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Governor Kasich delivers final State of the State Address

Source: OhioMHAS News Now

Governor Kasich Delivers Final State of the State Address

“Ohio is back and Ohio is strong again.” Those were the uplifting words Gov. John R. Kasich used to describe Ohio in his eighth and final State of the State address delivered Tuesday evening at Otterbein University. In his speech, the Governor announced plans to build a new, $112 million mental health hospital to replace the aging Twin Valley Behavioral healthcare facility in Columbus and the creation of the Jesse Owens State Park and Wildlife Area in eastern Ohio.

He also praised a decrease in opioid prescriptions and criminal justice reform that's led to the lowest entry into state prisons in 27 years. The Governor also said he was proud of a decrease in the uninsured rate and hailed the efforts to combat human trafficking. View the address in its entirety on the Ohio Channel website. Read the full transcript. Leading up to the Governor’s speech, Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Director Tracy Plouck visited several programs in Union, Delaware, Franklin and Licking counties. Watch for photos in the March issue of OhioMHAS e-Update newsletter.