Last week, the Ohio House of Representatives passed House Bill 483, which includes $20 million to protect children and older adults. The House version includes:
- a $10 million investment in Adult Protective Services to improve the state’s capacity to protect older Ohioans from abuse, neglect, and exploitation and help ensure Ohio seniors live with safety and dignity.
- an additional $10 million for Child Welfare to build on improvements and outcomes for over 100,000 children and their families and address critical disparities among counties to provide child welfare services.
If finalized, the Adult Protective Service allocation would be nearly four-times more than the state has ever provided for Adult Protective Services. It would also be the first new state child welfare dollars in nine years.
That said, this is just the first step. We need your help to work with the Ohio Senate to make sure we maintain these critical investments and build support for additional investment to keep children and seniors safe.
Here's How You Can Help
The Ohio General Assembly is on break this week and next week, so now is the time to meet with your state senator while he or she is at home in your district. Your local conversations are critical to build support for children, families, and seniors in Ohio.
- Click here for a resource with talking points and more information to bring to the meeting.
If you've never met with a lawmaker or if you just want a refresher, you can review our “effective legislative visits” webinar here.
Don't Forget To Keep Us In The Loop
We are stronger when we are coordinated, so please fill out this form if you get a meeting with your state senator on the calendar. If you are interested in meeting with your state senator but would like to talk with AOF staff before setting up a visit, we also ask that you fill out this form. Staying connected amplifies our individual voices.
Thanks for your work to strengthen families and communities in Ohio!
Will Petrik and Gail Clendenin
Advocates for Ohio's Future
P.S. If you missed the MBR Update webinar on Friday, you can check out all the information here.