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July 6, 2021

Honoring Community Solutions’ Longest Serving Professionals

At the beginning of summer, The Center for Community Solutions’ Board of Directors voted to establish a new endowment fund at the Cleveland Foundation, with an initial investment of $100,000, in honor of Joe Ahern, Rosie Black, and Roslyn Bucy Kaleal who have each individually spent more than 40 years at what was once known...

April 19, 2021

Big step forward for Ohio Medicaid, but more to come

On April 9, Ohio Department of Medicaid Director Maureen Corcoran made a long-awaited announcement; revealing the names of the Medicaid managed-care insurance companies that would get to share in a 20 billion dollar, five-year contract (the State of Ohio’s largest contract ever) to provide health care services for 3 million Ohioans. Director Corcoran said repeatedly...

March 15, 2021

Hate has no place in the fight against COVID-19

Last March, before there had been a single case of COVID-19 reported in the State of Ohio there were already disturbing signs that Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders were being targeted for abuse and hate crimes. At the time I wrote to my colleagues that “as the coronavirus has spread, there have been increased reports...

January 4, 2021

Community Solutions welcomes new board officers, members in 2021

Last month, Community Solutions held our annual meeting to elect new officers and five new board members, and to say farewell to four board members who completed their service. The board also recognized Carter Strang, a partner at Tucker Ellis, for completing a two-year term as board chair. David B. Miller, Ph.D., MSW, MPH was...

May 7, 2020

$750M in budget cuts DO NOT mean consumer Medicaid benefit/coverage cuts

When the Ohio Office of Budget and Management (OBM) announced on Tuesday, May 6 that April tax revenues were $866.5 million short in this year’s budget it didn’t really surprise me. When one considers Ohio’s record unemployment claims, it was expected that income and sales tax proceeds would take a big hit. OBM Director Kim...

March 25, 2020

Policy recommendations to flatten the coronavirus curve

**Updated April 13, 2020** On March 15, The Center for Community Solutions released a memo outlining steps the State of Ohio and the federal government could take to help flatten the coronavirus curve and to boost Ohio’s economy. Since then, Ohio and the federal government have adopted some of our policy suggestions. This is meant...

March 16, 2020

Ohio needs emergency health & human services Coronavirus policy changes

In light of the first, and hopefully only, global pandemic in our lives, my colleagues and I, with help from others, have pulled together a list of policy steps that we think are essential. The challenges the health and humans services sector face are unlikely any in our lifetime. Unless we take extraordinary steps, lives...