Bill Box – State Legislation & Alerts
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 Sponsor||Bill Topic
||Issues for Psychology||OPA Position
||Status of Bill|
|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.||BECAME LAW! Rules written. Effective 1.30.2014.|
|Psychology practice-revise relevant law.||Adds category for retired psychologists; multicultural CE added to ethics category; fee increases in 2016; limited subpoena power.||OPA supported||PASSED! Governor signed Dec. 19.
Rules not written yet.
Some changes don’t take effect until the 2016-2018 biennium.
Burke- R Tavares-D
Court-ordered outpatient treatment
|Adds outpatient treatment options in addition to current involuntary hospitalization.||OPA supports||Passed House Dec. Expected to pass the Senate in February.|
|Health Insurance-cover telehealth services in Medicaid and private insurers if desired||Allows payment for providing telehealth by psychologists if provided in||OPA supported
||PASSED! January 2014|
|Human Trafficking-punish perpetrators and buyers.||Discouraging child abuse.||OPA supports||Passed House, in Senate Criminal Justice|
|Non-discrimination on basis of sex orientation employment.||Prevent harm based on sexual orientation.||OPA supports but bill is not moving.||Com, Labor, Tech Comm.|
|Opiod treatment of chronic pain-standards and procedures.||Emphasize psychological screening and treatment.||OPA supports, Dr. Gary Sipps testified to add psychologists.||House Health and Aging Committee|
|Medicaid-covered community behavioral health services.||Provides access to psychological services.||OPA supports||House Health and Aging Committee|
|Opioid addiction-treatment services/recovery housing projects. Physicians-no drugs for opioid dependence unless patient is also counseled.||Promotes evidence based integrated treatment. Behavioral treatments required in addition to meds.||OPA supports, Dr. Greg Brigham was brought in as an expert witness.||House Health and Aging Committee.|