***Youth & Parent with Lived Experience Provide Written Testimonies to the Ohio Full Senate Finance Committee May 28, 2019
As strong advocates for Family and Children First Councils, Jade and her mother, Beth, were both being recruited to testify, and this time it was to the Full Senate Finance Committee regarding funding for multisystem youth within H.B. 166, Ohio's Operating Budget. Due to conflicts, neither were able to give in-person testimony but were able to submit written testimony. Jade's written testimony continued her advocacy for increased funding for mental health services for middle class families with private insurance, preventative school-based programs and local wraparound care. Beth's written testimony provided her parent perspective on the challenges and ultimate success of navigating youth-serving systems of care for her daughter.