Budget battle happening over mental health awareness campaign ad money



Mental health groups rallied outside the Ohio Statehouse Friday asking the Ohio Senate to restore money for mental health awareness advertising campaigns back into the two-year state budget currently being debated.

The state budget already passed by the Ohio House of Representatives had $36 million over the biennium in the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services budget for statewide prevention, treatment and stigma reduction campaigns, education, curricula and services for children and adults in the Ohio Budget Bill.