The Ohio House’s version of the 2018-19 state budget bill passed last week was a mixed bag for Ohio’s health and human services. We support the House’s choice to invest in a response to the state’s opiate crisis, including increased funding for county children services, bolster funding for the Ohio Housing Trust Fund, and maintain coverage for the Medicaid expansion population. But the bill missed other opportunities to invest in programs and supports that strengthen families, communities, and the economy.
AOF’s updated state budget issue fact sheets highlight opportunities for the Senate to ensure that all Ohioans are safe, have good jobs and can afford the basics.
- Ensure Older Adults in All Counties are Safe
- Make Ohioans More Competitive: Invest in Programs that Support Work
- Maintain General Assistance to Support Ohioans in Need
- Strengthen Ohio with Healthy Communities
- Increase Access to Affordable, Healthy Food
- Make Affordable Housing a Reality for All Ohioans
- Invest in Ohio Children and Protect Our Future
- Increase Access to Care for Youth Across Systems
- Increase Positive Outcomes for Youth, Families & Communities
- Enable Local Agencies to Serve Ohioans at Home & in the Community
- Safeguard Behavioral Health Service Access & Capacity
- Ensure All Ohioans Have Access to Public Transportation
- Build and Strengthen Ohio’s Direct Service Workforce
Click here for a full list of AOF’s FY 2018-19 state budget priorities.