Rep. Erica C. Crawley (D-Columbus) announced today that the state Controlling Board approved several items of note this week, including $39 million to cover the administrative costs of running the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Unemployment Insurance programs.
“While many Ohioans are getting vaccinated and we are working to move our economy forward, it is a priority that we continue to support the millions of Ohioans who are unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is also imperative that we recognize the ways in which the pandemic has impacted the mental health of our neighbors across the state. I am happy to see the State Controlling Board approve funds to support our communities through unemployment compensation, mental health programs, infrastructure, and other statewide initiatives,” said Rep. Crawley.
The Controlling Board approved a number of other measures to support the health and safety of Ohioans Monday, including:
- $3.3 million for the Family and Children First program to support early childhood mental health,
- $1.3 million to the Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services to fund treatment, crisis counseling, and other support at the community level for those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic,
- $67,458 for the Department of Health to purchase rapid HIV testing kits.
Additional notable funding items include $120,000 to train Ohio educators and $1.5 million to repair dams and improve the state’s infrastructure.