Download file to read interview with new OhioMHAS Director, Lori Criss
Download file to read Jade's senate testimony.
This blog is a landing place to maintain a public record of the important advocacy work of YouthMOVE Athens (county) Ohio. YouthMOVE is a national organization organized with state, regional and county chapters. Athens, Meigs and Vinton counties make up our regional chapter. Youth from Athens County may participate in local, regional, state and occasionally national advocacy campaigns.
After impressing many agency representatives, including Director Lori Criss of OhioMHAS, with her speech at the Resiliency Ring Event the previous week, YouthMOVE Ohio council member, Jade, was asked to travel to Columbus, Ohio to testify in front of an Ohio Senate Finance Subcommittee regarding support of increased funding for mental health services within H.B. 166, Ohio's Operating Budget. The voice of this youth left a powerful impression on the senators as she advocated based on her own lived experience.