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Rep. McNally Announces over $500,000 in ODA Funding for Mahoning County Senior Day Providers

March 25, 2024
Lauren McNally News

COLUMBUS – State Rep. Lauren McNally (D-Youngstown) today announced that $535,040.70 in grant funding will be provided by the Ohio Department of Aging (ODA) towards Family First Adult Day Services and the Easter Seals Society in Mahoning County. 

“Ohio’s elderly population deserves the ability to age in comfort and security.” said Rep. McNally. “This funding will enhance our ability to provide state-of-the-art care in adult day services.”

The grant, originally announced in January as part of the ODA’s Adult Day Revitalization Initiative, is intended to boost Ohio’s adult day providers, which are both more cost-efficient and result in better health outcomes than long-term institutional care centers. Specifically, the funding is designed to assist in three areas with regards to day providers:

·       Encouraging new providers to join and previous providers to return.

·       Providing support to existing providers in expanding their capabilities.

·       Recruiting and retaining employees.

The awardees were announced in March 2024, with over $6 million being directed to 22 projects in 16 different counties. The funding originated in HB 45 of the 134th General Assembly, which allocated federal funding via the American Rescue Plan Act towards a variety of causes, including adult day services. This funding was later amended in HB 33 of the 135th Assembly. 

The Easter Seals Society will use its funding to renovate and expand its facility in Mahoning County as well as start a new program in Columbiana County and expand its workforce. Family First Adult Day Services will use their funding to renovate and upgrade their facility and purchase transportation.