Bill Box – State Legislation & Alerts

Updated 10/31/2014

Below are selected bills that OPA is following. For more information on these bills, contact Bobbie Celeste, Ph.D., director of professional affairs at (614) 224-0034. Full bills can be accessed via the General Assembly website.

Bill and SponsorBill Topic
Issues for PsychologyOPA Position
Status of Bill
HB 59
Medicaid extended to 138% of poverty. Allows parents and singles to qualify for much needed health care insurance.Large influx of funds for mental health and substance abuse services for new individual.OPA heavily supported this.BECAME LAW! State Controlling Bd. voted to allow federal funds to come to Ohio.
Supreme Ct. agreed.
Executive order and part of budget bill.
Autism covered for the exchanges & state employees; behavioral analysts to be certified by Psychology Board.Access to treatment and accountability for ABA providers.OPA worked hard on this.Passed
Effective 1.30.14
HB 83
Psychology practice-revise relevant law.Adds category for retired psychologists; multicultural CE added to ethics category; fee increases in 2016; limited subpoena power.OPA supportedPassed
Governor signed Dec. 19.
Rules not written yet.
Some changes don’t take effect until the 2016-2018 biennium.
SB 43
Burke- R Tavares-D
Civil commitment/treatment of mentally ill-change lawsAdds outpatient treatment options in addition to current involuntary hospitalization.OPA supportsPassed
HB 123
Wachmann-R Gonzales-R
Health Insurance-cover telehealth services in Medicaid and private insurers if desiredAllows payment for providing telehealth by psychologists if provided inOPA supported
January 2014
HB 130
Human Trafficking-punish perpetrators and buyers.Discouraging child abuse.OPA supportsPassed
HB 163
McGregor-R Antonio-D
Non-discrimination on basis of sex orientation employment.Prevent harm based on sexual orientation.OPA supports but bill is not movingCom, Labor, Tech Comm
HB 332
Opiod treatment of chronic pain-standards and procedures.Emphasize psychological screening and treatment.OPA wants changesDrs. Gary Sipps and Cynthia Van Keuren have testified as interested parties.
HB 316
Medicaid-covered community behavioral health services.Provides access to psychological services.OPA supportsHouse Health and Aging Committee
HB 378
Physicians-no drugs for opioid dependence unless patient is also counseled.Behavioral treatments required in addition to meds.OPA supports with changes. Seeking clarification of appropriate counseling and behavioral treatment.House Health and Aging Committee
HB 369
Opioid addiction treatment/recovery housing projectsPromotes evidence based integrated treatment.OPA supports, Rep. Sprague spoke at Legislative Day and this was our main advocacy request.Got into the budget HB 483. Effective 9.15.14.
SB 131
Health care professionals-complete instruction in cultural competency.Require certain health care professionals to complete instruction in cultural competency.OPA supports, but bill is not movingMedicaid, Health & Human Services
SB 151
Ohio Health Care Professional Loan Repayment ProgramRequire the Director of Health to establish the Ohio Health Care Professional Loan Repayment Program.OPA supportsMedicaid, Health & Human Services
SB 252
Worker’s Comp-peace officers/firefighters-benefits for PTSD without physical injuryTo make peace officers, firefighters and emergency medical workers diagnosed with PTSD arising from employment without an accompanying physical injury eligible for compensation and benefits under Ohio’s Workers’ Compensation Law.OPA supportsFinance
HB 609
To establish suicide prevention programs at state institutions of higher educationRequires development and implementation of a policy to advice students and staff on suicide preventionOPA supportsNot yet assigned