The OPPA, a district branch of the American Psychiatric Association, is a statewide medical specialty organization whose more than 1,000 physician members specialize in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental illnesses, including substance use disorders.
The Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) and Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) are evaluating the early effects of Behavioral Health Redesign and managed care integration on the comprehensive behavioral health system. At this time, they are focusing immediate efforts on addressing payment and policy challenges and look to design solutions aimed at best serving Ohioans with mental illness and addiction treatment needs.
OPPA member, Julie Teeter, MD, has been appointed to serve on Governor DeWine's new RecoveryOhio advisory council. The group has already been meeting one to two times a week for several hours to discuss Ohio's opioid epidemic in order to make recommendations for improvement in a report due to the Governor of March 8, 2019.
A new documentary, To Ill to Execute, details the urgency of a movement to exclude those with severe mental illness from the death penalty in states across the U.S. Ohio's former Ohio Supreme Court Justice Evelyn Stratton and OPPA member, Megan Testa, MD, share their expertise in the film.
There have been recent results demonstrating that it is possible to extract a significant amount of information from voice recordings of patients engaged in naturalistic or minimally structured speech tasks. The studies include differential diagnosis of psychosis, prediction of psychosis onset, detection of psychoactive drug intake and progression of neurodegenerative conditions such as Parkinson’s and MCI/Alzheimer’s.
New patient registry information released on February 7 by state officials shows more than 10,000 people have been recommended medical marijuana for pain that is chronic and severe or cannot be treated with other medicines.
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