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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...

August 26, 2019

Packed Cuyahoga County budget panel HSAN

Last Tuesday, approximately 80 people attended the second meeting of the Human Services Advocacy Network (HSAN) in 2019. The meeting was held at Eliza Bryant Village, and featured a panel discussion comprised of Cuyahoga County officials who discussed the upcoming 2020-2021 county budget. Moderated by the President and Executive Director of The Center for Community...

August 12, 2019

Preview of the 2020-2021 Cuyahoga County budget

Introduction Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish will soon propose his third budget, the first of his second term. The 2020-2021 budget will prominently influence the future of the relatively young county government. The budget will bring a number of financial challenges. This post will briefly review the county budget process, what budget factors are known...

July 23, 2019

June HHSA meeting brings ADMAHS board presentation, discussion on proposed workforce contact

ADAMHS Board Cuyahoga County Council President Dan Brady joined members of the Health, Human Services and Aging (HHSA) committee at their June 19 meeting. The meeting featured a presentation from Scott Osiecki, CEO of the Alcohol Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board of Cuyahoga County and an update on the Propel Cuyahoga workforce...

July 15, 2019

Advocacy in Motion trainings show how to take advocacy to the next level

When one looks at the public policy landscape on the local, county and state levels, there are many important decisions that will significantly impact the quality of life for older adults in Greater Cleveland. This year alone, policy decisions like the state transportation budget, and the state and county budgets will affect services such as...

June 14, 2019

Cuyahoga County HHSA Committee Awards Workforce Development Contracts

The Cuyahoga County Council Health, Human Services and Aging (HHSA) Committee heard a workforce development Request for Proposal (RFP) award for contracts with two agencies: the first to Maximus, a national workforce development entity with a local presence in Cleveland, for an award of $2,606,193.96, the other to The Centers for Families and Children for...