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Ohio Increases Funding for Volunteer Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program

March 02, 2020

The Columbus Dispatch reported that the Ohio Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program’s budget is $1,846,979 for 2020 and $3,112,901 for 2021, which is a significant jump from the $477,877 in state funds for 2018-19. The two-year state operating budget for 2020-21 includes additional funds to expand the Ombudsman Program to increase the number and frequency of visits to residents. As part of the increased funding, the program will hire a full-time volunteer coordinator for each of the 12 regional offices, said Beverly Laubert, State Long-Term Care Ombudsman at the Ohio Department of Aging.