State Planning

2004-2007 Ohio State Plan: Moving Closer Towards Achieving a Comprehensive, Integrated Legal Services Delivery System

The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) identified Ohio's 1999 State Plan as "one of the better plans that (they had) seen to date." In coming to this conclusion, LSC staff applied six criteria of a good plan to Ohio's 1999 State Plan. As we apply this same set of criteria to Ohio's 2004-2007 State Plan, we believe that we have developed an even better plan - one that moves us closer towards achieving a more comprehensive and integrated civil legal services delivery system.

In addition to a strategic plan, this Plan document also contains a concise summary of the recent history of legal services in Ohio. The evolution and successes of Ohio's legal services community contained in this document provide a snapshot and point of reference for us in our continued journey towards a more comprehensive and integrated civil legal services delivery system in Ohio.

This document is divided into five sections: first, this introduction; second, an overview of the planning concepts and principles that guided the development of this new state plan; third, a summary of the recent history of legal services in Ohio; fourth, a chronology of the planning process used to develop this plan; and, fifth, the strategic plan for Ohio.

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State Planning Principles
Past and Current State Planning Activities
Environmental Scan of Ohio
Overview of The Legal Services Currently In Ohio
Process to Develop 2004-2007 Ohio State Plan
Ohio’s 2004-2007 State Strategic Planning Topic Areas
Attachment A - LSC State Planning Principles and Ohio Topic Areas Matrix
Attachment B - Ohio State Planning Process Steering Committee

Attachment C - 2003 Configuration of Ohio's Legal Services Delivery System

Attachment D - OLAF Capacity Assessment Questionnaire and Responses

Attachment E - Ohio Legal Services Historical Revenue Summary Calendar Years 1976 to 2002

Attachment F - History of Legal Services Funding in Ohio

Attachment G - OLAF Grantees' 2002 Actual Revenue Summary

Attachment H - Public Comment - On-line Survey Results

Attachment I - Roster of Work Group Leaders and Members

Attachment J - Summary Of Participating Groups And Individuals

Attachment K - 2004-2007 Ohio State Plan Strategic Plan Materials

Attachment L - Statewide Policy and Practice Guidelines

Attachment M - 2005-2007 Configuration of Ohio's Legal Services Delivery System

1999 Ohio Legal Services State Plan

In 1999, the Ohio legal services community engaged in a serious and broad-ranging planning process, involving legal services programs, the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation, the Ohio State Bar Association, and other appropriate stakeholders, to improve services to clients in every part of the state and to further coordinate legal services activities on a statewide basis. The results of this process have been a greatly reconfigured delivery system, coordinated through seven regions, and involving statewide coordination on all key aspects of the delivery system.


This is the report on the state planning process conducted by Ohio's statewide legal services community, along with other appropriate stakeholders. We believe that this plan can and will improve access to legal services in Ohio and move us toward the integrated statewide delivery system that is our goal.


More on LSC State Planning.

One of the key documents used to develop the Ohio State Plan was the The Spangenberg Report: An Assessment of the Unmet Civil Legal Needs of Ohio's Poor.


The Spangenberg Report is comprehensive assessment of the unmet legal needs of low-income persons n Ohio and was undertaken to achieve these three major goals: to document the civil legal needs of low-income people throughout Ohio; to catalog the availability of free legal services in Ohio, including both program and fiscal resources; and to develop a series of recommendations to bridge the gap between documented need and available services. One of the Report's key findings is that only 17 percent of the legal need is being addressed in Ohio, with nearly 83 percent of the legal problems reported statewide going without legal attention.

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