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...

Cuyahoga County HHSA Committee reviews homeless contracts

The Center for Community Solutions wrote two blogs about the November 20 meeting of the Health, Human Services and Aging Committee. This is part two that focuses exclusively on HHSA contracts related to the Office of Homeless Services. Part one focused on other contracts the committee considered. For part one, please click here. Ruth Gillette from the Office of Homeless...

A year in review for the Council on Older Persons, a leader on senior issues

The Council on Older Persons (COOP) has been a standing committee of The Center for Community Solutions for more than 70 years. Each year brings new faces, new challenges and new opportunities. This year was no exception. Under the leadership of Chair Catherine Ciha and Vice Chair Stacey O’Brien, COOP continues to be a leading advocate for local seniors. The...

Racial Equity is at the “Very Heart of Policy:” Reflections from IMPACT 2018

By Will Tarter, wtarter@communitysolutions.com Adam White, awhite@communitysolutions.com   Last week, several staff members from The Center for Community Solutions flew to Washington, D.C. to join a delegation of Ohio advocates and policy thinkers at IMPACT 2018, a state policy conference hosted annually by The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP). IMPACT is one of the largest and most diverse...

Medication Assisted Treatment Bills Considered by Legislature in Lame Duck

On Wednesday, November 28, the House Health Committee heard testimony on two separate bills that each aim to expand access to Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorders by loosening restrictions on pharmacists who dispense or administer MAT drugs. Proponents of Senate Bill 119 and House Bill 601 each testified to the importance of improving the accessibility of MAT...