$12.5 Million in New Funding to Strengthen Central Ohio Communities
WASHINGTON, D.C.— The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced that more than $12 million in federal grants were awarded to Ohio’s Third Congressional District. Funds will be used to tackle the overprescribing of opioids, curb human trafficking, provide support services to at-risk children, and better address community safety concerns. Reacting to the announcements, U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) issued the following statement:
“I am fighting each and every day to ensure better days lie ahead for all Central Ohioans, because it is clear that the federal government can do more to address the opioid epidemic and the scourge of human trafficking, to empower our young people, and to improve our neighborhoods. These grants represent an important step in meeting those needs, and I pledge to continue to lead the charge in Congress for equal justice, opportunity, and security for families in Ohio’s Third Congressional District and across the nation.”
Specifically, DOJ provided:
- $8.2 million+ to the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services to strengthen communities, reduce crime, and enhance background checks;
- $1.8 million+ for the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy to improve oversight efforts into the overprescribing of opioids;
- $1.37 million for the Ohio Department of Youth Services and another $673,000 for Franklin County to help at-risk youth succeed in- and outside the classroom; and
- $650,000 to Nationwide Children’s Hospital to support victims of human trafficking.