PCSAO lauds provisions of state pandemic response legislation
PCSAO sent a letter of support to Governor Mike DeWine for the measures included in HB 197, which he signed into law yesterday.
“We appreciate the difficult decisions you have made to put the health and safety of our state’s citizens front and center during the pandemic,” wrote PCSAO Executive Director Angela Sausser in the letter. “After all, that’s part of the children services mission as well.”
In particular, PCSAO pointed to provisions that allow county commissions and children services boards, which are essential to the oversight and administration of child protection, to meet remotely, but still with citizen input. Recognizing that many families involved in the children services system already struggle with basic needs, the letter also acknowledged efforts to prevent disconnection of utilities and expand eligibility for unemployment compensation, so as to reduce additional stress on families. “Your compassion and advocacy for children and families – particularly those affected by mental illness, substance abuse, domestic violence, and other factors that lead to abuse and neglect of children – has never been more needed or appreciated,” Sausser continued.
PCSAO, along with the Ohio Job and Family Services Directors’ Association (OJFSDA), the Ohio Child Support Enforcement Agencies Directors’ Association (OCDA) and the County Commissioners Association of Ohio (CCAO), continues to follow the pandemic closely and interact with state officials to ensure that county agencies are well represented and receive clear information.