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PCSAO, advocates testify before House Finance Committee

PCSAO, advocates testify  before House Finance Committee

PCSAO offered testimony today before the full 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 (pictured) led joint testimony that included Danny Brenneman, executive director of Coshocton County Job and Family Services; Chip Spinning, executive director of Franklin County Children Services; and Sarah Hayden, an Ohio START family peer mentor at Warren County Children Services.

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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. She emphasized the importance of successfully implementing Family First and supporting kinship families, and stressed the need for additional resources for this at the county level. The Executive Budget, HB 110, funds significant new initiatives — including the Family First Act launching October 1 and a new Kinship Support Program enacted in December — at the state level but leaves counties without the necessary investments to implement them.

Once it passes the House Finance Committee, HB 110 will go to the full House for a vote before moving to the Senate. The budget is expected to be signed by the Governor by June 30.