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In Budget Due Out this Week, DeWine Says He'll Put Additional $50 Million Toward Home Visitation

A photo of Gov. Mike DeWine signing an executive order as part of his first acts of duty in office to create a study committee on home visitations.
ANDY CHOW
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STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU
Gov. Mike DeWine signed an executive order as part of his first acts of duty in office to create a study committee on home visitations.

Gov. Mike DeWine said during last year’s campaign he wanted more home visitations to help curb Ohio’s dismal infant mortality rate and to reach at-risk kids and families. He’s now proposing to double the funds for these programs following a report from a group he appointed to look into the idea. 

The report from DeWine’s home visitation committee recommends making race and ethnicity foundational elements in infant mortality efforts, creating a central point for the intake and data of these programs, and expanding eligibility for families. 

DeWine says his budget will put $50 million more into an existing home visitation program, which comes out this week.

And he’s also proposing a public-private partnership called Pay For Success, a pilot program to triple participation in home visitation.  

DeWine says these programs are also essential in preparing at-risk children for school.

Home visitations help families of children from birth to kindergarten, with social workers and medical professionals looking out for the child’s mental, physical, and emotional health.