Governor DeWine made kids the focus of much of his annual State of the State address Wednesday.
He detailed how he wants to expand programs and initiatives to meet kids and families in crisis where they are.

"All these children need more than a doctor," the governor said. "They need therapists, they need prescribers, they need teachers, school counselors, other caring people to help them."

A big piece of that is making the Mobile Response Stabilization Service available in all 88 counties.
Right now, 24 MRSS programs cover 38 counties.
Mental health professionals and in many cases police respond to the most urgent calls in as little as an hour or less.

"We've been doing it here in Mahoning County for a little over a year," says Joe Shorokey, CEO of Alta Behavioral Healthcare. He told 21 News that expanding the program would free up police to focus on crimes and investigations and not be tied up on so many of these calls.
One of those calls came just hours before we spoke to him.

"We had CIT (crisis intervention trained) officers from Youngstown police respond with us," he said. "We were able to get them back on the road quickly and make sure the safety of our staff and the situation and that we were able to take it from there....because of that program."

But while Shorokey and others value the program, difficulty finding workers to be on call 24/7 is holding back its potential.

"Any kind of monetary support we could get from the governor's office to entice staff and our agencies to work that shift that most people don't want to work, that would help with program expansion," said April Caraway, director of the Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board.

Whether DeWine will approach lawmakers with that request remains to be seen.