The Senate budget passed unanimously this week does not include $36 million that mental health and suicide prevention advocates were hoping would be restored. That money would been split between treatment and prevention for kids and anti-stigma multi-media campaigns.
Republican Senate Finance Chair Matt Dolan said Senators believe in the cause that Gov. Mike DeWine’s budget funded with that money, but instead put it into existing programs on prevention and mental health and into help for multi-system youth.
“I presume the Governor is going to want at least a portion of that $36 million back. But I think when he sees where we spent it, hopefully that will give him pause to say, well, that’s a worthwhile endeavor as well.”
Dolan says Gov. Mike DeWine’s $550 million for counseling, mental health and other wraparound services in low-income schools will help too. But Dolan says there are concerned about how that half a billion dollars will be administered, so the Senate diverted $125 million the House added to that into vouchers and aid to fast-growing districts.