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Mid-Biennium Review Update


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Learn more about the budget and policy changes in HB 483 and find out ways to take action. With the legislative break coming up, this presentation includes resources to help you have conversations with your state lawmakers while they are back in your district.

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Mid-Biennium Review Update

  1. 1. Phone Number: 213-416-1560 Guest Access Code: 198 678 477 Mid-Biennium Review Update
  2. 2. WILL PETRIK State Director Advocates for Ohio’s Future
  3. 3. Featuring: Gayle Channing Tenenbaum Director of Policy & Governmental Affairs, Public Children Services Association of Ohio (PCSAO) Joel Potts Executive Director, Ohio Job & Family Services Directors’ Association (OJFSDA) Katie Kelly Executive Director, groundwork Zach Schiller Research Director, Policy Matters Ohio THE MID-BIENNIUM REVIEW
  4. 4. ADVOCATES FOR OHIO’S FUTURE WHO WE ARE A statewide coalition of over 450 organizations working together to promotes health and human service budget and policy solutions so that all Ohioans live better lives.
  5. 5. • Strengthen Ohio with Healthy Communities • Create More and Better Jobs for Ohioans • Make Ohio More Competitive with Great Public Services ADVOCATES FOR OHIO’S FUTURE OUR FOCUS
  6. 6. MID-BIENNIUM REVIEW TIMELINE Mar 11 – Kasich Administration releases MBR proposal (House Bill 472 – HB 472). Mar 18 – Speaker Batchelder announces HB 472 will be split into 14 different bills and assigned to 11 different committees and subcommittees. Mar 23 – Columbus Dispatch reports Republican legislative leaders might wait until after the November election before acting on Gov. John Kasich’s proposed tax package Apr 9 – Ohio House of Representatives passes nine bills related to the MBR Early May – Hearings for the MBR start in the Senate
  7. 7. Director of Policy & Governmental Affairs, PCSAO THE MBR AND CHILD WELFARE Gayle Channing- Tenenbaum
  8. 8. • The General Assembly should appropriate an additional $20 million for SFY 2015 in the 523 State Child Protection Allocation line item, as follows: • $3.2 million to match federal capped Title IV-B ESSA funds to strengthen families and capped Title IV-E Chafee funds serve youth aging out of foster care • $12.6 million (75% of remaining funds) to 88 county agencies according to current formula • $4.2 million (25% of remaining) to hardship counties IMPROVING CHILD OUTCOMES WITH SHARED RESOURCES
  9. 9. Why? • Ohio ranks 50th in the nation in state investment for child welfare. • Ohio is highest in the nation for local child welfare investment, but funding is extremely inequitable. • Local child welfare agencies have suffered a 20% loss of scarce state funds in the past few years, including cuts to the State Child Protection Allocation and state portion of Adoption Assistance. IMPROVING CHILD OUTCOMES WITH SHARED RESOURCES
  10. 10. IMPROVING CHILD OUTCOMES WITH SHARED RESOURCES How will this help? • County agencies will select from a menu of strategies and technical • Counties must abide by a permissive local Maintenance of Effort • Ohio should also allow indefinite/extended time frames for child welfare • “Hardship” can be defined in a number of ways to help identify those counties in most need of state aid.
  11. 11. From the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services
  12. 12. From the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services 85% will stay longer than 30 days 50% will stay longer than 300 days
  13. 13. From the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services 70% of Non-substance abuse will stay longer than 80 days. 70% of Substance abuse kids will stay longer than 110 days
  14. 14. IMPROVING CHILD OUTCOMES WITH SHARED RESOURCES Interested Parties This proposal was developed by a special PCSAO committee of county children services agency executives and fiscal experts. We have worked closely with: • ODJFS • County Commissioners Association of Ohio • Ohio Job and Family Services Directors Association • Advocates for Ohio’s Future We also have worked to educate other child- and family-serving entities, including: • Ohio Family Care Association • Ohio Grandparent-Kinship Coalition • Ohio Association of Child Caring Agencies • Ohio Adoption Planning Group • Overcoming Hurdles In Ohio Youth Advisory Board
  15. 15. Do all children deserve, safety, permanency and well being regardless of where they live?
  16. 16. Joel Potts Executive Director, Ohio Job & Family Services Directors' Association THE MBR AND ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES
  17. 17. ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES • State currently invests $500,000 • 50 counties receive less than $2,000 annually • Counties invest $20 million per year in the APS program • MBR proposes $10 million investment • Most state has ever invested in program - $3.35 Million in 1997
  18. 18. Katie Kelly Executive Director, groundWork THE MBR AND EARLY CHILDHOOD
  19. 19. CONTINUOUS AUTHORIZATION FOR CHILD CARE • Legislative change would offer 13 weeks of “continuous authorization” for families enrolled in child care with a temporary change in their work or training status Goals of this change: • Allow children to remain in a stable early learning environment during temporary changes in parents’ work status, as well as provide support for parents to reenter the workforce
  20. 20. PRESUMPTIVE ELIGIBILITY FOR CHILD CARE • Legislative change would allow parents to receive presumptive eligibility for child care from the time an application is submitted to the County to the time of certification Goal of this change: • To allow parents to secure a child care provider for a child more quickly after a job or training position is obtained
  21. 21. Zach Schiller Policy Director, Policy Matters Ohio THE MBR AND UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION
  22. 22. UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION • As introduced, House Bill 483 would have required that new applications and continuing weekly claims for unemployment compensation (UC) be done over the Internet, with limited exemptions • Half of Ohioans make their initial application for UC benefits on the phone • 150,000 Ohio households are not served by broadband, and 300,000 adults cannot go online to look for jobs because they lack the necessary digital literacy skills, according to Connect Ohio
  23. 23. UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION • Online-only registration for initial claims or follow-up job-matching led to thousands of claimants being denied benefits in Florida and Pennsylvania • ODJFS is implementing other UC changes for claimants – we should wait to make sure they work before adding more requirements Next Steps • The finance committee deleted this mandate, but it is expected to resurface
  25. 25. Talking Points • I’m working to ensure that Ohio is a place where everyone can participate in our economy and where working Ohioans have what they need to support themselves and their families. • Ohio’s families and communities need our support. Too many Ohioans lack essential human resources - things like food, housing, health care, education, child care, access to treatment, and transportation - that they need to prosper and live better lives. • I believe Ohio can be a great place for all Ohioans to live and work, and we can get our state and our economy back on track by making bold investments in families and our communities.
  27. 27. Act Now! • Make thank you calls to House leaders. • Meet with your State Senator over the break. Share your ideas to help strengthen your community. • Review our “effective legislative visits” webinar here. • Don’t forget to send thank you’s and let us know how your visit went.
  28. 28. Get Connected With Advocates for Ohio’s Future Today! • Find us on Facebook • Join our coalition of over 450 organizations. • Endorse Advocates for Ohio’s Future today. • Follow us on Twitter @Advocates4OH
  29. 29. QUESTIONS?
  30. 30. Advocates for Ohio’s Future 510 East Mound Street, Suite 200 Columbus, OH 43215 Will Petrik | 614-602-2464 Gail Clendenin | 614-602-2463