March 23, 2015


1. In the Nation: Reinventing Health Care for the Hardest-to-Help Patients
More than 11 million Americans have joined the Medicaid rolls since the major provisions of the Affordable Care Act went into effect. Efforts to contain the costs of treating these new Medicaid eligibles have raised a new question for the health care system: What is its role in tackling problems of poverty?

2. In the State: New Student-Mentorship Grant Program Draws Attention
The Ohio Department of Education has received 190 applications for the new Community Connectors grants. The program aims to give students access to adult role models by providing $10 million in grants to help businesses, nonprofits, houses of worship, and other organizations partner with schools.

3. In the Region: ACOs are at Work in Northeast Ohio
Accountable-care organizations, or ACOs, are designed to bring together hospitals, doctors, and other health-care providers to better coordinate services, improve care, boost patient satisfaction, and lower costs. According to a group of Akron area health care professionals, this model of tying quality of care, patient outcomes, and efficiency to payments is working.

4. At Community Solutions: Free Webinar: Developmental Disabilities in Ohio: A System in Transition
Join us on March 30, from 2:00-3:30pm for our Developmental Disabilities in Ohio: A System in Transition Webinar, which will provide an overview of the developmental disabilities system in Ohio and detail pending changes facing the system. CCS Policy Director Jon Honeck and Fellow Rose Frech will explain the findings of their upcoming study, "Ohio at a Crossroads: Developmental Disabilities in Ohio." This webinar will focus on adult services, including Medicaid Waivers, Intermediate Care Facilities (ICFs), and moving the system toward community employment as the preferred option. Learn more and register here.

5. This Week's CCS Infographic: March is Social Worker Month
Social workers help people in our communities navigate some of life’s most difficult challenges, including poverty, abuse, addiction, disability, and mental illness. Across Ohio, about 25,650 people serve as social workers in schools, health care settings, social service agencies, and other organizations. As we celebrate Social Work Month and prepare for Friday’s Cuyahoga County Conference on Social Welfare, Community Solutions salutes all the social workers who work hard helping those who need it most.

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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 focus on five priorities. They include: 

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