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In Case You Missed It: $85 Million Investment into Ohio's Mental Health Workforce

July 6, 2022
Scott Oelslager News

Mental health is rising to the forefront in Ohio. After persistent battles with statewide drug addiction, rippling consequences from the Covid-19 pandemic and a lack of mental health workforce, state leaders are prioritizing the issue with an $85 million investment. 

As a lawmaker who’s seen the concerning data on the state’s mental health resources, the issue and lack of funding has presented serious challenges. I applaud Governor Mike DeWine for tackling the pressing problem and believe the funding is targeted at the correct area: Ohio’s mental health workforce. 

The state’s plan would award Ohio students in the form of paid internships, residences and training and cover the costs associated with licenses, certificates and exams. To keep newly graduated mental health professionals in the state, hiring and retention bonuses will also be available. 

The plan is currently being reviewed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. While under review, it has received support from leaders at the Department of Higher Education, the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities and the Inter-University Council. 

This is exciting not only for the sake of expanding a critical workforce, but young students wishing to pursue the field will be better equipped to do so. Ohio is improving healthcare and encouraging its students to pursue their passions. 

In everything I do, whether it is in Columbus or back in my home district of Stark County, I will continue to make your priorities my priorities. With that goal in mind, I welcome your feedback and opinions at any time. Please do not hesitate to contact me by calling (614) 752-2438, emailing, or by writing me at 77 South High St., Columbus, Ohio 43215.