COLUMBUS –Rep. Monique Smith (D-Fairview Park) announced today that the state Controlling Board approved several items of note this week, including the allocation of more than $7 million in CARES Act funds. The assistance from the federal government will enhance the Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections’ COVID-19 testing and contact tracing, and pay DRC employees with a hazardous duty supplement. Additionally, The CARES Act funding will provide needed support for Ohio’s National Guard and State Defense Force members who are supporting the state’s COVID-19 response. The item also included $25.5 million for the Department of Education to provide grants for schools and $500,000 for the Department of Developmental Disabilities.
The Controlling Board also approved several measures to support the economic wellbeing of Ohioans by allocating $2 million for the Minority Business Development Division’s Ohio Capital Access Program and $800,000 in Small Business Administration Grants from the federal government to assist businesses recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I am happy to announce that Ohio families and businesses will soon be able to receive funding to assist with their recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and that more support for the health, safety, and security of our communities will be provided. This funding will be crucial in building a better, brighter future for Ohio as we overcome the challenges of the pandemic,” said Rep. Smith.
The Controlling Board approved a number of other measures on Monday, including:
· $20 million for Local Child Support Enforcement Agencies administering the Child Support Program,
· $7.3 million for the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction to provide medical services and treatment for incarcerated individuals,
· $6 million for the Department of Public Safety’s Office of Criminal Justice Services to confront opioid and substance abuse,
· $5.9 million to provide services for care at psychiatric hospitals,
· $2 million to provide preschool education for children with disabilities,
· $1.4 million for the Department of Natural Resources to purchase equipment for land management operations and the protection of public health and safety.