Hamilton County provides funding for human services through its general fund, tax-approved property tax levies, and federal funds.
Hamilton County residents have approved several levies that provide funding for human services.
- Developmental Disabilities levy: This five-year levy was approved by voters in 2019 to provide supportive services and facilities benefitting people with developmental disabilities. The 4.13-mill levy is expected to raise approximately $75M per year to provide case management, infant therapy, family support, housing support, funding and benefit assistance, and the operation of two schools. Funding is overseen by Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services.
- Family Services and Treatment levy: This .34-mill levy approved in 2019 generates approximately $6m per year to support programs for people involved in the criminal justice system such as addiction and mental health treatment, employment, housing and transportation. The organizations funded through this levy include Talbert House, PreventionFIRST!, and Cincinnati Union Bethel’s Off the Streets program.
- Children’s Services levy: This 2.77-mill levy was approved in 2018 to provide support services for abused or neglected children. The levy generates approximately $38M per year to provide children and their families mental health services, substance abuse treatment, domestic violence programs, parenting classes and more. It is administered by Hamilton County Job and Family Services. This levy will be considered for renewal in 2021.
- Indigent Care levy: This 4-mill levy generates $40M per year to provide funding for health and hospitalization services.
- Mental Health levy: This levy generates approximately $35M per year to support mental health services for over 20,000 people in Hamilton County each year. This levy is administered by the Hamilton County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board.
- Senior Services levy: This 1.6-mill levy provides over $25M per year for supportive services for seniors including meals, housekeeping, personal care, home repair, and medical transportation. The majority of the funds are administered by the Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio.
Click here to view the dates that levies are due for review and renewal.