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...

Norma Herr Shelter gets new operator at Cuyahoga County HHSA meeting

The Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) will become the new operator for the Norma Herr Women’s Center, located at 2227 Payne Avenue. The YWCA received the $1.9 million contract from the Cuyahoga County Council Health, Human Services and Aging (HHSA) Committee at the committee’s March 21 meeting. The contract will run from May 1, 2018 until December 31, 2018, with...

Spending approved by HHSA Committee for organizations that serve youth and families

The Cuyahoga County Health and Human Service and Aging Committee awarded nine contracts to organizations that do work related to youth and the foster care system at their March 21 meeting. Bob Math, who represented the Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS) testified in front of the committee. Twelve organizations responded to a Request for Proposals (RFP) issued in...

Addressing Childhood Trauma to Create Positive Outcomes

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine hosted a conference on Tuesday, March 27, that focused on childhood trauma. The conference had roughly 700 registrants and highlighted the work happening every day in Ohio by using a platform for sharing ideas from around the country and the state. The Attorney General began the day by emphasizing that half of all children in...

Poverty: When one age group is different from the rest

The Center for Community Solutions recently released Community Fact Sheets for each municipality in Cuyahoga County and the eight most populous cities in the state; Cleveland, Toledo, Cincinnati, Columbus, Akron, Youngstown, Canton and Dayton. Among other measures, the fact sheets include the overall percent of the population living in poverty as well as the percent of specific subpopulations living in...

Census data is the gold standard, immigration questions would tarnish it

The research team at The Center for Community Solutions frequently fields questions about community conditions and our go-to source for information is data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Census data has all the qualities of a good friend: it is trustworthy, dependable, and interesting. The biggest threat comes from misguided recommendations to ask questions about legal immigrant status. Since...

New Information Released on HHS Termination of Teen Pregnancy Prevention Grants

Today, NBC News released information from the internal notes of federal officials, highlighting reasons behind the early termination of federal Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) program funding. The program was just beginning year three of a 5 year funding cycle when the change was announced last July. Although no poor outcomes were cited as a reason to cancel the program, the...