$3 million to aid addictions funding shortfall in Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The recently approved Ohio midterm budget provides $3 million to help local agencies weather a one-time $20 million shortfall for addiction services in Ohio.

A change in the way the state funnels federal money to local communities to help addicted Ohioans created the shortfall over the next year, causing challenges for prevention and treatment agencies.

The plan by the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services to distribute $63 million in federal money over 18 months instead of a single year is meant to address cash flow problems that at times have left addiction services providers scrambling to cover payroll.

Federal money approved last fall, for example, wasn’t available until March this year.

Democrats have criticized the timing of the funding change by the administration of Republican Gov. John Kasich.

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