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March 07, 2014

New Strategies for Opioid Abuse among People with Addictions, Mental Illness

SAMI-OpioidSeries-Pills_246p.jpgHeroin, krokodil, and prescription pain killers are opioids that are commonly abused by people with addictions and mental illness. The epidemic in Ohio presents numerous challenges for health and behavioral healthcare professionals. Attend the opioid training series from March to June, sponsored by the Mandel School's Center for Evidence-Based Practices. Enhance your clinical knowledge and skills and improve recovery outcomes. Understand new laws, regulations, and guidelines for prescribing opioid medications. Learn to assess effectively for opioid use disorders, to create effective treatment plans, to use medication-assisted treatment (MAT), to mange chronic pain. / Presented by Christina M. Delos Reyes, MD, of the Center. / This series is supported by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services OhioMHAS). / $Free for Ohio providers / CEUs / Videoconference events that broadcast to Ohio's regional psychiatric hospitals. Attend at a site near you.

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February 25, 2014

Promote Health-Behavior Change among People with Severe Mental Illness

17962428_walkingshoes_246p.jpgLearn to support health-behavior change among people with severe mental illness and addiction in your community with stages of change, motivational interviewing, and tobacco interventions. The Mandel School's Center for Evidence-Based Practices is adding new dates to its "Breath of Fresh Air" training series and "Tobacco Tuesday" conference calls as part of Ohio's initiative to promote integrated primary and behavioral healthcare. The initiative is supported by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS). The training events and teleconferences are designed for health and behavioral healthcare organizations in Ohio.

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January 24, 2014

Training Series for Housing Staff Focuses on Stages of Behavior Change

18649392_Sittingman_246p.JPGIncrease housing stability among people with severe mental illness and substance use disorders. The Mandel School's Center for Evidence-Based Practices is hosting an important one-day training on five different days at multiple locations throughout Ohio from February to May 2014. Designed for staff and supervisors of housing services (e.g., permanent supportive & independent, transitional, adult care, emergency shelters, ymca & ywca), but others are welcomed. Learn what to say and not say when encouraging behavior change, plus much more. Presented by Deana Leber-George and Scott Gerhard of the Center.

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January 06, 2014

Treatment for U.S. Veterans Addresses Both Mental Illness, Substance Abuse

5112018_MalePortrait_246p.JPGThe Center for Evidence-Based Practices was highlighted for its work with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in a story by Jeb Phillips of The Columbus Dispatch. The story, titled "Veterans' treatment addresses both mental illness, substance abuse," features Patrick Boyle, MSSA, LISW-S, LICDC-CS, of the Center as well as partners from the VA system in Ohio. Learn more about the use of Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT), the evidence-based practice, for U.S. veterans in Ohio. The Center is a partnership between the Mandel School and the Department of Psychiatry at the School of Medicine.

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December 18, 2013

Understanding Addiction

SAMI-Addiction_246p.jpgTraining Event: January 8, 2014 / 9a to 4:30p / Columbus, OH / CEUs / $75 Ohio providers; $115 non-Ohio / "Understanding Addiction" introduces participants to the diagnosis and treatment of chemical dependency. Participants will learn about ASAM criteria and the biopsychosocial implications of substance addiction among individuals with severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI), substance use disorders, and co-occurring disorders. / Presented by Scott Gerhard, MA, LSW, of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices.

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December 18, 2013

DDCAT: Stage-Wise Applications

DDCAT-StageWise_246p.jpgTraining Event: January 30, 2014 / Parma, OH / CEUs / $75 Ohio providers, $115 non-Ohio / "DDCAT: Stage-Wise Application Training" will explore the Dual Diagnosis Capability in Addiction Treatment (DDCAT) index and Transtheoretical Model of Change (stages of change) to enhance services for people with co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders. Learn to evaluate stages of change (readiness to change) among people you serve and how to utilize stage-appropriate interventions. Presented by Jeremy Evenden and Patrick Boyle of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices and by John Scalish and Lou LaMarca of Community Assessment Treatment Services in Cleveland.

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November 15, 2013

Ohio Invests in Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) to Reduce Homelessness, Hospitalization for People with Severe Mental Illness

3901676_ACT-brand_246p-cart.jpgThe State of Ohio is making another commitment to the health and well-being of people with severe mental illness who are most at-risk of homelessness, psychiatric hospitalization, and institutional recidivism by investing in Assertive Community Treatment (ACT), the evidence-based practice for this high-risk, priority population. The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) recently funded the Center for Evidence-Based Practices to help organizations implement ACT and integrate ACT with IDDT.

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November 05, 2013

Mental Health and Addiction Conference 2013: Coming Together for a Healthy Ohio

OACBHA-Conference_246p.jpgDecember 16-17, 2013 / Columbus, OH/ CEUs / Join the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at the "Mental Health & Addiction Conference 2013: Coming Together for a Healthy Ohio." Deborah Myers, MEd, PCC-S, will present "Motivational Interviewing: Building a Sustainable Practice." Steve Shober, BS, LSW, and Nicole Clevenger, BFA, will present "Principles of Evidence-Based Supported Employment." / The Conference is hosted by the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities and will feature over 30 workshops on a variety of topics.

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October 30, 2013

Foundations of Integrated Mental Health and Substance Abuse Assessment

SAMI-IntegAssessment_246p.jpgTraining Event / December 3-4, 2013 / Columbus, OH / $100 Ohio providers; $250 non-Ohio providers/ CEUs / "Foundations of Integrated Mental Health and Substance Abuse Assessment" is for clinicians who conduct comprehensive assessments of individuals with co-occurring substance abuse and mental illness (SAMI, COD). Presenters will use "SAMHSA Tip 42" as a primary learning tool, with an emphasis on case studies./Presented by Deborah Myers, MEd, PCC-S, and Ric Kruszynski, MSSA, LISW, LICDC, of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices.

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October 11, 2013

In My Own Words: An Introduction to the Series

IMOW-Intro-Ex_246p.jpg"In My Own Words" is an emerging series of first-person recovery stories from people throughout Ohio and the United States and in other countries, including the Netherlands. The series is published by the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio with support from the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS).

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October 10, 2013

In My Own Words: Kerri

IMOW-Keri-Excerpt2_rule_246p.jpgI have gradually started to think about my circumstances and myself in a better light. Now life has meaning for me. I am eager to wake up in the morning. I no longer feel imprisoned by the past. (A first-person recovery story published by the Center for Evidence-Based Practices.)

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October 04, 2013

Ohio Invites Halfway Houses and Residential Addiction-Treatment Centers to Expand Services, Include Mental Illness

9423901_maninbaseballhat_246p.jpgThe State of Ohio is taking another important step to integrate behavioral healthcare services, this time by enhancing the capacity of halfway houses and residential addiction-treatment centers to provide services for people with co-occurring substance use and mental disorders. The initiative kicks off in November 2013 with a series of training events for supervisors and direct service staff of residential facilities and halfway houses. The initiative is being led by the Center for Evidence-Based Practices.

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September 26, 2013

Peer Support: 3 Trainings for Skill Development

BA-PeerSupport_246p.jpgEvents sponsored by the Center for Evidence-Based Practices. [1.] "Benefits Advocacy Basics for Peer Supporters" (October 10, 2013/ 9:30a to 2:00p/ Cleveland, OH) ... [2.] "The Spirit of Motivational Interviewing for Peer Supporters" (November 26, 2013 / 9a to 12p/ Cleveland, OH). ... [3.] "Overview of Evidence-Based Supported Employment for Peer Supporters" (November 26, 2013/ 1 to 4:15p / Cleveland, OH. Presented by Steve Shober and Nicole Clevenger of our Center.

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September 26, 2013

Twitter

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September 19, 2013

Promoting Health-Behavior Change among People with SPMI

17962428_walkingshoes_246p.jpgThe Center for Evidence-Based Practices has added new dates to its "Breath of Fresh Air" training series (Oct 3, Oct 15, Nov 14) and "Tobacco Tuesday" conference calls (Sept 17) as part of the Ohio Health Homes initiative, which is sponsored by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS). The training events and teleconferences are designed for health and behavioral healthcare organizations in Ohio. Learn to support health-behavior change with stages of change, motivational interviewing, tobacco interventions.

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August 29, 2013

Foundations of Motivational Interviewing, Parts 1 & 2

MotivInterv_246p.JPGFoundations, Part 1: September 25, 2013/ Foundations, Part 2: October 15, 2013/ 9a to 4p/ Athens, OH/ $75 or $115/ CEUs/ "Foundations of Motivational Interviewing" introduces the philosophy and essential constructs of this evidence-based treatment. Participate in skill-building exercises to learn MI's client-centered approaches for fostering change and responding to ambivalence to change among individuals with severe mental illness (SMI) and/or substance use disorders. These events utilize role play and other group exercises to help you recognize, elicit, and strengthen change-talk among people you serve. MI is a core component of IDDT, ACT, Health Homes, other best practices./ Presenter Jeremy Evenden, MSSA, LISW-S, of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices.

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August 15, 2013

Ohio Sponsors Training Series for Medical Professionals to Advance Integrated Behavioral Healthcare, SAMI Treatment

MedicalProf-Female_246p.jpgRegister now for Sept 5 & 19 events!/ Beginning this fall, the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) teams up, once again, with the Center for Evidence-Based Practices to deliver a series of important trainings for medical professionals. The video conferences will advance OhioMHAS' commitment to increasing dual-diagnosis-treatment capability, integrated behavioral healthcare and SAMI treatment, and continuity of care throughout Ohio's system of inpatient and community-based care for people with severe mental illness. CMEs + CEUs for psychiatrists, primary care physicians, physician assistants, nurses, social workers, psychologists, counselors, chemical dependency counselors.

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August 14, 2013

Medical Professionals & Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment Booklet

IDDTmedprofess_246p.jpgDownload, order, bookmark this resource from our Center!/ Free PDF./ Printed copies available./ "Medical Professionals & Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment" is an 8-page booklet that is a quick introduction to the principles and practices of Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT), the evidence-based practice. It is designed for medical professionals who want to improve their clinical relationships with and outcomes for people with co-occurring substance abuse and severe mental illness (SAMI). It includes tips for prescribing medications for both disorders. A great tool for psychiatrists, nurses, physicians of internal medicine and family practice, among others.

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August 13, 2013

Job Board Supports Team Building, Promotes Best Practices for SMI, Addiction, Health Homes

5580972_womentalking_246p.JPGThis Job Board is a recruitment tool for healthcare and behavioral healthcare organizations that receive consultation services from the Center for Evidence-Based Practices. It is also a job-search and career-advancement tool for professionals who are committed to providing innovative, integrated, and person-centered care to people with mental illness, substance use disorders, and other co-occurring health conditions.

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July 19, 2013

Peer Support Conference: Year of the Peer

OEC-PeerSupportConf-Man_246p.jpgAugust 9-10, 2013/ Columbus, OH/ $75-$100/ CEUs/ Join Steve Shober and Nicole Clevenger of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at their workshops about benefits advocacy and job search and selection during the Fourth Annual OEC Conference, titled "Peer Support: Year of the Peer, Embracing Peer Support Services." This event features multiple workshops and a keynote by Paolo del Vecchio, MSW, director of the Center for Mental Health Services at SAMHSA. This event is sponsored by The Ohio Employment Coalition, Inc., which is dedicated to improving mental health services throughout the state.

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July 18, 2013

Benefits & Work: It's Not All or Nothing (Poster)

BPworkposter_246p.jpgBookmark this resource from the Center for Evidence-Based Practices!/ Free PDF/ Printed copies available/ This colorful 18" x 24" poster informs people about the importance of understanding benefits information (e.g., SSI, SSDI, Medicaid) while pursuing and working a job. The poster presents some common myths about benefits programs for disabilities and a truth to dispel each myth. Display it in the waiting room of your building or in your office. Mini-poster handout version also available.

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June 19, 2013

Peer Support Symposium

OEC-PeerSupport-Woman_246p.jpgJune 27, 2013/ Columbus, OH/ $10/ CEUs/ Join Nicole Clevenger of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at her panel presentation during the "Peer Supporter Symposium." This event explores Ohio's new integrated model for certified peer specialists and peer recovery coaches. This event features four panel discussions with multiple presenters and a keynote by nationally known peer trainer Antonio Lambert. Learn how to become a certified CPS or PRC in Ohio and much more. This event is sponsored by The Ohio Employment Coalition, Inc.

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June 04, 2013

Clinical Guide for Integrated SAMI Treatment

IDDTclinicalguide_246p.jpgBookmark this resource about integrating behavioral healthcare from the Center for Evidence-Based Practices. Free 56-page PDF booklet. / The "Clinical Guide for Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT)" provides an introduction to the clinical strategies of this evidence-based practice for people with severe mental illness (SMI) and substance use disorders (SUD). It features an 8-page Stage-Wise Treatment table, which is an at-a-glance overview of clinical philosophies and practices. An ideal tool for educating, training, and building consensus for integrated treatment among multiple audiences in your organization and community. Visit the Center's webiste.

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June 03, 2013

Addiction Studies Institute 2013

AddictionStudies_246p.jpgJuly 31-Aug 2, 2013/ Columbus, OH/ Join the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at the annual "Addiction Studies Institute," hosted by Talbot Hall of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Christina M. Delos Reyes, MD, of our Center will present two workshops: "Life after DSM-5: New Classification for Substance Use and Addictive Disorders" and "Medications in the Treatment of Addiction and Mental Illness." Sign up for her workshops. Also, stop by our display table. The Institute draws over 850 professionals each year.

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June 02, 2013

Promoting Continuity of Care in Tobacco Interventions

TRAC-interventions-video_246p.jpgJune 26, 2013/ CEUs/ $Free for Ohio providers/ Video Conference that broadcasts to multiple sites in Ohio. Attend at a site near you. / "Promoting Continuity of Care in Tobacco Interventions" is presented by Christina M. Delos Reyes, MD, of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices. This event examines tobacco interventions for inpatient and outpatient settings and Health Homes, with an emphasis upon transitions in care, discharge planning, and appropriate follow-up for all individuals who use tobacco.

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May 16, 2013

Regional Meetings for Integrated SAMI Treatment

RegionalMtgs-ITx_246p-sami.jpg$0, Free./ Check for dates, times, locations of next meeting near you./ "Regional Meetings for Integrated SAMI Treatment" are peer-networking events for professionals from multiple disciplines and systems who serve people with co-occurring substance abuse and mental illness (SAMI). Participants discuss challenges and solutions for implementing evidence-based practices and other service strategies (e.g., IDDT, ACT, DDCAT, DDCMHT, TRAC, MI, Health Homes). Moderated by staff of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices.

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May 15, 2013

Health Home Training Series Promotes Health-Behavior Change among People with SPMI

HH-Behavior_246p-17962428-shoes.jpgThe Center for Evidence-Based Practices is presenting an important training series as part of the Ohio Medicaid Health Homes initiative, which is sponsored by the Ohio Department of Mental Health. The event, titled "A Breath of Fresh Air: Promoting Health-Behavior Change among People with SPMI," is designed for health and behavioral healthcare organizations in Ohio. The event occurs on five different days in five cities from March to June, 2013. Learn how to support and motivate health-behavior change. Register online today. $0, Free/CEUs, CMEs.

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April 05, 2013

Veterans Affairs | Traumatic Brain Injury & Polytrauma: Identification, Assessment & Services (Video Conference)

VA-training-maninblack_246p.jpgApril 24, 2013/ Video Conference/ $Free for Ohio providers; CEUs/ A training event for all mental-health and addictions professionals. Improve services for veterans of U.S. armed forces who experience traumatic brain injury (TBI) and substance use disorders. Presented by staff of the Cleveland VA Medical Center and Patrick Boyle, MSSA('89), LISW-S, LICDC, of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices. This video conference broadcasts to multiple sites around Ohio. Attend at a site near you. (Topics: traumatic brain injury, substance use, polytrauma, military culture, VA system of care, family members/ caregivers).

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April 04, 2013

Motivational Interviewing: Applications for Housing Staff (Akron)

MotivInterv-ForHousing_246p-Event-green.JPGAdditional seats added to this event!/ April 29, 2013/ Akron, OH/ $Free for Ohio providers, $125 for non-Ohio; CEUs/ Presented by Jeremy Evenden, MSSA ('03), LISW-S of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices./ "Motivational Interviewing: Applications for Housing Staff" introduces housing supervisors and direct-service providers to this evidence-based treatment. Learn MI's client-centered approaches for supporting individuals with severe mental illness and/or substance use disorders in a variety of housing settings (e.g., permanent supportive & independent, transitional, adult care, emergency shelters, ymca & ywca).

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March 12, 2013

Newsnet5: Cuyahoga County Vacant Homes at More than 26,000

"Cuyahoga County vacant homes peak at more than 26,000, despite drop in foreclosure rate"

Cleveland Local ABC news affiliate Newsnet5 and reporter Joe Pagonakis ran a feature on the evening news touring vacant homes in the city of Cleveland. Using Vacancy data from the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development in his report he said, "The latest data released by Case Western Reserve University and Northeast Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing, or NEO CANDO , shows Cuyahoga County now peaking at 26,453 vacant homes.

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February 21, 2013

11th All-Ohio Institute on Community Psychiatry 2013: Health Homes

AllOhio-5580972_246p.jpgMarch 1-2, 2013; Beachwood, OH; CMEs, CEUs. Debra Hrouda, MSSA ('94), LISW-S, of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices will present at the "11th All-Ohio Institute on Community Psychiatry: Health Homes, Integrated Care and the Future of Community Psychiatry." Register for her workshops. The All-Ohio explores integrated care as it relates to Ohio’s Health Homes policy. It will examine the evolving role of community psychiatry in this new model of care. Hosted by the Dept of Psychiatry at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

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February 17, 2013

Motivational Interviewing at 2013 Lake Geauga Training Committee

LakeGeauga-MI_246p.jpgMarch 5, 6 & 7, 2013; Mentor, OH; CEUs; Deana Leber-George, MEd, PCC-S, of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices will present three workshops on the practice and supervision of Motivational Interviewing at the "2013 Educational Ensemble" of the Lake Geauga Training Committee of Painesville, Ohio. Supervisors attend all three workshops ($120); non-supervisors attend two workshops ($90). The Educational Ensemble is a three-day event featuring 11 workshops on a variety of topics. Deadline to register is February 22.

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February 16, 2013

Updates to Motivational Interviewing Series in Akron, Columbus

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Additional dates for Columbus (3/27 & 4/8). Updated schedule for Akron events. ... Join Jeremy Evenden, MSSA ('03), LISW-S, and Scott Gerhard, MA, LSW, of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at their Motivational Interviewing (MI) training events in Akron and Columbus, Ohio, from February 19 to May 21, 2013. Register online today. Participants learn MI's client-centered approaches for responding to desire for change among individuals with SMI and/or substance use disorders in a number of service settings (e.g., IDDT, ACT, Health Homes, other best practices). $60/event. CEUs and supervision credits available.

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February 10, 2013

Center Teams Up with Veterans Affairs to Improve Mental-Health, Addiction Services for Military Veterans in Ohio

VA-collage-maninwhite_jpg.jpgMental-health and addictions professionals in community agencies, hospitals, and Health Homes play an important role in helping veterans of the U.S. armed forces and their family members access help to manage symptoms of mental illness, substance use disorders, and brain injury. That's why the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at Case Western Reserve University is teaming up with VA medical centers to provide several important video-conference training events in February, March & April. Register today.

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February 05, 2013

Probation Officers Learn Motivational Interventions for Behavior Change

SS45053_WomanRedHair_246p.jpgScott Gerhard, MA, LSW, of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices will present a training session, titled "Why Won't My Clients Do What I Tell Them To?," at a meeting of the Ohio Chief Probation Officers Association (OCPOA) on Thursday, February 7. This session examines change from a client-centered perspective, drawing upon stage-wise principles (stages of change) and motivational interviewing. This training is designed for chief administrators of probation services and community control agencies and their staff.

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February 04, 2013

Evenden and Gerhard Present Motivational Interviewing Training Series

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Updated schedule for Akron events! ... Join Jeremy Evenden, MSSA ('03), LISW-S, and Scott Gerhard, MA, LSW, of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at their Motivational Interviewing (MI) training events in Akron and Columbus, Ohio, from February 19 to May 21, 2013. Register online today. Participants learn MI's client-centered approaches for responding to desire for change among individuals with SMI and/or substance use disorders in a number of service settings (e.g., IDDT, ACT, Health Homes, other best practices). $60/event. CEUs and supervision credits available.

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February 03, 2013

IDDT Implementation Strategies for Program Leaders

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March 5 & 6, 2013; Columbus/Worthington, OH; $150 Ohio providers; $275 non-Ohio providers; CEUs, supervision credits; Presenters Ric Kruszynski, MSSA ('93), LISW, LICDC, & Scott Gerhard, MA, LSW, of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices. | "IDDT Implementation Strategies for Program Leaders" is a two-day training for innovators in Ohio and across the nation who are implementing an Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT) team with aspirations of high fidelity to this evidence-based practice for people with co-occurring severe mental illness and substance use disorders.

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February 02, 2013

Training Series for Housing Staff Focuses on Motivational Interviewing, Benefits Education

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This training series is designed for staff members and supervisors of housing services for people with severe mental illness and/or substance use disorders (e.g., permanent supportive & independent, transitional, adult care, emergency shelters, ymca & ywca). The events take place through April 2013 and are free for individuals who work in Ohio. This series introduces you to Motivational Interviewing and Benefits Information and Education (SSI, SSDI, Medicaid, Medicare). This series is sponsored by the Center for Evidence-Based Practices. The next events take place Feb 13 & 19.

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December 21, 2012

Conference 2012 Review: Over 300 from 19 States Attend 49 Workshops that Highlight EBPs, Health Homes for SMI

Conf2012-E06-Shawnee-CynthiaHolstein_246p.jpgThe EBP conference of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices featured a keynote plenary about the transformation of health and human services in Ohio and 49 workshops to improve the integration, management, and delivery of services to adults and adolescents with mental illness and substance use disorders. The event took place Oct 22 & 23. The Center also presented Champion Awards to three outstanding organizations. Certificates of attendance and CEUs have been mailed. Free PDFs of many presentations are available online.

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December 20, 2012

2012 Champion Awards

2012ChampAwards-Icons_246p-grayback.JPGThe Center for Evidence-Based Practices presented its 2012 Champion Awards to three organizations that have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to implementing EBPs and improving access to quality care in their communities. The organizations are Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services (EBP Champion); Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Stark County (IDDT Champion); and Cleveland Sight Center (SE/IPS Champion).

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December 07, 2012

Training Series for Housing Staff Focuses on Motivational Interviewing, Benefits Education

18649392_Sittingman_246p.JPGThis training series is designed for staff members and supervisors of housing services for people with severe mental illness and/or substance use disorders (e.g., permanent supportive & independent, transitional, adult care, emergency shelters, ymca & ywca). The events take place from December 2012 to April 2013 and are free for individuals who work in Ohio. This series introduces you to Motivational Interviewing and Benefits Information and Education (SSI, SSDI, Medicaid, Medicare). It is hosted by the Center for Evidence-Based Practices. The next event takes place on December 12.

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November 15, 2012

Sending Tobacco Use Up in Smoke (Poster)

TRACsmokeposter_246p.jpg$0, Free PDF. Printed versions available. | This colorful 18" x 24" poster from the Center for Evidence-Based Practices informs people about the importance of tobacco recovery. It provides common beliefs about tobacco use as well as some facts to correct each belief. Display the poster in the waiting room of your building or in your office. Mini-poster handout version also available in this database.

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November 14, 2012

Great American Smokeout Includes People with Serious Mental Illness, Tips for Your Practice

10515742_GirlSmoking_246p.jpgThe American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout takes place on Thursday, November 15. The Center for Evidence-Based Practices is using the event to remind health and behavioral health professionals to encourage people with serious mental illness and substance use disorders to consider reducing and eliminating the use of tobacco products. There are five easy things you can do in your practice. We also encourage organizations to incorporate tobacco recovery into their integrated primary and behavioral healthcare initiatives and Health Homes.

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November 13, 2012

Core Principles of Supported Employment/Individual Placement and Support (Mini-Poster)

SEcoreprinciples_246p-mini.jpg$0 Free PDF. Printed copies also available. | This 8.5" x 11" mini-poster from the Center for Evidence-Based Practices provides an at-a-glance overview of the core principles of Supported Employment/Individual Placement and Support (SE/IPS), the evidence-based practice. Use it to educate new staff, stakeholders, employers, consumers, family members, and more. Advocate for SE/IPS services in your community.

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November 13, 2012

Employment Reaches 36 Percent for People with Mental Illness in Ohio

20291321_female_trucker_246p.jpgAn analysis of employment data from23 behavioral healthcare organizations in Ohio shows that 36 percent of people with serious mental illness who received evidence-based Supported Employment/Individual Placement and Support (SE/IPS) services were competitively employed in full-time or part-time jobs in September 2011. The number is significant, because the national average was 37 percent in that same month for similar services delivered at multiple organizations in 12 states as part of the Johnson & Johnson-Dartmouth Community Mental Health Program.

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October 04, 2012

Conference 2012 to Highlight Health Transformation, Service Innovations for Adults and Youth with Mental Illness, Addiction

Conference2012_246p-Transformation.JPGFriday, October 12, 11:59 pm (EST) is the deadline to register for this event, which features over 40 workshops, up to 10.5 CEUs | Join us October 22 & 23 in Cleveland, Ohio at our Evidence-Based Practices Conference 2012. This popular event fills up fast. Register online today to reserve a place in your first choice of workshops. The keynote plenary, “Health & Human Services Transformation,” will be presented by Greg Moody, director of the State of Ohio Governor’s Office of Health Transformation. Respondents include State of Ohio Directors Tracy Plouck of the Department of Mental Health and Orman Hall of the Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services. ... A number of workshops will explore service transformations like Integrated Primary and Behavioral Healthcare (IPBH) and Assertive Community Treatment (ACT). Look for a workshops that highlight innovations for adults and youth with co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders (e.g., IDDT, DDCAT, DDCMHT, MST, ICT). The event is sponsored by the Mandel School's Center for Evidence-Based Practices and co-sponsored by the School's Center for Innovative Practices of the Begun Center for Violence Prevention.

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September 10, 2012

New Implementation Tool Helps Make Integrated Primary and Behavioral Healthcare Programs a Reality

12610576-blood-pressure_246p.JPGShawnee Mental Health Center in Portsmouth, Ohio has teamed up with the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at Case Western Reserve University to develop one of the first planning and evaluation instruments in the United States that helps organizations integrate primary and behavioral healthcare for people with severe mental illness. Shawnee is using the new Integrated Treatment Tool to develop and improve primary care facilities and services in its three-county service area. This initiative is funded by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). ... This story appears as a web page and as a free PDF for tablets like the iPad and for easy download and printing.

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August 28, 2012

Claudia Coulton to Receive Honor, Distinguished University Professor

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Claudia Coulton conducts research with two goals: to identify issues in urban areas and to solve them. Time and again, her scholarly findings have prompted concrete leadership changes -- which in turn have improved the lives of the people she studies.

For example, when the Center for Urban Poverty and Community Development, which she directs, released a report showing Cleveland's inner-city residents couldn't get to available jobs in the outer-ring suburbs via public transportation, the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority adjusted its routes. And when her research showed the major role disadvantaged neighborhoods play in people's lives -- she founded the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership, a 35-city collaboration that supports neighborhood research in local policymaking and community building.

Coulton will be honored this week when she is named a Distinguished University Professor during fall convocation. The ceremony will be held Wednesday, Aug. 29, at 4:30 p.m. in Severance Hall. Read more in today's Daily.

Related Link: Coulton's reaction to the news

August 17, 2012

Kruszynski Presents at 2012 North Dakota Alcohol and Substance Abuse Summit

RicKruszynski_246p-border.jpgSept 5, 2012; Bismarck, ND; CEUs. | Alumnus Ric Kruszynski, MSSA ('93), LISW, LICDC, of the Mandel School's Center for Evidence-Based Practices is presenting a workshop at the 2012 North Dakota Alcohol & Substance Abuse Summit, titled "Recovery Management: New Directions in the Treatment of Addiction." This breakout session explores the core principles of the Recovery Management model and advances the discussion about service innovations for individuals with severe and persistent alcohol and drug issues. The Summit is sponsored by the North Dakota Division of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services and takes place Sept 4 to 6.

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August 16, 2012

Addiction Studies Institute 2012 (Columbus)

AddictionStudies_246p.jpgAugust 22-24, 2012; Columbus, OH | Join the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at the annual "Addiction Studies Institute," hosted by Talbot Hall of The Ohio State University Medical Center. Christina M. Delos Reyes, MD, from our Center will present "Pharmacology Update: Treating Mental Illness & Substance Use Disorders" and Scott Gerhard, MA, LSW, from our Center will present "Why Won't My Clients Do What I Tell Them to Do?" Sign up for their workshops. The Institute draws over 850 professionals together each year from Ohio and other states.

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August 16, 2012

The Opiate Epidemic Across the Lifespan

CuyahogaADAMHSevent_246p.jpgSeptember 28, 2012; Cleveland, OH; $75; CEUs. | "The Opiate Epidemic Across the Lifespan: Impact and Interventions" is a one-day conference that will explore the misuse of prescription medication as a public health issue. The event will examine how service systems and organizations can create a population-based approach to this epidemic, including an increase in public awareness and prevention strategies. Join Christina M. Delos Reyes, MD, of the Mandel School's Center for Evidence-Based Practices at her afternoon session. The event is sponsored by the Cuyahoga County Board of Health and the ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County.

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August 10, 2012

SAMHSA Webinars Teach Motivational Interviewing for Integrated Primary and Behavioral Healthcare

SAMHSA-IC_246p.jpgJeremy Evenden, MSSA, LISW-S, and Deborah Myers, MEd, PCC-S, of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices are presenting three separate yet related webinars as part of the "Motivational Interviewing Webinar Series: Helping People Embrace Behavior Change in Healthcare Settings," which is sponsored by the SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions. The events take place online at 2 pm (Eastern Standard Time) on August 15, Sept 5, and Sept 19. These popular events fill up fast, so register online today. Evenden and Myers are members of the international Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT).

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August 09, 2012

Myers Presents Training Series for Motivational Interviewing in Southwest Ohio

DeborahMyers_246p-border.jpgJoin Consultant and Trainer Deborah Myers, MEd, PCC-S, of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at her Motivational Interviewing (MI) training events near Dayton, Ohio, in September and October 2012. Register online today. Myers is a member of the international Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). Participants learn MI's client-centered approaches for responding to desire for change among individuals with severe mental illness and/or substance use disorders. Ideal for practitioners engaged in helping people change. $60/event. CEUs available.

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July 24, 2012

Urban Life in Cleveland: What's There to Learn?

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When a group of Cornell University students came to Cleveland last spring, they had an opportunity to visit Cleveland and local non-profits in the region. So what did they think of the city and how does it compare to New York?

We collected some random thoughts and reviewed their recent itinerary to provide an interesting perspective. We also created a brief overview of their visit to the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at MSASS.

July 12, 2012

Conference 2012 to highlight evidence-based practices, transformation of services for mental illness, addiction

Conference2012_246p.JPGOct 22 & 23, 2012; Cleveland Airport Marriott; Cleveland, OH; Up to 10.5 CEUs, also Supervision & Ethics credits. | Cost for Ohio providers: $200/ $125; Non-Ohio providers: $300/ $225. | "Conference 2012" is sponsored by the Mandel School's Center for Evidence-Based Practices (CEBP) and co-sponsored by its Center for Innovative Practices (CIP). This two-day event features a keynote plenary and over 40 workshops that explore introductory, intermediate, and advanced topics about implementing and integrating evidence-based practices (EBPs), emerging best practices, and other healthcare and behavioral-healthcare innovations that improve outcomes for people with mental illness or co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders. Continental breakfast and lunch included. This popular event fills up fast. Register online today to reserve a place in your first choice of workshops.

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June 13, 2012

Integrating Primary & Behavioral Healthcare (Webinar)

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June 26, 2012; 2 to 3 pm; $0, Free Webinar. | Mandel School graduate and doctoral student Deb Hrouda, MSSA ('94), LISW-S, of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices will present "Integrated Primary and Behavioral Healthcare: What is It and How Will I Know When I Get There?" as part of the webinar series hosted by the Michigan Primary Care Association. Hrouda will review our Center's partnership with Shawnee Mental Health Center in Portsmouth, Ohio to implement integrated treatment as part of SAMHSA's first wave of PBHCI grants. Hrouda will discuss the Integrated Treatment Tool, which was created to plan, implement, and evaluate integrated treatment. Register today.

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June 11, 2012

NPR: A Comeback For Downtown Cleveland

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David C Barnett's story, "A Comeback For Downtown Cleveland" on NPR's Morning Edition includes comments from the Center's Richey Piiparinen, related to his research report and articles about twenty-somethings' reverse migration to Cleveland.

A summary of Richey's report and the various locations it has been featured can be viewed here.

June 07, 2012

Working with Personality Disorders: Staying on Track and Maintaining Therapeutic Alliance (Video Conference)

CBT-ForPersonality_246p-orange.JPGJune 27, 2012; $Free for Ohio providers; CEUs | Psychologist James J. Esmail, PsyD, of Summit Behavioral Healthcare in Cincinnati, Ohio, will present "Working with Personality Disorders: Staying on Track and Maintaining Therapeutic Alliance." This training focuses on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for people with mental illness. It is a video-conference event that will broadcast from Summit Behavioral Healthcare to multiple sites around the state, including a new site on the campus of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Attend at a site near you. The event is sponsored by the Center for Evidence-Based Practices. Deadline to register is June 20.

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June 06, 2012

Marijuana: What's the Big Deal?

Marijuana-Training_246p.JPGJune 22, 2012; Akron, Ohio; $15; CEUs. | Join the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at "Marijuana: What's the Big Deal?" This training event features presenters from Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. Participants will learn about pending medical marijuana legislation in Ohio and receive an overview of medicinal marijuana, including its values, risks, and the dangers of using it with other prescription medicines. Learn about the effects of marijuana upon the adult brain and developing adolescent brain. Christina M. Delos Reyes, MD, of our Center will make a lunchtime presentation. Registration deadline is June 8.

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June 05, 2012

Assessment and Treatment of Youth with Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders (MSASS Institute)

YouthWithCOD_246p.JPGJuly 16-18, 2012; Cleveland, OH; $395; CEUs. | "Assessment and Treatment of Youth with Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders" is a three-day Institute sponsored by the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences and its Center for Innovative Practices. This deep learning experience provides an overview of current research, developmental characteristics, and promising approaches for the identification, assessment, and treatment of youth with co-occurring disorders. Six hours will be devoted to supervision and ethics issues commonly encountered. Deadline to register is July 12.

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May 29, 2012

Op Ed:Catholic sisters' work is driven by faith, love...not politics

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Robert L. Fischer, Research Associate Professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, co-directs the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development. His Op Ed on the Plain Dealer website "Catholic sisters' work is driven by faith, love and humility -- not politics," calls attention to the core work of Catholic Sisters, based on his ongoing research on the ministries of women religious in Cleveland.

May 02, 2012

Annual ACT Conference 2012 (Boston)

ACT-Boston_246p-cityscape2bottom.JPGMay 15-18, 2012; Boston, MA; $180 - $445 | Join the Center for Evidence-Based Practices on May 18 at the "28th Annual Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Conference 2012." Scott Gerhard of our Center teams up with Jon Ramos of the Ohio ACT Center to present "Implementing ACT with IDDT: Lessons Learned." They will present results from the initiative in Franklin County, Ohio, that implemented both ACT and IDDT simultaneously. They'll review the history of the initiative, as well as facilitators and barriers to implementation, lessons learned, and current outcomes data, which include significant reductions in service costs.

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May 01, 2012

Wellness Management and Recovery Conference 2012 (Dayton)

WMR_246p.jpgMay 21-23, 2012; Dayton, OH; $88-250; CEUs | Steve Shober and Marilyn Kohn from the Center for Evidence-Based Practices will present two workshops at the "4th Annual Wellness Management and Recovery Conference." Shober will present "Employment Basics," which will provide an overview of principles and strategies that support people who are pursuing or sustaining competitive employment. Kohn will present "Consumer-Operated Services: Partners in Employment." This year's conference will feature many learning and peer-networking opportunities, including many interactive 90-minute workshops.

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March 26, 2012

News: Rep. Marcy Kaptur Says that the Poorest in America are Women

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Politfact Ohio fact-checked Ohio Rep. Marcy Kaptur's statement that the poorest in America are women, and called on Professor Claudia Coulton to give expert advice on the data behind the Congresswoman's statement. Professor Coulton's research as Co-Director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, lends strong suport to the statement, as well as the US census data provided in the Politifact article.

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March 15, 2012

A Revival in Cleveland? Signs Point to Growth Downtown

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Most of us have seen the shrinking population figures for Cleveland and other urban cities across America, but an MSASS researcher has uncovered a glimmer of hope that's not been reported until now.

Downtown Cleveland has grown substantially over the last two decades, according to Richey Piiparinen, research assistant with the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development. His latest research indicates that the neighborhood's population grew 96 percent, with residential totals increasing from 4,651 to 9,098.

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March 08, 2012

Cleveland Jewish News: Harvesting Donations to Stem Hunger

75 percent of Cuy County Suburbs experienced an increase in poverty rate

A Cleveland Jewish News Op-Ed: Harvesting Donations to Stem Hunger, cites the new Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development report, The Changing Face of Poverty in Northeast Ohio, in noting the increase of poverty locally and the increased use of the Cleveland Food Bank, referring people to the Harvest for Hunger campaign where donations can be made to meet this need.

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March 01, 2012

Poverty Center Selected as Leadership in Community Innovation Award Finalist

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The Poverty Center's Neighborhood Stabilization Team Application (NST APP) has been selected as a Leadership in Community Innovation Award finalist. You are invited to the judging and presentation event on March 6th from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at Cleveland State University’s College of Urban Affairs.

A panel of three judges will decide who wins $25,000, funded by Key Bank, at the event. Register online to attend.

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February 14, 2012

Newsnet 5: Latest Data Reveals 26,000 Homes Vacant in Cuyahoga County

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Research from NEO CANDO and the Mandel School's Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development has become a critical part of a local effort to address the housing crisis in Cleveland. On February 13, TV reporter Joe Pagonakis provided a behind-the-scenes look at recent foreclosure figures in northeast Ohio.

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January 27, 2012

News: 3 out of 4 Cleveland Suburbs Saw Increases in Poverty in Last Decade

January 19, 2012

Report: The Changing Face of Poverty in Northeast Ohio

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The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at Case Western Reserve University released a report entitled The Changing Face of Poverty in Northeast Ohio which details the increase in poverty across the region.

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December 20, 2011

Southeast Center in North Dakota Achieves Significant Outcomes, Honored as Champion of Integrated Treatment

ND-WomenLaugh-WE0174_246p.JPGThe North Dakota Department of Human Services has been calling upon Ohio's expertise in the implementation of evidence-based practices for people with co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders since 2006. Today, outcomes from the department's data analyses show that the use of Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment has been significantly reducing crisis services, psychiatric hospitalizations, incarcerations, and more. ... This story features Ric Kruszynski, MSSA ('93), LISW, LICDC, director of substance abuse and mental illness consulting and training initiatives at the Mandel School's Center for Evidence-Based Practices. Kruszynski is a 1993 graduate of the Mandel School.

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December 13, 2011

Conference 2012 to Explore Integration of Evidence-Based Practices for Mental Illness, Substance Use Disorders

Conference2012_246p.JPGOur evidence-based practice (EBP) conference is back by popular demand and will take place on Oct 22 and 23, 2012 at the Cleveland Airport Marriott in Cleveland, Ohio, so save these dates! The event will feature keynote addresses and numerous workshops exploring introductory, intermediate, and advanced topics about implementing and integrating EBPs, emerging best practices, and other healthcare and behavioral-healthcare innovations that improve outcomes for people with mental illness or co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders. | Ohio providers: $200/$125| Non-Ohio providers: $300/ $225.

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December 12, 2011

Alumnus Jeremy Evenden Presents Motivational Interviewing Training Series in Northeast Ohio, January to May 2012

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Join alumnus Jeremy S. Evenden, MSSA ('03), LISW-S, consultant and trainer from the Center for Evidence-Based Practices, at his Motivational Interviewing (MI) training events in Boardman, Ohio, from January to May 2012. Register online today. Evenden is a member of the international Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). Participants learn MI's client-centered approaches for responding to desire for change and resistance to change among individuals with severe mental illness and/or substance use disorders. Ideal for IDDT, ACT, other best practices. $60/event. CEUs & supervisory credit.

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December 11, 2011

Scott Gerhard Presents Motivational Interviewing Training Series in Central Ohio, January to April 2012

ScottGerhard_246p.jpgJoin consultant and trainer Scott Gerhard, MA, LSW, of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at his Motivational Interviewing (MI) training events in Columbus, Ohio, from January to April 2012. Register online today. Participants engage in skill-building exercises to learn MI's client-centered approaches for responding to desire for change and resistance to change among individuals with severe mental illness and/or substance use disorders. Ideal for IDDT, ACT, other best practices. $60 each event. Get CEUs & supervisory credit.

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December 10, 2011

IDDT Implementation Strategies for Program Leaders

43305_roundtablegroup_246p-border.jpgOne of our most popular events returns on February 28 and 29, 2012 in Cleveland for innovators in Ohio and across the nation who are implementing an Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT) team with aspirations of high fidelity to this evidence-based practice for people with co-occurring severe mental illness and substance use disorders. This event provides practical resources, tools, and methods for successful implementation. Teaching methods emphasize interaction among participants. | $125 Ohio providers; $275 non-Ohio providers | CEUs.

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December 05, 2011

Central Ohio: Regional Meeting for Integrated Treatment

RegionalMtg-Central_246p-gold.JPGProgram managers, team leaders, and other professionals from healthcare and behavioral healthcare organizations in central Ohio are invited to attend the next regional meeting for integrated treatment (December 7, 2011). Those who attend this peer-networking event discuss challenges and solutions for implementing evidence-based practices and other service strategies for people with mental illness and substance use disorders (e.g., IDDT, ACT, DDCAT, DDCMHT, TRAC, MI).

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November 28, 2011

Fellowship Program Prepares Next Generation of Clinical Leaders for Evidence-Based Practice

MandelSchoolStudents_246p-WithAndrews.JPGIf you or others you know are interested in earning a master's degree in social work and pursuing a career in clinical leadership for evidence-based practices that improve outcomes for vulnerable populations, contact the Leadership Fellows Program at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. Qualified candidates with a bachelor's degree in any discipline will be considered. Full scholarships available.

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November 17, 2011

Cultural exchange with the Netherlands examines integrated treatment for drug use, mental illness

1282358_Netherlands_246p.JPGSince 2004, Mandel School alumnus Patrick Boyle of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices has been transferring knowledge about evidence-based practices from the center's work in Ohio and other states to the Netherlands. He's also been teaching an annual study-abroad course that takes health and human-service professionals and university students to the Netherlands to study with policymakers and service providers there.

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November 16, 2011

Mandel School offers travel-abroad courses for health and human service professionals, college students during spring break

4916707_jet_246px.jpgTake an educational holiday overseas to the Netherlands in March 2012 by signing up for Patrick Boyle's course, "Integrated Mental Health & Substance Use Services." Boyle has been an adjunct instructor at the School for more than 20 years and is director of implementation services at the School's Center for Evidence-Based Practices. He is also a graduate of the AODA and mental-health specializations. Boyle's travel-abroad course is one of serveral for Case Western Reserve University students, which are also open to working professionals in health and human services. Other classes travel to Guatemala and Poland.

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November 15, 2011

Albert Dijkhuizen and Johan Weterings explain how integrated treatment transforms therapeutic relationships, recovery in the Netherlands

AlbertDijkhuizenJohanWeterings_246p-Netherlands-2008samiconf.jpgTake a look at and listen to this interview from the 2008 archives of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices for a little inspiration to sign up for the travel-abroad courses to the Netherlands during spring break. ... Albert Dijkhuizen, MD, and Johan Weterings, PhD, of the city of Eindhoven are veterans of an old system of care that provided separate, non-integrated services for mental illness and addiction. Listen to their stories of transformation, which have occurred as a result of Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment. Tracks #4 & 5 feature consumer success stories. Track #7 features Weterings speaking in Dutch, offering a message of hope to his colleagues back home.

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November 09, 2011

Brookings Report: Dramatic Jumps in Poverty-Stricken Neighborhoods

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The Brookings Institution reports that Northeast Ohio has shown some of the fastest growth in the nation for the number of people living in extremely poor neighborhoods, a situation that Dr Claudia Coulton, co-director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, confirmed in a November 3, 2011 article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Brookings' "The Re-Emergence of Concentrated Poverty: Metropolitan Trends in the 2000s" looked at the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the country where at least 40 percent of residents were at or below the poverty level including 24,000 residents in "high-density" suburbs such as Cleveland Heights, Elyria, Euclid, Kent, Lorain, and Painesville.

"Yes, this is exactly what we've seen," said Dr. Coulton about the report. "It [poverty] has hit the suburbs hard."

Read more in "Brookings report finds poverty-stricken neighborhoods jump dramatically in Cleveland area" in the Plain Dealer and below.

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October 10, 2011

New EBP Website has 'My Account' Feature, Incorporates CCOE Sites, More

611989_diversepeopletalking_125p.JPGThe Center for Evidence-Based Practices has launched a new website, and we need your help with the transition by creating (or re-creating) your own membership account, which is free. The new "my account" feature helps you manage your event registration, resource downloads, and more. We have also moved the websites of our Ohio Coordinating Center of Excellence (CCOE) initiatives and Tobacco Recovery model to this new website, so remember to update any references to those links.

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September 09, 2011

Poverty Center Spotlighted in MSASS Annual Report

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The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development is one of the featured research and training centers in the recently released 2010-2011 Research & Training Annual Report of the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. The report discusses the issues surrounding Cleveland as well as the various projects of the Center and the uses for NEO CANDO (Northeast Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing).

Read the entire report as either a:
2.06 MB, 72dpi .PDF for slower connections and email, or
20.1 MB, 300dpi .PDF for faster connections and printing.

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September 08, 2011

Neighborhood Data Briefs with SLF

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Earlier this year, the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development in partnership with the Saint Luke's Foundation released a series of 12 data briefs on key social demographic and population dimensions of three neighborhoods on the east side of the City of Cleveland: Buckeye-Shaker, Mount Pleasant, and Woodland Hills. The data briefs address issues related to Saint Luke's target communities, with specific attention to changes in indicators over time. Using data from a range of Census and local sources, the briefs highlight important dimensions of life in these three neighborhoods that can inform approaches to address community needs.

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August 26, 2011

Ohio RSVP recovery conference to highlight trauma care, medication choices, social support, much more

2733050_LeanOnMeCouple_125px.jpgThe fourth annual "Respect, Success, Value, Purpose (RSVP) Mental Health Recovery Conference" will take place at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio, on September 28, 2011. The goal of this year's event is to promote greater understanding of recovery from mental illness and how our communities can be supportive. It will feature two keynote speakers and 11 breakout sessions. Sponsored by the Mental Health & Recovery Boards of Ashalnd County, Richland County, and Wayne & Holmes Counties. CEUs available.

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August 22, 2011

Roads to Recovery conference to highlight evidence-based practices available to service providers, systems of care

CuyahogaADAMHSevent_125p.jpgPatrick Boyle, MSSA, LISW-S, LICDC, of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices is presenting at this year's Roads to Recovery Conference, titled "Behavioral Health: A System Under Construction," which takes place on September 12, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio, and is sponsored by the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board of Cuyahoga County. He will moderate a panel presentation about evidence-based practices. Christina M. Delos Reyes, MD, of the Cetner will also present. Sign-up for their workshops. CEUs available.

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August 17, 2011

Showing That Your Work Matters (Video)

Dr. Robert Fischer, Research Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development is featured in a video presentation on program evaluation titled "Showing That Your Work Matters" on Grant Space, a service of the Foundation Center, Cleveland.

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August 16, 2011

Training event to highlight practical responses to Ohio's opiate epidemic

womandoctor_125px.jpgChristina M. Delos Reyes, MD, medical consultant at the Center for Evidence-Based Practices, will present "The Opiate Epidemic in Ohio: What Psychiatrists and Other Healthcare Professionals Can Do" on Friday, August 19, 2011 from 7:45 to 9 am on the campus of Case Western Reserve University as part of Grand Rounds, sponsored by the Department of Psychiatry at the Case School of Medicine. The event is open to the public. Pre-registration is not required. CMEs are available. Other CEUs may be available.

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August 01, 2011

Addiction Studies Institute to highlight motivational interviewing, tobacco-recovery model

AddictionStudies_125p.JPGJoin the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at the Addiction Studies Institute in Columbus, Ohio, on August 17, 18 and 19, 2011, hosted by Talbot Hall of The Ohio State University Medical Center. Deborah Myers, MEd, PCC-S, and Scott Gerhard, MA, LSW, of the Center are presenting. Sign-up for their workshops: "Motivational Interviewing in Addictions" and "Tobacco Dependence: The Forgotten Substance-Related Disorder." Look for our display table.

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July 22, 2011

Center contributes experience, knowledge from Ohio to Global Implementation Conference

GIC_125p.JPGPatrick Boyle, MSSA ('89), and Debra Hrouda, MSSA ('94), of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices -- and its Ohio SAMI CCOE initiative -- are presenting three posters at the "First Biennial Global Implementation Conference" (GIC) in Washington, DC, on August 15, 16, and 17, 2011. The event brings together scientists, policymakers, practitioners, and community leaders for an unprecedented focus on evidence-based practices and how they can be implemented effectively to improve outcomes for people and organizations. Boyle and Hrouda will also be participating in ongoing learning clusters with colleagues from the conference over the coming year.

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July 18, 2011

National Research Institute invites Center to present study of Ohio claims data, cost savings from integrated treatment

DebHrouda_125px.jpgDebra Hrouda, MSSA ('94), LISW-S, of the Mandel School's Center for EBPs--and its Ohio SAMI CCOE initiative--has been invited to present results of a CEBP study of Ohio behavioral-healthcare claims data during a free webinar hosted by the the National Research Institute (NRI), Inc. on August 2, 2011. The study showed that Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT) helped save Ohio $1.4 million in service costs for a group of 160 people diagnosed with a severe mental illness and a co-occurring substance use disorder. Register online today.

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July 08, 2011

Center hosts basic and advanced training in motivational interviewing for service providers, supervisors

DeborahMyers_125px.jpgDeborah Myers, MEd, PCC-S, of the Mandel School's Center for EBPs--and its Ohio SAMI CCOE initiative--will be presenting four Motivational Interviewing (MI) training events in southwest Ohio in August, September, and October. Earn CEUs; enhance your practice and supervision skills; register online today. Myers is a member of the international Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). She is a consultant and trainer at the Center.

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July 06, 2011

How does your neighbourhood rank? New site lets you compare

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The City of Toronto, Canada has launched a neighborhood data website similar to NEO CANDO (Northeast Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing). Dr. Claudia Coulton, co-director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, discuses in the article the uses for NEO CANDO here in Cleveland including researching vulnerable populations, predatory lending, and improving preschool and how this public data can benefit any community.

Read the entire June 30 article in the Toronto Star.

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June 20, 2011

Dr. Rob Fischer is an invited advisor to The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University's Advancing Knowledge Scholarship Council

June 13, 2011

Ohio board accredits Mandel School curriculum for professional license in chemical-dependency counseling

KathleenFarkas_125p.jpgThe Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences has achieved another milestone in its long history of excellence in social-work education. Its master's-degree program was recently accredited by a new licensing entity, the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board (OCDPB), which oversees the certification and licensing of chemical-dependency counselors.

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June 01, 2011

Center for Evidence-Based Practices moves to new home in Bellflower Hall

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May 10, 2011

Supervising the practice of motivational interviewing to be highlighted at ODADAS training event

MotivInterviewTrainEvent_125p.jpgClinical supervisors of behavioral healthcare services are encouraged to join Deborah Myers, MEd, PCC-S, consultant and trainer from the CEBP's Ohio SAMI Coordinating Center of Excellence initiative, on Thursday, May 19 at the "Ohio Workforce Development Academy," sponsored by the Ohio Department of Alcohol & Drug Addiction Services (ODADAS). Myers will present a daylong workshop, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, titled "Clinical Supervision: Strategies to Supervise the Practice of Motivational Interviewing." The event takes place at the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio.

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April 28, 2011

Federal Reserve Board: Resources for Stabilizing Communities

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The Federal Reserve, through its Community Development staff located at its 12 regional reserve banks and the Board of Governors in Washington, D.C., works to bring together key community stakeholders to identify local problems and explore solutions, some of which are highlighted in a series of three concise video documentaries.

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March 22, 2011

Publication: Coulton, Chan and Mikelbank in the Journal of Community Practice

March 17, 2011

Beimers and Coulton: Journal article on employment and child maltreatment

March 03, 2011

Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank article: "Slowing Speculation: A Proposal to Lessen Undesirable Housing Transactions"

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An article from the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland titled, ""Slowing Speculation: A Proposal to Lessen Undesirable Housing Transactions" includes suggested readings from two reports published by the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development: "Pathways to Foreclosure: A Longitudinal Study of Mortgage Loans, Cleveland and Cuyahoga County, 2005-2008" and "Beyond REO: Property Transfers at Extremely Distressed Prices in Cuyahoga County, 2005-2008".

The Center has worked closely with the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and with the Cuyahoga Land Bank, also discussed in the article, and provides information to nonprofits and government programs for neighborhood stabilization, and bank foreclosure prevention and remediation programs via the property data portion of its Northeast Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing (NEO CANDO)website, and through other research programs.

NEO CANDO is a free online database of social, property, and economic indicators combined with geographic data markers down to the neighborhood level, and mapping utilities, created and maintained by the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development. The Center is one of several research centers at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work at Case Western Reserve University .

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February 14, 2011

NEO CANDO "Using Local Market Data to Support Neighborhood Stabilization"

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Enterprise Community Partners hosted a live online webinar titled: "Using Local Market Data to Support Neighborhood Stabilization." It was held on Thursday, February 10, 2011 from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM

The Powerpoint presentation for this webinar is now available here online.

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February 10, 2011

East Cleveland service-learning experience offers lessons, say CWRU researchers

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A recent journal article "Getting the Most Out of Service Learning: Maximizing Student, University, and Community Impact" in the Journal of Community Practice, is by professors Mark Chupp and Mark Joseph, is outlined in this |think magazine blog article.

Additional articles about their work, and the efforts of Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences students can bee see in the August and July 2010 articles here.

Both Mark Chupp and Mark Joseph are faculty associates of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development.

February 10, 2011

Market Data-Driven Stabilization: A Case Study of Cleveland's NEO CANDO Data System

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The following case study by the Enterprise Foundation, focuses on NEO CANDO and the partnerships that utilize the data it provides to improve the quality of life in neighborhoods.

"Local market data systems are of great value to nonprofits, local governments and other community stakeholders who are working to stabilize neighborhoods struggling as a result of foreclosures, blight, vacancies or economic decline.

In Cleveland, data transformed the focus and implementation of neighborhood stabilization, allowing stabilization efforts to achieve a level of impact that was not otherwise possible....

This case study examines the value of parcel-level real estate data for neighborhood stabilization programs in general, and looks specifically at how the Northeast Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing system (NEO CANDO) is used in Cleveland. Examples of some of the ways community stakeholders have used the data generated by the NEO CANDO system are provided. General information describing the operations of the NEO CANDO system, the data used, and the sources of that data are also provided to aid communities considering creating their own local market data system."

This case study is located on practitionerresources.org, where other Enterprise Community Partners resources are also listed.

February 08, 2011

Dr. Anna Santiago, podcast- Where People Live Matters: Using Housing Policy as an Anti-Poverty and Asset-Building Intervention

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Dr. Anna Santiago, Dr. George Galster, and Renee Nicolosi, are in a podcast titled, "Where People Live Matters: Using Housing Policy as an Anti-Poverty and Asset-Building Intervention," on the University at Buffalo School of Social Work's Living Proof Podcast series Episode 64.

"In this episode, our guests discuss their research that attempts to respond to and understand how housing policy influences not only its clients, but the neighborhoods in which they reside. They describe, amongst other programs, the Home Ownership Program in Denver, Colorado; their longitudinal research; their findings; and the continuing challenges to sustaining home ownership and its effect on poverty."

If you wish to hear play the mp3 directly click here.

Dr. Santiogo is a Faculty Associate of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work at Case Western Reserve University .

February 07, 2011

Stalling the Foreclosure Process: The Complexity Behind Bank Walkaways

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A new report from Case Western Reserve’s Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development documents the problem of so-called bank walkaways in Cuyahoga County, Ohio.

The report, titled Stalling the Foreclosure Process: The Complexity Behind Bank Walkaways, takes an in-depth look at stalled foreclosure cases in Cuyahoga County in order to describe the factors involved in delayed foreclosure cases. Foreclosure cases that remain unresolved for long periods of time can result in serious spillover damages, incurring costs like unpaid taxes, unpaid utility bills, nuisance abatement assessments, maintenance, and in the most severe cases, could include fire damage or demolition.

The researchers examined the court records of 999 stalled foreclosure cases (cases where a decree of foreclosure has been granted but the property did not go to sheriff’s sale for over 180 days), finding that 56 percent of these stalled foreclosure cases could possibly be considered bank walkaways. The researchers also found that the possible bank walkaways are more likely to be vacant, tax delinquent, and demolished.

When considering the status of a foreclosure case in court, the researchers determined that cases where a plaintiff (the mortgage lender or subsequent note holder) took no action for 180 days or more after receiving a foreclosure judgment, and cases where a plaintiff dismissed a foreclosure judgment for reasons that did not involve resolving the mortgage lien, among other scenarios, could possibly be considered bank walkaways.

“It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly what’s going on with a foreclosure case,” reports Michael Schramm, co-author and Research Associate at the Center on Urban Poverty. "Paper and electronic court records might be missing details, and plaintiffs often only give boiler-plate reasons for their actions. But defining the problem and outlining how to recognize it is the first step in finding the solution.”

Click here to download the file.

For questions or comments about this report, please contact Michael Schramm at 216-368-0206.

This work has been possible using the Center's freely available, social, economic, neighborhood and property information database, NEO CANDO, can be found on the web here.

January 24, 2011

Windy City Times: Chicago women filmmakers collaborate on Cabrini-Green film

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An article in the Windy City Times, announces a new, feature-length documentary, Cabrini Green: Mixing it Up, which has political and historical analysis provided by Dr. Mark Joseph, of the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, among others. Dr. Joseph studies mixed income housing development in Chicago and other areas.

Since 1995, 23 high-rise buildings have been demolished, that may have contained between 15,000 and 20,000 residents at their peak. New mixed-income developments have been built in some areas to replace these public housing high-rises that now contain an estimated 1,000 residents, of these only about 15% of which are original public housing residents.

"Critics assert that the plan does not eliminate the problem (poverty and the systemic causes of poverty) but merely displaces people and disperses the poverty around the city. Janet Smith, co-author of the report "Where are Poor People to Live," told Bower that only about 15 percent of the displaced Cabrini families are living in the new mixed-income developments that replaced Cabrini. Smith wondered on camera, "who will actually benefit from the Plan for Transformation when it is complete?"

....Cabrini Green: Mixing it Up features students at Jenner Elementary school, one of whom confronts Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley; the Stamps family of educators and activists; and a woman who is one of the few Cabrini residents that qualified to return to live in the new mixed income development. Academics Janet Smith (University of Illinois at Chicago) , Mary Pattillo (Northwestern University) and Mark Joseph (Case Western Reserve University) provide political and historical analysis."

Dr. Joseph is a faculty associate of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work at Case Western Reserve University .

January 21, 2011

Data analysis of Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment reveals cost savings for State of Ohio

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Researchers from the Center for Evidence-Based Practices (CEBP) recently conducted an analysis of claims data for behavioral-health services in the State of Ohio and found that Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT), the evidence-based practice, helped save the state approximately $1.4 million in service costs for a group of 160 people diagnosed with a severe mental illness and a co-occurring substance use disorder. The people in this group were among the highest users of mental-health and addiction services. The savings took place only one year after they started to receive IDDT services. This analysis is compelling, because it shows that IDDT can make an impact upon costs in a short amount of time.

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January 13, 2011

Cuyahoga County Universal Pre-Kindergarten 2010 Report in Video

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The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development is the evaluation partner for Cuyahoga County's Invest in Children Program. Videos summarizing the 2010 annual progress are here.

Videos about the programs' progress, the evaluation and recent benchmarks from the last years are available from the 2010 Annual meeting here. The program is a comprehensive, voluntary, and high quality early care and education program. The video regarding the Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program's evaluation, titled "Universal Pre-Kindergarten: Making a 'BIG' difference," has comments from Dr. Robert Fischer, Co-Director of the Center.

In the videos, Dr. Fischer comments, "... what's very interesting here is that the kids that were lowest performing and lowest developmental scores at baseline show the most dramatic gains, the most meaningful gains in these measures."

For more information regarding the Invest in Children programming please see their web site here, or look on this page for both the Invest in Children and the Early Childhood Initiative Evaluation reports.

The ten year retrospective of the Center's Evaluation of the Invest In Children project, titled "Inform, Influence, Impact, " can be read online or downloaded here.

January 07, 2011

Cuyahoga County Data Briefs with UWGC

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The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development in partnership with the United Way of Greater Cleveland, has released a series of 12 data briefs on key social demographic and population dimensions of Cuyahoga County. The data briefs address issues related to United Way’s core community priorities, with specific attention to changes in indicators over time. Using data from a range of Census and local sources, the briefs highlight important dimensions of life in Cuyahoga County that can inform approaches to address community needs.

The briefs examine shifts in population (changing demographics, child population, mobility), indicators of risk (poverty, child maltreatment, teen/unmarried births, educational attainment, adult literacy), and indicators of opportunity (employment, public schools, safety net supports, housing affordability).

The United Way of Greater Cleveland used these demographic analyses as a discussion launching point for their request for proposal committee process for the 2011 year. The United Way of Greater Cleveland used these demographic analyses as inputs for their request for proposal committee process for the 2011 year. This social research is
available on our website
as individual briefs or one combined .PDF. They are also shared on the United Way server here.

January 02, 2011

Mandel School offers travel-abroad courses for college students, health and human service professionals during spring break

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Take an educational holiday overseas in March or May 2011. Engage in cross-cultural studies of social policies and practices for health and human services. Several three-credit travel-abroad courses for Case Western Reserve University students are open to students at other colleges and universities and to working professionals in health and human services. Each trip is led and taught by instructors from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve. Join Patrick Boyle of the School's Center for EBPs for his course, "Integrated Mental Health & Substance Use Services," and a trip to Amsterdam, The Netherlands (March 4 to 13). Other trips/courses include the following ...

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December 10, 2010

Celebrating 10 years of evidence-based practices in Ohio, anticipating the integration of primary and behavioral healthcare

10YearsofEBPs_125p.jpgThis season marks the tenth anniversary of the State of Ohio's investment in evidence-based practices for the treatment and recovery of residents with severe mental illness (SMI) or co-occurring severe mental illness and substance use disorders. It also marks the tenth anniversary of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at Case Western Reserve University. Both anniversaries were celebrated at the Center's EBP conference, which took place on October 12, 13, and 14 in Columbus. This year's conference was the ninth sponsored by the CEBP and its Coordinating Center of Excellence (CCOE) initiatives. Over 330 people from Ohio and 17 other states attended.

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November 29, 2010

Plain Dealer: "Frank Russo's campaign donors got big tax breaks," cites NEO CANDO

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"Donors to former County Auditor Frank Russo received more than $1.8 million on their property taxes. Russo has pleaded guilty to taking more than $1 million in bribes over 10 years and will serve more than 21 years in prison," says this Plain Dealer Article.

NEO CANDO, as well as over 2,000 paper documents, and the County Treasurer database are cited as some of the sources of the ongoing Plain Dealer Investigation, of the Cuyahoga County Board of Revision, which incoming County Executive Ed FitzGerald has vowed to completely replace.

The article begins, "Many of the people who contributed to former Cuyahoga County Auditor Frank Russo's election campaigns also went to his office in search of tax breaks -- and got them.

They received hundreds, thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars off their tax bills thanks to reduced property valuations, a Plain Dealer analysis of campaign-finance reports and county records has found."

The section citing the methods and sources of the report states, "The newspaper used the state's public records laws to acquire county payroll records, campaign finance reports and databases showing reductions of property values. Case Western Reserve University's NEO CANDO, a data system containing demographic, economic and property data, provided the newspaper with county property values from 2003 through 2009.

Reporters also searched Ohio Secretary of State filings and corporate websites to unearth connections between Russo's most generous donors -- those giving $1,000 or more -- and corporate interests that received property reductions."

NEO CANDO is a free online database of social, property, and economic indicators combined with geographic data markers down to the neighborhood level, created and maintained by the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development. The Center is one of several research centers at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work at Case Western Reserve University .

October 18, 2010

Battling the Next Phase of the Housing Crisis

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An article in Forefront, a publication of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, titled Battling the Next Phase of the Housing Crisis, refers to the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development's research article, "REO and Beyond: The Aftermath of the Foreclosure Crisis in Cuyahoga County, Ohio," on the "rising tide" of Real-Estate Owned Properties in Cuyahoga County.

"The foreclosure crisis is breeding a new one: a crushing load of REO, or real-estate-owned, properties. These are the foreclosed homes that banks and other lenders have on their books after failing to sell them at sheriff’s auctions. In weak housing markets, including many in the Fourth District, these unsold houses too often stand vacant and neglected.

A new volume published by the Federal Reserve Banks of Cleveland and Boston and the Federal Reserve Board of Governors highlights the latest research and on-the ground efforts to attack the REO problem on several fronts. The collection of articles, REO & Vacant Properties: Strategies for Neighborhood Stabilization, was released in September to coincide with a summit hosted by the Federal Reserve in Washington. The summit aimed to help communities and practitioners find the most promising practices for addressing neighborhood stabilization and the disposition of REO properties across the country.

Among the Cleveland-area contributors to the volume were researchers at Case Western Reserve University. The researchers reported a worsening scope to the problem in northeast Ohio, offering new evidence of how REO properties further drag down communities.

In “REO and Beyond: The Aftermath of the Foreclosure Crisis in Cuyahoga County, Ohio,Claudia Coulton, Mike Schramm, and April Hirsh found:

  • Since 2007, almost all properties in Cuyahoga County (home to Cleveland) that come out of foreclosure sales have ended up as REOs.
  • The number of REOs in the county peaked in 2008 at just over 10,000 properties and had declined to about 7,300 by late 2009.
  • REOs are disproportionately concentrated in lower-income communities.
  • From 2004 to 2008, the percentage of properties on Cleveland’s east side that sold out of REO at extremely distressed prices—$10,000 or less—shot up from 4 percent to almost 80 percent.

Read the full "Forefront" article here.

October 14, 2010

Child-welfare panel says Cuyahoga County agency needs to improve services and practices

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A Plain Dealer article discusses the presentation of the results of the Cuyahoga County child-welfare department review panel. Both Drs. Vicotor Groza, and David Crampton from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences are on this review panel.

A review panel Wednesday called on the Cuyahoga County child-welfare department to improve the way it manages high-risk families, but it also put responsibility on the community and the next county government to keep children safer.

The panel appointed by Director Deborah Forkas issued 12 pages of recommendations, which deal in large part with beefing up services to combat threats to children from domestic violence, substance abuse and mental illness.

The presentation to an audience of nonprofit social services providers contained criticisms that the agency has not done enough to address risks to children, such as engaging mental health and addiction experts in cases. But the event was also part pep rally to solicit help from outside the county bureaucracy.

"It's not about the department, it's not about Deborah Forkas," said David Crampton, the panel chairman and an associate professor of social work at Case Western Reserve University. "It's about all of us working together to protect our children."

"...For a complete list of recommendations, go to cfs.cuyahogacounty.us and click on "community task force."

Read the full Plain Dealer article here.

Dr. Crampton is a faculty associate of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work at Case Western Reserve University .

October 12, 2010

Cleveland shares its expertise at national conference here on reclaiming vacant properties

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A Plain Dealer article, discusses the national reclaiming vacant properties conference that is going on this week, and references the work that the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development is doing in partnering with other local government and non-profit groups.

"Cleveland got clobbered early by the foreclosure crisis -- and has been trying to fight back with innovative strategies that will be showcased during a national conference here next week.

The conference -- Reclaiming Vacant Properties: The Intersection of Sustainability, Revitalization and Policy Reform -- runs Wednesday through Friday and is expected to draw about 900 people.

It is organized by the Center for Community Progress, a nonprofit with offices in both Washington, D.C. and Flint, Mich. that works with communities to return vacant or abandoned property to productive use.

"We've seen a lot of progress in Cleveland -- particularly with the foreclosure crisis -- and people are paying attention to the strategies being implemented there," said Jennifer Leonard, the center's vice president.

Cleveland was hit early by the foreclosure crisis and been working on responses longer than many other communities. "We might be a year or two ahead in trying things that others are just starting to look at," said Frank Ford, NPI [Neighborhood Progress Incorporated]'s senior vice president for research and development....

The region has also benefited from collaborations among people in both the city and Cuyahoga County. "A lot of cities and counties haven't figured out ways to do that," Leonard said. Ford said the conference will highlight local initiatives such as the data system known as NEO CANDO, which was developed by Case Western Reserve University researchers and provides certain demographic, economic and property data online and for free.

Among other things, the system's information has been mined to trace a web of mortgage fraud and track the footprint of companies trading in distressed and foreclosed houses.

"It really is a model," Leonard said. "Many cities don't have the information they need to make smart decisions."

The full Plain Dealer article can be read here.

September 29, 2010

Plain Dealer: Census shows Cleveland is the second-poorest city in the United States

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A Cleveland Plain Dealer Article, "Census shows Cleveland is the second-poorest city in the United States," quotes Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences professor Claudia Coulton.

The article begins, "Hard times came to every corner of Northeast Ohio during a historic recession, as unemployment and its consequences rippled across the city and suburbs.

The hammer of despair landed hardest in Cleveland, where one out of every three people lived in poverty at the end of 2009, making Cleveland the second-poorest big city in America -- thank you, Detroit -- according to estimates released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau."

The article continues, "...While much of the region's poverty is rooted in low education levels and high rates of single parenthood, the latest poverty spike is purely economic. This is unemployment poverty, said Claudia Coulton, co-director of the Center on Urban Poverty & Community Development at Case Western Reserve University. And it's not over yet.

'We have not created jobs, not enough to get us out of this unemployment crisis,' she said."

September 27, 2010

REO & Vacant Properties: Strategies for Neighborhood Stabilization

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The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, contributed to a Summit and to the joint publication of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston named, "REO & Vacant Properties: Strategies for Neighborhood Stabilization." Resources for stabilizing communities are available off the summit's website.

"The foreclosure crisis that the nation continues to grapple with has led to scores of real-estate-owned, or REO, properties. These and other vacant properties erode the values of nearby houses, fracture neighborhood stability, and threaten to undo decades of economic progress made in communities across the country over the past 25 years. How big is the REO problem? How are communities, banks, and policymakers dealing with the challenge? Most important, what approaches are showing the most promise for success."

The Center's Chapter is titled" REO and Beyond: The Aftermath of the Foreclosure Crisis in Cuyahoga County, Ohio." The full summit report PDF may be obtained here.


The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development is located within the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work, at Case Western Reserve University.

September 25, 2010

Cuyahoga County child-welfare agency lacks sense of urgency, panel says

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A Plain Dealer article, "Cuyahoga County child-welfare agency lacks sense of urgency, panel says" by Harlan Spector says,

"The panel appointed by Department of Children and Family Services Director Deborah Forkas is expected to issue a long list of recommendations this month. But the chairman [Prof. David Crampton,] said there is a lack of urgency at the agency to address ongoing risks to children from parents' mental illness, addictions, domestic violence and other problems. "

"We clearly need some system after the department closes the case to make sure they (parents) stay on their medications and are getting mental health treatment," said Crampton, an associate professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University.

Additional articles about the Cuyahoga County Department of Child and Family Services may be viewed here.

Prof. Crampton is a faculty associate of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work at Case Western Reserve University .

September 24, 2010

Cuyahoga County Early Childhood System Shines in National Report

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Cuyahoga County’s comprehensive early childhood system, Invest in Children, shines in a recently released report by The Urban Institute. In Using Data to Promote Collaboration in Local School Readiness Systems, researchers at the Urban Institute highlight Cuyahoga County as a key example of how to build a community-wide early childhood system to promote school readiness.

The report highlights that in order for children to be truly ready for school they must be supported by a system that includes ready families, ready pre-schools, ready schools and ready communities. “Invest in Children’s multi-faceted approach is forging just such a system”, says Dr. Rebekah Dorman, Invest in Children’s Director, and we are very proud to be recognized in this national publication.”

Funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the report concluded, “The collaboration in Cuyahoga County, Ohio (Cleveland) has perhaps the most impressive record – the Invest in Children Initiative (IIC).” The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, co-directed by Case Western Reserve University faculty members Claudia Coulton and Rob Fischer, participated as a research partner in the study, which included Atlanta, Chattanooga, Denver, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, and Providence. The Center is the long-standing independent evaluator of Invest in Children. In late 2009, the Center released a report entitled Inform, Influence, Impact - The Role of Research in Supporting a Community’s Commitment to Its Children, documenting a decade of research by the Center in evaluating the efforts of Cuyahoga County’s work in the area of early childhood.

September 16, 2010

WCPN: Poverty At Record Highs, Unemployment Slowing

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"Poverty At Record Highs, Unemployment Slowing" is a radio new piece on WCPN quoted Prof Claudia Coulton, Co-director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences on Thursday, September 16, 2010 .

"The U-S Census Bureau released disturbing numbers about the national poverty picture today, while another economic indicator report also shows tough times still ahead for Northeast Ohio. Ideastream®'s Rick Jackson reports.

One of every seven Americans; more than 43 million people, now lives in poverty. Claudia Coulton of the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at CASE says the 14.3% figure is actually not surprising, due to the depth of this recession....

“This one is worse. It’s pushed us higher in poverty than we’ve been in a long time - as a nation - so it’s different than other recessions where a little bit of government spending and a little bit of loosening up of various government policies turn it around.”

Hear or read more of "Poverty At Record Highs, Unemployment Slowing"

September 16, 2010

New workshop added to EBP Conference 2010 lineup

PresenterAisle5299702_125px.jpg"Workshop #F4 | Bridges Out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals and Communities" has recently been added to the lineup of over 60 workshops at the Center for EBPs' Conference 2010, "Sustaining Evidence-Based Practices: The Next 10 Years," which will take place on October 12, 13 and 14 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. The new workshop takes place on Thursday, October 14 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. The presenter is Phil DeVol, author, consultant, and trainer at "aha! Process, Inc." of Highlands, Texas, which has developed a method for helping people from all economic classes discover and share their ideas and models for solving the problem of poverty. Devol was a keynote speaker at our March 2009 Supported Employment Conference (click here). Learn more about this year's workshop and Confernece. Register online.

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September 15, 2010

Briefly Stated 10-02: Women Religious in a Changing Urban Landscape

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Briefly Stated 10-02: Women Religious in a Changing Urban Landscape: The Work of Catholic Sisters in Metropolitan Cleveland by Rob Fischer & Jenni Bartholomew has been released, and mailed to the community.

Download the report here.

Summary: Women religious play a vital role in many communities in addressing the needs of the poor, neglected, and vulnerable members of society. In the history of Northeast Ohio, Catholic nuns have been instrumental in the arenas of education, healthcare, outreach and advocacy.

In high poverty cities such as Cleveland, women religious continue to provide essential services, supports, and spiritual guidance in many venues. The experience in Cleveland is relevant to cities with an urban core where the population has shifted to suburban areas, leaving inner-city churches with declining membership and support.

In addition, this case example will show how proactive and collaborative efforts on the part of women religious can enhance the likelihood of effectively addressing community needs presently and in the future.

A summary presentation of the results for Women Religious in a Changing Urban Landscape: The Work of Catholic Sisters in Metropolitan Cleveland can be viewed here.

September 10, 2010

Prof. Crampton: Lessons in Child Welfare Reform from Cuyahoga County and Beyond: AECF's Family to Family Initiative

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On Tuesday, November 09, 2010, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., David Crampton, Ph.D. will give a talk titled, "Lessons in Child Welfare Reform from Cuyahoga County and Beyond: The Annie E. Casey Foundation's Family to Family Initiative"

Place: The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations, room 115
A light lunch will be served. All are welcome.

Click here to view Dr. Crampton's profile in our experts database Prof. Crampton is a Faculty Associate of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work.

Schubert Conversations on Children in Research, Policy, and Practice are monthly seminars featuring cutting-edge research by CWRU faculty, with corresponding commentary by local professionals. These events stimulate an ongoing dialogue about child-related research, policy, and practice among faculty, students, policy experts, advocates, and professionals from Northeast Ohio.

The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations is located at 11402 Bellflower Road on the CWRU campus.

Parking is available on nearby streets and at the Severance Hall or Botanic Garden parking garages. Visitors may not park on Hessler Court or at the lot reserved for L'Albatros or the Spartan Diner.

Handicapped parking is available - please call the Center at 216-368-2275 for details.

August 19, 2010

Doctoral Candidate Diwakar Vadapalli presented a paper in India, at two separate venues on collecting, analyzing, and using Social and Economic Indicators

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Doctoral Candidate Diwakar Vadapalli presented a paper in India, at two separate occasions on collecting, analyzing, and using Social and Economic Indicators, based on the Center on Urban Poverty’s NEO CANDO database model.

The paper: "Indicators, actionable data, and ‘model villages’: NEO CANDO as an example for similar systems in India" by Diwakar K. Vadapalli, and Claudia J. Coulton was presented at: The National Seminar on ‘Building of Model Villages through Panchayat Raj Institutions’ on 10th August, 2010 at The National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD), Hyderabad, India

The second presentation on this same research was titled, "Indicators, actionable data, and local decision-making: NEO CANDO as an example for similar systems in India" also presented by Diwakar K. Vadapalli on Aug 18, 2010 at the invitation of the Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bangalore, India.

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August 18, 2010

Conference 2010 to explore EBPs, integrated primary health and behavioral health

Conference2010full_125p.jpgRegister online today! ... The annual conference of the Mandel School's Center for Evidence-Based Practices will take place on October 12, 13, and 14 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. The event, titled "Sustaining Evidence-Based Practices: The Next 10 Years," features over 60 workshops and presentations by Carlo DiClemente, co-creator of "stages of change," Richard H. Dougherty of DMA Health Strategies, the Directors of Ohio's departments of health, mental health, addiction services, and rehabilitation services. ... Learn about integrating primary healthcare with behavioral healthcare and providing evidence-based practices (EBPs) and other emerging and best practices to people with mental illness or co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders. CEUs are available.

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August 17, 2010

"Readiness Ruler" for motivational interviewing now available

readinessruler_125px.jpgGet the new "Readiness Ruler" from the Mandel School's Center for Evidence-Based Practices to support your use of Motivational Interviewing (MI), the evidence-based treatment. MI is a conversational approach designed to help people discover their own interest in considering and/or making a change in their lives (e.g., diet, exercise, employment, managing symptoms of physical or mental illness, reducing and eliminating the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs). Use the Readiness Ruler—and related MI principles and practices—with the people you serve to help guide conversations about personal change.

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August 15, 2010

Plain Dealer Editorial: Cuyahoga Children Services is due a thorough inquiry, but that would require a panel that's truly independent

An Editorial in the Cleveland Plain Dealer titled, "Cuyahoga Children Services is due a thorough inquiry, but that would require a panel that's truly independent," by The Plain Dealer Editorial Board, discusses the task force review of the Cuyahoga County agency by a committee chaired by Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences Prof. David Crampton.

Crampton emphasized that reviewing individual cases is not essential to the panel's main goal of reviewing systemic problems. Quoting from the article: "Task force chairman David Crampton, a respected child-welfare scholar and associate professor at Case Western Reserve University's Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, understandably bristles at the notion that he or other panelists are being manipulated into a bias in favor of Forkas or her department.

'My job is not to protect the job of a Deb Forkas; it is to have the best child-welfare system in the country,' Crampton says. 'I'm not doing this for any other reason than that.'

He adds that any best-practices review of child welfare won't dwell on a handful of tragedies but instead will take the widest-angled view possible of systemwide practices. "

The full editorial can be read here.

Additional articles about the Cuyahoga County Department of Child and Family Services may be viewed here.

Prof. Crampton is a faculty associate of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work at Case Western Reserve University .

August 13, 2010

Plain Dealer: Child-welfare agency won't release case files to review panel


An Article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer titled, "Child-welfare agency won't release case files to review panel," by Harlan Spector, discusses the task force review of the Cuyahoga County agency by a committee chaired by Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences Prof. David Crampton.

Crampton emphasized that reviewing individual cases is not essential to the panel's main goal of reviewing systemic problems. Quoting from the article: "The task force is looking specifically at whether the county follows the safest practices when it returns children to their parents after taking temporary custody due to maltreatment." Crampton said: "We need information on a larger number of cases. We don't need to see case files, but we need to see system issues."

The full article can be read here.

Additional articles about the Cuyahoga County Department of Child and Family Services may be viewed here.

Prof. Crampton is a faculty associate of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work at Case Western Reserve University .

August 10, 2010

CWRU's THINK magazine: MSASS Professor Learns More About Schools' Role in Revitalizing Neighborhoods

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MSASS Professor Learns More About Schools' Role in Revitalizing Neighborhoods

"Before parents with young children buy a new home, they want to know the quality of the neighborhood public schools.

Mark Joseph, assistant professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, does too. He's examining how public schools have a role in revitalizing urban neighborhoods—especially neighborhoods where new mixed-income developments are being built.

He's particularly interested in housing under development in Chicago and other major cities with HOPE VI funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Joseph and Jessica Feldman from the University of Chicago report challenges facing these schools in the article, "Creating and Sustaining Successful Mixed-Income Communities: Conceptualizing the Role of Schools," which appeared in the journal Education and Urban Society.

In a prior study, Joseph found that the income groups do not always mix in these housing situations and many middle-class families do not have children. But schools can shake things up. According to Joseph, they are a critical component in linking middle-class families and lower-income families to the broader social and economic mainstream."


More of the THINK article, "MSASS Professor Learns More About Schools' Role in Revitalizing Neighborhoods"

Click for more of Mark L. Joseph's research.


The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development is located within the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work, at Case Western Reserve University.

August 10, 2010

CWRU's THINK magazine: Bouncing Back, Report documents foreclosure crisis and community response in Greater Cleveland.

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Bouncing Back: Report documents foreclosure crisis and community response in Greater Cleveland.

"The subprime mortgage crisis left tens of thousands of foreclosed homes in its wake, more than 10,000 in the Greater Cleveland area alone, according to a new report.

But new research from Case Western Reserve University's Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, Cleveland State University and the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland does more than illuminate grim statistics-it also documents how community groups mobilized to respond to the crisis.

The study's co-authors, Claudia Coulton from Case Western Reserve and Kathy Hexter from Cleveland State University, say they hope sharing Cleveland's story can help other cities in their own struggles.

'Facing the Foreclosure Crisis in Cleveland: What Happened and How Communities Are Responding' weaves together research from previous studies conducted by the poverty center, providing dozens of examples of community responses, ranging from government reform and legislation to counseling and prevention initiatives."


More of the THINK article, "Bouncing Back"

Get this report and others about the effects and size of Cleveland's Foreclosures crisis.

The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development is located within the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work, at Case Western Reserve University.

August 09, 2010

Sandusky Register: Will Commissioner Cole help defeat another stereotype?

Professor Rob Fischer Co-Director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development was quoted in the Sandusky Register article, "Will Commissioner Cole help defeat another stereotype?" by Jason Singer, regarding Commissioner Diedre Cole living in public housing within the City of Sandusky on whose council she will serve, when Commissioner Brett Fuqua resigns to take a position in Columbus.

Directly quoting the article, "Local residents say Diedre Cole is many things: A lightning rod, articulate, charismatic, opinionated.

She's also historic....Once she's sworn in, Cole may be the first person in state history to serve in an elected position while also living in public housing."

The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development is located within the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work, at Case Western Reserve University.

July 21, 2010

WKYC: New foreclosures blamed on unemployment

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As reported by WKYC Channel 3, foreclosures in Cuyahoga County have risen by more than 12% than the first half of 2009. The report uses data from the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development's NEO CANDO (Northeast Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing) that shows 7,440 foreclosure actions were filed through May while only 6,604 were filed in the first six months of the previous year.

Foreclosure counselors, including Tom Tusuksri of the Cleveland Housing Network, cite that unemployment and underemployment are a cause in the recent upswing in homeowners being unable to cover their mortgages in Cuyahoga County.

Read the full article "Cuyahoga County: New foreclosures blamed on unemployment" on WKYC.com and watch the televisized segment which aired on June 20, 2010.

Please note, the information obtained by WKYC was not, as is stated in the article, from a survey conducted by the Poverty Center but from data publicly shared in NEO CANDO.

July 19, 2010

NEO CANDO: Foreclosure filings increase in Cuyahoga County during first half of the year

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A Plain Dealer Article "Foreclosure filings increase in Cuyahoga County during first half of the year" by reporter Sandra Livingston draws on data from the Center on Urban Poverty's NEO CANDO, social, economic, and property data system.

"New foreclosure filings in Cuyahoga County rose more than 12 percent during the first six months of this year, with the suburbs continuing to feel the brunt of the increases.

Residential and commercial foreclosure filings hit 7,440 in the first half of the year compared to 6,604 in the same period last year, according to data compiled by Case Western Reserve University's Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development."

The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development is housed at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work, at Case Western Reserve University.

July 15, 2010

The Cuyahoga County Planning Commission displays County Council District Social and Economic profiles using NEO CANDO data.

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The Cuyahoga County Planning Commission displays Cuyahoga County Council District Social and Economic profiles using NEO CANDO data.


"Cuyahoga County Council Districts Social and Economic Profiles

The new Cuyahoga County charter created a county executive-county council form of government. Residents in each of the 11 geographic districts will elect a representative to serve on the county council. As part of the transition to the new structure, we are providing the maps and statistics below to better inform constituents and candidates.

Please visit the Transition Advisory Group for more information about the changes in county government."

These profiles contain:
"A selection of demographic indicators for Cuyahoga County's new council districts

* Population
* Age
* Persons and Poverty
* Families and Poverty
* Household Income
* Household Income by Source
* Education
* Public Assistance
* Foreclosures"

NEO CANDO, Northeast Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing, is a free and publicly accessible social and economic data system of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, which is housed at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work, at Case Western Reserve University. NEO CANDO allows users to access data for the entire 17 county Northeast Ohio region, or for specific neighborhoods within Cleveland.

July 09, 2010

Prof Chupp: The 2010 Regionally Speaking series focuses on the Social Justice Alliance Institute (SJA/I) at CWRU.

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The 2010 Regionally Speaking SJA/I series leaders

The 2010 Regionally Speaking series focuses on the Social Justice Alliance Institute (SJA/I) at Case Western Reserve. SJA/I is working toward equal access to opportunity for all people through understanding and addressing the root causes of social injustice while developing innovative solutions. A few blocks from Case Western Reserve is the municipality of East Cleveland. An integral part of the SJA/I is the Collaborative Research Project and its impact on the community. Campus members are invited to join in on the conversation with the SJA/I leaders, Rhonda Williams, the program's director and associate professor of history; Marilyn Sanders Mobley, vice president for inclusion, diversity and equal opportunity; and Mark Chupp, project director and assistant professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, to learn about goals and implementation plans. Regionally Speaking, a virtual symposium, is hosted by Gladys Haddad, director of the Western Reserve Studies Symposium. Listen online.

July 02, 2010

Briefly Stated: 10-01 "Service Learning in Community Development: Partnering with East Cleveland" by David G. Harris & Mark G. Chupp

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Briefly Stated no. 10-01, "Service Learning in Community Development: Partnering with East Cleveland" by David G. Harris & Mark G. Chupp has been released. Electronic copies are available here, and hard copies will be shared with partners in the community.

Summary:
Residents of East Cleveland are fighting to improve the quality of pubic education and access to vocational opportunities. “White flight,” economic disinvestment, and ineffective political leadership have led to the disadvantages faced by East Cleveland (Kathi & Cooper, 2005). Nearly 1,200 vacant structures blight their 3.1 square mile landscape. Case Western Reserve University recognizes the potential roles that they can serve in aiding neighboring East Cleveland into becoming a desirable place to call home.

Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences students joined residents and firefighters to survey every vacant property in the City. Students utilized their experiences with conducting the survey, and through additional fieldwork, recommended strategies for the impact of vacant housing on topics like workforce development, education, safe streets and neighborhoods, and the senior population.

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This research, aided in part by the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University serves as the basis for a partnership for the revitalization of East Cleveland with contributions from students, faculty, and the university who are collaborating with residents, community organizations, and the City of East Cleveland.

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July 01, 2010

NEO CANDO data used for Federal Reserve Bank "Report No. 2010-2 Foreclosures on Non-Owner-Occupied Properties in Ohio’s Cuyahoga County: Evidence from Mortgages Originated in 2005–2006"

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Richard M. Todd, Vice President of Community Affairs of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis has completed a short paper, "Report No. 2010-2 Foreclosures on Non-Owner-Occupied Properties in Ohio’s Cuyahoga County: Evidence from Mortgages Originated in 2005–2006," using data on non-owner-occupied properties in Cuyahoga County which was obtained from the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.

"Abstract: One aspect of the past decade's housing boom was an increase in mortgage borrowing by non-occupant owners of residential property. Using data on the 50 states and the District of Columbia, Breck Robinson and Richard M. Todd summarize some of the basic facts regarding home purchases and mortgage borrowing and default by non-occupants who borrowed from 2004 to 2007[in the longer national focused paper linked below].

However, partly due to data limitations, few studies have examined home buying, borrowing, and mortgage default by non-occupant owners using detailed neighborhood and demographic data, including census tract data on the race and ethnicity of the non-occupant owners who borrowed and subsequently experienced foreclosure.

I do so here, using results from loan and foreclosure data on Cuyahoga County, Ohio, that were compiled by researchers at Case Western Reserve University for loans originated in 2005–2006. I find that the incidence of non-occupant foreclosures in Cuyahoga County was very high by national standards and was even higher for loans to minority borrowers made by non-local lenders in low-cost, low-income, minority neighborhoods...."

The more complete national analysis of non-occupant mortgages and foreclosures is titled, "No. 10-11 The Role of Non-Owner-Occupied Homes in the Current Housing and Foreclosure Cycle," by Breck L. Robinson and Richard M. Todd. There, Center data was used to validate another dataset.

June 30, 2010

New report from CWRU, CSU the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, documents foreclosure crisis and community responses in Greater Cleveland

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A new report from Case Western Reserve University's Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, Cleveland State University and the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, documents the foreclosure crisis and community responses in Greater Cleveland.

The new report "Facing the Foreclosure Crisis in Greater Cleveland: What happened and How Communities Are Responding," weaves together updated research from Pathways to Foreclosure, Foreclosure and Beyond, and Beyond REO with over a dozen examples of community responses to the foreclosure crisis that range from government reform and legislation to counseling and prevention initiatives.

The report finds that in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County, subprime mortgages, in some sections of the city and suburbs, rapidly supplanted conventional loans as the primary product for home purchases and refinances. By 2005, more than 10,000 foreclosures were filed on residential properties in a single year. A growing number of properties entered prolonged periods of vacancy, stuck either in the foreclosure process or in REO—real-estate portfolios of mortgage companies and servicers.

Untended properties deteriorated and were vandalized. The value of housing stock plummeted, leading speculators to buy REO properties in some neighborhoods in bulk and for pennies on the dollar. Neighborhoods with large African-American populations were particularly hard hit by foreclosures and the negative spillover effects.

But Greater Cleveland did not sit idly by; this report also documents our response. Local governments, non-profit organizations, and community groups mobilized to educate potential home buyers, prevent foreclosures, and rehabilitate vacant properties. They have coordinated their efforts and responded strategically, using data to drive their actions. In addition, groups have worked to mediate issues on-the-ground and at the policy level, working to prevent this crisis from ever happening again.

Download the "Facing the Foreclosure Crisis in Greater Cleveland: What happened and How Communities Are Responding" report

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June 29, 2010

Poverty Center's Mike Schramm on UCSUR Radio, talking with 3 national experts about the value & use of Neighborhood Information Systems.

June 28, 2010

Cyleste Collins's research mentioned in The Plain Dealer's "Counting Cleveland's citizens"

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Professor Cyleste Collins's, Poverty Center's research was mentioned in an article about population estimates for Cleveland for the 2010 census results, in The Plain Dealer's "Counting Cleveland's citizens," by Mark Salling and Ellen Cyran

The article suggests that the population of Cleveland will not be under the 350,000 mark as some people are predicting, and gives some supporting rationale for this.

"...But where are families that lost their homes? [Cuyahoga] County records show that foreclosure filings in Cleveland are around 7,300 per year. Speculation includes that they are moving: (1) away from the city; (2) in with relatives or friends; and (3) into rental units.

Data from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey show that rental vacancy rates are down, and researchers at the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at Case Western Reserve University found evidence of doubling-up with other families. We can hope that the 2010 census will also find that population."

This research refers to the White paper and the Briefly Stated No. 09-03, April 2009 titled "Family Homelessness in Cuyahoga County" authored by Profs. Cyleste Collins, and Claudia Coulton, and by PHD candidate Seok-Joo Kim

The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development is located within the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work, at Case Western Reserve University.

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June 23, 2010

WRUW's Regionally Speaking covering the Living Through Legacies Project

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Regionally Speaking:
Every Monday at 1:30PM on WRUW-FM 91.1
June 21, 2010
Listen to this radio program online here: Coming Together through Stories

The Living Through Legacies Project brings together older citizens from McGregor Home in East Cleveland with students from Case Western Reserve University.

Generations come together and the histories of the seniors are recorded. This week Regionally Speaking's Gladys Haddad brings together the director of the program David Harris, along with a interviewer and interviewee who participated in the Living Through Legacies Project.

Director David Harris, MSSA, was a recent Community Development intern at the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development during the time he started the program, and is also a recent Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences graduate.

June 03, 2010

"Predicting what the Census will show us," The News-Herald, May 29, 2010

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Dr. Claudia Coulton, is quoted in the Lake County, News Herald article ""Predicting what the Census will show us," regarding her predictions of demographic changes that the 2010 Census results may show. The article discusses planning with Lake County Planning Commission Director Jason Boyd, and has emphasis on anticipated changes in demographics of Lake County.

In part the article states, "Claudia Coulton is co-director of Case Western Reserve University's Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development.

The organization's research and study encompasses 17 counties, including Lake and Geauga.

Coulton believes the Census data will show the region's poverty rate increased from 2000.

'But I think the geographical location of people will have shifted,' she said.

Coulton explained that many poor and middle-income families have moved from inner Cleveland to the suburbs or even out of Cuyahoga County.

Some families also may have chosen to double up with other families, she added. Read the complete article here."

For information on recent research of doubled up families in Cuyahoga County please check here: doubled up homelessness.

Claudia J. Coulton is Co-director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, the Lillian F. Harris Professor of Urban Research & Social Change, at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, at Case Western Reserve University More about Dr. Coulton's work can be obtained here.

May 26, 2010

Harlem Children's Zone in New York City offers hope in helping families heal - Plain Dealer

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An article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, discussing The Harlem Children's Zone project and Cleveland's bid for Federal Promise Neighborhood funding to replicate it, quotes David Miller Phd.

The article begins, "What can be done to help families heal and move beyond generations of broken homes, neglect and embedded poverty?

It's a tough problem to tackle -- and an expensive one.

The acclaimed Harlem Children's Zone project in New York City spends $40 million a year to wrap low-income families in a blanket of services, including day care and schools, health care, counseling and job training. During his campaign, President Barack Obama hailed the concept as the future for erasing urban poverty...." Read More.

"We need to intervene and intercept" youths before they follow the wrong role model, said David Miller, a Case Western Reserve University professor who developed an "Urban Hassles Index" to draw attention to constant stress faced by urban youths."

David B. Miller is an Associate Professor, at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, and a Faculty Associate of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, at Case Western Reserve University More about Dr. Miller's work can be obtained here.

May 25, 2010

Take a deep look at the issues that plague Cuyahoga County's Children and Family Services Department: Plain Dealer editorial

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A Plain Dealer editorial urges a deeper look at the challenges faced by the Cuyahoga County Department of Children and Family Services as "an insider panel of well-regarded experts" begins meeting to advise the county on improving child welfare practices.

A Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences Faculty member, David Crampton is chairing the committee on which this editorial comments.

The editorial states: "The chair of the current reform panel, David Crampton, an associate professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, came aboard at the invitation of Deborah Forkas, the beleaguered director of children's services. He is concerned about what he sees as a tight July deadline to identify the department's weaknesses and recommend improvements."

Dr. Crampton commented on recent child welfare-related tragic events on WCPN's Sound of Ideas, "Decreasing Child Abuse," Friday, February 26, 2010 here, and in the Plain Dealer Community cooperation, not Plain Dealer criticism, will ensure the welfare of our children — a Letter to the editor of The Plain Dealer, on March 8, 2010.

David Crampton is also a Faculty Associate of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University. More about Dr. Crampton's work can be obtained here.

May 24, 2010

Sons of Imperial Avenue victims in Cleveland vow to end cycle of neglect-Cleveland.com

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An article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, which interviews four sons of the alleged victims of Anthony Sowel, quotes David Miller Phd.

The article states, "All four say the cycle of neglect will stop with them," speaking about the neglect that each of them experienced from his parents, and of his dedication to changing that pattern.

"Out of this horrible mess and madness, these men are saying, 'We want to take what we've learned and put it to use so that our children will not have to experience anything like this,' " said David Miller, associate professor at Case Western Reserve University's Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.

They will need a lot of help to shelter their children from poverty, drugs and crime, added Miller, who believes Cleveland's leaders, especially policymakers and pastors, should work harder to regenerate families. "

David B. Miller is an Associate Professor, at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, and a Faculty Associate of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, at Case Western Reserve University More about Dr. Miller's work can be obtained here.

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May 10, 2010

New study reveals that 'family flight' is reshaping Cleveland and Northeast Ohio

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Dr. Claudia Coulton, professor and co-director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, is quoted in the Cleveland Plain Dealer article "New study reveals that 'family flight' is reshaping Cleveland and Northeast Ohio" on the problems of urban flight of households with children.

"'White flight' described the rush of white families to the suburbs in the 1960s and 1970s. By the 1980s, observers talked of "middle-class flight" to reflect black residents who had joined the tide. A new pattern may demand a new label. Research shows that an exodus of moms and dads of all races and income levels -- family flight -- is reshaping Cleveland and its region."

"This is definitely not trivial," said Dr. Coulton. "I think we're losing households with children and we're losing children, period... Both middle-class and low-income families are leaving the city. And parents tend to leave because they're trying to get a better future for their children."

Read the entire article at Cleveland.com.

May 03, 2010

Booklet for medical professionals, a practical guide to Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment

iddtmedicalprof-resources_125px.jpgA highlight from our IDDT resources & tools. This eight-page booklet is designed for medical professionals who want to improve their clinical relationships with and, thus, outcomes for people with co-occurring severe mental illness and substance use disorders. It is written for psychiatrists, physicians of internal medicine and family practice, nurses, and other physicians who provide treatment to this population (e.g., obstetrics and gynecology, neurology). The booklet is a quick introduction to the principles and practices of IDDT. It includes recommendations for prescribing medications for both disorders. Printed copies and a free PDF are available.

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April 27, 2010

Neighborhoods Matter in Shaping Lives, Researcher Says

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Having grown up in poverty and lived in substandard housing has brought sensitivity to Anna Maria Santiago's social work research about how people live and how place affects their lives.

The Case Western Reserve University campus recently met Santiago, the inaugural holder of the Leona Bevis & Marguerite Haynam Professorship in Community Development at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, during a special reception.

Currently on the faculty at Wayne State University, Santiago will officially start at CWRU on July 1. Her arrival will build on the social work school's strength in neighborhood research by faculty members Mark Chupp, Claudia Coulton, Rob Fischer, Mark Joseph, Sharon Milligan and others from the Center on Poverty and Community Development.

"Place matters," Santiago says. "Where one lives has a tremendous influence on the resources available to the individual."

It's a finding emerging from her research with hundreds of families in public housing and who are raising thousands of children in Denver.

Schools, grocery stores, police protection, medical facilities and libraries are the kinds of resources not equally distributed among neighborhoods, Santiago said.

It was those kinds of resources—and in particular access to training in music and the arts in Milwaukee with progressive social services and neighborhood programs—and her mother's value of education, Santiago attributes to her success.

"I would not be where I am today," she said, noting that the opportunity to master the oboe earned her a college scholarship to the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. She later changed her major to geography in the social sciences, with a specialization in the Caribbean and Latin America.

After working as a social worker in her old neighborhood in Milwaukee, she went on to earn a PhD in urban social institutions from UW Milwaukee.

Santiago is the lead investigator on two major projects that involve families and children from the Denver Housing Authority: "Not Just Buying a Home: The Effects of Participation in Homeownership Programs On Building Human, Financial and Social Capital Assets of Subsidized Housing Residents and their Children," funded by The Ford Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; and "Magnitudes and Mechanisms of Neighborhood Impacts on Children: Analyzing a Natural Experiment in Denver," supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

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April 25, 2010

Recovery stories highlight challenges, triumphs, positive outcomes of personal journies, evidence-based practices

RecoveryStories_125p.jpgWe've added a new "Recovery Stories" section on the web site of the Mandel School's Center for Evidence-Based Practices. This evolving collection of stories highlights the positive outcomes of evidence-based practices (EBPs) and other services for people diagnosed with mental illness or co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders. The stories are told by consumers, family members, and other supporters of recovery, such as employers and direct-service providers. They discuss openly the challenges and triumphs of recovery, as well as insights gained along the way. We encourage you to share these story widely.

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April 08, 2010

Continuing-education workshops at Mandel School explore supervision, trauma, addiction, mental health, much more

ContinuingEducation_125px.jpgAre you looking to expand your knowledge and skills and earn some continuing-education credits? The Office of Professional Development and Continuing Education at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences (school of social work) at Case Western Reserve University sponsors a vareity of workshops. We've included a sample of a few that they thought might be of interest to you. The Center for Evidence-Based Practices (CEBP) is an initiative of the Mandel School and the Department of Psychiatry at the Case School of Medicine.

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April 06, 2010

MSASS Professor a leader in conflict mediation

wallacegingerich3.jpg The next University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) session will focus on "Faculty Mediation." Wallace J. Gingerich, a professor in the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, will describe the new conflict and mediation program for faculty members.

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March 30, 2010

Medical professionals to get practical strategies for supporting tobacco recovery among people with mental illess, substance use disorders

womandoctor_125px.jpgA free video-conference training event for psychiatrists, primary-care physicians, other physicians, and nurses will take place on Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at multiple sites throughout Ohio. Learn how to advance tobacco cessation and recovery in primary-healthcare and behavioral-healthcare settings for people diagnosed with mental illness and/or substance use disorders. People with severe mental illness are among the heaviest users of tobacco. Learn different treatment approaches to help consumers improve their health and well-being. A special emphasis will be placed upon pharmacological interventions. Social workers, counselors, and addictions counselors are encourage to attend.


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March 25, 2010

NEO CANDO Updates: Social and Economic Data

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In this Update:

  • New and Updated Geographies
  • 2009 Quarter 4 USPS Vacancy Data
  • January 2010 Public Assistance Data

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  • March 24, 2010

    Poverty Center helps with baseline research in Case Connection Zone pilot research project

    Internet Coverage Map for Area Around Case Western

    Case Western Reserve Project Aims to Provide Thousands with Broadband Access

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    The Federal Communications Commission’s new National Broadband Plan calls for connecting more Americans to broadband Internet access as a way of improving U.S. society and transforming industry.

    Case Western Reserve University is already doing its part to help a major segment of the Cleveland population through its new Case Connection Zone pilot research project, designed to provide broadband access to local residents and Case Western Reserve students who call the neighborhoods surrounding campus home.

    The project, announced late last fall, is moving full speed ahead with dozens of neighborhood residents now signed up for the pilot phase.

    Research from the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences suggests that a large number of households in communities surrounding the university do not have Internet access. The Case Connection Zone pilot project aims to close the gap.

    The project is more than just an opportunity for residents to log onto the Internet for leisure. According to Case Western Reserve officials leading the initiative, the program has software in place to meet specific metrics and goals such as contributing to neighborhood and public safety; increasing completion rates of high school Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) subjects; monitoring and identifying chronic health conditions for increases in wellness education; and increasing knowledge of and participation in household and neighborhood energy education and management.

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    March 16, 2010

    Tobacco-prevention advocacy set for March 17 to preserve funding for Ohio’s cessation programs, including those for people with severe mental illness

    ManSmoking6182374_125p.jpgThe Center for EBPs is participating in "Investing in Tobacco-Free Youth Advocacy Day 2010" on Wednesday, March 17 at the Riffe Center in Columbus. The event is designed to convince policymakers in Ohio to preserve funding for all tobacco-prevention and cessation initiatives in the state, including TRAC, a tobacco-recovery model designed by the Center for people with severe mental illness and/or substance use disorders. Funding for Ohio's tobacco-control programs is scheduled to end on June 30. Tobacco-prevention advocates are pushing for a tax correction on non-cigarette forms of tobacco as a source of funding for cessation programs.

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    March 15, 2010

    Prof. Coulton: Housingpolicy.org's Podcast "Neighborhood Stabilization" is Re-released

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    Housingpolicy.org has re-released the Podcast "Neighborhood Stabilization" featuring Prof Claudia Coulton, Originally Released in December 2008.

    In this month's podcast," Housingpolicy.org hears from Claudia Coulton, Professor and Co-Director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development operates a comprehensive database, North East Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing (NEO CANDO), providing public access to neighborhood indicators and property information for the entire region. In this podcast, Coulton discusses how the data collected through NEO CANDO are helping to shape foreclosure prevention and intervention policies in Cleveland.

    This podcast is available through iTunes here.

    The Center changed its name from the Center on Urban Poverty and Social Change in September of 2006, but the podcast's official naming and summary on iTunes, and HousingPolicy.org use the previous name. The above summary closely paraphrases this description.

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    March 12, 2010

    Poverty Center in Sun News: 2010 Census count can mean millions in funding for Lakewood

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    2010 Census count can mean millions in funding for Lakewood
    By Kate Spirgen, Sun News

    "LAKEWOOD - Census forms are beginning to appear in mailboxes all over the country, waiting for residents to answer 10 questions that can mean millions of dollars for the city. The 2010 survey will determine funding for some of Lakewood’s most vital services such as street repairs, human services, student programming and emergency assistance to those in need.

    With a population of more than 50,000, Lakewood qualifies for Community Block Development Grants, Title 1 school funds and entitlement status from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. However, that income could disappear in the next few years as the city’s population falls.

    Case Western Reserve University’s Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development estimates that the city’s total population was 50,704 in 2008, down about 6,000 since the 2000 census."

    The complete article can be read here.

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    March 08, 2010

    Prof. Crampton: "Community cooperation, not Plain Dealer criticism, will ensure the welfare of our children," March 08, 2010


    Community cooperation, not Plain Dealer criticism, will ensure the welfare of our children — a Letter to the editor of
    The Plain Dealer, on March 8, 2010.

    David Crampton, associate professor of social work at Case Western Reserve University's Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, and Faculty Associate of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, writes a letter to the editor of the Plain Dealer about newspaper coverage focusing on recent child neglect cases.

    March 05, 2010

    Mark Joseph on CBC Radio: "Learning From Mixed Income Housing Projects In The States"

    Prof. Mark Joseph, Faculty Associate of the Center for Urban Poverty and Community Development, and Assistant Professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University was interviewed by Steven Webb for the show Information Saint John on Radio One, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

    The broadcast titled, "Learning From Mixed Income Housing Projects In The States" aired on March 4th, and the podcast can be found here. The program draws on Prof. Joseph's five-year research on residents of mixed income housing developments in Chicago, Illinois, and applies it to possible mixed-income projects in Saint John's Crescent Valley.

    March 04, 2010

    Research To Practice Seminar Series: “The Data Difference – Using Evaluation Research to Inform Policy and Practice in Early Childhood” - March 4th, 2010


    The inaugural Research To Practice Seminar Series titled, “The Data Difference – Using Evaluation Research to Inform Policy and Practice in Early Childhood” - was held on March 4th, 2010 at the Mandel Center for Non-Profit Organizations Co-Sponsored by the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences Office of Research & Training, the MSASS Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, & the Schubert Center for Child Studies.

    The Panelists were:
    Claudia Coulton, Ph.D., Lillian Harris Professor and Co-Director, Center on Urban Poverty & Community Development, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

    Rob Fischer, Ph.D., Research Associate Professor and Co-Director, Center on Urban Poverty & Community Development, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

    Rebekah Dorman, Ph.D., Director, Office of Early Childhood/Invest in Children, Cuyahoga County

    Robert Staib, MSSA, Associate Director, Office of Early hildhood/Invest in Children, Cuyahoga County

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    March 03, 2010

    Lung Association advocate Shelly Kiser shares story of Allena, whose recovery from mental illness was cut short by smoking, cancer

    ShellyKeiser_125px.jpgSometimes it takes a personal tragedy to inspire the kind of advocacy that is necessary for significant, widespread change. This is one reason why Shelly Kiser is so passionate about efforts in Ohio to bring tobacco-recovery and cessation services to people with severe mental illness. Her sister-in-law, Allena, who lived with schizophrenia, died of cancer at age 43. She had smoked cigarettes most of her life. Kiser is a member of the advisory committee for the Center for EBPs' "Tobacco: Recovery Across the Continuum" (TRAC) initiative, a service model for people with severe mental illness and/or substance use disorders.

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    March 02, 2010

    Prof. Crampton: on WCPN "Decreasing Child Abuse" on February 26, 2010

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    Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development Faculty Associate, and Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences Associate Professor David Crampton participated in a panel discussion of ways to prevent child abuse.

    The Sound of Ideas® "Decreasing Child Abuse" for Friday, February 26, 2010

    The brief description of the subject mater was described on the website as, "The arrest of two local mothers for allegedly murdering their young children raises the question: Is enough being done to prevent child abuse?"

    Professor Crampton emphasized the importance of prevention efforts such as Cuyahoga County's Invest in Children Initiative Once families do become involved in child welfare services, Professor Crampton suggested there is a need for community support as well as government support.

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    February 26, 2010

    Prof. Collins on WCPN, Doubled-Up in Northeast Ohio Friday, February 26, 2010

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    A WCPN radio article Doubled-Up in Northeast Ohio, on Friday, February 26, 2010, cites part of a longer interview with Prof. Cyleste Collins of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development regarding the number of doubled-up homeless families in Cuyahoga County.

    This article, in part refers to her white paper on the topic and its policy brief summary, "Briefly Stated No. 09-03, Family Homelessness in Cuyahoga County" which was released in July of 2009. A brief description of this work can be found here.

    A brief radio article, also on WCPN, referencing this white paper was previously released and can be read or heard here.

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    February 10, 2010

    CUPCD: "Cleveland sees big drop in foreclosure filings" in the SUN POST-HERALD

    Cleveland sees big drop in foreclosure filings By Ken Prendergast February 05, 2010, 6:22PM

    "CLEVELAND While the number of property foreclosure filings increased in Cuyahoga County last year, they fell dramatically in one city.

    Cleveland saw its foreclosure filings drop nearly 20 percent in 2009, according to data compiled by Case Western Reserve University’s Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development.

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    February 10, 2010

    NEOCANDO: "OPPORTUNITY OR OPPORTUNISM?" in Cleveland Scene

    An article in the Cleveland Scene:

    OPPORTUNITY OR OPPORTUNISM: East-side residents wary of "Opportunity Corridor" proposal by DAMIAN GUEVARA

    This article uses census figures from NEO CANDO for context about about a neighborhood through which the proposed "Opportunity Corridor" road would, "connect the end of interstates 77 and 490 (at East 55th Street) to East 105th Street and the University Circle district."

    The article start, "Opportunity fled Emma Barnes' Kinsman neighborhood decades ago, along with the white people who flew to the suburbs and the industry that closed up shop (but conveniently forgot to take its toxic waste). Kinsman earned the bleak tag of "Forgotten Triangle." Barnes, 79, has lived among the neglect all her life, but local government and big business want to assure her that prosperity is on the way."

    Read the full article here.

    February 05, 2010

    NEOCANDO: Lorain Co. Sees Foreclosures Spike

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    The Associate Director for Community Information at the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, Michael Schramm, was quoted on WCPN's article, "Lorain Co. Sees Foreclosures Spike."

    In Summary the article says, "Lorain County officials this week reported a record high number of mortgage foreclosure filings in 2009, following a pattern being seen regionally. ideastream®'s Rick Jackson looks at the meaning behind the increases.

    Lorain County saw mortgage foreclosure filings jump 30 percent in 2009 over 2008 - more percentage-wise than in Cuyahoga County, where filings were up 20 percent."

    The article can be heard or viewed here.

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    February 03, 2010

    East Cleveland and Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences community development partnership featured on Case Youtube

    A short video about the East Cleveland Partnership initiated by the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is featured in this Case Youtube video with MSASS Professor Mark Chupp, an advocate for university-community partnerships for neighborhood revitalization. Michelle Felder, an East Cleveland resident, is also featured.

    "East Cleveland is not a dying city. There are people here who are committed in the long term to making this a great place. Our students and we, as faculty, designed a survey project to survey every vacant property in the city of East Cleveland. The goal was to determine which houses are suitable for rehab and which houses need to be demolished, because federal funds are designated for demolition and rehab. One of the things that I believe is possible through this East Cleveland Community Partnership is really the revitalization of East Cleveland so that it becomes a destination for people wanting to work in East Cleveland but it also becomes a safer, revitalized place for people who live here." said Professor Chupp.

    The students' data has been collated, matched and mapped down to a parcel level through the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development using GIS mapping techniques. This survey data and the maps generated have been presented to the City to help inform the discussion between the administration and the citizens for planning the use of the federal stimulus funding.

    "I love the neighborhood. I love the community...Its a community of people who work, who love their neighborhood....If you look down most of the streets its a beautiful place," said Michelle Felder.

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    February 01, 2010

    Plain Dealer: New foreclosure filings in Cuyahoga County remain high and advance in the suburbs


    A front page Plain Dealer article cites the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development's NEO CANDO economic, social, and properties indicators database's numbers regarding the foreclosures in Cuyahoga County in the last four years:2006-2009.

    "Foreclosure filings clobbered Cuyahoga County again in 2009, and the economic misery is spreading deeper into the suburbs.... The county saw nearly 14,800 new foreclosure filings last year -- a number virtually unchanged from 2008."

    "'If this is the new norm, it's all bad news,' said Cuyahoga County Treasurer Jim Rokakis....And he takes no solace from the fact that total filings last year were almost unchanged from the year before. 'Flat at such a really high number . . .I still think speaks to an almost cataclysmic state of affairs,' Rokakis said."

    The article brings attention to the movement of the foreclosure problem from the city of Cleveland proper out to the suburbs even though the relative numbers for the whole of Cuyahoga County have remained steady.

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    February 01, 2010

    WCPN: Owner of Exploded House on W. 83rd Lives in California

    "The residents of West 83rd street were shaken from their daily routines last Monday when an abandoned house on their street exploded, leaving 6 families homeless and 57 other buildings badly damaged. As it turns out, the owner of the house --- a real estate company --- is based hundreds of miles away in California, barely aware of what’s happening to the Cleveland property. ideastream®’s Ida Lieszkovszky has this update."

    An interview with the Cuyahoga County Treasurer, Jim Rokakis regarding the absentee owner of the house that exploded on West 83rd street, cites The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development's studies and NEO CANDO neighborhood and property database, as well as Neighborhood Progress Incorporated's data:


    "Rokakis: There are dozens of companies like EZ Access. We estimate, and these are studies done by the folks and NEO CANDO and NPI that at least 80 % of properties that have been foreclosed, we’re talking thousands, have already been dumped by the major players to companies that buy these props in bulk."

    The full article can be read or heard here.

    January 29, 2010

    Cleaning Up After the Foreclosure Tsunami: Tackling Bank Walk-Aways and Vulture Investors

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    "Cleaning Up After the Foreclosure Tsunami: Tackling Bank Walk-Aways and Vulture Investors," is an article in the Fall/Winter 2009 issue of Shelterforce, a magazine published by the National Housing Institute.

    In the article cites The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development's publicly accessible 'NEO CANDO' property data system and its working partnerships with the Cleveland Housing Court, The Cleveland Housing Network, and The County Land Re-utilization Corporation as among Cleveland's innovative, "tools and programs for responsible management and redevelopment of abandoned and foreclosed property."

    The full article can be read here.

    A scan of the article with photographs can be viewed using the link on this web page.

    This article was written by Frank Ford, Senior Vice President for Research & Development of Neighborhood Progress Inc., a funder and partner of the Center.

    January 29, 2010

    NEO CANDO: "South Euclid offers warning about home foreclosure issues"

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    "South Euclid offers warning about home foreclosure issues" By Jeff Piorkowski

    A South Euclid Sun Messenger Article speaks with South Euclid Housing Manager Sally Martin, and cites the City's use of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development's NEO CANDO social, economic and neighborhood data to alert home-owners with a high potential of foreclosure as an early warning system so that they may act to avoid foreclosure.

    The article states, "Last fall, the city sent letters to 750 homeowners with adjustable rate mortgages and who could be in danger of foreclosure this year.

    The letters, which urged that homeowners take the proper steps to save their homes, were sent after the city received information on housing projections from NEO CANDO —the Northeast Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing, a research institute housed at Case Western Reserve University. That information told of homeowners in possible danger of foreclosure."

    In the article, Martin suggests that homeowners contact ESOP(Empowering and Strengthening Ohio’s People) for counseling and help.

    The Center recommends contacting United Way of Greater Cleveland's First Call for Help at phone number 211, for HUD licensed counselors- who will work with a homeowner to assess the specific situation and who may also refer a caller to ESOP while helping to create a plan of action.

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    January 24, 2010

    Claudia Coulton authors report on resident perceptions of their neighborhoods for Annie E. Casey's Making Connections


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    Finding Place in Making Connections Communities: Applying GIS to Residents’ Perceptions of Their Neighborhoods
    By Claudia J. Coulton, Tsui Chan, And Kristen Mikelbank, January 2010

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    ABSTRACT
    The growing recognition that place matters has led to numerous foundation- and government-sponsored initiatives that address the needs of disadvantaged neighborhoods and families in tandem. Fundamental to these people-based and place-based strategies is the assumption that residents are both the beneficiaries and the cocreators of improvements in their neighborhoods and the systems that serve them. However, despite the centrality of place in these community initiatives, defining neighborhoods as they are experienced by residents has proven challenging. This paper demonstrates how a household survey can be used to ascertain residents’ views of the place they refer to as their neighborhood. The study uses data from the Making Connections (MC) target areas in 10 cities. A representative sample of households were asked the name of their neighborhoods and instructed on how to draw maps of their neighborhoods as they viewed them. GIS tools were used to uncover spaces within the MC target areas that residents included in their definitions of neighborhood as well as spaces that seemed to fall outside their collective definitions. The study revealed several overlapping areas that constituted resident-defined neighborhoods within most Making Connections target areas. The paper discusses the implications of this diversity of resident neighborhood perceptions for community change initiatives.

    This research is part of the work that the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development participates in for the Annie Casey Foundation's Making Connections Initiative.

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    January 22, 2010

    University of Buffalo, Living Proof Podcast Episode 37 - Dr. Claudia Coulton - Location, Location, Location: Using Technology to Address Social Problems in Context

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    Living Proof is the podcast series of the University at Buffalo School of Social Work. The purpose of this series is to engage practitioners and researchers in lifelong learning and to promote research to practice, practice to research.

    Prof. Claudia Coulton, Co-Director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, was interviewed for episode number 37 of the podcast series, during which she discussed: the importance of context for child and family well-being, how social work practitioners, researchers, and students can use technology such as geographic information systems (GIS) and other analytic tools to understand social problems, improve service delivery, promote community and social development, to better understand and address place-based disparities.

    To see GIS mapping of social well-being indicators being used for these purposes, see the Center's Northeast Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing data base website. NEO CANDO, is a free and publicly accessible social and economic data system

    January 17, 2010

    "13 neighbourhoods in need," Toronto about to launch a neighborhood based NEO CANDO-like information system.

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    The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development's Associate Director for Community Information, Mike Schramm, was quoted in the Toronto Star's article, "13 neighbourhoods in need: It has been four years since the launch of an ambitious campaign to lift up Toronto's 13 most troubled neighbourhoods. Millions of dollars later, it's not clear what that effort has achieved. How does a city measure hope?" About a free, online, neighborhood-indicator database. This system will not only be used to track changes and to award millions of dollars in grants, but can be used by activists and non-profits, similar to the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences's own NEO CANDO system, here at Case Western Reserve University.

    "Information in the hands of people can be very powerful," said Mike Schramm, of Neocando, an online database of neighbourhood [sic] indicators developed by the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

    "But you have to have data that deals with neighbourhoods and you have to be in the business of democratizing information ... really getting it into the hands of those people who can actually act to make a change, from the mayor to the head of a non-profit that does community development, to a councillor for a ward."

    January 17, 2010

    Change How Kids Learn, Change the Future - Invest in Children and Prof Rob Fischer in Plain Dealer

    Professor Robert L. Fischer is quoted in The Plain Dealer article, "Change How Kids Learn, Change the Future" by Brett Larkin.

    The article is about Cuyahoga County's Universal Pre-Kindergarten Pilot administered by Invest in Children , a public-private partnership focused on young children and their families. Cuyahoga County is assisted by Starting Point, a nonprofit specializing in child care. Case Western Reserve University's Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development is the project evaluator. The numbers regarding the improvements of children assisted by the program come from the program evaluations, run by the Center.

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    December 31, 2009

    Conference 2010 update: Become a workshop presenter, submit your abstract by February 15

    CallForAbstractsBlack_125p.jpgThe Mandel School's Center for Evidence-Based Practices is currently accepting abstracts for workshops from potential presenters for its Conference 2010, "Sustaining Evidence-Based Practices: The Next 10 Years," which will take place at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio on October 12, 13 & 14. Workshops will focus on topics that enhance the delivery of evidence-based practices (EBPs) and emerging best practices for adults diagnosed with mental illness or co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders.

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    December 29, 2009

    Cuyahoga County 2009 Child Well-Being & Tracking Update

    Many of the child indicators continue to show positive trends but some are mixed or their interpretation continues to be unclear. With respect to early care and education, after initial increases, families continue to avail themselves of the increased supply of regulated child care and use child care subsidies at a constant rate. Children’s access to medical care has improved and the receipt of prenatal care by pregnant women had also improved for a number of years. Rates of child maltreatment, which rose during the first four years of IIC, showed a significant drop in the 2003 to 2006 period. However, newly developed related indicators (children the subject of an abuse/neglect report; cases referred to ongoing services), suggest that the level of risk for these children remains steady. The persistence of high rates of low birth weight births, supports IIC strategies in the arena of prenatal services.

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    December 22, 2009

    Mandel Student Provides a Gift of Memories

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    Mandel Student Provides a Gift of Memories

    Keepsake books will appear as holiday gifts for 10 senior citizens in Wadsworth, Ohio. The gift is one filled with their memories, which for some is a way to preserve their past before it is lost to the ills of aging.

    David Harris, a graduate student at Case Western Reserve University's Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, and a Master Student field placed with the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, and his longtime friend Joey Hanna from Wadsworth created The Living through Legacies Project with the Wadsworth Center for Older Adults, which allows for the creation of personal, timeless memoirs.


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    November 30, 2009

    Trends in Home Purchase Loans


    Behind the Numbers report shows much lower home purchase lending levels in 2008

    The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development's November 2009 Behind the Numbers takes a closer look at trends in ‘home purchase loan’ originations in Cuyahoga County and the City of Cleveland through the period 1995-2008.

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    November 30, 2009

    NEO CANDO Updates: Social and Economic Data

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    In this Update:

  • 2008 HMDA Data
  • 2009 Quarter 3 USPS Vacancy Data
  • 2008 Property Data
  • 2008-2009 CMSD Proficiency Test Data
  • October 2009 Public Assistance Data


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  • November 19, 2009

    Inform, Influence, Impact: The Role of Research in Supporting a Community's Commitment to its Children, November 2009

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    All too often research is conducted in a way that is disconnected from the reality of life in communities, with findings often having little relevance to real-world program and policy decisions. With this publication, the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development highlights an example of how research and evaluation data have been effectively used over time in a major community initiative in the Cleveland region.

    Drawing on a decade of transformative research done in partnership with Cuyahoga County's Office of Early Childhood/Invest in Children and its public/private set of collaborators, the report describes the experiences of this community initiative and concrete examples of how data have been used to inform practice and policy.

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    November 03, 2009

    Ohio providers develop action plans for stage-based tobacco intervention for people with mental illness and substance use disorders

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    Representatives from nine community-based organizations and a state psychiatric hospital in Ohio attended a one-day training for “Tobacco: Recovery Across the Continuum (TRAC)”, a stage-based motivational service model that helps people diagnosed with mental illness and/or substance use disorders reduce and eventually eliminate the use of tobacco products. The event provided practical information and useful strategies for implementing TRAC services and featured Carlo DiClemente and other presenters from the Mandel School's Center for Evidence-Based Practices.

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    November 02, 2009

    A brief TRAC consult regarding e-cigarettes, electronic nicotine delivery systems

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    The topic of e-cigarettes came up at a recent TRAC Program Leader Training, held in Cleveland on October 1st, so the "Tobacco: Recovery Across the Continuum (TRAC)" intitiative at the Center for Evidence-Based Practices (CEBP) at Case Western Reserve University presents a summary regarding what is known to date about electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), what are commonly called "e-cigarettes."

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    October 13, 2009

    Conference 2010 to celebrate ten years of EBPs in Ohio, combine annual SAMI-IDDT & SE events, as well as tobacco

    Conference2010full_125p.jpgSave these dates! The Center for Evidence-Based Practices (CEBP) at Case Western Reserve University will host its next conference October 12, 13, and 14, 2010. The event, titled "Sustaining Evidence-Based Practices: The Next Ten Years", will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the State of Ohio's success with implementing EBPs for people diagnosed with mental illness. The event will highlight national EBP research and lessons-learned from EBP initiatives in Ohio and other states. The Center for EBPs is a partnership of the Mandel School and the Dept. of Psychiatry.

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    October 12, 2009

    New Thinking About Poverty

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    New Thinking About Poverty in a Shrinking City: a presentation by Claudia Coulton, Co-Director, Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, September 2009.

    Cleveland has lost more population and housing in the past 5 years than previous trends would have suggested. Yet it continues to be one of the poorest cities in America. This presentation documents the shifts in demographics and an economic downturn that suggest the need for new thinking about how to address poverty in a shrinking city.

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    October 12, 2009

    A Plain Dealer Article by Brent Larkin Quotes Center Co-director Rob Fischer Regarding Investment in Early Childhood in Cuyahoga County.

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    A Plain Dealer article by Brent Larkin, "Focus public investment on early-childhood intervention," on October 11, 2009, quotes Center Co-director Rob Fischer regarding Investment in Early Childhood in Cuyahoga County.

    The articles main point can be summed up by this quote from the article from Arthur Rolnick and Rob Grunewald, officials at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis:

    "We're quite certain that investing in early childhood education is more likely to create a vibrant economy that [sic] using public funds to lure a sports team by building a new stadium or attracting an automaker by providing tax breaks," Rolnick and Grunewald wrote in 2007. "The return on early childhood development programs that focus on at-risk families far exceeds the return on other projects that are funded as economic development."

    The full article can be seen here.

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    October 09, 2009

    Ohio Supported Employment conference 2009 retrospective

    PresenterPodium4163145_125px.jpgThe Annual Ohio Supported Employment (SE) Conference 2009, entitled "Recovery Is Working," attracted some 200 people from around the country to Columbus in March. Participants learned about the most recent outcomes from national studies of the evidence-based SE model and forged professional relationships, sharing consumer-success stories and lessons-learned stories from implementation of SE. Listen to and read about presentations and conversations in this retrospective of the event.

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    October 08, 2009

    SE pioneer Gary Bond provides an update on research, evidence for supported employment

    GaryBond2009_125p.jpgGary Bond, PhD, digs into the researech evidence and explains why Supported Employment (SE) is one of the most sought-after service models for people diagnosed with schizophrenia and other severe mental illnesses. He also foreshadows the coming of two emerging best practices—cognitive rehabilitation and supported education—which will likely augment SE and enhance consumer outcomes.

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    October 07, 2009

    Consultant and author Philip Devol helps people understand the psycho-social dimensions of poverty

    PhilDevol_125px.jpgPhilip Devol wants everyone to know that if you are going to help people get out of poverty, you must include representatives from all economic classes—the wealthy, the middle class, and the poor—in the process of planning and implementing services. Each has mental models (perspectives and experiences) that contain knowledge to shape useful solutions.

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    October 06, 2009

    Michele Robinson helps young woman with co-occurring disorders re-enter community after prison by providing

    MichelleRobinson.jpgMichele Robinson is an employment specialist embedded in an Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT) team, which serves people diagnosed with co-occurring severe mental and substance use disorders. She shares a story about a woman in her twenties who started her teen years and adult life with the odds stacked against her.

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    October 05, 2009

    Social Work Students Conduct Housing Survey in East Cleveland

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    First year students Susan Ross and Jeong Woo Lee help survey vacant homes and lots in the City of East Cleveland, for their Macro and Policy Skills course. The students, accompanied by East Cleveland residents, surveyed the vacant properties and the results are helping city officials prioritize which buildings should be demolished. The students’ project helped the City of East Cleveland secure $2.2 million in federal funds from the Neighborhood Stabilization Program.

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    September 22, 2009

    NEO CANDO Updates: Social and Economic Data

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    In this Update:

  • 2008 Juvenile Delinquency Data

  • July 2009 Public Assistance Data
  • 2008 Crime Data
  • 2008-2009 CMSD Enrollment and Attendance Data
  • 2007 Business Patterns Data

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  • August 24, 2009

    NEO CANDO Update: Social and Economic Data

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    In this Update:

  • 2006-2009 Foreclosure filings
  • 2006-2009 Foreclosure filings (quarterly data)
  • 2006-2009 Foreclosure filings (cumulative data)
  • 2000-2009 Sheriff’s sales
  • 2000-2009 Sheriff’s sales (quarterly data)


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  • August 03, 2009

    NEO CANDO Updates: Social and Economic Data

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    In this Update:

  • 2008 Population Estimates
  • 2009 Quarter 2 USPS Vacancy Data

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  • August 01, 2009

    7 Core principles of supported employment, the evidence-based practice

    7CoreGold_125p.jpgSupported Employment (SE), the evidence-based practice, helps people diagnosed with severe mental illness or co-occurring severe mental illness and substance use disorders find competitive jobs of their choice in local communities with rapid job-search and placement services. There are seven core principles that make the evidence-based SE model different from traditional vocational programs.

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    July 25, 2009

    Limitations and Lessons in Place-Based Community Development: The CDC Movement in the US

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    Prof. Mark Chupp and Doctoral candidate Diwakar Vadapalli, will present "Limitations and Lessons in Place-Based Community Development: The CDC Movement in the US" in Monterrey, Mexico at the 16th, International Consortium for Social Development Symposium.

    Abstract:
    Community Development Corporations (CDCs) in the US are a vital organizational mechanism for revitalization of disadvantaged communities. throughout their evolution in history, CDCs followed the dominant framrwork of "place-based community development'.

    This study examines the diverse roles of CDC's in community revitalization in the Cleveland metropolitan area, their limitations in addressing challenges that result in part from larger state and federal policies in spite of their adoption of sophisticated and modern organizational mechanisms and techniques.

    Recommendations include: 1) adopting a broader social development framework for building community capitals and 2) adopting a flexible unit of analysis that can be applied beyond the confines of a "place-based community'. Community-based organization in other countries, as they design their strategies for revitalization or development, can draw lessons from the experience of CDC's from a major American city.

    July 21, 2009

    Facing the mortgage crisis: What Detroit can learn from Cleveland

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    Michigan Radio, July 20, 2009

    The City of Cleveland has a goal of rehabbing 150 vacant homes, demolishing 300, and preventing another 300 homes from going into foreclosure. It's all part of a program called Opportunity Homes. The program relies on data from Mike Schramm and the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at Case Western Reserve University.

    Read or listen to the WUOM 91.7, Ann Arbor, Michingan NPR affiliate interview here.


    July 17, 2009

    Berea Children's Home and Family Services highlights Poverty Center in newsletter.

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    The Berea Children's Home and Family Services's Summer 2009 newsletter, Seeds of Hope, highlights The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development in the question-and-answer article, "Understanding Poverty: What Can Be Done To Help Children and Families?"

    The Berea Children's Home and Family Services's site can be found here.

    The Summer 2009 issue of the Seeds of Hope newsletter can be found here.

    The Article with the Poverty Center starts on page 6 of the PDF version.

    July 13, 2009

    John Taylor, from The ‘Urban Observatory’ from Indonesia meeting with Poverty Center

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    John Taylor, an urban planner from Indonesia, and José "Zay" Marcelo Zacchi, Executive Director of Overmundo Institute and a founder and a member of the Brazilian Public Security Forum Board of Directors, visited the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development.

    Mr. Taylor is currently involved in facilitating data-driven decision-making in urban areas of Indonesia. Building bridges between policy establishment, political decision makers, and the population impacted by those decisions is at the core of Mr. Taylor efforts. The ‘Urban Observatory’, as he called it, will be a place to collect data from various sources and disseminate it in multiple formats such as tables and maps.

    Mr. Taylor and Mr. Zacchi were at the Center for a three day exchange of ideas on democratizing data and assisting in local policy making. A video of their impressions of the Center and its work will be part of a documentary film that Mr. Taylor will be using to advocate for data-driven decision-making in Indonesia.

    An overview of Mr. Taylor's presentation can be viewed, here. His bio can be found, on page ten, here.


    July 07, 2009

    Briefly Stated No. 09-03, April 2009

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    Family Homelessness in Cuyahoga County

    A new Briefly Stated number 09-03, titled "Family Homelessness in Cuyahoga County" has been released. It summarizes research in a white paper by the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development regarding an analysis of the number of homeless families and "doubled up" families in Cuyahoga County.

    The Briefly stated can be read or downloaded here.

    The White paper, also titled "Family Homelessness in Cuyahoga County," can be read or downloaded here.

    A brief radio article, on NPR affiliate WCPN, referencing this paper can be read or heard here.

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    May 08, 2009

    NEO CANDO Updates: Social and Economic Data

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    In this Update:

  • New HMDA Indicators


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  • April 27, 2009

    New printed newsletter from the Center for EBPs at Case

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    We recently mailed the first issue of our new printed newsletter, "Evidence Matters." A free PDF is available from our web site. Please distribute it to anyone who is interested in enhancing services for people diagnosed with severe mental illness. We've retired our "SAMI Matters" newsletter. The Fall 2008 issue was the last. Find out why. Get back issues from this web page. Use them to educate staff and stakeholders. . . . The Center for EBPs is a partnership between the Mandel School and the Department of Psychiatry at the Case School of Medicine.

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    April 26, 2009

    The Impact of Supported Employment for Consumers with Co-Occurring Mental and Substance Use Disorders

    ResearchStudyImage_125px.jpgThe primary purpose of this study was to improve our understanding of who gets referred to evidence-based Supported Employment (SE) services and what characteristics predict entry into competitive employment for adult consumers diagnosed with co-occurring mental and substance use disorders. This report includes some tips for policy and practice. . . . The Center for EBPs at Case is a partnership between the Mandel School and the Department of Psychiatry at the Case School of Medicine.

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    April 26, 2009

    A "Work Is Recovery" consumer success story

    AkronMap_125px.jpgJohn Moneypenny is Assistant Director of the Choices Community Social Center in Akron, Ohio, a gathering place that provides a social, recreational, and educational outlet for adults recovering from mental illness in the surrounding Summit County area. He recounts his recovery story, so it might be shared as a source of inspiration for others. . . . Listen to and download free ".mp3" audio files. . . . Choices is a community partner of the Center for EBPs at Case, which is a partnership between the Mandel School and the Department of Psychiatry at the Case School of Medicine.

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    April 03, 2009

    Event Title: The Impact of Housing on Financial Markets and Urban Families Primary Speaker: Marc A. Stefanski Event Date: April 3, 2009

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    You are invited to watch a video on the university's YouTube channel featuring Marc A. Stefanski and Sharon Milligan on "The Impact of Housing on Financial Markets and Urban Families."

    Stefanski is the chairman and CEO of Third Federal Savings and Loan; Milligan is associate dean for academic affairs at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, and Associate Director for Outreach and Education at the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development.

    The discussion—which took place during spring semester—was sponsored by the Office of the President, Case Western Reserve University.

    To view this video please click here.

    February 19, 2009

    NEO CANDO Update: Property Data Update

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    NEO CANDO property data update

  • Property transfer data through the end of 2009 have been added to the parcel report in NEO CANDO.

    New property data in NEO CANDO Social and Economic Data section

    read more »

  • February 17, 2009

    New fidelity scale finds its way to Ohio’s supported-employment services

    496066_130p.jpgThe Ohio SE CCOE is now using a revised fidelity scale to assist mental health service organizations in Ohio that are implementing the evidence-based Supported Employment (SE) model. Evaluators from the CCOE have already conducted fidelity reviews using the new scale at several organizations across the state and plan to conduct at least one review with the new scale at all evidence-based SE programs in Ohio by the end of the year. (The Ohio SE CCOE is a program of the Center for EBPs at Case--a partnership of the Mandel School and Dept. of Psychiatry.)

    | learn more |

    February 02, 2009

    Briefly Stated No. 09-01, January 2009:

    Lord knows...But what do we know about the effectiveness of faith-based programming?

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    Beginning with the Clinton Administration and greatly extended under George W. Bush, the federal government has expanded the role of faith-based providers in the delivery of a range of human services.

    Since 2001, the Faith-Based and Community Initiative (FBCI) has aimed to give these organizations equal opportunity with secular and larger organizations to secure federal funding for the delivery of social services.

    read more »

    February 02, 2009

    Briefly Stated No. 09-02, January 2009:

    Quality Matters - Assessing the quality of early care settings in Cuyahoga County

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    This document summarizes recent research which investigates the effects of County programs which promote increased capactiy and quality in the region's childcare.

    Using data from 177 pre-school classrooms, this study was undertaken to assess the level of quality in regulated early care and education settings in and around Cleveland, Ohio.

    The quality of care in settings serving young children is a crucial concern in policy and practice circles as we seek ways to promote child development. This study examined the structural and contextual factors associated with high quality care and was designed to inform a community-wide initiative focused on child well-being and school readiness.

    read more »

    January 29, 2009

    Supported Employment Conference 2009 | March 24 and 25

    SE2009ConferenceLogo.jpgKeynote speaker Gary Bond, PhD, an internationally known SE researcher from Indiana University-Purdue University of Indianapolis. . . . Keynote speaker Phil DeVol, co-author of "Bridges Out of Poverty". . . . Over 30 practical workshops. . . . This event is designed for those who want to acquire more information about and practical skills that pertain to providing evidence-based Supported Employment (SE) services for people diagnosed with severe mental illness. . . . . Sponsored by the Ohio Supported Employment CCOE, a program of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices (EBPs)--a partnership of the Mandel School and Department of Psychiatry.

    | learn more & register |

    January 28, 2009

    CBS features Supported Employment success stories in Ohio

    ClevengerPhoto_125p.jpgIt's always a pleasant surprise when a national discussion focuses on the work we do in the world of social services. It's all the more surprising when the conversation highlights one of our own at the Center for Evidence-Based Practices--a partnership of the Mandel School and Department of Psychiatry at the Case School of Medicine. The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric recently aired a report on Supported Employment (SE), the evidence-based practice, featuring our own SE Consultant and Trainer Nicole Clevenger.

    | learn more |

    January 05, 2009

    The power of hearing a good story

    StoryToTell_125p.jpg The Center for Evidence-Based Practices (EBPs) at Case's Mandel School and Dept. of Psychiatry is collecting audio recordings of service providers, consumers, and others telling stories of their experiences with evidence-based practices and other services. Share your story.

    | listen & learn more |

    December 30, 2008

    Tobacco recovery for severe mental illness makes progress despite challenges from Ohio's declining economy

    ProjectUpdate_125p.jpgA significant cutback in funding for tobacco-cessation programs in the State of Ohio has negatively affected efforts to reduce illnesses and healthcare costs associated with the use of harmful tobacco products. Yet, the Ohio Tobacco & Recovery (TR) Project, developed for people with severe mental illness, continues to make progress toward a service model that will stand the test of time and create positive results for Ohio residents. The Ohio TR Project is a program of the Center for EBPs at Case--a partnership of the Mandel School and Department of Psychiatry, Case School of Medicine . . . (Featuring Mandel School graduate Deb Hrouda, MSSA ('94), LISW.)

    | learn more |

    December 28, 2008

    Time magazine article links tobacco use, early death among people with severe mental illness

    PopStopIcon_125p.jpgThe Ohio Tobacco and Recovery stages-of-change model is among the nation’s cutting-edge efforts to improve health outcomes among people diagnosed with severe mental illness, because it is designed specifically to address the unique needs of this population. A recent story in Time magazine identified the high incidence of tobacco use and dependence among people with severe mental illness as one of the growing health concerns in the United States. The Ohio Tobacco & Recovery Project is a program of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices--a partnership of the Mandel School and Department of Psychiatry at the Case School of Medicine.

    | learn more |

    December 21, 2008

    Social Work Today magazine features Ohio SAMI CCOE as IDDT innovator

    SocialWorkcover_125.jpgThe November/December 2008 cover story of the nationally distributed Social Work Today magazine features the Ohio Substance Abuse and Mental Illness Coordinating Center of Excellence (Ohio SAMI CCOE)--a program of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices (EBPs) at Case Western Reserve University. The Center is a partnership of the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences and the Department of Psychiatry at the Case School of Medicine. Both are curriculum innovators: both have fellowship programs for the study of co-occurring severe mental illness and substance use disorders. . . . (Featuring Mandel School graduate Ric Kruszynski, MSSA ('93), LISW, LICDC.)

    | learn more |

    December 20, 2008

    Advance your career: PhD program at Mandel School provides financial assistance, part-time and full-time study options

    PhDProgram_icon_125p.jpgThe Ph.D. Program at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences celebrates the second anniversary of its part-time study option for doctoral-level education in social welfare and is inviting applications from professionals with experience in social work and allied disciplines--such as psychology, public health, nonprofit organizations, law, anthropology, and sociology, among others. The doctoral program has both part-time and full-time study options available, along with financial assistance for both.

    | learn more |

    December 14, 2008

    Conference conversations continue

    IDDT2008inreviewv2_125p.jpgAs the Center for EBPs at Case/Mandel School looks toward its Supported Employment conference on March 24 and 25, 2009, we reflect upon the 8th Annual SAMI/IDDT conference that took place this past September in Columbus, Ohio and are reminded how conversations at these annual events continue to inform the implementation of evidence-based practices throughout Ohio and across the nation. Featuring audio interviews with Robert Drake, MD; Carlo DiClemente, PhD; Sandra Stephenson, MSW, director of ODMH; and more.

    | listen & learn more |

    December 13, 2008

    IDDT pioneer Bob Drake reflects upon the ongoing evolution of integrated treatment and supported employment

    BobDrake125p.jpgPsychiatrist and researcher Robert E. Drake, MD, PhD, knows a few things about the evidence-based Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT) model—why it’s necessary, how it works, and which treatment components produce the most positive outcomes. He is one of the original creators of IDDT. His research continues to inform the dissemination of IDDT and the evidence-based Supported Employment (SE) model. . . . Dr. Drake has been a long-time supporter, collaborator, and colleague of the Center for EBPs at Case/Mandel School. Join us for our conversation with him.

    | listen & learn more |

    December 12, 2008

    Stages of change co-creator Carlo DiClemente discusses practical applications of his Transtheoretical Model for health, wellness and recovery

    CarloDiClementePhoto_125p.jpgAsk Psychologist Carlo DiClemente, PhD, co-creator of the Transtheoretical Model of Change (TTM), how you might achieve and maintain a meaningful personal change in your life—diet, exercise, sobriety, mental health recovery—and he’ll tell you what he’s found from almost 30 years of research on the subject. Dr. DiClemente sat down with us to provide a tutorial on the origins and ongoing evolution of TTM. . . . Dr. DiClemente is a supporter, collaborator, and colleague of the Center for EBPs at Case/Mandel School.

    | listen & learn more |

    December 11, 2008

    Refreshing the heart: Darnella Allen discovers the compassion of integrated treatment

    DarnellaAllenPhoto_125p.jpgLiving two seemingly separate lives never seemed quite right to Darnella Allen, BA, LICDC, of Cleveland. There was her life as an ordained minister, where she felt free to use her compassionate, forgiving, and supportive self to help people. And there was her life as an addictions counselor, where she felt skeptical of the motives of people who abused alcohol and other drugs. She spent some 20 years living with this conflict. Then she was hired as a case manager at Mental Health Services, Inc. (MHS) in Cleveland, which uses IDDT to help homeless persons with severe mental illness. . . . The Center for EBPs at Case provides technical assistance to MHS.

    | listen & learn more |

    December 10, 2008

    Street scenes: Ohio ACT Director Jonas Thom has seen assertive outreach work with some of the toughest homeless cases

    JonasThomPhoto_125p.jpgThere is hope for people who are most at-risk of psychiatric hospitalization, homelessness, and institutional recidivism. It is called Assertive Community Treatment (ACT). If you listen close enough to Jonas Thom, MA, PCC, you will get the impression that ACT is more than an evidence-based practice that produces improved outcomes; it is a way of being present gently and consistently in the lives of others. Thom is Director of the Ohio Coordinating Center for ACT. He is a collaborator and colleague of the Center for EBPs at Case's Mandel School and Dept. of Psychiatry. Join us for our conversation with him.

    | listen & learn more |

    December 10, 2008

    Waiting for a miracle: Dianne Asher talks about her conversion to integrated treatment

    DianaAsherPhoto_125p.jpgBefore getting a formal introduction to the Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT) model, Dianne Asher, LSCSW, CADC-I, often felt frustrated and powerless in her work as a case manager and team leader. In the 1990s, she became one of the first practitioners in the State of Kansas to be introduced to IDDT and was recruited by The University of Kansas to lead IDDT implementation throughout the sunflower state. . . . Asher is a collaborator and colleague of the Center for EBPs at Case's Mandel School and Dept. of Psychiatry. Join us for our conversation with her.

    | listen & learn more |

    December 09, 2008

    Beyond REO

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    New Poverty Center report examines what happens to properties after sheriff's sale and REO ownership

    Many properties that go into foreclosure eventually end up at a sheriff's auction, where they are usually purchased by the banks, mortgage companies, mortgage services, and government-sponsored enterprises involved in financing the foreclosed mortgage loan. These properties are referred to as "REO" (real-estate owned) properties. Between 2005 and 2008, there has been a drastic increase in REO properties being sold at extremely low prices—$10,000 and often less.

    The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development has produced a report,
    Beyond REO: Property Transfers at Extremely Distressed Prices in Cuyahoga County, 2005-2008,
    that takes a look at the trend of REO properties sold at $10,000 or less; the most frequent sellers and buyers of these properties in 2007 and 2008; time between property transactions; the price of properties in subsequent transactions; and limited information about the practices of some buyers and sellers of REO properties.

    read more »

    December 02, 2008

    State hospitals in Ohio bring new meaning to rapid job-search

    SE7coreimage_125p.jpgVocational specialists from the State of Ohio's inpatient Behavioral Healthcare Organizations (BHOs) are putting to rest fears about symptoms of mental illness interfering with a person’s ability to work. The specialists are exploring how they might help some people obtain or return to competitive jobs in the community as part of their transition out of the hospital, before discharge. . . . The Center for EBPs at Case/Mandel School provides technical assistance to the State of Ohio's BHOs.

    | learn more |

    November 25, 2008

    Employer, employee team-up with onsite job coaching

    JohnLogocollage_final.jpgThe Lake Metroparks Farmpark in Kirtland, Ohio is no ordinary park. It is a living educational museum, with interactive exhibits for children and adults alike. John is a participant of evidence-based Supported Employment (SE) services who works at the Farmpark. He has not missed a shift in over four years. His success is partly the result of his own fortitude, the guidance he receives from SE services at NEIGHBORING of Lake County, and the open communication he has with his boss, Beth Florian. . . . The Center for EBPs at Case provides technical assistance to NEIGHBORING.

    | learn more |

    November 11, 2008

    Poverty Center Mapping Series: Food Stamp Enrollment Between July 2000 and July 2008

    Among its many functions, the Northeast Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing (NEO CANDO) database allows users to extract data across geography and time to examine trends.

    The second map in the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development’s Map Series illustrates changes in Food Stamp enrollment between July 2000 and July 2008.

    read more »

    October 22, 2008

    Center for EBPs promotes best practices for treatment of schizophrenia

    BeSTlogo2_125p.jpgThis past July, over 200 participants gathered at Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy (NEOUCOM) in Rootstown to attend a conference entitled “Moving in the BeST Direction: An Incubator to Improve Schizophrenia Treatment in Northeastern Ohio.” Representatives from the Center for Evidence-based Practices at Case Western Reserve University attended.

    | learn more |

    October 22, 2008

    Poverty Presentation to the Young Presidents Organization

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    Sharon Milligan Presents on Poverty to the Young Presidents Organization as part of a panel that addressed Poverty in Cleveland.

    The event was held at the Christian Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Cleveland on October 22, 2008.

    Others joining Dr. Milligan on the panel that presented to the Young Presidents Organization were Joe Gaunter, Cuyahoga County Employment & Family Services; Reverend Bruce Goode, Christian Hope Missionary Baptist Church; and Judy Simpson, United Way of Greater Cleveland. The panel's moderator was Regina Brett from The Plain Dealer.

    The handout providing an update about poverty statistics in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County was distributed to those who attended and is available here.

    October 15, 2008

    NEO CANDO In Practice

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    The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development's NEO CANDO community data resource is an invaluable tool for community development professionals and research.

    Read about how two researchers, Fahui Wang and Richard Smith utilize NEO CANDO for policy evaluation in Evaluating Economic Development in Cleveland's Urban Neighborhoods.

    read more »

    September 30, 2008

    The Lynn Goff Spirit of Integrated Treatment Award

    TheLynnGoffAwardImage.jpgThis award recognizes a service team that embodies passion, dedication, and creativity when providing services to people with co-occurring severe mental illness and substance use disorders. It recognizes those who consistently go above and beyond the expectations of the Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT) model and, in doing so, raise the standard for exceptional care.

    | learn more & listen to audio |

    September 29, 2008

    Warming hearts on a cold bench

    ReneeMolzonPhoto.jpgRenee Molzon went into social work to help emotionally-disturbed children, never anticipating that her professional journey would land her beside homeless adults dealing with severe mental illness. . . .(Molzon is a community partner of the Mandel School.)

    | learn more & listen to audio |

    September 29, 2008

    Team Terrific: A supervisor’s perspective on recruitment, humility, collaboration

    LeberGeorgePhoto.jpgThe career of Deana Leber-George has been an odyssey of reinvention. . . . She is now the Dual Diagnosis Program Supervisor at NEIGHBORING and has been a guiding member of the service team since 2002. She has learned a few lessons along the way about the implementation of evidence-based practices (EBPs). . . . (Leber-George is a community partner of the Mandel School.)

    | learn more & listen to audio |

    September 29, 2008

    Board's-eye view: An executive's perspective about EBP implementation

    KenGillPhoto.jpgTimes are especially good for NEIGHBORING's Chief Operating Officer Ken Gill, MSSA ('82), LISW-S, LICDC, and his Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT) team. They are being recognized for raising the standard of exceptional care with the third annual Lynn Goff Spirit of Integrated Treatment Award. . . . Things, however, weren’t always running this smoothly.

    | learn more & listen to audio |

    September 29, 2008

    Lake County agency receives The 2008 Lynn Goff Spirit of Integrated Treatment Award

    LakeCountyMap.jpgA few years back, the City of Painesville had a problem: what to do about the homeless population hanging out in its picturesque town square. For NEIGHBORING, a mental-health and substance-abuse service agency headquartered in the City of Mentor, this was another chance to step up and help out. . . . . (Featuring Mandel School graduate Ken Gill, MSSA (’82), LISW-S, LICDC, and other community partners.)

    | learn more & listen to audio |

    September 12, 2008

    NEO CANDO Updates: Social and Economic Data

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    In this Update:

  • Data Features: 2006 Business Patterns and July 2008 Public Assistance Data
  • New Cuyahoga County Early Childhood Municipal Profiles
  • NEO CANDO Survey

    read more »

  • September 09, 2008

    Affiliation code more efficiently tracks consumer outcomes, IDDT effectiveness

    debhrouda.jpgThe IDDT Affiliation Code Initiative gives agency providers, county boards, and State of Ohio stakeholders the capacity to collect data and to examine indicators and outcomes systematically. . . . (Featuring Mandel School graduate Deb Hrouda, MSSA ('94), LISW, and community partner David C. Ross, MA, LPCC, of the Mental Health and Recovery Board of Ashland County.)

    | learn more & listen to audio |

    September 02, 2008

    NEO CANDO: self registration and log in

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    To sustain NEO CANDO as a free resource to the community, we are now requiring self-registration and login in to access the Social and Economic Data and Quick Profiles in NEO CANDO. We have been using this login successfully for the past 2 years on the Property Data section. If you have already registered to use the Property Data you do not need to self register again.

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    August 29, 2008

    Advisory committee enthused by readiness assessments, integration of new service model with IDDT

    ashtrayphoto.jpgThe advisory committee meeting of the Ohio Tobacco and Recovery Project was held at Twin Valley Behavioral Healthcare in Columbus this past spring. Mental health organizations around Ohio are getting ready to implement components of the new Tobacco and Recovery model.

    (Featuring Mandel School graduate Patrick E. Boyle.)

    | learn more & listen to audio |

    August 28, 2008

    Shawnee Mental Health Center uses follow-along and gadgets to encourage consumers to kick the habit

    tobaccorowphoto.jpgThe Shawnee Mental Health Center not only serves three of the poorest, most rural regions in Ohio--Lawrence, Scioto, and Adams counties--with mental health and tobacco recovery services, but it also lies in the heart of tobacco country, making the notion of kicking the habit seem less doable than flicking a cigarette butt across the Ohio River.

    (Featuring community partner Flash Phipps of Portsmouth, Ohio.)


    | learn more & listen to audio |

    July 30, 2008

    NEO CANDO Updates: Social and Economic Data

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    Data Sources Recently Updated:

  • 2007 Population Estimates (Data Feature)
  • 2006 Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) Data
  • 2007 Cleveland Police Data
  • 2008 Quarter 2 United States Postal Service (USPS) Vacancy Data

    read more »

  • July 29, 2008

    Ohio SAMI CCOE emphasizes need for focused clinical supervision, provides useful methods (Part 1)

    Kruzsynski-9_07.jpgRic Kruszynski, MSSA ('93), LISW, LICDC, provides consultation to mental-health and substance-abuse service agencies about the effectiveness of real-time clinical supervision in the community.

    | learn more & listen to audio |

    July 22, 2008

    Linda Carlson equips Ohio supervisors with practical strategies for managing service teams

    Linda Carlson.jpgEleven people representing eight organizations throughout the Buckeye State attended the Ohio Supported Employment CCOE’s outcomes-based management training. The event gave service team leaders methods for promoting competitive employment among people with severe mental illness.

    | learn more & listen to audio |

    July 15, 2008

    NEO CANDO Survey

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    Let us know how we are doing! Please take the NEO CANDO survey by clicking the following link:
    http://neocando.case.edu/survey

    There are also links to the survey on the NEO CANDO home page under "NEO CANDO features" and the "Questions and Comments" section on the left.

    Your feedback is valuable to the improvement and maintenance of the system.

    If you took the last survey, you can still take this one.

    The survey will be available through July 31.

    read more »

    July 13, 2008

    NEO CANDO Update: July 2008

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    Over the past few months the following data sources have been updated:
    Social and Economic Data:

  • Public Assistance, Second Quarter (April, 2008)
  • USPS (postal service) vacancy data (First quarter, 2008) [commercial and residential are now available as seperate counts]
  • Cleveland Metropolitan School District data on Proficiency Test (2006-2007 school year)
  • IRS data on tax returns (2005)

    Property Data:

  • 2007 Property Characteristics and Tax Bill info
  • Property transfer (sales) data are available through May 31, 2008

    read more »

  • July 09, 2008

    Cleveland Free Times: Cites Center in "Tatered"

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    Tattered: Rampant Foreclosures Have Torn The Very Fabric Of The Region
    By Dan Harkins

    An article in the Cleveland Free times, Volume 15, Issue 62 Published July 9th, 2008, quotes poverty Center research in its detailed assessment of one neighborhood's experience with foreclosures and shrinkage.

    "According to a study released late last month by the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at Case, 'Even when they are compared with whites of similar income, [African Americans'] rates of receiving high-cost subprime loans are two to four times higher. Racial segregation and disparities in the loan products African Americans receive play in a highly significant spatial concentration of foreclosures that brings down surrounding property values and further fuels the foreclosure process.'

    read more »

    June 23, 2008

    Pathways to Foreclosure

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    New Poverty Center report examines circumstances most likely to lead a property to foreclosure

    Foreclosure rates in Northeast Ohio have grown exponentially in recent years and present unprecedented challenges for communities, governments and households. Subprime lending has also increased markedly as a proportion of all mortgage loans originated in the region during this period and is widely believed to have played an important role in the current foreclosure crisis.

    read more »

    June 13, 2008

    Family programs, staff retention challenge IDDT providers to explore innovations

    Jeremy Evenden.jpgCommunity partners at the Northeast IDDT Regional Stakeholders meeting shared challenges to and emerging solutions for implementing and sustaining family psychoeducational programs. (Featuring Jeremy Evenden, MSSA ('03), LISW.)

    | read more & listen to audio |

    May 28, 2008

    Center creates regional stakeholder meetings to disseminate lessons-learned in Ohio

    Mary Ann Hastings.jpgThe Ohio Supported Employment(CCOE) hosted the first Regional Stakeholders Meeting in the state. These meetings help professionals from multiple service systems promote competitive employment among people with severe mental illness. (Featuring Mary Ann Hastings of the Ohio SE CCOE.)

    | learn more & listen to audio |

    May 12, 2008

    MINT initiative helps set agenda for future of motivational interviewing in Ohio

    Christina M. Delos Reyes.jpgThree staff members of the Ohio SAMI CCOE participated in a three-day international Motivational Interviewing Network Training (MINT). The CCOE is participating in this initiative to add to the pool of advanced MI consultants and trainers in Ohio. The training was conducted by William R. Miller, Ph.D. and Theresa Moyers, Ph.D. (Featuring Patrick E. Boyle, MSSA ('89), LISW, LICDC, and Christina M. Delos Reyes, MD, of the Department of Psychiatry.)

    | learn more & listen to audio |

    May 09, 2008

    Annual conference proves that commitment to Supported Employment continues to grow in Ohio, throughout nation

    Gary Bond.jpgThe annual conference of the Ohio Supported Employment CCOE drew close to 200 participants from throughout Ohio and 10 additional states, demonstrating the growing national interest in this evidence-based practice. (Featuring Gary Bond, Ph.D., of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.)

    | learn more & listen to audio |

    April 04, 2008

    Poverty Center demonstration in KSL GIS Symposium

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    Kristen Mikelbank & Michael Schramm, presented a poster and a demo of NEO CANDO, the web-based social and property indicators data system, at The Kelvin Smith Library GIS Symposium, titled,

    "The NEO CANDO Database: How it can be Used to Help Understand the Surrounding Environment"

    Additional Authors: Tsui Chan and Claudia Coulton

    Abstract is available here.

    Download PDF of Poster

    read more »

    April 01, 2008

    NEO CANDO Update: February 2008 property transfer data

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    Property transfer data through February 29, 2008 have been added to the parcel report in NEO CANDO.

    NEO CANDO has transfer history back to January 1, 1976 for all parcels in Cuyahoga County.

    March 16, 2008

    NEO CANDO Update: January 2008 property transfer data

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    Property transfer data through January 31, 2008 have been added to the parcel report in NEO CANDO.

    NEO CANDO has transfer history back to January 1, 1976 for all parcels in Cuyahoga County.

    read more »

    March 13, 2008

    NEO CANDO Update: January 2008 Public Assistance Data

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    Public assistance data for January 2008 have been added to the Social and Economic Data report.

    read more »

    February 06, 2008

    NEO CANDO In Practice

    Rebecca Kodysh

    The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development's NEO CANDO community data resource is an invaluable tool for community development professionals.

    Read about how Rebecca Kodysh of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cleveland uses NEO CANDO in
    Demonstrating the need for community services.

    read more »

    January 31, 2008

    NEO CANDO Update: 2006-2007 Attendance and Enrollment data

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    Attendance and enrollment data for the 2006-2007 school year have been added to the Social and Economic report in NEO CANDO. These data are only available for the Cleveland School District.

    read more »

    January 17, 2008

    NEO CANDO Update: December 2007 property transfer data

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    Property transfer data through December 31, 2007 have been added to the parcel report in NEO CANDO.

    NEO CANDO has transfer history back to January 1, 1976 for all parcels in Cuyahoga County.

    read more »

    January 15, 2008

    NEO CANDO Update: November 2007 property transfer data

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    Property transfer data through November 30, 2007 have been added to the parcel report in NEO CANDO.

    NEO CANDO has transfer history back to January 1, 1976 for all parcels in Cuyahoga County.

    read more »

    January 15, 2008

    Kick-off event introduces new service model that links mental health recovery with reduction, elimination of tobacco use

    Cycling.gifThe Tobacco Cessation Kick-Off Event introduced community-based and hospital-based behavioral healthcare organizations to a new service model being designed and disseminated by the Center for Evidence-Based Practices.

    | learn more |

    January 13, 2008

    Foreclosure and Beyond: A report on sheriff's sales, Cleveland and Cuyahoga County, 2000-2007

    Foreclosure and Beyond: A report on foreclosure sales, Cleveland and Cuyahoga County, 2000-2007

    A new report from the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University addressing the foreclosure issue calls for refinancing loans or providing assistance to homeowners as an effort to maintain property values and prevent vandalism and deterioration to vacant structures.

    read more »

    January 03, 2008

    NEO CANDO In Practice

    Matt Russell


    The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development's NEO CANDO community data resource is an invaluable tool for community development professionals.

    Read about how Matt Russell of Center on Health Promotion at Case Western Reserve University uses NEO CANDO in
    Providing Context to Research Findings Using Demographic Indicators.

    read more »

    December 11, 2007

    NEO CANDO Update: 2006 Juvenile Delinquency Data

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    2006 juvenile delinquency data have been added to the Social and Economic Data report. These data are only available for Cuyahoga County.

    read more »

    December 05, 2007

    NEO CANDO In Practice

    Debra Peck-Baumgardner

    The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development's NEO CANDO community data resource is an invaluable tool for community development professionals.

    Read about how Debra Peck-Baumgardner of Buckeye Area Development Corporation uses NEO CANDO in
    Targeting Capital to Encourage Successful Home Ownership.

    read more »

    November 20, 2007

    NEO CANDO Update: October 2007 property transfer data

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    Property transfer data through October 31, 2007 have been added to the parcel report in NEO CANDO.

    NEO CANDO has transfer history back to January 1, 1976 for all parcels in Cuyahoga County.

    read more »

    November 19, 2007

    NEO CANDO Update: October 2007 Public Assistance Data

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    Public assistance data for October 2007 have been added to the Social and Economic Data report.

    read more »

    November 02, 2007

    NEO CANDO In Practice

    Joy Brewington


    The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development's NEO CANDO community data resource is an invaluable tool for community development professionals.

    Read about Joy Brewington of Catalyst Cleveland use of NEO CANDO in Documenting Analyzing and Supporting School Improvement Efforts.

    read more »

    October 24, 2007

    NEO CANDO Update: September 2007 property transfer data

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    Property transfer data through September 30, 2007 have been added to the parcel report in NEO CANDO.

    NEO CANDO has transfer history back to January 1, 1976 for all parcels in Cuyahoga County.

    read more »

    October 16, 2007

    NEO CANDO Update: 2004 Death Data

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    2004 death data have been added for all 17 NEO CANDO counties to the Social and Economic Data report.

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    October 11, 2007

    NEO CANDO Update: USPS/Hud Vacant Addresses

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    Second quarter (June 2007) United States Postal Service (USPS) data from HUD on addresses and vacant addresses have been added as to the Social and Economic report in NEO CANDO for all 17 counties.

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    October 10, 2007

    NEO CANDO Update: 2006 Child Maltreatment Data

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    2006 child maltreatment data have been added to the Social and Economic Data report. These data are only available for Cuyahoga County.

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    October 01, 2007

    NEO CANDO In Practice

    Frank Ford

    The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development's NEO CANDO community data resource is an invaluable tool for community development professionals.

    Read about Frank Ford from Neighborhood Progress, Inc and Stacy Pugh from Slavic Village Development's use of NEO CANDO's property data in Creating Regionally Competitive Neighborhoods of Choice.

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    September 26, 2007

    NEO CANDO Update: Property transfer data

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    Property transfer data through August 31, 2007 have been added to the parcel report in NEO CANDO.

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    September 24, 2007

    Poverty Center Presentation at 2007 National Vacant Properties Campaign Conference

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    Michael Schramm, analyst/programmer at the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, travels to Pittsburgh to present the following at the 2007 Vacant Properties conference convened by the National Vacant Properties Campaign and the Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank:

  • NEO CANDO: Community applications of neighborhood information
  • NEO CANDO: An early warning system for at-risk properties

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  • September 18, 2007

    NEO CANDO Update: 2004 Birth Data

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    2004 birth data have been added for all 17 NEO CANDO counties to the Social and Economic Data report.

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    September 05, 2007

    NEO CANDO In Practice

    Jeff Sugalski


    The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development's NEO CANDO community data resource is an invaluable tool for community development professionals.

    Read about Jeff Sugalski and Burten Bell Carr's use of NEO CANDO's crime data in Evaluating Social Change, Developing Community.

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    September 04, 2007

    NEO CANDO Update: July 2007 Public Assistance Data

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    Public assistance data for July 2007 have been added to the Social and Economic Data report.

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    September 01, 2007

    Update: Behind the Numbers, Brief No. 6. Properties owned by financial institutions

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    January 1, 2000 through September 1, 2007

    It is now 6 months later and the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, using its NEO CANDO database, has updated the results of the Behind the Numbers Brief Number 6, Houses in transition: a report on properties owned by financial institutions and real estate organizations in Cuyahoga County, 2007.

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    August 30, 2007

    NEO CANDO Update: Property transfer data

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    Property transfer data through July 31, 2007 have been added to the parcel report in NEO CANDO.

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    August 07, 2007

    Behind the Numbers, Brief No. 6 released. Properties owned by financial institutions

    Mike Schramm


    Behind the Numbers, BRIEF NO. 6, Titled "Houses in transition: A report on properties owned by financial institutions and real estate organizations in Cuyahoga County, 2007," discusses the rapid rise in foreclosure rates and housing abandonment in Cleveland and its surrounding suburbs.

    This topic is garnering national attention and threatening to overwhelm the government agencies and community organizations that address the problem.

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    August 07, 2007

    Briefly Stated May 2007: Space to Learn and Grow

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    The Poverty Center has released its May 2007 Briefly Stated, "Space to learn and grow: Early care and education capacity in Cuyahoga County." This document summarizes recent research which investigates the effects of County programs which promote increased capactiy and quality in the region's childcare.

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    August 06, 2007

    NEO CANDO Update: Quick Profiles expanded to include 8 county Cleveland-Akron CMSA

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    The quick profiles in NEO CANDO have been upgraded to include aggregate information on the 17 county NEO CANDO service area and the 8 county Cleveland-Akron CMSA.

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    July 24, 2007

    Poverty Center Mapping Series: Cleveland's Community Gardens

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    The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development creates maps for numerous research projects that may be of interest to a wider audience. With this map of community gardens, prepared by the Center's Kristen Mikelbank, in collaboration with Matthew E. Russell of the Center for Health Promotion Research for his paper Steps to a Healthier Cleveland: 2006 Community Garden Report, the Center debuts its mapping series. View the map of Cleveland's Community Garden Sites by Neighborhood here.

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    July 23, 2007

    NEO CANDO Update: Property transfer data

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    Property transfer data through June 30, 2007 have been added to the parcel report in NEO CANDO.

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    July 22, 2007

    NEO CANDO Update: 2004 and 2005 Business Pattern Data

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    Business pattern data have been updated for 2004 and 2005 in the Social and Economic report in NEO CANDO. These data are available for all 17 NEO CANDO counties at the zip code tabulation area and the county levels.

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    July 18, 2007

    NEO CANDO Update: 2006 Population Estimates

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    Population estimates from the Census Bureau for 2006 the have been added to the Social and Economic component of NEO CANDO. These data are only available at the Township (MCD) level and the county level.

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    July 17, 2007

    NEO CANDO Update: 2006 Parcel Characteristics and Tax Billing Information

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    Parcel characteristics and tax billing information have been added to the parcel report for the 2006 tax year. These include updated market values from the 2006 reassessment. Also, variables and filters on parcels receiving the homestead exemption and 2.5% owner-occupied reduction have been added at the request of NEO CANDO users. Finally, lot shape has been updated after being missing for the 2004 and 2005 tax years.

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    July 13, 2007

    NEO CANDO Update: 2006 Crime Data

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    Crime Data for 2006 has been added to NEO CANDO.

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    July 11, 2007

    NEO CANDO Update: Compare 17 Northeast Ohio Counties using Quick Profiles

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    The quick profiles in NEO CANDO have been upgraded to include aggregate information on the 17 county NEO CANDO service area and the 8 county Cleveland-Akron CMSA.

    Select “Regional” as your geographic level and then make either the 17 or 8 county selection. These profiles return side-by-side information on each county for comparison.

    Select “County” as your geographic level after choosing a county. This profile will allow comparison between the chosen county with the aggregate values for both the 8 county Cleveland-Akron CMSA and the 17 county NEO CANDO service area.

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    July 10, 2007

    Do as I say not as I do . . .

    Lenore Kola

    Efforts to Stop Smoking Target Mental Health Agencies

    Behavioral health staffs that need to take a smoke break might have some relief from their tobacco habits as they start tobacco cessation programs along with their mental health and substance abuse clients.

    The Center for Evidence Based Practices, a joint program of Case Western Reserve University's Mandel School of Applied Social Science and the psychiatry department at the School of Medicine, have received a grant to design and implement tobacco cessation programs that target clients and staffs at behavioral health agencies.

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    July 05, 2007

    NEO CANDO In Practice

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    The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development's NEO CANDO community data resource is an invaluable tool for community development professionals.

    Read about Terry Lenahan, use of NEO CANDO to predict and organize hunger solutions in "Documenting Hunger Trends in Greater Cleveland."

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    July 03, 2007

    Claudia Coulton presents at the Inaugural Conference of International Society for Child Indicators

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    Dr. Coulton presented research she prepared with Dr. Jill Korbin, director of Case's Schubert Center for Children.


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    May 30, 2007

    NEO CANDO Update: Property Transfer Data through April 30, 2007

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    Property transfer data through April 30, 2007 have been added

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    May 25, 2007

    IIC Evaluation Update

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    As part of Invest in Children's Annual Meeting on June 4, 2007,
    Cuyahoga County will share an update on the ongoing evaluation of its
    programs. Since 2000 faculty and staff from the Center on Urban
    Poverty and Community Development at MSASS have conducted a variety of studies related to the the condition of and services for children up to age six in Cuyahoga County. The evaluation team is led by Dr.
    Claudia Coulton, Lillian F. Harris Professor, and Dr. Rob Fischer,
    Research Associate Professor.

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    May 23, 2007

    Poverty Center presentation of AEC study at '07 AAG Conference.

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    Kristen Mikelbank presents an AECF study at the 2007 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers in San Francisco. The presentation was titled, "Residents" Perceptions of Neighborhood and the Implications for Community Change."

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    May 23, 2007

    NEO CANDO Update: University Circle Special Study Areas

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    Special study areas around University Circle have been added to the Social and Economic report.

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    May 23, 2007

    NEO CANDO Update: 2005-2006 Proficiency Test Data for CMSD

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    2005-2006 proficiency test data for the Cleveland Municipal School District have been added to the Social and Economic Data report.

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    May 23, 2007

    NEO CANDO Update: April 2007 Public Assistance Data

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    Public assistance data for April 2007 have been added to the Social and Economic Data report.

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    May 23, 2007

    NEO CANDO Update: Zip Code Areas Added As New Geography

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    Zip code tabulation areas have been added as a new geography to the Social and Economic report. These are a Census geography that are generalized area representations of U.S. Postal Service (USPS) ZIP Code service areas and are built from 2000 Census blocks.

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    May 19, 2007

    Dual Disorders Fellowship partners with communities

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    The Dual Disorders Fellowship Program gives employed mental health and substance abuse professionals the opportunity to enhance their education, credentials, and experience by earning a Master of Social Science Administration (MSSA) degree while staying in their current jobs and attending classes one weekend per month. The Program is also structured to provide financial support to students by forging a partnership among the employed student, his or her employer (service organization), the local community mental health and/or substance abuse services board, and the Mandel School. Each partner pays a portion of the tuition.

    - Full news release
    - Dual Disorders Fellows Program brochure

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    May 17, 2007

    Poverty Center presentation on Literacy at The Literacy Cooperative's Instructors Learning Network (ILN)

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    Kristen Mikelbank presented about the state of literacy and poverty in Greater Cleveland at The Literacy Cooperative's Instructors Learning Network (ILN) launching meeting.

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    May 15, 2007

    Center Co-Director Presents Research At Iassist Conference

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    Claudia Coulton, Co-Director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, is presenting the Catalog of Administrative Data Sources for Neighborhood Indicators at the IASSIST (International Association for Social Science Information Services & Technology) 2007 Conference in Montreal. This monograph discusses using neighborhood indicators to identify problems, plan programs, stimulate community activism, target investments, evaluate initiatives and otherwise inform the community about itself.

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    May 15, 2007

    NEO CANDO Update: 2005 Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) Data

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    Home Mortgage Disclosure data (HMDA) for 2005 have been added to NEO CANDO for all 17 counties. These data are available at the tract level and the county level for non Cuyahoga counties. In Cuyahoga County these data area available at the Neighborhood, DCFS Geodistrict, Cleveland Planning District, Township (MCD) or City/Village level.


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    May 08, 2007

    Center for Evidence-Based Practices provides technical assistance, promotes mental health, recovery & employment

    Lenore Kola


    People with severe mental illness and their families in communities throughout Ohio, several other states, and two countries are experiencing an improved quality of life, in part, because of the work being done by the staff of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices (EBPs).

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    May 01, 2007

    NEO CANDO- Northeast Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing

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    NEO CANDO, Northeast Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing, is a free and publicly accessible social and economic data system of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, a research institute housed at Case Western Reserve University's Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. NEO CANDO allows users to access data for the entire 17 county Northeast Ohio region, or for specific neighborhoods within Cleveland.

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    April 27, 2007

    NEO CANDO Success Story

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    The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development's NEO CANDO community data resource is an invaluable tool for community development professionals.

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    April 21, 2007

    NEO CANDO Update: Property Transfer Data Through March 31, 2007

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    Property transfer data through March 31, 2007 have been added

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    April 06, 2007

    WCPN Interviewed Poverty Center Staff regarding foreclosure related numbers

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    WCPN's Mhari Saito interviewed Mike Schramm, a programmer analyst at the Center on Urban Poverty, regarding an analysis that he did regarding the number of unrecorded sheriff's deeds in Cuyahoga County.

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    March 30, 2007

    NEO CANDO Update: Property Transfer Data Through February 28, 2007

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    Property transfer data through Feb 28, 2007 have been added

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    March 14, 2007

    NEO CANDO Update: Please take the NEO CANDO Survey

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    Please take the NEO CANDO survey by clicking here. Your feedback is very important to us and will help us improve NEO CANDO!

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    March 13, 2007

    NEO CANDO Update: Public Assistance Data

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    Public assistance data through January 2007 have been added to the Social and Economic Data report.

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    January 06, 2007

    NEO CANDO Update: New Exporting Options (file formats)

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    More exporting options have been added to the Social and Economic Data report. By clicking “Download Menu” on the results screen, users can now export data into the following formats: CSV, Excel, DBASE/DBF(for GIS mapping) and a SAS dataset.

    Also, new identifier fields have been added when exporting tract, block group, or block data. These fields correspond with the STFID field found in GIS datasets downloaded from ESRI’s Geography Network and should help users join NEO CANDO data easier to these GIS datasets. Also, because DBF files limit field names to 10 characters or less, a variable code to variable name lookup dbf can be downloaded from the “Download Menu” as well.

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    December 25, 2006

    NEO CANDO Update: All 2005-2006 Updates to NEO CANDO

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    December 14, 2006
    Death data for 2003 from the Ohio Department of Health have been added to the Social and Economic Report.

    December 12, 2006
    Business Pattern data have been added as a new subject category in the Social and Economic Data report in NEO CANDO. These data are only available at the Zip Code Tabulation Area and County geographic levels.

    County and Zip Business Patterns provide data on business establishments and employment by industry and establishment size. The information is derived from the Standard Statistical Establishment List, a file of all known companies maintained by the U.S. Census Bureau. The Bureau obtains data for the list from its own programs as well as administrative files from the Internal Revenue Service, the Social Security Administration, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Business Patterns data cover most of the country's economic activity, but exclude data on the self-employed and most government workers.

    The data are currently available for 1998-2003.

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    October 18, 2006

    Sharon Milligan presents to the Central Neigborhood Committee

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    Presents "Building upon the work of others: The Cleveland Community Building Initiative Experience" to the Central Neighborhood Committee, at The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland October 17, 2006

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    July 07, 2006

    NEO CANDO Community Data System Gets Bigger, Better

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    NEO CANDO expanded in depth and breadth, now including 17 northeast Ohio counties and data down to the parcel level.

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