November 20, 2017

1. In the Nation: When Unpaid Student Loan Bills Mean You Can No Longer Work
Fall behind on your student loan payments; lose your job. Twenty states suspend people's professional or driver's licenses if they fall behind on loan payments.

2. In the State: Substance Use Prevention in Ohio: Programs, Policies, and Funding to Target Addiction Before it Starts
In this issue of State Budgeting Matters, The Center for Community Solutions (CCS) provides a landscape of the state's efforts to address drug addiction through substance use prevention. By highlighting programs and policies at work throughout the state, CCS hopes to shed more light on upstream prevention strategies that may change the game for future generations.

3. In the Region: As Holiday Season Approaches, Tent City Offers Homeless and Families Second Chance
Since a railroad company ordered a homeless camp off the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad in January, the Second Chance Villagehas become a magnet for hundreds of desperate Akronites - all homeless, most mentally ill, some with addictions and several with criminal pasts.

4. At Community SolutionsNew! Cleveland Ward Profiles
Today, Community Solutions is releasing detailed profiles of all City of Cleveland wards. The profiles include basic demographic information about each ward, as well as data on employment and income, poverty, education, housing, and health. For example, they include the number of persons who don't have health insurance, the number eligible to receive assistance from a food bank, and teen birth rates. Check out the profiles here.

5. This Week's Featured Infographic: Medicaid Expansion Fact Sheet
This week's infographic features data and information on Ohio's Medicaid program and the positive impact that Medicaid Expansion has had around the state. To stay up-to-date with Medicaid policy in Ohio, visit

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Cuyahoga County Health and Human Services Budget Presentation Process Concludes


What We Do

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 also focus on the following policies: 

  • Strengthening the Health and Human Services Safety Net
  • Medicaid
  • Safety, Health, and Economic Wellbeing of Older Adults  
  • Improving Maternal and Infant Health
  • Improving Access to Behavioral Health Services
  • Adolescent Reproductive Health Education