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.||Passed
|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
|Civil commitment/treatment of mentally ill-change laws||Adds outpatient treatment options in addition to current involuntary hospitalization.||OPA supports||Passed|
|Health Insurance-cover telehealth services in Medicaid and private insurers if desired||Allows payment for providing telehealth by psychologists if provided in||OPA supported
|Human Trafficking-punish perpetrators and buyers.||Discouraging child abuse.||OPA supports||Passed|
|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 wants changes||Drs. Gary Sipps and Cynthia Van Keuren have testified as interested parties.|
|Medicaid-covered community behavioral health services.||Provides access to psychological services.||OPA supports||House Health and Aging Committee|
|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|
|Opioid addiction treatment/recovery housing projects||Promotes 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.|
|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 moving||Medicaid, Health & Human Services|
|Ohio Health Care Professional Loan Repayment Program||Require the Director of Health to establish the Ohio Health Care Professional Loan Repayment Program.||OPA supports||Medicaid, Health & Human Services|
|Worker’s Comp-peace officers/firefighters-benefits for PTSD without physical injury||To 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 supports||Finance|
|To establish suicide prevention programs at state institutions of higher education||Requires development and implementation of a policy to advice students and staff on suicide prevention||OPA supports||Not yet assigned|