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December 23, 2019

Cuyahoga County budget passes

Introduction The 2020-2021 Cuyahoga County budget passed at the December 10 meeting of Cuyahoga County Council. At the same meeting, the new health and human service (HHS) levy was also placed on the March 2020 ballot. Going into the new biennium budget, Cuyahoga County faced a number of questions about the state of the health...

December 9, 2019

Nearly $2 million in contracts approved by Cuyahoga County HHSA Committee

The Cuyahoga County Health, Human Services and Aging (HHSA) Committee heard testimony from four agencies looking for county contract approvals or extensions before the end of the calendar year. The committee meeting on November 20 was chaired by Pernel Jones who is vice president of county council and vice chair of the council’s HHSA committee....

December 2, 2019

Health and human services agencies present budget cases to Cuyahoga County Council

The Cuyahoga County Council convened over several weeks to discuss the 2020-2021 biennial budget. The hearings took place over three days and featured testimony and presentations from county health and human services leaders. In this review, we will cover some of the presentations, as well as the questions that followed from county council. The committee...

November 18, 2019

Levy increase on the ballot next year

Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish and County Council President Dan Brady announced that the county will seek to put an eight-year, 4.7 mill levy on the March 17, 2020 ballot. If passed, the county could have two similar-size health and human services levies that would alternate every four years. Currently, the county has a 3.9...

November 11, 2019

The Council on Older Persons advocates, leads on senior issues

The Council on Older Persons (COOP) has been a standing committee of The Center for Community Solutions for more than 70 years. As we look back at 2019, COOP continues to distinguish itself as a leading destination for information about senior issues, and a vocal advocate for local seniors. Under the leadership of outgoing COOP...

November 4, 2019

County council HHSA committee hears update as foster care costs soar

The October 16 meeting of the Cuyahoga County Health, Human Services and Aging committee saw presentations from two community organizations, and also considered several contracts, one of which expands the number of providers in the foster-care system. The number of children in foster care has soared to more than 2,900 children currently in out-of-home care,...

October 14, 2019

Cuyahoga County executive releases new budget recommendations

Cuyahoga County executive Armond Budish released his third county budget last week, the 2020-2021 biennium budget. The proposed budget totals more than $1.75 billion[1] in total expenditures. With questions swirling about the future of the Justice Center, fallout from the jail conditions, questions surrounding an aging population, as well as increased demand in services for...

September 26, 2019

HHSA Committee approves contracts, senior needs increase and children in county custody skyrockets

The Health, Human Services and Aging (HHSA) committee met on September 18. It was the first committee meeting in two months. The meeting featured several contracts for consideration, as well as two presentations. There is currently a list of approximately 75 seniors waiting for services. The first contract for discussion was an amendment to the...

September 16, 2019

Reflections on my trip to the Holy Land

We would like to invite you to visit Israel. With those words, written on a letter from the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, a completely unexpected journey began. When I first opened the letter, I could not believe it. I was selected to attend the 2019 Thomas and Joann Adler Mission Trip to Israel. I, along...