State makes significant investment in Multi-System Youth 

The Center for Community Solutions supports efforts to change the practice of forced custody relinquishment, so families don’t have to give up custody so children can receive needed behavioral health and developmental services.  Multi-system youth (MSY) are children and teenagers with complex needs that cannot be met by a single state or local agency. Multi-system youth (MSY) are children and teenagers with...

Ohio’s budget codifies the pregnancy associated mortality review committee

As the state responds to the high infant mortality rate, national reports have increasingly called attention to maternal deaths related to pregnancy, as well as severe maternal morbidity. The executive budget included language supporting the pregnancy associated mortality review process (PAMR) in Ohio, including a representative committee. The Center for Community Solutions began to explore this issue in Ohio and...

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One waiver out, one waiver in

The Center for Community Solutions is committed to monitoring and researching the impact of waivers or other proposed changes to Medicaid eligibility or access. During this biennial Ohio budget process, we kept track of a variety of proposed changes that had the potential to affect this population. After some deliberation, the Healthy Ohio proposal from the House budget process did not find...

State budget adds Adult Protective Services increase

Given Ohio’s rapidly aging population and Governor Mike DeWine’s commitment to health and human services, The Center for Community Solutions is pleased by the General Assembly’s choice to increase the adult protective services (APS) line-item. The Center for Community Solutions is pleased by the General Assembly’s choice to increase the adult protective services line-item. The increase brings the line-item from...

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 Adult Protective Services (APS), home...

Budget offers hope for Ohio’s multi-system youth and their families

Parents and advocates have worked for five years to abolish forced custody relinquishment of multi-system youth in Ohio, and we are hopeful that, due to broad bipartisan support, this budget will bring an end to this heartbreaking practice. No one can better explain the heartbreak of a forced custody relinquishment than a parent who has had to make that choice....

How can Cleveland close its racial income and wealth gap?

  Racial disparities in income run deep in this country. Unconscious bias, historic disinvestment in black communities and public policies that advantage white people have all fed a growing wealth gap that persists to this day. While it is true that black workers are disproportionately represented in low-wage occupations, there is national research that shows black workers earn less pay...