When Governor Kasich took office, Ohio’s publicly funded system of mental health and addiction services was in turmoil. Over the previous four years, state funding was reduced nearly 20 percent. Governor Kasich’s first budget reversed this trend, freed local systems from Medicaid match responsibilities, created Medicaid health homes for people with severe mental illness, and provided targeted investments to restore community mental health capacity. The Governor’s subsequent budgets continued the effort to rebuild community behavioral health system capacity by extending Medicaid coverage to uninsured Ohioans with mental illness, assisting nursing home residents who move back into the community, and increasing access to safe and affordable housing.
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