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Friday, June 28, 2019

Second Ohio Medicaid Meeting

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We were honored to participate in our second meeting with the Ohio Medicaid Director's Office.

Participants included:
  • Vice President Samantha Dillon of the OHIO Youth Advisory Board
  • Lisa Dickson of ACTION Ohio and the OHIO Youth Advisory Board
  • Nicole Chinn of ACTION Ohio and the CSCC Scholar Network
  • Cloe Cooper, Katrina de los Santos and Brett Welsch of the CSCC Scholar Network
  • Sonja Nelson, Alex Romstedt, Drew May and Bethany Hahn of CMHA
Our meeting focused on:
  1. Ohio Medicaid's continued efforts and dedication to overcome access barriers for foster care youth and alumni
  2. Concerns about a specific residential facility
  3. Updates regarding our work to map out a service coordination model and the division of tasks between Service Coordinator and the two RA/Peer Advisors for Scholar House 3

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Presentation at Congregation Beth Tikvah

Lisa Dickson of ACTION Ohio was honored to present on Sunday, June 23, 2019 for the Central Ohio Women of Reform Judaism’s Tzedakah Collective.

This local group of philanthropists has been in existence for six years. Their mission is to work together to explore unmet needs in their local community and the world, and to pool together resources to help. The focus of their 2019 priorities is on programs that restore human dignity.

ACTION Ohio has been partnering for years with the National Council of Jewish Women: Columbus Section, when it comes to our annual Central Ohio Thanksgiving dinners for foster care teens and alumni. We deeply appreciated this opportunity to share about the foster care experience, and ways that community members can help support improved outcomes for young people in and from foster care.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

ACTION Ohio Letters of Support

These two Acts complement one another, and if both of them are passed into federal law, this will lead to better post-secondary outcomes for foster and homeless youth:

1.) Letter of Support for Higher Education Access and Success for Homeless and Foster Youth Act of 2019 (S.789)

2.) Letter of Support for Fostering Success in Higher Education Act (S. 1650)

Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown supports the Higher Education Access and Success for Homeless and Foster Youth Act of 2019 (S.789/H.R.1724).

Ohio Senator Rob Portman supports the Fostering Success in Higher Education Act (S. 1650).

We are encouraging them to each support one another's bill, because these two bills are very complementary of one another:

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Saturday, June 15, 2019

Scholar House III... the work continues!

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Deeply grateful for the ongoing commitment of CMHA to bring Scholar House 3 from vision to reality.

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Federal Legislative Update

Ohio foster care youth and alumni advocates made AMAZING federal legislative progress this week...

1.) Senator Rob Portman is endorsing the “Improving Employment Outcomes for Foster Youth Act” as per our request.

2.) Senator Sherrod Brown is endorsing the “Fostering Success in Higher Education Act” as per our request (which will improve higher ed outcomes for foster AND homeless populations)

And last of all.... drumroll please...

3.) When it comes to the Fostering Stable Housing Opportunities Act, which was literally written by Ohio foster care youth, the federal government is currently considering a $20 million allocation of “on-demand” housing vouchers for young people throughout the nation who are aging out of foster care.

All of this has happened in the span of two days, and we are currently working on follow up


Friday, May 17, 2019

2019 Meeting with Director of Child Welfare Transformation

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On Friday, May 17, we had an 10:30 a.m. meeting at CSCC with Director of Child Welfare Transformation Kristi Burre.

Our meeting focused on three topics:  
1. ) Establishing a statewide foster care Ombudsman Office, and the importance of including foster youth voice and input on the process of designing this resource.

2.) Normalcy training and safety requirements for group homes and residential placements.

3.) Appreciation for the statewide Fostering Pathways to Success Conference, and desire to include foster care youth and alumni voice in future conference planning.

Participants included: Doris Edelmann, Jamole Callahan, Lisa Dickson, Nikki Chinn, Stevie Hayslip, Kyajah Rodriguez, Katana Waters, Juliana Barton, Ashley Marie Williams, Katrina De Los Santos, and Brett Welsch.