October 15, 2013

Issue 1, the 2013 Cuyahoga County Health and Human Services Levy

Each year, hundreds of thousands of families, individuals, children and seniors depend on the vital and often lifesaving services only available through Cuyahoga County’s Health and Human Service programs in Northeast Ohio. This year, the Health and Human Services levy will be Issue 1 on the November ballot. Passage of Issue 1 will ensure that people in crisis across the county have services available when they need them most.

Where does the levy funding go?  The levy supports:

  • Programs that protect children from abuse and neglect
  • Early childhood and preschool education programs that ensure children enter school healthy and ready to learn
  • Home health care and support services that make it possible for seniors to continue to live in their own homes
  • Emergency shelters for homeless men and women
  • Drug and alcohol treatment programs
  • Counseling for people living with mental illness, and other behavioral health services
  • Poison control and suicide prevention hotlines
  • Rehabilitation services for stroke victims
  • Many other crisis and prevention services


Because of the community’s needs, County Council and the County Executive unanimously adopted a measure to put a replacement and 1 mill increase of the existing 2.9 mill levy on the November 5, 2013, ballot. The 3.9 mill issue is necessary and provides much needed funding for five years, beginning in 2014. As a result, there will be no request for Health and Human Services funding next year.

The levy is doubly important today because of shrinking federal, state and other public funds.

Passage of the 2013 Cuyahoga County Health and Human Services levy will benefit families, children, seniors and many other residents within Cuyahoga County. Therefore, the Sisters of Charity Health System supports Issue 1.

Issue 1 will help Cuyahogans from all across the area.  For instance, through partnership with the Cuyahoga County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board, the levy funding assists St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, in its work to serve the community through its psychiatric emergency department and Rosary Hall’s addiction treatment services. 

Issue 1 protects health, human and social services for people in need, especially in times of emergency or illness.   The county’s interest in advancing the common good, particularly for low-income and vulnerable neighbors, is consistent with the Sisters of Charity Health System’s mission and ministry.

Voting FOR Issue 1 ensures that those services will be there for all Cuyahogans. Visit www.1forallofus.com for more information. And, remember to vote November 5.

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