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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...

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...

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...

May 9, 2017

Homeless Service Contract Dominates HHSA Meeting Discussion

The Health, Human Services and Aging (HHSA) Committee of Cuyahoga County Council heard a presentation about the importance of access to lower-priced food for low-income citizens, and contract renewals from Child and Family Services and the Office of Homeless Services, in a packed meeting on May 3, 2017. The committee first heard from David Davis,...

April 21, 2017

Budish Administration unveils County Youth Internship Program in HHSA Meeting

At the April 5, 2017 meeting of the Cuyahoga County Council Health, Human Services and Aging Committee, members heard two pieces of legislation. One was the renewal of a contract with the Cuyahoga County prosecutor’s office, and the second was a rebranding of one of Cuyahoga County’s signature programs. The first piece of legislation involved...

March 22, 2017

County Council HHSA Committee Hears Contract Extensions, State Budget Update, Medicaid and More

Tom Pristow, director of the Cuyahoga County Department of Health and Human Services, presented a budget allocation approval request that increased the amount distributed for the Cuyahoga County Tapestry System of Care from $5.7 million to $8.1 million. The Cuyahoga County Tapestry of Care is a partnership with government and non-government agencies to create a...

February 14, 2017

Re-entry, Homelessness, and Children Healthcare Tops HHSA Committee’s Agenda

The 2017-2018 Health and Human Services and Aging Committee convened their first meeting on Wednesday, January 18, 2017. The committee is now chaired by District 7 County Councilwoman Yvonne Conwell. Vice Chair of the committee is newly elected County Councilman Scott Tuma.  Councilwoman Shontel Brown and Councilman Dale Miller remain on the committee, where they...

December 14, 2016

Food Insecurity, Autism Discussed at Final HHSA Meeting

In what was probably the final meeting for the year of the Cuyahoga County Council Health, Human Services and Aging (HHSA) Committee, the committee heard a presentation from David Merriman, administrator of the Cuyahoga County Job and Family Services, and Bob Math, Department of Health and Human Services contracting office. The five members of the...

December 1, 2016

Cuyahoga County HHSA Committee Features Content-rich October and November Meetings

The Cuyahoga County Health, Human Services and Aging Committee has been very busy the past few weeks, hearing on a variety of issues related to reducing youth homelessness, as well as presentations from the Cuyahoga County Office of Developmental Disabilities and the Cuyahoga County Department of Health. October 19, 2016 At the October 19, 2016...