State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Independence) has announced that the Ohio House of Representatives today passed legislation to assist counties in carrying out their child abuse and child neglect prevention programs through certain administrative changes.

House Bill 142 includes minor revisions to laws governing the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund (OCTF), which is used to invest in abuse and neglect prevention programs by partnering with an advisory board in every county.

“It’s very important that the boards overseeing abuse and neglect prevention programs can carry out their roles more efficiently,” Rep. Anielski said. “By putting in place the simple changes in House Bill 142, these boards will have the flexibility to work together and plan their prevention programs in a more timely manner.”

The changes in House Bill 142 include:

• Providing the OCTF board with the discretion to allow multiple counties to collaborate and submit one application.
• Allowing the counties to submit an application for multiple years, rather than on an annual basis.
• Enabling OCTF to send funds directly to the administrative agent of a county Family and Children First Council that has been designated as that county’s child abuse and neglect prevention advisory board.
• Moving the due date of an application up from April 1st to March 1st of the fiscal year so that the advisory boards will receive their funding at roughly the same time as they are to initiate their child abuse and neglect prevention programming.

House Bill 142 will now move to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

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