Hero Pay

OCCRRA is excited about the opportunity to support Governor DeWine’s Hero Pay initiative, which is vital to the early childhood and school-age professional workforce.

In December 2020, Congress passed the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021. The Act provided Ohio with funding to help support professionals with the pandemic. As a result, ODJFS created Hero Pay.

Hero Pay FAQs

What do I need to do now to prepare for Hero Pay?

To prepare for Hero Pay Phase 2, be sure your employment is accurate in the employment tab of your OPR profile. If your employment is not accurate and needs updated, please end date any inaccurate records and use this resource to add an accurate employment record: Employment Entry Guidance.

When will payment portal open and when will Hero Payments begin?

Important dates for Hero Pay Phase 2:

  • March 16, 2023 – March 31, 2023 – Eligibility for each period is determined. You will be able to see your eligibility status in your OPR Hero Pay tab.
  • April 2023 – Payments for eligible individuals will begin.

If you have additional questions that are not addressed above, please use the Contact Us page for assistance.

Guidance Documents

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