The Franklin County Board of Commissioners holds its General Session meetings every Tuesday at 9:00am in the Franklin County Government Office Tower at 373 South High Street, 26th Floor. Highlighted below are some of the resolutions/contracts scheduled for consideration at the upcoming meeting:
Working to End Violence Against Women
On Tuesday, the commissioners will be asked to approve a pair of resolutions to accept, and then allocate part of, the county’s 2016 S.T.O.P. Violence Against Women Act grant award. This year’s award is in the amount of $578,764.02. Upon approval of the receipt of funds, the commissioners are expected to approve sub grant awards in the amount of $361,403.16 to provide victim services and enhance law enforcement and prosecution using those funds. Funding will provide support for the Special Victims Unit of the County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, a Domestic Violence Detective in the County Sheriff’s Office, a Victim Advocate in the Court of Common Pleas, Ohio Health and the Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio, CHOICES Domestic Violence Shelter, Buckeye Ranch, Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services, the Ohio Hispanic Coalition.
Urging Congress to Oppose Attacks on Affordable, Accessible, Comprehensive Healthcare
The commissioners are set to approve a resolution on Tuesday which urges the United States Congress, specifically those members representing the people of Ohio, to oppose any and all attacks on health coverage for Americans. The commissioners specifically oppose changes including: the conversion of the Medicare program into a voucher system or an increase in the eligibility age beyond 65; the imposition of new taxes or other threats to employer-sponsored health coverage; the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without a replacement plan that protects all working families and seniors and ensures that anyone with coverage today is able to afford it and keep it; any and all reductions in coverage for mental health care and substance use disorder treatment, including a reduction in parity with physical health-related coverage; the repeal of the ACA’s Medicaid expansion to millions of people, and the conversion of Medicaid to block grants or a per capita cap system for federal funding. The commissioners urge Congress to support only reforms that bring us closer to the goal of providing comprehensive, accessible, and affordable health coverage for all.