July 27,2015

1. In the Nation: Cheap Fix: Heroin’s Resurgence
Heroin — now cheap, plentiful and more potent than ever — is killing people at record rates. Across the nation, deaths from heroin overdoses nearly quadrupled in the decade ending in 2013, according to a new analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

2. In the State: While Reform is Blocked, One Immigrant Family in Columbus, Ohio Waits
One Columbus, Ohio immigrant family has a lot at stake as federal courts consider whether President Obama acted legally when he implemented the Deferred Action for Parents of American and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA). A federal judge in Texas issued a preliminary injunction, which placed the DAPA program on hold and the case, Texas vs. The United States could well end up in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.

3. In the Region: Activists Gather in Cleveland
Activists and organizations from around the country gathered in Cleveland this past weekend for a convening organized by the Movement for Black Lives. The aim was to create a modern-day civil rights movement to address police violence, increasing criminalization, failed economic and education systems, and gentrification.

4. At Community Solutions: CCS and MHAC Release By the Numbers 3 Examining Ohio’s Addiction Treatment System
As drug overdose deaths continue to reach record highs in Ohio, The Center for Community Solutions (CCS) and the Mental Health & Addiction Advocacy Coalition (MHAC) release By the Numbers 3: Developing a Common Understanding of the Future of Behavioral Healthcare, Analysis of Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment in Ohio. The report focuses on the demographic characteristics of clients in treatment, the types of services they received, and spending related to alcohol and other drug addictions in the Buckeye State and in local ADAMH board areas through 2012. Read the full report and the executive summary.

5. This Week's CCS Infographic: Updated Ohio Medicaid Basics Provides Information on Financing, Enrollment, and Eligibility
Every two years, Health Policy Institute of Ohio (HPIO) releases Ohio Medicaid Basics to coincide with the state biennium budget. The latest report describes how Medicaid accounts for 4 percent of Ohio’s total economy, is the largest payer of health care in the state and the largest payer of long-term care services, and covers nearly one-in-four Ohioans including about 45 percent of Ohio’s children ages 0-19. This graphic shows the breakdown of Medicaid enrollees in State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2014.

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A nonprofit, non-partisan think tank, The Center for Community Solutions focuses on solutions to health, social and economic issues.

We help the people who help people -- human service professionals, civic leaders, and public officials. Our applied research, policy analysis, and non-partisan advocacy are what set us apart. With offices in Cleveland and Columbus, we identify, analyze, and explain key health, social, and economic data and issues, and propose non-partisan solutions to improve the lives of Ohioans. In addition to keeping an eye on emerging issues, we focus on five priorities. They include: 

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