Category: Ohio

February 10, 2020

Minority students and special education

A flashcard of a plate, something that I learned to call a dish, was what could have placed me in special education. I didn’t have a medically diagnosed physical or intellectual disability, just a difference in dialect. That seemingly small difference could have changed the course of my life. Special education is important for students who...

January 21, 2020

Data shows drop in unintentional drug overdose deaths in 2018

Drug overdose deaths in Ohio declined in 2018 to a three-year low of 3,764. This comes after a year (2017) where the state saw its highest ever number (4,854) of overdose deaths. This updated information was released by the Ohio Department of Health in early December, much later in the year than it has traditionally...

January 15, 2020

Ohio Medicaid’s end-of-year report reveals problems stemming from eligibility system; what does it mean and how will it be addressed?

Yesterday, the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) released a 13-page end-of-year report that detailed myriad issues across the health care program. Being the big, complex program that it is, when issues arise, they’re big and complex too. Here’s our first take as we dive into this. Readers should be fully prepared to read more about...

January 13, 2020

Impact SNAP changes will have on Ohio, Medicaid

On January 10, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) submitted a request to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to update its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) work requirement waiver. The number of counties in Ohio that would be exempt from the work requirements would drop from 42 to 13 and...

January 13, 2020

Medicaid enrollees asked state for more collaboration from managed care plans and providers. Will they listen?

Each time the Ohio legislature deliberates the state’s $65 billion biennial budget, its members are translating the power granted to them through elections into policy, appropriating dollars on behalf of the 11 million Ohioans who are served by the state government. It is true most of the resources budgeted for Medicaid come from the federal...

January 6, 2020

The status of Ohio’s women: Access to safety-net family planning service

In October, The Center for Community Solutions released fact sheets on the Status of Women for every Ohio county. The fact sheets include health, economic, civic and education indicators. They allow people in counties to see how women – their neighbors – fare across a number of indicators. Through our presentations and media interviews, we...

December 23, 2019

What Community Solutions Needs to Know

Earlier this year The Center for Community Solutions asked subscribers to our e-newsletter “5 Things You Need To Know” to weigh in our current work, our future direction and our impact. More than 350 people responded and represented a wide variety of constituencies – Community Solutions board and staff, volunteers, policy makers, social service providers,...

December 2, 2019

Report on Ohio’s maternal deaths provides look at contributing factors, makes recommendations for improvement

In mid-November, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) released a long-awaited comprehensive report on maternal mortality in Ohio. The report shows that there were 610 pregnancy-associated deaths, of which 186 were pregnancy-related, in Ohio between 2008 and 2016. The report finds that Black women were two and half times more likely to die of a...