We're here to serve you and to help find solutions to your temporary challenges. We encourage you to apply for all of the benefits that your family might be eligible for during these difficult times. This could include financial assistance, food assistance, health care, and employment and training assistance.
Finding a Job
Ohio's statewide job-matching system, OhioMeansJobs.com, has been developed into a more comprehensive online tool.
Each county has an OhioMeansJobs Center where you can apply for jobs, learn about training and educational opportunities, and apply for services for which you may be eligible. Please call 1-877-852-0010 or visit any OhioMeansJobs Center.
Education and Training
Ohio's workforce system provides free job training and other employment services for any Ohioan who needs it. The OhioMeansJobs Centers can help with resume writing, using a computer or accessing training.
The Ohio Literacy Resource Center offers a list of web sites for Ohio Adult Basic and Literacy Education programs. Services may include obtaining the knowledge and skills necessary to find employment.
OhioHigherEd University System of Ohio contains a wealth of information on postsecondary education, college readiness and grants and scholarships.
Read about "The Other 4-year Degree!" and check out the apprenticeship opportunities in Ohio.
To file a new application for Ohio Unemployment Benefits or reopen an existing Ohio claim:
File electronically at the Ohio Unemployment Compensation website or call 1-877-OHIOJOB (644-6562) or TTY at 1-888-642-8203; Monday through Friday; 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Save the Dream Ohio is a foreclosure prevention effort. Learn if you qualify and how to apply.
Renters may also access foreclosure information. Call 1-888-404-4674.
Health Care Options
The Ohio Department of Insurance can help you understand your coverage options if you recently lost your employer-provided health insurance or have been uninsured for some time. Call 1-800-686-1526 for more information.
Medicaid is a public healthcare program funded by the state and federal government. It provides necessary health care coverage to certain individuals with limited income. In Ohio, a person is entitled to Medicaid healthcare coverage, for free or at a low-cost, if they meet specific income and eligibility requirements. Because Medicaid is an entitlement program, the state cannot limit the number of eligible persons enrolled or deny access to medically necessary services to control costs. For more information about Medicaid, call 1-800-324-8680 or TTY (for the hearing impaired) 1-800-292-3572.
Ohio's Community Health Centers are required to provide care to all patients regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay. Visit the website for the list of 41 free clinics serving 52 counties or call 1-614-221-6494.
Low Cost Prescription Drug Programs
Ohio's Best Rx is a prescription drug discount card program designed to lower the cost of prescriptions for Ohio residents without prescription drug insurance coverage who are 60 years of age or older, or under age 60 with annual family incomes of less than 300 percent of the federal poverty level. To apply, call 1-866-923-7879.
All Ohioans age 60 or older, as well as adults aged 18-59 who have disabilities as defined by Social Security, are eligible for a free Golden Buckeye Card.
The Partnership for Prescription Assistance can help you determine which prescription programs you might be eligible for. For more information, call 1-888-4PPA-NOW (1-888-477-2669).
Rx for Ohio is designed to help low-income, uninsured Ohio residents access patient assistance programs where you may qualify for free, or nearly free, prescription medicines.
Mental Health Resources
The Ohio Department of Mental Health can help find mental health resources from local, state and federal organizations and agencies near you.
Local mental health and addiction services programs are overseen by Ohio Behavioral Health Boards.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Ohio provides education, advocacy and support for people with mental illnesses and their families.
The Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services coordinates an extensive system of services designed to prevent substance abuse and to treat Ohio's addicted populations. For a list of treatment providers near you, call 1-800-788-7254.
Find an Alcoholics Anonymous or a Narcotics Anonymous meeting near you.
ODJFS administers SNAP, the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance, which provides cash assistance to eligible needy families to pay for food.
The Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks represents 12 foodbanks, which then distribute food to more than 3,300 member charities, including food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters and other hunger relief organizations that reach all 88 Ohio counties. For more information or to locate a pantry near you, call (614) 221-4336.
More than 75 percent of Ohioans have access to 2-1-1, a free, multilingual and confidential telephone information service that links callers with trained professionals who can give you information about local foodbanks, shelters, clothing sources, rent assistance, utility help and foreclosure assistance. It is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. To access it, simply dial 2-1-1. In the absence of 2-1-1, many counties have free information and referral services. For more information, including a list of services near you, call (614) 221-6766.
Finding affordable and quality child care is always a challenge. Yet, there are many services and programs to assist you in meeting this challenge. ODJFS offers financial assistance to eligible parents to pay for child care while they engage in work and training efforts. If you need to find a child care facility in your community, call 1-866-635-3748.
The Ohio Benefit Bank is a web-based computer program that can quickly and easily connect you to a variety of services. More than 4,000 trained counselors staff hundreds of Benefit Bank sites and clinics in 87 of Ohio's 88 counties. Ohioans can check their eligibility for food assistance, health care coverage, home energy assistance and child care subsidies at Ohio Benefit Bank or call (800) 648-1176.
The Coalition on Homelessness and Housing has developed a website to help individuals and families in Ohio find immediate shelter or long-term housing.
The Ohio chapter of the coalition maintains an online database of affordable housing options, organized by county.
In addition, the U.S. Department of Agriculture subsidizes more 15,000 rural multi-family apartment complexes throughout the country. Locate affordable rural rental housing near you.
If you lose your job through no fault of your own, you have the right to request a review of your child support order from your local child support enforcement agency (CSEA). The CSEA will consider your case and present a recommendation for a possible adjustment. The amount you pay could go up, go down or stay the same. To find the CSEA in your county, call 1-800-686-1556.
Ohio's workforce system provides priority of service to eligible military veterans and their spouses. Veterans can receive job search assistance through any OhioMeansJobs Center and receive specialized assistance by state veterans' representatives.
. ODJFS' Veterans Services unit assists eligible veterans, including disabled veterans, get the training they need and find employment. For more information call 1-888-296-7541, option 5.
View our frequently asked questions on ODJFS' core services.
Last Updated 10/11/2013