Today, Assistant Minority Leader Charleta B. Tavares (D – Columbus) applauded a total of 32 Franklin County Capital Budget projects that will receive funding for Fiscal Year 2019-2020.

This funding will go toward projects that enhance and encourage investment in the Columbus community. The monies granted will help fund residential services for developmental disabilities and services addressing opioid addiction, attract more jobs to Franklin County and the 15th District and expand interactive educational experiences for Ohio families.

“I am proud to sponsor and support more than 23 community, cultural, educational and art projects in my district specifically and throughout Ohio generally. I am especially pleased by the work we have done to assist smaller community-based non-profit organizations with state funds to leverage local, federal and philanthropic dollars to advance and complete these neighborhood and economic drivers,” said Senator Tavares.

As introduced, the Capital Budget bill is set to provide a total of $2.6 billion including monies for the Department of Higher Education - $483.4 million; the Department of Developmental Disabilities - $30.7 million; and the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services - $168.6 million; among others.

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Senator Tavares To Introduce Eyewitness Protection Act


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Assistant Democratic Leader Charleta B. Tavares Reflects On Mental Health Awareness Month


May is Mental Health Month sponsored by Mental Health America. This year’s theme is called “B4Stage4” which focuses on diagnosing and addressing mental illnesses before Stage 4 in which symptoms are more severe and difficult to treat.

Mental illnesses are sometimes crippling disorders that affect the lives of millions of Americans and oftentimes go unannounced because of the stigma associated with them.

Join me in spreading the word about “mental health” throughout the month of May so that your friends, family, and community can get the support and education that they need.

For more information about mental health awareness, visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness at


Assistant Democratic Leader Charleta B. Tavares Honors The Life Of Former Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Paul Tipps


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