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Nov. 29, 2022

>>> Governor DeWine Announces $57.8 Million in Safety Grants for Ohio Schools

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced Monday that the state will support the installation of security upgrades at more than 700 K-12 schools across Ohio. A total of 708 schools in 57 counties will receive $57.8 million in grant funding to enhance student and staff safety. Governor DeWine is awarding the funds as part of his K-12 School Safety Grant Program, which helps schools with physical security expenses, such as new security cameras, public address systems, automatic door locks, visitor badging systems, and exterior lighting. Monday’s announcement represents the third round of grants awarded as part of the Ohio K-12 School Safety Grant Program. In the first round, $5 million in state funding was awarded to 95 schools in 27 counties. Governor DeWine then partnered with the Ohio General Assembly to increase funding for the program by an additional $100 million, and he announced the availability of the second round of funding in August, totaling $42.2 million for 1,065 schools.

>>> RFP: 10th Annual Trauma Informed Care Summit Event Planning

The Ohio Departments of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) and Developmental Disabilities (DODD) launched a statewide Trauma-Informed Care Initiative (TIC) in 2013. A goal of this Initiative is to expand opportunities for Ohioans to receive trauma-informed interventions by enhancing efforts for practitioners, facilities and agencies to become competent in trauma informed practices. We are seeking one vendor to assist OhioMHAS with event planning and management services for the 10th Annual Trauma-Informed Care Summit, a two-day educational event that will be hosted in May 2023. Applications must be received by Dec. 12 at 3 p.m. via TraumaSummit2023RFP@mha.ohio.gov. Click HERE to view the RFA.

>>> More than 3M Youth Reported Using a Tobacco Product in 2022

A recent study from the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 3.08 million (11.3%) U.S. middle and high school students reported current use of any tobacco product in 2022, which includes 2.51 million (16.5%) high school students and 530,000 (4.5%) middle school students. For the ninth consecutive year, e-cigarettes were the most commonly used tobacco product among all students (2.55 million), followed by cigars, cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, hookah, nicotine pouches, heated tobacco products, and pipe tobacco. Many factors contribute to youth tobacco product use, including flavors, marketing, and misperceptions of harm. Most youth who use tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, want to quit.

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