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

Bill and Sponsor  Bill Topic Issues and Psychology OPA Position Status of Bill


Eckland - R

Williams - D


Companion bill to SB40

Seitz - R

Antonio - D

Avoid death penalty if offender has serious mental illness at the time of the crime
Appropriateness of death for seriously mentallly ill offenders

OPA Supports the Bill

OPA has and will continue to advocate for the bill during OPA Legislative Day, May 2015, 2016 & 2017

Senate Judiciary Committee



House Criminal Justice Committee


R. Smith - R

FY 2018-19 Budget

Elimination of the Psychology Board

Funding for mental health services

OPA opposes the elimination of the psychology board

OPA supports adequate funding for mental heath services

Amended Bill passed the House.


Senate Finance Committee


Taveres - D

Culturally competent health care providers Culturally competent health care providers   OPA Supports Senate Health, Human Services and Medicaid Committee


Lehner - R

Tavares - D

Adopt requirments for Step Therapy protocols Adopt requirements for Step Therapy protocols OPA is monitoring this bill Senate Health Human Services and Medicaid Committee


Seitz - R 

Gavarone - R

Authorize psychologists to prescribe psychotropics Authorize specifically trained psychologists to prescribe psychotropic and other drugs for the treatment of drug addiction and mental illness  OPA Supports  House Health Committee


Rezebak - R

 Eliminate mandatory & Reverse bindovers  Modify procedures for discretionary bindovers of alleged juvenile offenders   OPA Monitoring  House Criminal Justice Committee  


Lipps - R

West - D

 Prescription Drug Co-Pay Integrity Act  Disclose Drug Price information to Patients  OPA Supports House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee


Antonio - D

   Adds sexual orientation or gender identity to categories of discrimination  OPA Supports House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee