Columbus, Ohio – Ohio Governor Mike DeWine unveiled his proposed executive budget for state fiscal years 2022- 2023. Initiatives in the Governor’s proposed budget will protect key investments for Ohio’s children and families made in the previous biennial budget, and serve as a solid jumping off point for discussions on targeted investments in telehealth and workforce development.
Key budget initiatives that support child and family services providers include increased investments in student wellness and success funds, child protective services, broadband expansion, and multi-system youth services.
“Ohio’s community agencies that serve children and families are vital to our state, and, while we are still reviewing the document, we are pleased that many provisions in the Governor’s proposed budget are aligned with community-level priorities,” said Mark Mecum, Ohio Children’s Alliance CEO.
“With the unprecedented challenges COVID-19 has caused to communities and providers, targeting investments in telehealth and the child and family services workforce are critical parts of a comprehensive solution. We need to ensure that investments will assist the child protection system so we can keep the pace with the historic influx of children while also improving their ability to secure treatment and supports.”
The budget will be considered by the Ohio House of Representatives and Ohio Senate before Governor DeWine’s expected signature before July 1. The executive budget "blue book," including Governor DeWine's full budget recommendations, tax expenditure report, and budget highlights can be found on the Ohio Office of Budget Management's website.
The Ohio Children’s Alliance is a not-for-profit organization based in Columbus, Ohio. They are dedicated to sustainably improving the provision of services to children, young adults, and families through advocacy, education, and innovative solutions. Learn more at www.ohiochildrensalliance.org.