2018-2019 House Budget: Ohio Departments of Health, Aging, Developmental Disabilities, Job and Family Services, & Mental Health and Addiction Services.
Britton, Tara. Lusheck, Brie.
The Center for Community Solutions.
State Budgeting Matters
Vol. 13, No. 5 The Center for Community Solutions
1501 Euclid Avenue, Suite 310
Cleveland, OH 44115
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This brief reviews the Ohio House of Representatives passed version of the State budget for fiscal years (FY) 2018 and 2019 for the Ohio Departments of Health, Aging, Developmental Disabilities, Job and Family Services, and Mental Health and Addiction Services (MHAS). It compares the differences in Governor Kasich’s proposal to the proposed budget passed by the Ohio House of Representatives. It notes the Administration proposed significant changes to the Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps (BCMH) program, including moving much of the program to the Office of Ohio Department of Health and making other significant eligibility and case management changes. The House rejected all proposed changes to BCMH and maintains this program in its current form. This required an additional $3 million to be added to the line item that funds this program in 2018 and in 2019. In addition, the House made sizable changes to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) budget, including large investments made in Child Protective Services to meet the increased demands of children entering protective services due to the opiate epidemic. The House added $10 million in each FY from the TANF line item for Kinship Care, an additional $8.8 million were added to provide $100,000 to each County JFS to assist with the 28% of children taken into custody in 2015 whose parents are using opiates, and $150,000 in each fiscal year were added to the House-passed version of the budget for children’s crisis care facilities. 21 references.
Ohio; state programs; extended foster care; budgeting; proposed legislation; child care; foster children; kinship care; out of home care; expenditures; substance abusing parents; children with disabilities; child protective services