Today, Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) 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 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.
“As COVID-19 is on the rise again, the demand for at-home tests is increasing. These funds will help our communities and frontline employees. They are working around the clock to keep us safe. We must do our part to protect them too,” said Rep. Lepore-Hagan.
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.