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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

SB 5

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 & 2016

Passed out of the Senate Transportation, Commerce and Labor Committee

Stalled in the House

SB 129

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

Legislative Day Priority

PASSED!

Bill passed with expanded practitioners list as suggested by OPA.

SB 162

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 Passed Senate Criminal Justice Committee

SB 74

Tavares-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.

Psychology research and ethics do not support this type of counseling.

OPA Supports the Bill Assigned to 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.

Psychology research and ethics do not support this type of counseling.

OPA Supports the Bill Assigned to the House Health & Aging Committee

SB 32

Tavares-D

Telemedicine insurance coverage
Would require payment for telemedicine if service meets other coverage criteria for insurance OPA does not support this bill unless the language is changed to include psychologists and other mental health providers Assigned to Senate Medicaid Committee

SB 194

Jordan-R

Alternative/complementary practice by unlicensed persons with disclaimer
Would allow unlicensed persons to provide certain psychological & health care services
OPA Opposes the 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
Assigned to Senate Health Committee

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 supports concepts.
Assigned to Senate Health Committee

HB 389

Antonio-D and Driehaus-D

Sexual orientation/gender identity-prohibit discrimination/religious rights Would prevent discrimination OPA Supports the Bill Assigned to Community and Family Advancement Committee

HB 50 / SB 240

Pelanda-R and Grossman-R and 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

Dr. Celeste gave testimony on behalf of OPA

PASSED!

Funding in 17-19 budget

SB 300

Setiz-R

Authorizes certain psychologists to prescribe drugs for addiction and mental illness Requires a post-license master’s degree, exam, and clinical experience for prescribing certification

OPA supports the Bill

Legislative Day Priority

Drs, Celeste, Strauss and Swales testified

Being heard in Senate Health & Human Services Committee

 SB 332

Jones-R and Travares-D

Commission on Infant Mortality - Implement recommendations Adds depression screening, data collection, and cultural competence required for health care practitioners OPA discussing the bill - sponsors were Leg. Day Award Winners for their work on Infant Mortality

Passed 12.7.2016