HHSA Committee Approves Contract Extension with FrontLine for Transitional Housing Program

The October 5, 2016, Cuyahoga County Health, Human Services and Aging meeting was one of the shortest committee meetings in recent memory, as there was only one item on the agenda.  However, that one item was important.  Over the past two years, the county executive has taken a very aggressive stance on workforce development and ensuring that county citizens are...

Programs that Help Underserved Populations Highlight September 21, 2016, HHSA Meeting

At the September 21, 2016, meeting of the Cuyahoga County Health, Human Services and Aging Committee, Council members heard testimony from David Merriman, administrator of Cuyahoga County Job and Family Services (JFS), and Walter Parfejewiec, chief fiscal officer, Department of Health and Human Services, to present a two-year, $8 million contract award to Americab Transportation for 2017 and 2018. This...

JMOC: Preliminary Report from the Actuary

It has been a couple months since the last Joint Medicaid Oversight Committee (JMOC) hearing, and the latest meeting covered a lot of ground in a five-hour-plus session. The majority of JMOC dealt with the behavioral health redesign, including testimony from providers and the administration. If you want to learn more about what was shared during that portion, I recommend...

Mission-driven and Investing for Impact: An AFC Success Story

In May, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) announced it would not continue to fund AIDS United, and subsequently the AIDS Funding Collaborative (AFC), to operate its unique and longstanding AmeriCorps program for the 2016–2017 service year. As we manage the final details of closing out the program nationally, we have learned that through disappointment comes reflection. As...

County Council Discusses Y.O.U. Healthier Buckeye Council Award and Southgate NFSC at HHSA Meeting

The Cuyahoga County Health, Human Service and Aging (HHSA) Committee heard testimony during its September 7, 2016, meeting from Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U.), who in collaboration with the County, received an award of $748,520 from the State of Ohio through the Cuyahoga County Healthier Buckeye Council. The Healthier Buckeye awards are an incentive through the State of Ohio for counties,...

Digging into Ohio Medicaid’s SFY16 Report

This month, the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) submitted its Annual Report to the governor. The document, which has been released each year since State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2014, provides an overview of the initiatives (and the related messaging) behind some of the work of ODM. As we wait for the final budget from Governor Kasich’s administration, and as we...

HHSA Committee Approves Office of Homeless Services Request to Receive Federal Funding

The relationship between the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Cuyahoga County Office of Homeless Services was discussed at the August 17, 2016 Cuyahoga County Council Health, Human Service and Aging committee meeting. Ruth Gillett, manager of the Office of Homeless Services, testified and requested authorization of a consolidated federal grant from HUD of over...

Preparing for the State Budget: OBM Releases Guidance

On July 20, 2016, the Ohio Office of Budget and Management (OBM) released guidance for the Fiscal Years 2018-2019 Operating Budget. The newly released guidance serves as an initial roadmap for executive agencies’ priorities for the approaching 2018 and 2019 State Operating Budget. In the coming months, state agencies will develop budget requests based on policy and programs they would...