Orders to aid low-income families

Published 9:30 am Monday, June 27, 2016

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich has signed executive orders to help low-income families, fund after-school programs and expand access to addiction treatment.

The Columbus Dispatch reports Kasich authorized spending $1 million on a statewide program providing after school programs for low-income children.

The governor also issued an order including licensed independent chemical dependency counselors in Medicaid coverage to increase access to addiction treatment. It will allow about 100 agencies in the state to offer chemical dependency counseling.

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His moves also allocate more money for a program that works to reduce the problem of low-birth-weight babies.

Funding also is going to an Akron-based prisoner re-entry program and an early childhood parenting program in Toledo.