Budish Administration unveils County Youth Internship Program in HHSA Meeting

At the April 5, 2017 meeting of the Cuyahoga County Council Health, Human Services and Aging Committee, members heard two pieces of legislation. One was the renewal of a contract with the Cuyahoga County prosecutor’s office, and the second was a rebranding of one of Cuyahoga County’s signature programs. The first piece of legislation involved the Cuyahoga County prosecutor’s office,...

Earned Income Tax Credit Lifts Families Out of Poverty

Enacted in 1975, the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) has encouraged and rewarded work over welfare by supplementing working-poor families’ income through the tax system. The amount of the credit is graduated according to family income and composition. For example, a married couple filing jointly with two children and an earned income of $15,000 in 2016 would receive a...

How over 20 Private and Public Organizations in Northeast Ohio Came Together in Support of Comprehensive Sexual Health Education

In this inaugural blog of a 3-part series on Community Solutions’ commitment to adolescent sexual health, I will be highlighting the work of the Collaborative for Comprehensive School Age Health. Did you know, reviews of published evaluations on sexual health education have consistently found that comprehensive sexual health education does not: encourage teens to start having sexual intercourse, increase the...

County Council HHSA Committee Hears Contract Extensions, State Budget Update, Medicaid and More

Tom Pristow, director of the Cuyahoga County Department of Health and Human Services, presented a budget allocation approval request that increased the amount distributed for the Cuyahoga County Tapestry System of Care from $5.7 million to $8.1 million. The Cuyahoga County Tapestry of Care is a partnership with government and non-government agencies to create a system for youth to receive...

JMOC: Behavioral Health Redesign Update

The Joint Medicaid Oversight Committee (JMOC) received testimony from two state directors who provided operational updates and policy changes for the state’s upcoming behavioral health redesign implementation on July 1, 2017. The directors touched on many of the changes the Department of Medicaid and the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services have made since their last presentation before JMOC...

Repeal of ACA Would Deepen Benefit Cliff

For some low-income families, even a small increase in income causes a drop in the public benefits they can receive, effectively increasing their expenses and hurting their ability to make ends meet. This phenomenon is often called the “benefit cliff.” Eligibility for public benefits, such as child care subsidies, housing vouchers, and food assistance, is based on income. These benefits...

Governor’s DODD Budget Includes Investments in Waiver Spending and Rate Increases

Governor Kasich’s recently released executive budget includes several noteworthy adjustments to funding within the state’s developmental disabilities system. Touted as an extension of the state’s “historic” investments of the previous budget cycle, the proposal includes increased funding on several important initiatives.[i] However, the budget includes some notable cuts as well. Overall, the budget proposes a small increase in overall spending;...

State Budget Update: Departments of Health, Mental Health and Addiction Services Testify before HHS Subcommittee

The House Finance Subcommittee on Health and Human Services heard testimony Thursday (March 2, 2017) morning from the directors of the Ohio departments of Health (ODH) and Mental Health and Addiction Services (ODMHAS) as it convened for its fourth hearing of H.B. 49, the executive budget proposal for fiscal years 2018-2019. ODH Testimony ODH Director Richard Hodges testified that the...

JMOC: The Medicaid Group VIII Assessment Findings and Highlights on the Medicaid Portion of the Executive Budget

Director Barbara Sears cemented her first 56 days as Director of the Department of Medicaid by briefing the Joint Medicaid Oversight Committee (JMOC), a committee she once chaired, on the Ohio Medicaid Group VIII Assessment (Expansion) report and Medicaid highlights from the executive budget, House Bill 49. The Medicaid Group VIII Assessment report highlights key findings from an examination on...

Re-entry, Homelessness, and Children Healthcare Tops HHSA Committee’s Agenda

The 2017-2018 Health and Human Services and Aging Committee convened their first meeting on Wednesday, January 18, 2017. The committee is now chaired by District 7 County Councilwoman Yvonne Conwell. Vice Chair of the committee is newly elected County Councilman Scott Tuma.  Councilwoman Shontel Brown and Councilman Dale Miller remain on the committee, where they are joined by newly appointed...