State Has Yet To Spend Allocated Money For Troubled Youth
The state has yet to spend any of the 5 million dollars allocated this year for services for troubled youth at-risk of being removed from their homes or entering the juvenile justice or foster-care systems.
The "crisis stabilization fund" was designated to help pay for support groups, child care, transportation and other expenses. County Family and Children First councils were designated to plan for administering the funds. Child advocates say program stipulations have tied up funds and need to change. The program doesn't cover residential treatment and clinical services. Only families with incomes at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level may receive funds. The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services says money has yet to flow.