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DeWine plan keeps Ohio children with complex behavioral issues in parents’ custody

Darrel Rowland, The Columbus Dispatch via The Cincinnati Enquirer |

Monday, Gov. Mike DeWine rolled out a $1 billion program designed to go a long way toward achieving that goal. It’s called OhioRISE, which stands for Resilience through Integrated Systems and Excellence.

It doubles about $18 million in seed money added to the biennial state budget two years ago that enabled parents of 469 children to avoid relinquishing custody, and provided technical assistance to 82 additional families.

But the new setup covers a much broader scope. The ultimate goal of OhioRISE is shifting how care is delivered — creating new access to in-home and community-based services — so more children and parents can stay together instead of giving up custody because their personal insurance won’t cover the cost of needed treatment.

OhioRISE, set to get off the ground in January 2022, is labeled a “core component of the Ohio Department of Medicaid’s next generation managed care overhaul.”

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