Bill Box – State Legislation & Alerts
Below are selected bills that OPA is following. For more information on these bills, contact Bobbie Celeste, PhD, Director of Professional Affairs at (614) 224-0034. Full bills can be accessed via the General Assembly website.
|Bill and Sponsor||Bill Topic
||Issues for Psychology||OPA Position
||Status of Bill|
Patton-R and Brown -D
|First Responders-with PTSD and no physical injury-eligible for workers comp benefits||Would allow police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians to receive early and needed treatment for post- traumatic stress disorder, thus contributing to their ability to do their jobs safely without long term effects of trauma||OPA Supports the Bill
OPA member, Dr. Kathy Platoni testified in favor of the bill.
OPA advocated for the bill during OPA Legislative Day, May 2015
|Passed out of the Senate Transportation, Commerce and Labor Committee|
Gardner- R and Cafaro-D
|To amend law related to prior authorizations||Bill would put restrictions on prior authorizations by insurers, require more transparency and restrict take-backs||OPA Supports the bill with language added to clarify that it applies to all health care providers who contract with insurers|| Introduced in Senate Insurance Committee.
Substitute bill being discussed
Seitz-R and Williams-D
|Aggravated murder-mental illness-no death penalty||Would eliminate the death penalty for those who are severely mentally ill at the time of the crime.||OPA Supports the Bill.||Introduced in the Senate Criminal Justice Committee|
|Sexual orientation change efforts for minors-prohibit||This bill would prohibit health care professionals from engaging in sex orientation change while providing mental health treatment||OPA Supports the Bill||Introduced in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee|
|HB 247 Driehaus-D and Phillips-D||Sexual orientation change efforts for minors-prohibit||This bill would prohibit health care professionals from engaging in sex orientation change while providing mental health treatment||OPA Supports the Bill||Introduced and assigned to Senate Medicaid Committee|
|S.B. 32 Tavares-D||Telemedicine insurance coverage||Would require payment for telemedicine if service meets other coverage criteria for insurance and||OPA does not support unless the language is changed to include psychologists and other mental||Introduced and assigned to Senate Medicaid Committee|
|Alternative/complementary practice by unlicensed persons with disclaimer||Would allow unlicensed persons to provide certain psychological & health care services||OPA Opposes this Bill||Introduced in the Senate|
|SB 33 Tavares-D||Health care professionals-instruction in cultural competency||Requires State Boards to set minimum standards for yearly CE||OPA Supports the Bill||Senate Health Committee is hearing bill|
|SB 66 Tavares-D||Ohio Health Care Professional Loan Repayment Program-establish||Health Dept. would raise funds and give loan repayment for work in health shortage areas.||OPA is vetting the Bill||Assigned to Senate Health Committee|
|HB 389 Antonio-D, Driehaus-D||Sexual orientation/gender identity-prohibit discrimination/religious rights||Would prevent discrimination||OPA Supports||Assigned to Community and Family Advancement Comm|
|HB 50 Pelanda-R, Grossman-R||Extends the age for which a person is eligible for federal foster care and adoption assistance to age 21||Would enhance access to mental health and other services for foster youth||OPA Supports the Bill||Passed the Ohio House-Sent to Senate|
|SB 240 Eklund-R||Extends the age for which a person is eligible for federal foster care and adoption assistance to age 21||Would enhance access to mental health and other services for foster youth||OPA Supports the Bill||Assigned to Senate Finance Committee-may merge with HB 50|