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Four counties join Attorney General-funded START pilot

Four counties join Attorney General-funded START pilot

Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today that four additional counties — Adams, Brown, Lawrence and Scioto — will join 14 counties funded to pilot an evidence-informed child protection response to the opioid epidemic originally announced March 22.

UPDATE: Meigs County was added on April 28, bringing the total to 19 counties.

PCSAO will administer the now $4.6 million grant serving a total of 18 counties. Families struggling with opioid addiction and involved with the child protection system throughout southern Ohio will be eligible for the program, called Ohio START (Sobriety, Treatment, and Reducing Trauma). Agencies in the pilot will provide specialized victim services to children who have been abused or neglected due to parental drug use, as well as drug treatment for parents of children referred to the program.

“I’m very glad Adams, Brown, Lawrence and Scioto counties have joined this project,” DeWine said in a news release. “The goal of this program is to stabilize families harmed by parental drug use so that both kids and parents can recover and move forward with abuse-free and addiction-free lives.”

The attorney general added that, if shown to be successful, Ohio START could expand to more counties in other regions of the state.