K-12 Prevention Education Initiative

Under the leadership of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and the RecoveryOhio initiative, the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) and the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) will collaborate to distribute $18 million included in the SFY 2020 budget to support prevention education for students in grades K-12. This state partnership will empower local communities in their efforts to help children build resiliency and reduce risk factors that contribute to the development of behavioral health conditions. This investment will assist communities with the ultimate goal of providing evidence-informed prevention services for every child, in every grade, in every school. In addition, the budget provides $1 million in each fiscal year for ODE to invest in professional development grants to educational service centers (ESCs) to train educators and related service personnel on the models and tenets of prevention of risky behaviors.