Nursing Home Quality and Accountability Task Force Continues Community Listening Sessions in Columbus

Event held at Columbus State Community College; fourth stop on statewide tour

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Governor’s Nursing Home Quality and Accountability Task Force visited Columbus State Community College today to once again hear directly from Ohioans about their experiences surrounding the quality of nursing homes.Read full story

MCBDD Performance Audit Spotlights Progress in Meeting Federal Conflict-free Management Requirements


COLUMBUS – County boards of developmental disabilities have one year remaining to meet federal conflict-free management requirements and ensure eligible residents continue to have access to transportation, employment, and other publicly funded services.

A report released Thursday by the Ohio Auditor of State’s Office analyzed the operations of the Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities (MCBDD), which is making progress in connecting its clients with qualified service providers.Read full story

Ohio Narcotics Intelligence Center Warns of Emojis Symbolizing Potential Drug Activity

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) – The Ohio Narcotics Intelligence Center (ONIC) released a public safety bulletin today alerting parents that emojis are being used by youth on social media and electronic communications to market, sell, and buy illegal drugs.

Emojis used in drug communications commonly refer to the physical, psychological, or physiological characteristics of the drugs.

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Brown Presses for Bipartisan Rail Safety Legislation at Senate Hearing With Norfolk Southern CEO

Brown Testifies at Hearing on Behalf of East Palestine Community; Brown-Vance Bipartisan Bill Would Establish New Safety Rules to Prevent Derailments

Download Production Quality Footage of Sen. Brown’s Exchange HERE

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) testified on behalf of the East Palestine community at the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee hearing on the need to improve rail safety.Read full story

Dirty Dozen: Watch out for Scammers Using Email and Text Messages to try Tricking People During Tax Season

WASHINGTON – March 21, 2023 – With the filing deadline quickly approaching, the Internal Revenue Service today urged everyone to remain vigilant against email and text scams aimed at tricking taxpayers about refunds or tax issues.

In day two of the annual Dirty Dozen tax scams campaign, the IRS again includes a warning about phishing and smishing schemes where cybercriminals try to steal a taxpayer’s information through scam emails or text messages.Read full story

Updated – USDA Announces New Investments in School Meals to Support Healthy Kids

The original bulletin sent this morning indicated an incorrect level of funding available for the FY 23 Team Nutrition Grants.  This bulletin corrects that mistake.

WASHINGTON, March 22, 2023 – Today, U.S. Department of Agriculture announced several actions to expand support for and access to the school meal programs, including awarding $50 million in grants that will increase collaboration between schools, food producers and suppliers, and other partners to develop nutritious, appetizing school meals for kids.Read full story