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Ohio Panel Considers Focusing On Young Adults To Cut Poverty

A panel studying Ohio's reliance on public assistance programs is focusing on better case management and young adults as they look for new ways to tackle poverty. The Columbus Dispatch reports that state and local leaders of the Workgroup to Reduce Public Assistance Reliance met recently to discuss the issue. The Legislature created the group last year as lawmakers seek to do more to move people out of poverty and off assistance programs such as Medicaid, food stamps and welfare. Panel participants discussed providing more intensive services beginning with young adults and teens, ages 16 to 24. The goal would be to get them jobs and off public assistance. The group plans is expected to issue recommendations to state lawmakers by March 31.