Cuyahoga County Health and Human Services 2017 Overview

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. In 2017 the Cuyahoga County Department of Health and Human Services took the first step in our journey to build a stronger system to care for, support, and empower the people of our community to thrive. We developed the first ever Department of Health and Human Services Strategic Plan. This plan is a roadmap for how we improve our service to residents and become a better place to work for employees.

Director Walter Parfejewiec, Cuyahoga County Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has a broad footprint and impact on our community. We serve babies, children, teens, adults, seniors, and families. They come from all walks of life and socio-economic backgrounds. We are the safety net when they fall, are victims of abuse, or get a rough start in life. But we are also a resource, a fresh start, and a launching pad to healing, hope, and opportunity. This report highlights some of our work over the past year but also looks ahead to what we want to accomplish in the coming year.

During my time as the Director of DHHS I’ve learned so much about the community we serve and the 2300 employees who work here. This is our home. It’s where we live, work, raise our families, and retire. We’ve seen the highs and lows of our community and like our sports teams, we never give up. So we come back each day, ready to take the next step on our thousand-mile journey to serve you better.

It is my great pleasure to introduce to you Cuyahoga County’s Health and Human Services Annual Report.

Our Health and Human Services department is committed to improving lives and providing supports to all our residents, with a special focus on those most in need. We believe that no matter your circumstance, age, gender affiliation or zip code you should have the opportunity to thrive, be safe, have your voice heard.

With my sincere respect and thanks for your support of our work, and to our employees for the terrific work they do day in and day out for you,


Armond Budish

The Department of Health and Human Services is made up of eight divisions and offices serving babies, children, teen, adults, seniors, and families across Cuyahoga County. The department’s mission is to transform lives at every age and stage through collaboration, innovation, and service; connecting people with the opportunity to live their best lives.

Together We Protect the vulnerable.

Together We Invest in strong families and communities.

Together We Spark opportunity to build a better future.

Together We Thrive

DHHS 2018-2022 Strategic Plan

Leadership team

Walter Parfejewiec - Director

David Merriman - Assistant Director

Cynthia Weiskittel - Division of Children and Family Services

Christy Nicholls - Cuyahoga Job and Family Services (Interim Director)

Marlene Robinson-Statler - Division of Senior and Adult Services (Interim Director)

Kevin Gowan - Office of Child Support Services (Interim Director)

Dr. Rebekah Dorman - Invest in Children

Robin Martin - Family & Children First Council

Ruth Gillett - Office of Homeless Services

Crystal Bryant - Office of Reentry

Sabrina Roberts - Health Policy and Programs

Jennifer Croessmann - Special Projects Coordinator

Leon Harris III - Performance Evaluation & Innovation

Deonna Kirkpatrick - Communications

Michael Brown - Human Resources

Michael Young - Information Technology

locations and contact information

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