COLUMBUS – Rep. Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) announced that the state Controlling Board approved several major items this week, including $150 million to increase testing services and the availability of at-home rapid tests. Additionally, $17 million has been approved to aid with pandemic response efforts and to reduce COVID-19 health disparities. Ohio has faced a surge in demand for COVID-19 relief support as hospitalizations around the state continue to rise.
“The health disparities in our community continue to impact the most vulnerable Ohioans,” said Rep. Galonski. “This relief will make a difference in Akron and throughout the state of Ohio.”
The Controlling Board also approved $7.2 million in COVID-19 relief funds to address the educator shortage and students’ chronic absences as a result of the pandemic.
Additional approved items include:
· $1 million to assist the Minority Health Commission in the usage of the State Opioid Response Program;
· $2.8 million to help cover non-federal costs in approved projects under FEMA Public assistance programs;
· $3.8 million to operate the Medicaid Customer Service Hotline and Enrollment Program;
· $120,000 to conduct a precautionary forensic and security assessment of the unemployment system;
· $350,000 to expand outreach of the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services’ Crisis Text Line.