COLUMBUS – State Representative Joe Miller (D-Amherst) and House Democrats Monday announced the approval of funds by the state Controlling Board to further aid Ohio’s response to the health and economic hardships caused by the pandemic, as well as programs addressing mental health and the homeless crisis.
“I am happy to see $202,979 making its way to the Lorain County Joint Vocational School. Lorain JVS provides students with career-readiness training, whether it be for those looking to go into the trades, which there is a desperate need for, or those looking to gain real experience in their field before attending a four-year university. The courses offered at Lorain County JVS are indispensable and these funds are needed to continue their operations during this ongoing pandemic. ” said Rep. Miller
Funding items approved by lawmakers Monday include:
- $150 million to the Ohio Dept. of Education to reimburse schools for meals provided to students over the summer amid the COVID-19 pandemic and an additional $8.6 million to support funding to Joint Vocational School Districts and $2.2 million to support students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs);
- $87.5 million to Ohio. Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services to fund the Ohio State Opioid Response Project;
- $30 million for local health departments to address the rise in COVID-19 cases;
- $9.1 million for the Supportive Housing Program and $14.3 million for the Homelessness Crisis Response Program to help reduce homelessness in Ohio;
- $3 million to the Department of Medicaid to assist nursing homes in keeping their residents safe during the pandemic;
- $1.6 million to the Department of Youth Services to administer a Justice Assistance award sub-granted through the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services while following COVID-19 safety protocols.
Democratic lawmakers are anticipating the passage of a capital budget by the end of the year, which would provide further economic investment to Ohio’s local communities.