April 14, 2014
1. In the Nation: More mentally ill people in prisons and jails than state hospitals
A new study has found that there are 10 times the number of mentally ill people in prisons and jails than there are in state psychiatric hospitals. The report’s author compares this to the mental health system of the 19th century, before advocates pushed for mentally ill people to receive care rather than incarceration.

2. In the State: Mentally ill Ohioans in the prison system
Related to the national report that identified the unacceptably high number of mentally ill people in jails and prisons, the Columbus Dispatch examined the situation in Ohio. In the state, nearly 10,000 inmates are on the mental-health caseload in prisons, with 4,356 of them seriously mentally ill, while fewer than 1,000 patients reside in six state psychiatric hospitals. The state prison numbers do not include jails. The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction calculates that about 20 percent of the state prison population has mental illness.

3. In the Region: MetroHealth's Care Plus Program a model for success  
MetroHealth's Care Plus Program reports significant taxpayer cost savings and improved health outcomes for participants. Nurse coordinators, who advocate for patients and help to coordinate treatment, are critical to the program's success. 

4. At Community Solutions: NEORIO Health Indicator Release
Today Community Solutions releases our final three NEORIO indicator fact sheets, focusing on measures of health in Northeast Ohio: Chronic Disease, Infant Mortality, and Health Insurance.
Find links to all of the NEORIO Fact Sheets and learn more about the initiative here.

5. To Consider: According to analysis by the Economic Policy Institute, increasing the minimum wage tends to benefit middle-aged women who are working full time, not dependent teenagers who still live with their parents.  Ohio’s minimum wage increased to $7.95 per hour on January 1, which is higher than the national minimum of $7.25 but lower than the $10.10 per hour proposed by wage advocates and the Obama Administration.
Source: http://www.epi.org/publication/raising-federal-minimum-wage-to-1010/

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