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News Release from the Ohio Department of Mental Health
01/25/2012

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News Release from the Ohio Department of Mental Health
 
For immediate release Jan. 25, 2012
 
Ohio Housing Finance Agency awards $1 million to ODMH for repairs at Adult Care Facilities
 
The Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) recently approved the Ohio Department of Mental Health to administer $1 million from Ohio Housing Trust Fund to pay for health and safety repairs at Adult Care Facilities (ACFs) throughout the state. ACFs provide room, board and personal care for individuals who reside in the community, but need assistance with daily living.
This significant award will enable ODMH to assist an estimated 100-200 ACFs in making essential repairs needed to maintain their structural integrity. As well as providing safe and decent homes, the repair fund will save the state of Ohio money by ensuring that vulnerable populations do not end up in more restrictive and costly care settings. 

ODMH assumed licensure of the nearly 700 ACFs in Ohio with the signing of the state’s Fiscal Year 2012-13 budget. These homes are a source of permanent community housing for people who do not require a nursing home level of care, but need a higher level of support to maintain their health and safety. Residents may have a variety of disabilities, including mental illness.

“This project will have a positive impact on those we serve,” said ODMH Director Tracy J. Plouck. “ODMH is pleased to partner with OHFA to improve the quality of permanent housing options. These trust fund dollars will ensure that ACFs that meet the required guidelines may receive monies for critical repair needs.”

Eligible ACF owners can apply for amounts ranging from $2,000 to $10,000 for each eligible facility. They must specify priorities for critical repairs and identify the level of severity of the issues. ODMH will review the applications and award dollars based upon most critical need and most effective use of the funds.

ODMH has identified four categories that should be addressed to preserve the longevity of the facility: structural defects, heating and plumbing defects, electrical hazards and safety features. Applications that fit within these four categories and meet eligibility requirements will be given first consideration.

The ACF Critical Repair Grant and application materials will be mailed by ODMH’s Office of Capital Planning and Management to each licensed ACF in mid-February and also posted on the ODMH website: http://mentalhealth.ohio.gov/

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Contacts:
Roma Barickman, Project Manager
Office of Capital Planning and Management
(614) 466-4750 •
roma.barickman@mh.ohio.gov
Trudy Sharp, Communications Director
(614) 466-5145 •
trudy.sharp@mh.ohio.gov

ODMH News Releases can be found at: http://mentalhealth.ohio.gov/news-events/press-releases.shtml

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