Governor DeWine and Lt. Governor Husted discussed today new priority initiatives that will invest in Ohio's future with support from Ohio's 2022-2023 operating budget.
Ohio's operating budget bill, Am. Sub. House Bill 110, protects many 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.
Managed Care Procurement, which saw changes throughout the budget process, will remain intact as the Governor vetoed any language affecting the process as it moves along.
Mental Health Workforce recruitment and retention funding will receive a state investment of $5 million in FY 22 and $2.5 million in FY 23.
The state also made a $2 million investment over the biennium in telehealth funding for providers providing school-based mental health.
One of the biggest challenges of this budget was deciding on a formula for funding Ohio's K-12 public schools. The Ohio House's Fair School Funding Plan was accepted, and will remain effective for two years. The plan changes the way schools get money from the state in a number of significant ways.
For example, the state will look at both local incomes and property values to determine how much a district should be able to cover on its own, and their base amount per child will be based on local costs. Although the funds will be distributed using a different formula, the student wellness and success dollars appear to remain largely intact and will be utilized as a part of this new plan.
You can learn more about the budget here.