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Good morning Advocate,

On Wednesday, the Ohio Senate passed House Bill 483, the Mid Biennium Review (MBR), maintaining support for child and adult protective services first proposed by the Ohio House. Funding includes $10 million for Adult Protective Services (APS) and $10 million for child welfare.

The House and the Senate recognized that now is the time to ensure the safety of abused and neglected children and seniors. This funding will help our county protective services agencies provide direct services to Ohioans by conducting investigations, connecting victims to services, and ensuring the ongoing safety of children and older adults.

Click here to read a joint news release from Advocates for Ohio's Future, PCSAO, OJFSDA, AARP Ohio, OCAPS, and o4a.

Next Steps
House Bill 482 is headed for conference committee, which is responsible for negotiating a compromise between the proposed House and Senate versions of the bill. We look forward to working with both chambers and the administration in conference committee to protect children and seniors in Ohio.

Your Efforts Made a Difference
We heard from a number of senators who were impressed with our advocacy efforts and the support they heard from their constituents, so thank you for making calls to your senator and for asking other people in your community to speak up! Your efforts made a difference.
 
You can help us build more public support by sharing our blog post, which highlights all the statewide media coverage about the need to protect children and seniors from abuse and neglect. All you have to do is click this link and then click the Facebook or Twitter icon to share with your network!

Thank you for all you do to advocate for a stronger Ohio.

-Will Petrik and Gail Clendenin

Advocates for Ohio's Future

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