February 8, 2016

1. In the Nation: New York's Governor Moves to Prohibit Conversion Therapy
Unable to pass legislation through the legislature, New York's Governor Andrew Cuomo has used his executive power to prohibit state mental health facilities from administering conversion therapy used to change a person's sexual orientation, as well as banning insurance coverage for the therapy for minors. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), conversation therapy, also known as reparative therapy, is wrong as it treats homosexuality as a mental illness and could lead to anxiety or depression. However, there are organizations who are fighting the regulations, arguing that conversion therapy should be allowed as an option, and prohibiting the practice is a restriction of treatment options and an assault on religious liberty.

2. In the State: More Communities Must Adjust to Growing Aging Population
The number of individuals living past the age of 100 has increased more than 16 percent since 2000. In Ohio, there are more than 1,600 Ohioans older than 100 and 10 who are older than 110. With more Baby Boomers beginning to age, coupled with advanced medical technology, cases of individuals who live to see 100 will increase. This will cause communities across the state and the county to adjust to an increased focus on home health care, transportation, and other important senior issues.

3. In the Region: Local Officials Appeal to Federal Government for Help to Fight Lead Contamination
Senator Sherrod Brown introduced legislation that would require state environmental agencies to notify the public if their water begins to show high levels of lead. This is after local officials met with him to share their request that the federal government provides help in combating cases where lead is contaminating the public, through water, paint, or dust. 

4. At Community Solutions: Join Us for a "Coffee Chat with the County"
Join The Center for Community Solutions, the Council On Older Persons (COOP), and Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging for an informational discussion about the distribution, services and impact of health and human service levy dollars on older adults in Cuyahoga County on February 11, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging. Click here to learn more and register.

5. This Week's CCS Infographic: New Report Studies The Role of Millennials in Cleveland
A new report commissioned by The Cleveland Foundation, The Fifth Migration: A Study of Cleveland Millennials, examined greater Cleveland's shifting demographics and the role millennials play in the region's economic growth. This week's graphic shows where millennials live by educational attainment. Among the report's findings is that college-educated millennials in Cleveland are increasingly more likely to live in dense urban neighborhoods. To read the report, click here.


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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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