Cuyahoga County HHSA Committee Features Content-rich October and November Meetings

The Cuyahoga County Health, Human Services and Aging Committee has been very busy the past few weeks, hearing on a variety of issues related to reducing youth homelessness, as well as presentations from the Cuyahoga County Office of Developmental Disabilities and the Cuyahoga County Department of Health. October 19, 2016 At the October 19, 2016 meeting, Office of Homeless Services...

The Results Are In! Community Solutions’ 2016 Audience Survey

Every year, The Center for Community Solutions surveys our audience to find out what they think are the most pressing issues facing Ohio, and to get a sense of areas of strength and opportunities for improvement in our work.  The 2016 online survey was conducted over the course of three weeks in September and October.  In total, 410 people responded,...

Neighborhoods to Watch, For Better or Worse

In this blog, I’ll share some of the neighborhood that stood out to me as I explored the data in the neighborhood profiles. For some highlights from the data, check out my blog from earlier in the week. Click here to view the Cleveland Neighborhood Profiles. The Central Neighborhood Struggle There are neighborhoods in Cleveland that are hurting, and then there’s...

JMOC: Setting the Rate

In September, the Joint Medicaid Oversight Committee (JMOC) met to discuss the preliminary report from the JMOC actuary, Optumas. During that meeting, Optumas laid out the basic process for determining the JMOC per member per month (PMPM) growth rate, and there was a review of the statutory obligations of JMOC when setting said rate. To learn more about the process...

Cleveland Neighborhood Profiles: Highlights from the Data

This week, Community Solutions released profiles for each of Cleveland’s neighborhoods. Check out the profiles here. In this blog, I’ll share some of the highlights found in the data. Look out for another blog later in the week where I will call attention to some neighborhoods to watch, for better or worse. Demographics Cleveland’s neighborhoods vary in size, though some...

Prevention in Ohio: Examining Ohio’s Efforts to Curb the State’s Drug Epidemic through Prevention Education

In August, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office announced[1] the formation of a study committee to examine drug use prevention education in Ohio schools. The committee consists of members from both the Ohio House and the Ohio Senate in addition to numerous educators, members of the law enforcement community, state agencies, and organizations that focus on drug abuse prevention throughout the...

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...