News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Don Drumm Studios

Area Agency on Aging 10B, Inc.

Metro RTA


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Government and Politics


Ohio adds an Office of Human Services Innovation
Gov. Kasich says the department will help connect programs and eliminate waste
by WKSU's ANDY CHOW


Reporter
Andy Chow
 
Gov. John Kasich welcomed a new office to the Department of Job and Family Services.
Courtesy of Ohio Governor's Office
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

Officials want to find a better way of connecting the state's numerous public assistance programs with a path to employment and financial independence. As Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, a new step towards the goal started today with the announcement of a new state office and its director.

LISTEN: Chow on the goal and operation

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (2:36)


Plans to create the Office of Human Services Innovation have been in the works since Gov. John Kasich signed his budget update in June. However, its vision became more tangible today with the announcement that Doug Lumpkin will head that office.

Lumpkin is a longtime public servant who has been director of both the Ohio and Franklin County Departments of Job and Family Services.

Lumpkin envisioned his new role after looking at a list of about 30 public assistance programs in the state, ranging from youth services to education and employment training.

“As I was thinking about those I thought, 'How do we weave those into something that actually make the world better for folks?'" Lumpkin says. "'How do we weave that into something that actually works for folks?”

Coordinating and streamlining
Lumpkin says that is the broad goal of his one-person office at this point, finding ways of coordinating and streamlining services for those in need.

“Families who are in crisis often are overwhelmed by what they face while trying to find the opportunity to get help," Lumpkin says. "We can get better at that.”

Kasich says critics have grown cynical of taxpayer-funded assistance, and that is why he says the state needs this office.

“They say ‘Look, we’re willing to help somebody but tired of helping people who don’t want to help themselves, and we want all this stopped,'” Kasich says.

A start and self-help
But the governor says improving the coordination of these services will allow more people to effectively access the programs.

“We want to help them to get up because I think implanted in every one of our souls is the dignity of work," Kasich says. "And sometimes you’ve got to scrape real deep to get way down there to find that motivation but I believe it’s there.”

The new human services innovation office will be within the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Cynthia Dungey, director of the department, says the mission goes beyond the initial point of employment.

“It’s not important to just get a job," Dungey says. "It’s important to be able to keep the job and succeed at the job so we can see the long-term effects of being able to sustain oneself and self-sufficiency.”

The governor believes this new step will have a huge impact and not just for Ohio.

“If we do this right in my opinion, it’ll change the country," Kasich says.

Lumpkin will come up suggestions on how to best coordinate the services, revise incentives, and standardize eligibility determinations. Those suggestions must be submitted by the end of the year. 

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

HOF's Canton expansion could take an island and make it a village
I live in the block from Broad St to the Hall of Fame and will be impacted by the expansion. I am in the process of selling my home and planned to long before i...

Cleveland redeploys police to replace rejected red-light traffic cameras
Periodic rotational enforcement without warning does NOT change behavior and the city officials know that. This is the basis of all officer-run enforcement trap...

New enrollment period offers more insurance options
The removal of federal funding for healthcare CO-OPs may limit the growth of the CO-OP movement. http://www.healthcaretownhall.com/?p=6381

The family of Boardman vet killed in Vietnam receives his medals
My name is Mike Eisenbraun. I am Larry's brother. I was 14 years old when Larry was killed in Vietnam. He has been gone for 46 years but it seems like yester...

Cleveland seniors are creating new wealth -- and facing new challenges
Why is anyone surprised that we people over 65 are not retiring? If you have been paying attention, defined company funded pensions were phasing out in the eigh...

Ohio company cuts off a dairy supplier after allegations of animal abuse
these people should be held accountable for their actions. i would be more than pleased to see a year or more behind bars. i will NEVER eat anything that comes ...

Goodyear recruits thousands of vets
What a wonderful interview! Excellent reporting skills by a talented young reporter! I look forward to hearing more from Ms. Schley!

Ohio Democratic Party begins the rebuilding process
I agree 100% with Sen. Brown. I think it is absolutely critical for the Democratic Party in Ohio to engage in the long, tedious, hard task of re-building from t...

They're talking again in the Macedonia bridge dispute
Norfolk Southern says the Ledge road bridge meets regulations for train traffic, however it was built as an overpass for a roadway and/or farm usage. I think t...

Cleveland City Council to consider transgender public restroom law
this is sick. I do not want my daughter in the same bathroom as a perverted 45 year old man. this proposed legislation could seriously damage the security of ch...

Copyright © 2014 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University