Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish Poised to Introduce His First Two-Year Budget

At the end of this week, Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish will be submitting his first two-year budget to Cuyahoga County Council for review. This will mark Executive Budish’s most significant opportunity to date to put his stamp on what county government does, and does not do. Many observers argue that how public policy makers propose to raise and spend...

Commission on Infant Mortality has its first meeting

I attended the first meeting of the Commission on Infant Mortality last Wednesday in the Ohio Senate Finance Hearing Room. The meeting lasted for nearly 3 hours. Medicaid Director John McCarthy made the initial presentation, focusing on the new $13.4 million in the state budget for infant mortality work. He pointed out that Ohio’s high infant mortality rate has a number...

2015

In 2015, Community Solutions’ Board of Directors approved a new strategic plan intended to guide work through the next several years. Its priority focus areas include: Strengthening the Health and Human Services Safety Net; Supporting Sound Medicaid Policy; Advancing the Safety, Health, and Economic Wellbeing of Older Adults; Improving Maternal and Infant Health; Improving Access to Behavioral Health Services; and...

2010s

As Community Solutions celebrated 100 years of service to Cleveland and Northeast Ohio, we began reporting detailed health and social indicator data for Ohio counties, state and federal legislative districts, and Cleveland neighborhoods. Community Solutions helped Akron City Health Department and the Summit County Health Department join forces as one coordinated body. In conjunction with the Mental Health & Addiction...

2000s

2000s

The Federation became more of a community engine for research and analysis, advocacy, and problem solving. As a result, it changed its name in 2004 to The Center for Community Solutions. With community input, Community Solutions’ followed its name change by selecting four key areas in which to concentrate its resources: youth development; extensive study and advocacy in health care...

1990s

1990s

The Federation served as a catalyst for improving child immunization, helping create a community immunization registry implemented by the Cuyahoga County Board of Health to help ensure that all children in Cuyahoga County received preventive health care. The Federation formed the Cuyahoga County Welfare Reform Council in response to the passage of federal and state welfare-reform legislation. The Council mobilized...

1980s

1980s

The Federation administered The AIDS Commission of Greater Cleveland, and created a database containing information about the number of new and potential AIDS cases, services, and unmet needs. Throughout the decade, the Federation took a leading role in programs targeting HIV AIDS prevention and treatment. The Federation addressed the unmet health care needs of the homeless, and established health clinics...

1972

1972

In 1972, an internal reorganization resulted in a new name, Federation for Community Planning, and a new focus on planning, research, community education and advocacy. United Way Services took on the role of fundraising and allocation. Federation developed the first comprehensive, community-wide plan in response to the problem of abused and neglected children, which led to the creation of Bellflower...

1970s

1970s

The Federation facilitated the merge of five agencies into one organization providing comprehensive services for children and families.  That organization continues to serve thousands of greater Clevelanders today as The Centers for Families and Children.

1960s

1960s

The Federation responded to increasing deinstitutionalization of persons with severe mental illness from state psychiatric hospitals by helping to establish community day treatment and rehabilitation facilities. We worked to pass state legislation establishing Community Boards for Mental Health and Mental Retardation. The Federation formed a Mental Retardation Development Project to plan overall community services for those with developmental disabilities, which...