that network for care coordination services.

More Information

This flyer provides an overview of OhioRISE. Should you have any questions, please call PEP Connections at 216-361-9100.

Additional information on the OhioRISE referral process can be found here.