This year at the annual holiday banquet, Laura Holton of Fairfield County and Tisha Brown of Licking County were awarded the 2013 President Awards.
These two have spent the majority of the last nine months on loan from their counties to the Governor's Office of Health Transformation and working on the development of the new Ohio Integrated Eligibility System (OIES). Their work has led to multiple eligibility improvements in the new system and helped tremendously with county trainings and communications.
Every year, dedicated individuals throughout the state support county agencies and the association to enhance our system and improve the quality of services we provide. These individuals unselfishly commit their time and expertise to assist county agencies meet the challenges of administering one of the largest work and family service systems in the country.
OJFSDA is proud to present the 2013 Advocacy Award to Will Petrik, State Director, Advocates for Ohio’s Future (AOF.) Will received this recognition at the 2013 Annual Training conference.
The job and family service system in Ohio operates a state supervised/county administered system. This means that a state agency is responsible for ensuring compliance with state and federal programs and local agencies are responsible for the operations of the various programs.
Governor Kasich released his budget blue print for SFY14/15 on February 4, 2013. All departments were instructed to reduce funding by 10%, ALL county lines were maintained at the current spending levels, including maintaining the 533 account. Attached are the Department of Medicaid and Department of Job and Family Services Executive Budget and also the Ohio's Jobs Budget 2.0 summary.
Through hard work, dedication, perseverance and strong county and state leadership, Ohio has officially eclipsed the federally required 50 percent work participation rate in July of 2012 (the most recent data available) for the first time since federal TANF reauthorization went into effect in 2007. ODJFS announced earlier this week that the overall work rate for all families in July was 50.27 percent.
Welcome to OJFSDA
Ohio Job and Family Services Directors' Association (OJFSDA) is a not-for-profit statewide organization established in 1946. OJFSDA represents Ohio's 88 County Departments of Job and Family Services Directors on the local, state, and national level. OJFSDA communicates key issues and solutions regarding the delivery of social services, to Ohio policymakers, legislators, and other decision makers.
The Ohio Job and Family Services Directors’ Association's mission is to assist County Job and Family Service agencies in enhancing the safety, health and self-sufficiency of vulnerable Ohioans by providing training and technical assistance, and impacting legislation and policy.