Cuyahoga County Government Reform: What Will it Mean for Health and Social Services?

Submitted by lmcshane on Sat, 11/21/2009 - 05:43.
12/17/2009 - 09:00
12/17/2009 - 11:00


Cuyahoga County Government Reform: What Will it Mean for Health and Social Services?
Thursday, December 17, 2009
9:00-11:00 a.m. 
Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs
The Atrium
Cleveland State University
1717 Euclid Ave.
Explore the challenges and opportunities facing the health and social services delivery system in the light of Cuyahoga County government reform.
Panelist (to date):
  • William Denihan, CEO, Cuyahoga County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services (ADAMHS)
  • Debra Lewis Curlee, Executive Director, Mount Pleasant Community Zone
  • Rose Rodriguez-Bardwell, Executive Director, Spanish American Committee
  • Sharon Sobol Jordan, President & CEO, Center for Families and Children
  • Moderator: John Begala, Executive Director, The Center for Community Solutions and Senior Fellow, the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, CSU 
On November 3, voters approved the restructuring of Cuyahoga County government, replacing the three elected commissioners with a single elected executive and an 11-member council. All other county officials who are currently elected will be appointed by the executive with approval by the council, except the prosecutor, who will continue to be elected. Now it is time for the community to work together to ensure that the coming reform has a true, positive impact on the delivery of health and social services for Cuyahoga County residents.
The Center for Community Solutions has a long history of working with county government on improving health and social conditions in Cuyahoga County —from welfare reform to juvenile justice improvement to the passage of human services levies that fund vital services. The Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University has done extensive work on county government reform for over a decade. The two organizations are partners in presenting this forum and look forward to helping the community move forward.
Free and open the public. Reservations requested at of charge; reservations requested: or call 216-523-7330.

I am glad to see that this

I am glad to see that this conversation is getting off the ground quickly so that there will be a focus on social cervices.  I am very concerned about the fact that many of the services county government oversees has absolutely NOTHING to do with economic development except for the fact that a  healthy vibrant community fosters economic development.  i am afraid that bean counters will again use "statistics" for decision making and more and more people will fall into the cracks.

I believe this is a good start.


Please report Gloria

  Are you able to attend? December 17 falls on a Thursday morning. 

I know that you are a friend of Bill Denihan.  He always struck me as an honest guy--

Who doesn't love a man not afraid to explore his feminine side???