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House subcommittee hears testimony from PCSAO, advocates

House subcommittee hears testimony from PCSAO, advocates

PCSAO offered testimony today before the Health and Human Services subcommittee of the House Finance Committee, requesting a $50 million increase in the State Child Protection Allocation to fill state funding gaps that could hamper transformation in the children services system.

PCSAO Executive Director Angela Sausser led a panel that included Danny Brenneman, executive director of Coshocton County Job and Family Services; Chip Spinning, executive director of Franklin County Children Services; Licking County Commissioner Tim Bubb, president of the County Commissioners Association of Ohio, which supports PCSAO’s request; and Sarah Hayden, an Ohio START family peer mentor at Warren County Children Services (pictured with Rep. Scott Lipps).

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Sausser expressed gratitude to Gov. Mike DeWine and his administration for maintaining historic new investments in children services made two years ago and for making new investments to support kin and transform the system. The Executive Budget, HB 110, funds significant new initiatives — including the Family First Act launching in October and a Kinship Support Program enacted in December — at the state level, but leaves counties without the necessary investments to implement them.

The budget bill is expected to move to the full Finance Committee later this month and must be signed by the Governor by June 30.