Medicaid Work Requirement Waiver to be Submitted to Federal Government by End of April, ODM Director Informs JMOC

At the April meeting of the Joint Medicaid Oversight Committee (JMOC), the Director of the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM), Barbara Sears, notified committee members that her department intends to submit Ohio’s request for federal waiver authority to implement work requirements for the Medicaid expansion population by the end of this month. The Center for Community Solutions was one of...

AIDS Funding Collaborative Community Briefing

The AIDS Funding Collaborative (AFC) is committed to supporting HIV/AIDS leadership, and capacity building, among professionals and people living with HIV/AIDS. In its 10th year, the AFC’s annual Community Briefing and Luncheon last week welcomed more than 40 community partners who heard from a panel of HIV/AIDS service professionals and advocates about the HIV/AIDS related conferences they attended over the...

County Executive Delivers State of the County, Answers Question from the Community

On Wednesday, County Executive Armond Budish delivered his fourth State of the County address, to a packed room at the Cleveland Convention Center. In his 50 minutes of remarks, Budish was able to highlight several important strategic victories for his administration, including increased enrollment due to the expansion of universal pre-kindergarten, expanding workforce development in organizations that serve seniors and...

IMD waivers and the opiate epidemic: Ohio, other states and money

By: Loren Anthes, Adam White  The opiate crisis in Ohio has precipitated many policy conversations about how to curb opiate-based mortality, provide better treatment and encourage recovery. Providers, lawmakers and The Center for Community Solutions have all looked at the ways in which Medicaid policy could be leveraged to address this need. As we have written about previously, the General...

Child Support Service Contracts Approved by Cuyahoga County Council HHSA Committee

Two contracts for child support services were approved during the March 21 meeting of the Cuyahoga County Health and Human Service and Aging committee. Rick Wiler, Manager at the Cuyahoga County Child Support Enforcement Agency, provided testimony for both contracts. The first contract was worth $11.6 million. It runs from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018, and is an...

Ohio Medicaid Funding for County Program for Children with Autism, and Other Mental Health Needs, Slated to End

In less than 100 days the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) is poised to end a special funding arrangement for a 27-year-old program in Cuyahoga County called Positive Education Program (PEP) Connections. Each year, PEP Connections serves nearly 900 high-risk youth with autism, and or other intensive mental health needs who are also at risk of out-of-home placement. The termination...