November 24, 2014

1. In the NationA Broken Mental Health System
The Denver Post offers a detailed look at the mental health system in Colorado, while noting the similarities with systems nationwide that are failing to treat mental illness at the same level as physical illness or injury. While policies have been enacted to improve this, this report on the Colorado system shows it has a long way to go.

2. In the State: MHAS Director Updates JMOC on Behavioral Health System Transformation
Tracy Plouck, director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (MHAS), testified before the Joint Medicaid Oversight Commission (JMOC) last week to provide an overview of the Department’s work to strengthen the behavioral health system. Plouck provided updates on projects stemming from the budget and mid-biennium review, as well as preliminary data on the impact of extended Medicaid coverage as it pertains to the need for behavioral health care. Review the information that she shared here.

3. In the RegionHispanic Graduation Rates Rise in Cleveland
In 2011, the graduation rate for Hispanics in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) was 30 percent. By 2013, the rate nearly double to 61 percent, bringing the Hispanic graduation rates more in line with the national average. The growth in graduation rates can be credited in part to Esperanza, a local non-profit that focuses on guiding young Hispanics toward graduation. Esperanza's programs provide students with one-on-one tutoring, mentoring, information on careers and colleges, and more.

4. At Community SolutionsNew Video Looks at Northeast Ohio 
Northeast Ohioans are wrestling with unemployment (10.7 percent), housing unaffordability (51.4 percent of renters, 25.6 percent of owners), and food insecurity (16 percent). Relief from these issues is especially important to families during the holiday season, when the weather changes and people celebrate by giving gifts and sharing meals. Watch our new High On Ohio video, "Neighbors in Need: All is Not Merry and Bright," to learn more from experts across the region about how these issues are connected and what we can do to help.

5. This Week's CCS InfographicA Heavy Load: BMI and Commercial Truck Drivers
Ohio’s licensed commercial truck drivers have significantly higher rates of overweight and obesity compared to the general public, due to occupational-related health factors. This excess weight is associated with higher risks of heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and other health complications. Learn more about the health, employment, and public safety implications here.

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