May 18,2015

1. In the Nation: States Take Action to Reduce Drug Abuse
In an effort to curb opioid abuse and save lives, several states have passed laws to provide legal protections for prescribers who work with programs providing naloxone, a medication used to counter the effects of an opioid overdose, to laypeople.

2. In the State: Children and Adults at Risk of Losing Health Care Coverage
Community Solutions latest edition of State Budgeting Matters details a current budget proposal pending in the Ohio Legislature that would result in thousands of Ohio children and adults losing their Medicaid coverage. Learn more in “Ohio House Medicaid Plan Markedly Different than Indiana Plan; Thousands of Ohio Children and Adults Would Lose Access to Health Care Coverage.”

3. In the Region: 2015 National HIV/AIDS Conference RFA
The AIDS Funding Collaborative has released a Request for Applications (RFA) to support the attendance by local providers at 2015 National HIV/AIDS Conferences. This funding opportunity is open to agencies that serve or engage in work that impacts a population affected by HIV/AIDS. The deadline for submission is Noon on Friday, May 22, 2015. Learn more here.

4. At Community Solutions: CCS Appoints New Associate Director
Emily Campbell was recently appointed to serve as associate director at The Center for Community Solutions. She will also continue to lead the Research team in her role as the Williamson Family Fellow for Applied Research. Emily has been on staff since 2007. She may be reached at

5. This Week's CCS Infographic: Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARCs)
LARCs, or long-acting reversible contraception methods, include implants and intrauterine devices (IUDs). LARCs are many times more effective than traditional birth control methods, drastically reduce the chance of user error, and are typically effective for at least three to five years, although some can last longer than a decade. LARCs are a recommended form of birth control for most women, and due to the Affordable Care Act, they are completely covered by almost all health insurance plans. For more information, visit

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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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