Category: Ohio

July 29, 2019

Improving data reporting and transparency of data improves but more work left to do

Heading into the 2020-21 state budget, The Center for Community Solutions closely examined the cause behind declining enrollment in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, a larger proportion of the TANF caseload consisting of child-only cases (where children are living with another relative who isn’t their parent and receive cash assistance) and the...

July 29, 2019

New HIV service eligibility rules will help more Ohioans

In April, the Ohio Department of Health reinstated its HIV services program eligibility to 500 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL). The program reduced its eligibility to 300 percent FPL in 2010, at a time when the program was not fiscally stable. The result created a two-tiered system of service provision in the state....

July 17, 2019

State makes significant investment in Multi-System Youth 

The Center for Community Solutions supports efforts to change the practice of forced custody relinquishment, so families don’t have to give up custody so children can receive needed behavioral health and developmental services.  Multi-system youth (MSY) are children and teenagers with complex needs that cannot be met by a single state or local agency. Multi-system youth (MSY)...

July 17, 2019

Ohio’s budget codifies the pregnancy associated mortality review committee

As the state responds to the high infant mortality rate, national reports have increasingly called attention to maternal deaths related to pregnancy, as well as severe maternal morbidity. The executive budget included language supporting the pregnancy associated mortality review process (PAMR) in Ohio, including a representative committee. The Center for Community Solutions began to explore...

July 17, 2019

One waiver out, one waiver in

The Center for Community Solutions is committed to monitoring and researching the impact of waivers or other proposed changes to Medicaid eligibility or access. During this biennial Ohio budget process, we kept track of a variety of proposed changes that had the potential to affect this population. After some deliberation, the Healthy Ohio proposal from the House...

July 17, 2019

State budget adds Adult Protective Services increase

Given Ohio’s rapidly aging population and Governor Mike DeWine’s commitment to health and human services, The Center for Community Solutions is pleased by the General Assembly’s choice to increase the adult protective services (APS) line-item. The Center for Community Solutions is pleased by the General Assembly’s choice to increase the adult protective services line-item. The...

July 8, 2019

Budget offers hope for Ohio’s multi-system youth and their families

Parents and advocates have worked for five years to abolish forced custody relinquishment of multi-system youth in Ohio, and we are hopeful that, due to broad bipartisan support, this budget will bring an end to this heartbreaking practice. No one can better explain the heartbreak of a forced custody relinquishment than a parent who has...

July 1, 2019

Citizenship question is out of the census for now…but was the damage already done? Not if we can help it!

For now, the citizenship question is off 2020 census forms. That’s good news for those of us, like The Center for Community Solutions, who want to see a complete and accurate count every 10 years.  However, where we go from here is complicated. The Supreme Court sent the issue of whether a citizenship question will...

June 17, 2019

Ohio Commemorates World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Ensuring health and safety has been a concern of The Center for Community Solutions since its inception in 1913 when it was called The Federation for Charity and Philanthropy. Over the decades, our organization played key roles in creating and monitoring the implementation of state and local laws and protocols to protect Ohio residents. Today,...