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March 19, 2018

School Health Program Featured Prominently in March Cuyahoga County HHS and Aging Committee meeting

The March 7, 2018 meeting of the Cuyahoga County Council Health, Human Services and Aging Committee featured a presentation about the School Health Program (SHP), from two MetroHealth system employees, Katie Davis, SHP Director, and Dr. Christine Alexander-Rager, senior advisor and participating physician in the program. The SHP is a partnership between MetroHealth and the...

March 1, 2018

County Health and Human Services Levy Headlines HHSA County Committee Meeting

At the January 17 meeting of the Health, Human Services and Aging (HHSA) Committee of the Cuyahoga County Council, the first of 2018, the committee welcomed its newest member, Michael Houser.  The HHSA Committee is now comprised of Chair, Councilwoman Yvonne Conwell, Vice Chair, Councilman Michael Houser, Councilwoman Nan Baker, Councilman Dale Miller and Councilwoman...

December 22, 2017

Provider Contracts Dominate Final County Council HHSA Committee Meetings

The November 16, 2017, meeting of the Cuyahoga County Health, Human Services and Aging Committee featured a list of contracts that were before the committee, as the county authorized and re-authorized contracts to begin in 2018. The testimony opened with Director Bernadette Kerrigan of First Year Cleveland and Matt Carroll, Chief Economic Opportunity and Growth...

November 13, 2017

Mayoral Senior Forum at Eliza Bryant draws more than 60 attendees

On October 25, 2017, the Council On Older Persons (COOP), in collaboration with Eliza Bryant Village, hosted the Senior Forum with Cleveland’s mayoral candidates: incumbent Mayor Frank G. Jackson and challenger City Councilman Zack Reed. The event was held at Eliza Bryant Village, the oldest senior living facility for African Americans in the country. (Eliza...

November 6, 2017

County Council HHSA Committee hears testimony on topics of Child Support and an update from Board of Developmental Disabilities

The Cuyahoga County Council Health and Human Services and Aging (HHSA) committee heard testimony on two very important issues at the November 1, 2017, meeting. The Office of Child Support Services testified first, with Director Deborah Watkins requesting an approval of a $660,245 contract with Hyland Software.  The contract would allow the agency to continue...

October 18, 2017

The Budish Administration Unveils 2018-2019 Biennial Budget at Committee on the Whole

The Cuyahoga County Council Committee on the Whole met on October 10, 2017, as the budget process for the 2018-2019 biennial budget is now underway. The meeting began with 10 of the 11 Council members in attendance (Councilman Schron was absent). The Committee heard an overview of the proposed budget by County Executive Armond Budish....

September 25, 2017

Budish Administration Unveils Five-Year HHS Strategic Plan

The first Health, Human Service and Aging (HHSA) Committee meeting in several months took place on September 13, 2017, with a presentation from Tom Pristow, director of the Department of Cuyahoga County Health and Human Services, unveiling the Cuyahoga County Health and Human Service Strategic Plan. The plan is a result of legislation pushed by...

September 25, 2017

New ADAMHS Board CEO Testifies to HHSA Committee

The September 20, 2017 meeting of the Cuyahoga Council Health, Human Services and Aging Committee, was attended by all members of the committee and Council President Dan Brady. The meeting featured a presentation by Valeria Harper, the incoming chief executive officer of the Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board. She was joined...

August 30, 2017

Bi-partisan State Representative Discussion Draws Largest HSAN Audience to Date

On Friday, August 25, 2017, approximately 50 people attended the third meeting in 2017 of the Human Services Advocacy Network (HSAN). The meeting was held at Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry, and featured State Representatives Sarah LaTourette and Emilia Strong Sykes. The meeting afforded the Representatives the opportunity to reflect on recent health-related legislative issues in the...

June 27, 2017

Cuyahoga County HHSA Committee Approves Contracts Aimed at Reducing Teen Pregnancy

On June 21, 2017, the Cuyahoga County Health and Human Service and Aging Committee approved a contract extension request from the Cuyahoga County Family and Children First Council for ongoing programming aimed at reducing teen pregnancy. The contracts, with Beech Brook and Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio for $10,000 and $20,000, respectively, will be extended...