State Senator John Eklund and Senator-elect Nickie Antonio discuss budget, policy at HSAN event

What does the public policy environment look like in 2019? How can advocates make their voices heard during the 133rd General Assembly? Approximately 65 people heard answers to questions like these at 2018’s seventh meeting of the Human Services Advocacy Network (HSAN). The event, was held on December 14, 2018 at the offices of the Cuyahoga County Alcohol, Drug, Addiction...

John Corlett’s top 10 favorite reports of 2018

The Center for Community Solutions’ offices are closed through January 2, and on the last day of 2018 we want to share our president and executive director, John Corlett’s top 10 Community Solutions’ reports from 2018. The report topics span a variety of health and human services issues, ranging from seniors to teens, infant mortality to Medicaid. We hope you enjoy them!...

Medicaid freeze would hurt families, increase health costs

After a series of vetoes by the governor, the General Assembly seems primed for some last minute veto overrides before the end of what has been a very active lame-duck session. Of particular consequence is the threat of “freezing” the Medicaid expansion. Evidence shows that this program is a true safety net, with the majority of enrollees leaving once they...

Achievement Gap or Resource Gap? A Discussion on Poverty and Opportunity at Celebration of Human Services

On October 26, The Center for Community Solutions hosted its annual Celebration of Human Services. As part of the celebration, Community Solutions organized breakout sessions covering select topics. One such session delivered a powerful panel discussion around poverty and opportunity. Chris Matthews, a parent and Community Change Agent, Mary Bogle, Principal Research Associate at the Urban Institute and Christy Nicholls,...

Election 2018’s impact on health care and cost discussed at Celebration of Human Services

The Celebration of Human Services’ breakout sessions are unique because during these sessions, expert panelists discuss issues of vital importance to the local health and human services community. This blog post recaps the session titled “Election 2018: Healthcare Coverage & Cost.” The panel was moderated by Dan Cohn, Vice President of Strategy, at Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation. The forum...

Criminal justice and behavioral health number one issue for many in Northeast Ohio

By: Tara Britton, tbritton@communitysolutions.com Brie Lusheck, blusheck@communitysolutions.com On October 26, The Center for Community Solutions hosted its annual Celebration of Human Services in Cleveland. The event highlighted the incredible service from individuals around the city as volunteers, providers and public officials gathered to pay homage to the human services work and workers in Cleveland. Three breakout sessions at the Celebration focused...

Spike in Cuyahoga County foster care numbers and spending focus of HHSA Committee

The number of children in foster care jumped 20 percent in 2018, one of several facts presented during testimony at the December 5 meeting of the Cuyahoga County Health, Human Services and Aging Committee. The meeting also featured a multiple contract revisions and extensions, issues that have dominated the past two committee meetings. The first request was to amend a...

In establishing Medicaid target growth rate JMOC misses the target

Insurance is defined as protection from a financial loss. In this way, to think of Medicaid as an insurance product should create common ground between legislators from both sides of the aisle. For some, the objective of managing Medicaid policy is about containing cost growth and being cautious with limited resources. Others see the responsibility for this protection to extend...

Cuyahoga County Health and Human Services and Aging Committee approves one-year contract extensions

The November 20 meeting of the Cuyahoga County Health, Human Services and Aging (HHSA) Committee was comprehensive due to a number of health and human services contracts that expired at the end of the year and needed to approval for an extension. Part one of this blog focuses on contracts that are not related to the Office of Homeless Services....

Five Things to watch for heading into the next state budget

By Loren Anthes, lanthes@communitysolutions.com Tara Britton, tbritton@communitysolutions.com Brie Lusheck, blusheck@communitysolutions.com Will Tarter, wtarter@communitysolutions.com   By mid-March 2019, Governor-elect Mike DeWine will introduce his first state budget to the legislature and there will be discussion and debate about it throughout the first half of 2019. Aside from allocating funding, the state budget deliberations also involve complex policy decisions. The Center for...