May 23, 2016

1. In the Nation: Analysis Shows First Decrease of Doctor-prescribed Opioids in 20 Years
A study examining each of the past three years - 2013, 2014 and 2015 - reveals a decrease in each year of doctor-prescribed opioids. This is the first sustained decrease in 20 years. The finding is important as the message about the effects of addiction is beginning to resonate with doctors and may mark the peak of the prescription opioid epidemic, experts say.

2. In the State: Cities Scramble to find Health Care Alternatives for Residents
With the sudden defunding of Planned Parenthood, cities across the state are encountering difficulty in finding alternative health care providers to perform cancer screenings, promote teen pregnancy prevention, and provide prenatal care to pregnant women, among other services. In one city, city officials are grappling with finding organizations that can adequately provide HIV screening and testing to hard-to-reach residents.

3. In the Region: Spaces Gallery Releases the First of its "Fixer" Film Series Aimed at RNC Delegates
Cleveland artist Kate Sopko and a team of collaborators released the first of seven short films aimed at answering the hypothetical question of what residents involved in remaking the city would show delegates to the upcoming Republican National Convention if they had the chance.

4. At Community Solutions: Ohio Pursues Multiple Strategies for Expanding Housing Options for Persons with Serious Mental Illness
Governor Kasich signed SB310, the state's capital budget, into law this week. One of the critical, but often overlooked pieces of the state capital bill is funding for the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. ODMHAS can help fund construction for residential housing and other community projects. CCS' latest State Budgeting Matters provides a description of historical trends in capital funding through ODMHAS for community assistance projects for people living with a mental illness and makes the case for additional investments in this area. Stable housing is a key component in the recovery process of individuals with mental illness, but it is in short supply in many parts of Ohio.

5. This Week's CCS Infographic: Congrats Grads!
CCS congratulates all the college graduates this spring! Most graduates have some student debt, and as this week's infographic reveals, increases in student debt over the past 25 years considerably outpace income growth.

05232016 Infographic

Nominations are open for the $25,000 Anisfield-Wolf Memorial Award and
the Most Treasured Volunteer (MTV) in Human Services Awards.










What We Do

A nonprofit, non-partisan think tank, The Center for Community Solutions focuses on solutions to health, social and economic issues.

We help the people who help people -- human service professionals, civic leaders, and public officials. Our applied research, policy analysis, and non-partisan advocacy are what set us apart. With offices in Cleveland and Columbus, we identify, analyze, and explain key health, social, and economic data and issues, and propose non-partisan solutions to improve the lives of Ohioans. In addition to keeping an eye on emerging issues, we also focus on the following policies: 

  • Strengthening the Health and Human Services Safety Net
  • Medicaid
  • Safety, Health, and Economic Wellbeing of Older Adults  
  • Improving Maternal and Infant Health
  • Improving Access to Behavioral Health Services
  • Adolescent Reproductive Health Education