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OPA Legislative Day

May 23, 2012 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

| $65

OPA Legislative Day

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Workshop Description

Psychologists play a vital role in the future of health care in the United States. The Institute of Medicine has made a compelling argument for a paradigm shift in the way health care is delivered in this country. Hospitals and clinics nationwide are changing their method of operation from problem based/disease focused care to patient centered/integrative health care. As scientist-practitioners and experts in mind-body health psychologists are uniquely equipped to assist with this transformation as both direct clinical care providers and organizational consultants.

The three morning programs will focus on this topic. Mr. Greg Moody, Director of the Governor’s Office of Health Transformation will lead us off with a talk about how his office is approaching integrated care in the public sector. Of special interest will be his description of an integrated model called “health homes” which is being initiated for the chronically mentally ill. Next, Dr. Nate Tomcik will discuss his experience assisting a Department of Veterans Affairs Ambulatory Care Center in the transformation toward patient centered care. In the final talk Ohio psychologists, Dr. Jerry Straus and Dr. Alice Randolph will highlight how prescribing psychologists contribute to an integrated health model in the U.S. military, Indian and Public Health Services, and in the states of New Mexico and Louisiana.

Participants will learn:

• Plans being developed and implemented in the Governor’s Office of Health Transformation

• The model of patient centered care introduced in a Dept. of Veteran’s Affairs Ambulatory Care Center

• How prescribing psychologists in the military, federal health services, and NM and Louisiana contribute to an integrated health care model

As we did last year, OPA’s Committee on Social Responsibility is hosting a Mind/Body Health Fair for legislators, staff, the public and Legislative Day participants.  Psychologists and graduate students from around Ohio will staff the tables focused on how psychologists build a Healthy and Productive Ohio.


8- 8:30 a.m. Legislative Day Registration and Continental Breakfast and Health Fair begins

8:30-9 a.m. Welcome & Orientation

9-9:30 a.m. Director, Greg Moody ,Governor’s Office of Health Transformation,

9:30AM-10:00 a.m. Visit the Health Fair Tables-organized by regions of the state highlighting unique programs and services in that region.

10-11 a.m. Speaker:  Dr. Nate Tomcik, Psychologist, Department of Veterans Affairs Ambulatory Care Center, will discuss ways in which psychologists can educate legislators and policy makers about the role of psychology in integrative/patient centered models of care
Alternate Choice: For Graduate Students and others who do not want CE-Briefing on How to Talk to Legislators

11-11:45 a.m. Health Fair Open

11:30 a.m. Lunch buffet with legislators

11:45 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Lunch Program: Psychologists Dr. Jerry Straus and Dr. Alice Randolph will discuss  the history and effectiveness of prescribing psychologists. Legislator awards will also be presented.

12:45 p.m.-1:30 p.m. All participants-briefing for visits with Legislative offices and match up experienced and new advocates

1-3 p.m. Visit Legislative Offices; Session; Committees

3 p.m. De-briefing in the atrium to fill out evaluations and forms regarding the legislative visits

Bonus 1 hour CE: Preparation for Legislative Day Webinar: Friday, May 11, 12-1 p.m.

Prescribing Psychologists-Their Role in Integrated Care; The State Psychological Board’s new legislation, HB 495; MH Budget Update; Q & A regarding Legislative Day.

A limited number of scholarships are available for graduate students. Contact Michael Ranney to request a scholarship.






May 23, 2012
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
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Ohio Statehouse
1 Capitol Square
Columbus, OH 43215 United States


Ohio Psychological Association