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State budget process: health and human services and the House sub bill
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State budget process: health and human services and the House sub bill

It’s been a busy few weeks (months…years….?) in the Ohio legislature. Last we checked in, the Governor’s version of the state budget—House Bill (HB) 33—was making its way through the House of Representatives. The House Finance Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, along with the other issue area subcommittees, heard testimony from a diverse set...

How to stay up to date on the state budget process
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How to stay up to date on the state budget process

In our continuing work to make the state budget process more understandable and accessible, we’re going to revisit some tips from last time around. The last state budget proceedings took place in the first half of 2021, just as vaccines for COVID-19 were becoming available, so much of our and others’ budget advocacy was conducted...

State Budget Priorities 2024-25 from The Center for Community Solutions
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State Budget Priorities 2024-25 from The Center for Community Solutions

As we embark on a new year and the 135th General Assembly, The Center for Community Solutions has laid out a set of priorities for the 2024-2025 state budget that closely align with our organizational policy priority areas and build upon progress made to date. Our budget priorities are responsive to the fact that we’re...

Ohio Budget Process 2024-25: primer and timeline
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Ohio Budget Process 2024-25: primer and timeline

It’s an odd-numbered year in Ohio and that means we will soon see a state budget proposed by Governor Mike DeWine, the first budget of his second term. Every two years, the governor releases budget recommendations and the General Assembly takes the first half of the year to consider the proposal and develop its own...

Deadline nears for temporary changes that make the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program more flexible
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Deadline nears for temporary changes that make the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program more flexible

You have likely been reading a lot about student loans in the news. The next looming date is August 31, 2022, when payments for federal student loans turn back on after a COVID-19 induced moratorium spanning more than two and half years. This deadline has been extended several times, and it’s possible it will be...

Focusing on equitable harm reduction will reduce drug overdose deaths, especially as rates among Black Americans is increasing
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Focusing on equitable harm reduction will reduce drug overdose deaths, especially as rates among Black Americans is increasing

Every policy space that we explore has inequities and racism built into it. This country’s approach to people who use drugs and the services and treatment available to them is no different. Even long before the so-called “war on drugs” began, Black and brown Americans who struggled with addiction were treated differently than white Americans.[1]...

OhioRISE program goes live
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OhioRISE program goes live

On Friday, July 1, 2022, the OhioRISE (Resilience through Integrated Systems and Excellence) Medicaid program for youth with complex behavioral health and multi-system needs launched after years of development. OhioRISE seeks to bring comprehensive, coordinated care and new and enhanced services to children and youth with the most complex needs. OhioRISE seeks to bring comprehensive,...

Prioritize Black and brown women when addressing maternal mortality and morbidity
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Prioritize Black and brown women when addressing maternal mortality and morbidity

The United States is one of the most dangerous places in the world to give birth. This is a frightening sentence to write as a pregnant woman. Impending childbirth and parenthood are anxiety-inducing enough (even though I’ve been through it all before), but the work that my colleagues and I have been doing over the...