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December 24, 2018

Criminal justice and behavioral health number one issue for many in Northeast Ohio

By: Tara Britton, tbritton@communitysolutions.com Brie Lusheck, blusheck@communitysolutions.com On October 26, The Center for Community Solutions hosted its annual Celebration of Human Services in Cleveland. The event highlighted the incredible service from individuals around the city as volunteers, providers and public officials gathered to pay homage to the human services work and workers in Cleveland. Three breakout...

December 17, 2018

Five Things to watch for heading into the next state budget

By Loren Anthes, lanthes@communitysolutions.com Tara Britton, tbritton@communitysolutions.com Brie Lusheck, blusheck@communitysolutions.com Will Tarter, wtarter@communitysolutions.com   By mid-March 2019, Governor-elect Mike DeWine will introduce his first state budget to the legislature and there will be discussion and debate about it throughout the first half of 2019. Aside from allocating funding, the state budget deliberations also involve complex...

December 3, 2018

Racial Equity is at the “Very Heart of Policy:” Reflections from IMPACT 2018

By Will Tarter, wtarter@communitysolutions.com Adam White, awhite@communitysolutions.com   Last week, several staff members from The Center for Community Solutions flew to Washington, D.C. to join a delegation of Ohio advocates and policy thinkers at IMPACT 2018, a state policy conference hosted annually by The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP). IMPACT is one of...

October 16, 2018

New SNAP exemptions affect Cuyahoga, Lucas counties

By: Loren Anthes, Public Policy Fellow, Medicaid Policy Center Adam White, Policy and Planning Assistant   In a recent report, The Center for Community Solutions presented data that illustrates how rural Appalachian counties, which are predominately made up of white families, disproportionately benefit from Ohio’s waiver of work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly...

August 20, 2018

Cuyahoga Job and Family Services Demonstrates Transparency and Commitment to Improving Customer Service at Community Forums

By Rachel Cahill, Community Solutions Consultant Emily Muttillo, Research Fellow Beginning on August 28, the Cuyahoga Job and Family Services (“Cuyahoga JFS”) will participate in a statewide overhaul of the systems used to apply, determine eligibility and manage caseloads for food and cash assistance (SNAP and OWF). In May, Rachel Cahill outlined the upcoming conversion from...

August 16, 2018

Ohio Medicaid ends “spread” pricing for prescription drugs, discussion around contractual Medicaid overhead costs just beginning

By: Loren Anthes, Public Policy Fellow, Medicaid Policy Center Adam White, Policy and Planning Assistant   Background The Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) announced on Tuesday, August 14 that it is directing Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) to cancel contracts with Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) that use a “spread pricing” model. Spread pricing allows PBMs to keep...

August 13, 2018

What are Cuyahoga County teens saying about sex? Community conversation lessons, themes and evidence

All of the themes are based on the thoughts, feelings, and ideas that were expressed by students. This is not intended to be an exhaustive listing, reproduction of original notes or formal research. Each theme represents a collective concept or lesson and is supported by quotes recorded by staff during each of the conversations. Education...