Doula certification and billing being carefully developed and reviewed by Ohio Medicaid and Board of Nursing

Doula certification and billing being carefully developed and reviewed by Ohio Medicaid and Board of Nursing

By: Tara Britton, Director of Policy | Natasha Takyi-Micah, Public Policy & External Affairs Associate Progress continues on doula certification and Medicaid coverage. A new doula provider type has been created in the Medicaid system, and later this year doulas will be able to engage with Medicaid managed care organizations to formally become providers in their systems. According to the...

Thirteen Health and Human Services levies on the March ballot

Thirteen Health and Human Services levies on the March ballot

There will be 13 health and human services levies in 11 counties on the March 19th primary ballot. Health and human service levies in this primary include behavioral health, developmental disabilities, senior services, children’s services, and health departments. Proposed property tax levies across Ohio use mills, which is used to portray the amount of money a homeowner would pay for a...

Ohio Department of Administrative Services releases policy governing use of AI 

Ohio Department of Administrative Services releases policy governing use of AI 

Late last year, the Ohio Department of Administrative Services (DAS) passed IT-17, an administrative policy that would provide planning, implementation, privacy, and governance requirements for the use of artificial intelligence (AI). The policy broadly authorizes the use and implementation of AI while also instituting a framework that will protect Ohioans’ data, with emphasis on Integrity and Quality of information gained...

Poverty Speaks: Getting help

Poverty Speaks: Getting help

By: Suzanna Thiese, Research Fellow | Alex Dorman, Research Fellow The level of need among residents of Cuyahoga County earning $35,000 and less increased between 2019 and 2023. Unfortunately, 30 percent of individuals surveyed in 2023 did not receive the help that they needed. Over half of individuals who sought help reported feeling ashamed or embarrassed to ask for help...

Housing Affordability has remained stable in Cuyahoga County

The Center for Community Solutions worked with United Way of Greater Cleveland in 2023 to develop a community needs assessment. The project examined the conditions in Cuyahoga County related to Economic Mobility, Housing Stability and Health Pathways. The full report and executive summary provide analysis of data, pre-existing community assessments and 211 data trends. Mixed (but better) housing news in...

Cleveland Leadership Conference: A familiar face in a new chair

Cleveland Leadership Conference: A familiar face in a new chair

The Center for Community Solutions is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank engaged in improving health, social, and economic conditions. Our applied research and policy analysis are what set us apart. We identify, analyze, and explain data and issues related to health and social services, and propose nonpartisan solutions to improve the lives of Ohioans. We identify, analyze, and explain data...

Never Safe: The experience of Black women in Northeast Ohio?

Never Safe: The experience of Black women in Northeast Ohio?

Earlier this year, our CEO, Emily Campbell, mentioned the work that we are doing through the Community Reinvestment Collaborative Plan (CRCP), in collaboration with the Ohio Association of Health Plans, to reinvest money back into communities in Athens County and Cuyahoga County. This work required extensive travel throughout Cuyahoga County, where I listened to residents from many backgrounds. As a...

Poverty Speaks: Making Tough Choices 2023

Poverty Speaks: Making Tough Choices 2023

By Taneisha Fair, Associate, Racial Equity Alex Dorman, Research Fellow A 2023 Community Solutions survey invited residents in Cuyahoga County with household incomes below $35,000—just below the Federal Poverty Level for a family of five—to share their experiences on managing their financial resources. Individuals living on a low income must make tough choices when trying to make ends meet; COVID-19...

OneOhio Recovery Foundation: Region boards up and running; grant schedule released

OneOhio Recovery Foundation: Region boards up and running; grant schedule released

The OneOhio Memorandum of Understanding established the OneOhio Recovery Foundation, tasked with managing and distributing 55 percent of Ohio’s opioid settlement funds throughout the state. The state has been divided into 19 regions, each with its own board responsible for submitting funding recommendations to the Foundation board. The Foundation board has approved the regional share of grant funding for 2024,...

Ohio House appropriates “Super Duper Fund;” Senate action still to come

Ohio House appropriates “Super Duper Fund;” Senate action still to come

The Ohio House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed Ohio House Substitute Bill 2 on February 7, 2024, a $2 billion dollar infrastructure bill that among other things, appropriated half of the new $700 million general revenue-funded One-Time Strategic Community Investment Fund, that was established in last year’s state budget. Journalists and Capitol Square lobbyists have taken to calling it the “super...