Category: Ohio

May 26, 2020

Considerations about remote services in the COVID-19 pandemic

With social distancing measures in place, many organizations have implemented virtual and remote services to support the health and social needs of the public during the COVID-19 pandemic. More than two-thirds of service providers in Community Solutions’ COVID-19 survey reported shifting their in-person work with clients to phone or video chat. We’ve seen more expansion...

May 13, 2020

Staying connected, especially during this pandemic

They’re there. Behind closed doors. Rarely seen or heard. But there and they need attention. Who? Isolated older adults. On Tuesday, May 12, Ohio announced the launch of a new program, Staying Connected, a free, daily check-in phone service for Ohioans age 60 or older. Its laudable goal is to ensure that Ohioans—especially those who...

May 11, 2020

Grocery shopping alternatives are great, unless you have SNAP

Since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) began, customers across the country have been utilizing the convenience of online shopping for more than just clothes and shoes. Online shopping has become one of the most popular ways to obtain food and household essentials as it allows customers to adhere to social distancing guidelines and...

May 7, 2020

$750M in budget cuts DO NOT mean consumer Medicaid benefit/coverage cuts

When the Ohio Office of Budget and Management (OBM) announced on Tuesday, May 6 that April tax revenues were $866.5 million short in this year’s budget it didn’t really surprise me. When one considers Ohio’s record unemployment claims, it was expected that income and sales tax proceeds would take a big hit. OBM Director Kim...

May 6, 2020

Ohioans encouraged to use mental health resources at Governor’s press conference

Community Solutions’ recent survey of groups across Ohio indicated that, despite the lack of personal protective equipment (PPE), more than 75 percent of respondents are “very concerned” about the well-being or mental health of their clients, compared to 35 percent who are “very concerned” about themselves. “Your mental health is just as important as your...

May 5, 2020

Governor releases new guidelines for COVID-19 testing priorities

During the May 4 daily press conference, Governor Mike DeWine reported that trend lines regarding coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths are “not exactly where we would want, but give the idea that we are going in the right direction.” As Ohio businesses begin to reopen and people wonder whether to expect a new surge, he...

May 5, 2020

Friday webinar series recap: How counties & case workers are responding to COVID-19

The Center for Community Solutions, in partnership with Advocates for Ohio’s Future, hosted speakers from various family service agencies from across the state in a May 1 webinar. The topic of discussion was the impact COVID-19 has had on some of the state’s largest social programs and services and how those organizations have managed thus...