Category: Blog

July 27, 2020

Ohio’s budget director lays out state agency guidance ahead of budget development

On July 20, the Ohio Office of Budget and Management (OBM) released guidance for state agencies, boards and commissions to develop their budgets for fiscal years (FY) 2022 and 2023. Developing the state budget isn’t just about funding, it also outlines policy priorities, something that is going to be particularly crucial to watch this cycle...

July 24, 2020

“We never want to have make decisions about who receives care because we don’t have ventilators or ICU beds,” Cuyahoga County has 7,512 cases and 370 deaths

Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish opened the county’s July 24 briefing by reiterating that things are still problematic in the county and the county is still designated as red by the state, “which is bad.” He urged people to follow the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the state and the Cuyahoga...

July 23, 2020

Are you confused about COVID-19 testing? You’re not alone.

To test or not to test, that is a question that many Ohioans are grappling with when it comes to the pandemic. As infections continue to increase across the state, knowing your status is very important. Knowing your status can help reduce spread, flatten the curve and protect yourself and others. Who should get tested According...

July 20, 2020

Multi-system youth funding offers lifeline to Ohio families 

By: Tara Britton, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy | Edward D. and Dorothy E. Lynde Fellow Gayle Channing-Tenenbaum, Consultant The state’s current operating budget, approved in July 2019, included dedicated funding of $18 million, across two years, to address the needs of multi-system youth (MSY). MSY are children and teenagers with complex developmental and behavioral...

July 18, 2020

Positive COVID infections among young people are rising in Cuyahoga County; 6,674 cases and 336 deaths in the county due to COVID-19

The Cuyahoga County Board of Health has been holding virtual press conferences to update citizens on the coronavirus pandemic on most Fridays. “Our positive cases are still way up in the past month,” said County Executive Armond Budish as he opened the July 17 Cuyahoga County Board of Health (CCBH) coronavirus pandemic briefing. As the...

July 14, 2020

The Reentry Act: reducing spread and recidivism during COVID-19

Tucked away into the HEROES Act is a relatively underreported but critically important Medicaid provision which could help citizens returning to society after incarceration connect to critical medical supports. It can also alleviate the financial burden of Ohio’s local government spending on corrections-based medical care. The Reentry Act, found in section 30110 of the HEROES...

July 13, 2020

Cuyahoga County HHSA Committee approves emergency assistance contracts in June meetings

The Cuyahoga County Health, Human Services and Aging Committee met twice during the month of June. In both meetings, they discussed emergency assistance for children and families who may find themselves in need due to crisis. Seventy-nine percent of the contract is funded with federal dollars and 21 percent comes from county health and human...