Ohio to grant $3 million to at-risk youth services

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio officials are directing $3 million in federal funds this year to community projects aimed at helping young people at risk of harming themselves or others because of a mental illness or developmental disability.

The grants will support crisis intervention, family mentoring and screening programs along with other services in 20 counties.

For example, one project in Hamilton County would create 24-hour crisis services, while another project in southeastern Ohio would set up temporary care for young people in situations where they may need to be removed from a home.

The state is using $250,000 in federal money this fall to train child welfare workers, school employees and others in first aid and trauma-related approaches.

Officials said Monday that they hope to build off the use of the one-time money.

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