April 21, 2014

1. In the Nation: 50 Years Later, Hardships of Poverty Persist
It has been 50 years since President Johnson declared war on poverty, but the impact of generations of poverty persist in many areas of the country, including rural Appalachia. The poorest county in West Virginia is seeing poverty on the rise, no new jobs, and high rates of imprisonment and drug abuse that can cause dissolution of families.

2. In the State: Health care coverage available to prisoners upon release
The approval of Medicaid expansion in Ohio extended coverage to low-income, non-disabled adults without dependent children, which describes an estimated 90 percent of Ohio’s 50,545 prisoners. While Medicaid does not cover services for prisoners (other than inpatient hospitalizations), the state Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections is working on enrolling prisoners in Medicaid as they prepare for their release. This will help prisoners get the health care they need upon release and can help to reduce recidivism. http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2014/04/20/states-inmates-going-on-medicaid.html

3. In the Region: Northeast Ohio Food Banks Face Increased Need, Seek Donations
The need for emergency food continues to rise in Northeast Ohio, and food banks seek donations to meet the overwhelming demand. Lake County reports 3,000 additional calls to 2-1-1 for food assistance in 2013, compared to the previous year.  Nick Carrabine, of United Way Lake County, explains to The News-Herald,  "Most people who live in Lake County don’t think hunger’s an issue, but based on the 2-1-1 numbers and the food pantry numbers, it continues to grow. It doesn’t have to be a homeless person living under a bridge. It could be your neighbor who lost his job and has to make a choice between keeping the lights on or food.”

4. At Community Solutions: New State Budgeting Matters breaks down the MBR
The 2014 Mid-Biennium Review addresses numerous major public policy issues, related to developmental disabilities, health and human services, taxes, higher education, addiction, and more. Read more on the details of the MBR from CCS Consultant Terry Thomas in our most recent edition of State Budgeting Matters.

5. To Consider: April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. One of the challenges in raising awareness about this issue is the lack of reliable data: estimates of sexual assaults in 2010 range from under 100,000 to over 1 million. Steps are being taken to reduce fear and stigma, standardize data collection, and improve reporting to address this discrepancy.

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