House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) announced that the state Controlling Board approved several major items this week, including the allocation of a combined $49.3 million from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 to provide support for students and young adults with disabilities, enhance local health departments’ COVID-19 vaccination efforts, mitigate COVID-19 outbreaks, fulfill needs of older Ohioans, help Ohioans with mental illness, decrease youth homelessness, and boost ongoing planning and project development efforts in Appalachia.
The Controlling Board approved additional items to support Ohioans’ health, allocating $90 million to purchase COVID-19 tests, $2.4 million to provide telehealth services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, $617,800 for safe sleep kits and safe sleep education, and $78,200 for breast and cervical cancer screening.
“ARPA funding has been crucial when it comes to building back our economy and ensuring that every Ohioan is able to live safe and secure in their communities,” said Leader Sykes. “With a new year approaching us, our focus is to continue to hear the needs of every constituent in this state and to gear our resources towards supporting them.”
The Controlling Board approved other measures Monday to support education, housing and infrastructure projects, including:
- $104.9 million for highway construction;
- $3 million to conduct education studies recommended by the Fair School Funding Workgroup;
- $1 million for the Community Housing Impact and Preservation program to support affordable housing;
- $750,000 to build housing units for chronically homeless individuals with disabilities.