Governor, hospital group announce effort to support children’s mental health needs

Posted at 9:02 AM, Aug 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-08 13:39:12-04

DAYTON, Ohio — Gov. Mike DeWine announced a statewide summit on childhood mental health Thursday in the wake of Sunday's mass shooting in the Oregon District, WHIO reported.

“What we’re doing today is one more step,” DeWine said. “We want everyone to know what trauma looks like.”

Early intervention was one of the governor’s proposals in a 17-step plan announced Tuesday to prevent gun violence and increase mental health prevention.

The governor’s office and the Ohio Children’s Hospital Association will host the summit, called “Building Resiliency," on Sept. 26 in Dayton.

DeWine's website provides a downloadable book that addresses childhood mental health.

“We have a serious mental health crisis among many of our children in the state of Ohio today. It is growing worse,” DeWine said during a news conference at the Ohio Statehouse on Tuesday.

His proposal also includes safety protection orders, background checks, increased penalties for felons who commit crimes involving firearms, an expanded school safety tip line and increased access to psychiatric care.

READ MORE: Gov. DeWine’s 17 proposed actions to prevent gun violence in Ohio