October 17, 2016

1. In the Nation: On Medicaid, States Won't Take Feds' No for an Answer
Last month, to the surprise of no one in health policy circles, the federal government denied Arizona and Ohio's separate requests to adopt strict eligibility requirements for their health insurance programs for the poor. What did surprise some health policy experts was what the states had asked for: The third year into Medicaid expansion, Republican-led states are still requesting changes that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have repeatedly refused.

2. In the State: Oversight System for Severely Mentally Ill Coming to Franklin County
Franklin County could soon have a new system of court oversight and intensive case management to help people with severe mental illness adhere to their outpatient treatment plans.

3. In the Region: "We the People Candidates Forum" Brings Platform Views to Residents of Cleveland's East Side
Residents of Cleveland's East Side and the city's eastern suburbs packed into Bethany Baptist Church in the Glenville neighborhood Saturday to hear what candidates for Congress, the Ohio House and the local judiciary candidates had to say about issues impacting their neighborhood.

4. At Community Solutions: Two Important Issues Face Cleveland Voters
Cleveland voters will face a myriad of issues and candidates on the November 8 general election ballot, but two of the most important issues are Issue 32 and Issue 108. Each of these issues has health, social service, and youth implications that are worth considering. Learn more in our latest Common Ground.

5. This Week's Featured Infographic: What You Should Know About Breast Cancer
In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this week's graphic features facts about breast cancer, the most common non-skin cancer among American women. To view the full infographic and get more information, click here.

 Reservation deadline for the October 21, Celebration of Human Services
has been extended to Monday, 10/17.
Learn more here.

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