State Rep. Steven Arndt Introduces Legislation To Address Needs Of Underserved Ohioans
House Bill 500 creates "Pathways Out of Poverty" program

Today, State Representative Steven Arndt (R-Port Clinton) introduced legislation that creates a program aimed at accurately and effectively lifting the unemployed and underemployed into a higher quality of life.

House Bill 500 establishes a “Pathway Out of Poverty” pilot program to be administered by specific county Job and Family Services (JFS) Departments. As introduced, the bill stipulates that these county JFS offices will develop a variety of performance measures with the goal of creating a comprehensive case management and employment system that better serve Ohioans.

“Ever since I was sworn in September, my focus has been on the community, education and jobs,” said Arndt. “My focus remains on those components critical to improving the lives of all Ohioans, including the unemployed and underemployed.”

In the state biennial budget that was passed last year, a provision was included that would establish a Comprehensive Case Management and Employment Program. House Bill 500 seeks to establish the specifics of a case management system by creating a pilot program in select counties to better explore exactly how county JFS offices can operate more efficiently to address the needs of the underserved.

This pilot program will set aside $7.5 million to be used by select county JFS departments that are representative of the state of Ohio. From July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017, these counties will implement this program as they see fit. After the pilot program has been completed, the state will look at the results of those county JFS departments and develop a set of measures that combine best practices to implement the statewide rollout of the new Comprehensive Case Management and Employment System.

House Bill 500 now awaits referral to an Ohio House committee for further consideration.

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