U.S. Congressman Steve Stivers | E-Newsletter
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U.S. Congressman Steve Stivers
AUGUST RECAP
During the August district work period, I had the opportunity to spend significant time meeting with constituents, hosting roundtables to discuss issues facing our community, and visiting several new facilities which are opening and creating jobs in Ohio’s 15th District. I always appreciate this time to learn more about what matters to the constituents of this district, and learn how I can help as your representative in Congress. 

 FINDING SOLUTIONS TO THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC

Earlier this year, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections announced the closure of the Hocking Correctional Facility.  I am immensely proud of the way Nelsonville and the surrounding communities rallied together and now we have not just a trade-in, but a trade-up.  For the past six months, 19 entities have come together and created a plan that will not only mitigate the job-losses caused by the closure, but will also fill a crucial need of the community: a wrap-around treatment center for those who need help breaking the chains of addiction.

The project’s three-part model will turn the site into a multi-use facility that tackles several issues impacting the region, including the need for facilities to jail female misdemeanants and low-level felons, community diversion programs, mental health treatment, residential in-patient and non-intensive out-patient drug treatment, job training and education, and transitional housing services.  I’m ready to help as a resource in any way that is needed for this project, and am currently working to find potential grants that could help secure the necessary funding for the project. 

 

Six years ago, I started hosting an annual opioid roundtable, where I bring together treatment experts, healthcare providers, law enforcement, and area representatives to have a 360 degree view of the problem, and discuss how we can all work together to curb the opioid epidemic in our communities. This isn’t just a roundtable full of talk, and no action. Every year, I come away with new ideas that I take back to Washington and work to find a solution.  

This year, in total, I came away with nearly 20 recommendations and ideas within prevention, law enforcement, treatment, housing that I am taking back to Washington to work on. While a single piece of legislation will not fully end the drug addiction epidemic, it is my hope that by working together and addressing this issue piece by piece, we can make progress in our communities.
ENCOURAGING SERVICE

I also had several opportunities to spend time with some of the incredible young people in the District who are actively engaging to improve their communities.  First, I had the privilege to lead the newest class of AmeriCorps members in their oath as they begin their term of service across the state of Ohio.  I then joined students at Hastings Middle School as a part of the 10th Annual Hastings Outreach Program – a day where each student is engaged in a service project in the community. 

Seeing the enthusiasm of the young adults in AmeriCorps and the pure excitement of sixth graders as they dug into their new community garden only reinforced my belief in the need for programs that foster this sense of servant leadership.  That’s why, as Congress is considering appropriations legislation for Fiscal Year 2019, I will continue to advocate for funding for the Corporation for National and Community Service.  The CNCS engages more than five million Americans in service through Senior Corps, Learn and Serve America, and AmeriCorps.

OPEN FOR BUSINESS

In addition, it was great to be a part of some exciting business openings that will create jobs across the region.  For instance, I attended the grand opening of the Genesis Medical Center in Somerset.   The Center will give families a convenient location to access quality medical care in Perry County – in fact, it is located just 12 minutes or less from 75 percent of the county’s population. They will also benefit from an Appalachian Regional Commission grant to Somerset to construct an access road to make it even easier to get from State Route 13 to the health center. 

I was also honored to be part of the grand opening of the AmerisourceBergen and ICS facility with Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (D-OH). The new center will provide innovative distribution for a variety of pharmaceuticals, benefiting patients across Ohio and the country. Even more exciting – this will create approximately 125 new jobs in Franklin County.

As we continue in the 115th Congress, I look forward to continue hearing from you. I invite you to call my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 225-2015, my Hilliard office at (614) 771-4968, my Lancaster office at (740) 654-2654, or my Wilmington office at (937) 283-7049 if you have any questions or comments. 
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