June 26, 2017

1. In the Nation: How a Chicago Program Cut Violent Arrests in Half
On an average day, 93 Americans are killed with guns more than in any other developed country. Former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy points out some initiatives individual communities can take on to reduce gun deaths at the local level.

2. In the StateProposed Medicaid Changes Could Jeopardize Self-Reliance
The Ohio Legislature is poised to adopt a new biennial budget. Included in the Senate version of the legislation are changes to the Medicaid program, which would impact eligibility for low-income Ohio adults.

3. In the Region: Summit County Program to Help Juvenile Human-Trafficking Victims Receives Final State Certification
A Summit County Juvenile Court program aimed at helping youths who are human-trafficking victims has received its final state certification. It is the first specialized docket of its kind in a juvenile court in Ohio.

4. At Community Solutions: 2018-2019 State Budget, Senate Budget
The Ohio Senate changes to the budget were substantial and made within a very tight time frame. The latest editions of State Budgeting Matters delves into the Senate version of the 2018-2019 state budget proposed changes including the Ohio Departments of Aging, Developmental Disabilities, Job and Family Services, Mental Health and Addiction Services, and Medicaid and Health.

5. This Week's Featured Infographic: How Will Premiums Be Impacted Under New Senate Health Bill?
This week's graphic comes from an interactive map by the Kaiser Family Foundation, which shows the net change that current marketplace enrollees could expect to see in their premiums under the Senate Better Care Reconciliation Act. The map allows users to see how different age and income groups would fare under the bill in different counties around the US. Learn more here.

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Nominations for the $25,000 Anisfield-Wolf Memorial Award and the Most Treasured Volunteer (MTV) in Human Services Awards are due Noon, Friday, June 30!


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