Impressive Cuyahoga collaboration led to nation’s first county-level Pay for Success program: editorial | cleveland.com

Impressive Cuyahoga collaboration led to nation’s first county-level Pay for Success program: editorial | cleveland.com.

Traditionally, social service agencies are paid to help families no matter what the outcome. Cuyahoga County’s Partnering for Success, the first county-led program in the country to use the Pay for Success model, is flipping that approach on its head, paying for services only if they work.

The wonderful collaboration that brings together private and public investors, a variety of social service agencies and a university has created a program that is well worth watching. If successful, the five-year, $5 million program, which was embraced by former County Executive Ed FitzGerald, could help more families while saving money — and then be replicated.

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