Advocates testify before Senate committee
Encouraging Senate Finance Committee members to maintain or increase the House’s $15 million investment in children services in the biennial state budget, advocates offered a range of perspectives in testimony before the committee yesterday.
With the House of Representatives passing a budget that added $15 million per year to the State Child Protection Allocation and set aside $10 million per year in TANF funds for kinship child care, PCSAO expressed gratitude for what is indeed the biggest investment in child protection in more than a decade. The House’s investment is part of a larger response to the devastating opioid epidemic affecting Ohio. The goal now is for the Senate to maintain or increase funding — PCSAO’s initial ask was for $30 million per year in SCPA — and for those dollars to survive the conference committee and the Governor’s line-item veto.
Witnesses delivering testimony included:
- PCSAO Executive Director Angela Sausser, whose testimony also included newspaper editorial support as well as stories from the field about the opioid epidemic’s impact on children services;
- Tim Bubb, Licking County Commissioner;
- Robin Reese (pictured), executive director of Lucas County Children Services; and
- Leah Clevenger, foster caregiver and adoptive parent from Ross County.