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Rep. Sobecki announces $4.6 million for maternal and infant health, veterans' homes, and criminal justice system to support Ohioans amid pandemic

February 23, 2021
Lisa A. Sobecki News

Today, Rep. Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) announced the State Controlling Board approved several requests for funding to support some of Ohio’s most important and vulnerable populations during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“Ohioans are continuing to suffer under the burdens of COVID-19 and these additional funds will help support veterans and children during this crisis,” said Rep. Sobecki. “This is welcomed relief but the State needs to continue to focus on helping our vulnerable populations.”

The Ohio Department of Health will receive $68,967 to contract with the U.S Census Bureau to sample an additional 5,205 Ohio households for the 2021 National Survey of Children’s Health. This survey produces critical data on physical, emotional, and behavioral health of children, and these additional households will allow for better estimates on the impacts of race and ethnicity.

The Controlling Board also approved $99,405.56 for the Department of Veterans Services to continue measures to maintain low COVID-19 infection rates and care for veterans at Ohio’s Veterans’ homes.

Additionally, $4 million was approved for the Ohio Department of Medicaid to support the Multi-system Youth Custody Relinquishment program’s goals of providing technical assistance to children and families with complex multi-system needs and working to prevent custody relinquishment of children when it would have occurred due to a need for treatment. $156,000 was also approved for renewed jail telehealth services, which will support individuals in custody with an opioid use disorder through telehealth assessments, medication assisted treatment, and counseling and behavioral health services.