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Hello Advocate,

Earlier this afternoon, Governor Kasich signed House Bill 483 into law. HB 483 includes $36 million in new investments for Ohio’s children, seniors and families. We appreciate your advocacy and the efforts of our partners and supporters across the state who helped build broad support for investments to strengthen our communities.

Click here to read our news release.

House Bill 483 includes:

  • $10 million to strengthen Adult Protective Services across Ohio. The investment will improve the state’s capacity to protect older Ohioans from abuse, neglect, and exploitation and help ensure Ohio seniors live with safety and dignity.
  • $10 million to strengthen Child Welfare services in all 88 counties. The investment will build on improvements and outcomes for over 100,000 children and their families.
  • $16 million to improve access to child care, provide greater stability for working parents and provide children continuous access to early learning programs.

The final bill restored funding for Ohio's Federally Qualified Health Centers and increased the state's EITC from 5 percent to 10 percent of the federal credit.

Next Steps
The signing of the bill initiates two work groups focused on funding allocation to strengthen the adult protective services and child welfare systems. The work groups, led by Cynthia Dungey, Director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, have 90 days to develop recommendations.

We look forward to working with lawmakers, the administration and other stakeholders to ensure that Ohio’s 88 counties have the resources to protect our children and older adults.

Thanks for your ongoing participation and advocacy!

-Will and Gail

Advocates for Ohio's Future
Strong Communities. Better Lives | www.advocatesforohio.org

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