The OPPA has excellent representation as part of the APA components (councils, committees, corresponding committees and task forces) that report to each Council.
The OPPA is one of more than 30 organizations that are represented and serve on the Attorney General's Task Force on Criminal Justice and Mental Illness. The original work of this group was founded in 2001, when Supreme Court Justice Evelyn Stratton formed the Advisory Committee on Mental Illness and the Courts (ACMIC).
The Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics will coordinate the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the Building Mental Wellness (BMW) project.
As a subcommittee of the CHC, members work together to promote and ensure open access to medications for individuals with mental illness.
The OPPA is one of more than 30 member organizations of the Coalition for Healthy Communities that includes agencies, provider groups and organizations that advocate for, or provide direct services for, Ohioans with mental illness.
The Ohio Coalition for Patient Rights (CPR) is a group of citizens and organizations concerned that Ohioans, regardless of income or diagnosis, have access to quality and appropriate health care treatment and medication.
Ohio's Psychotropic Medications in Our Children
In partnership with BEACON (Best Evidence Advancing Child health in Ohio Now!), the State of Ohio is working with various healthcare leaders, stakeholders, and medical professionals to evaluate and improve prescribing of atypical antipsychotics and other psychotropic medications to the youngest members of the Medicaid population. Over the next three years, the state will invest $1 million to launch this new quality improvement initiative.
The OPPA was successful two years ago in getting, for the first time, a position on the P&T Committee specifically designated for a psychiatric physician.
The OPPA has a delegate and alternate delegate representative to the OSMA House of Delegates representing Ohio's psychiatrists.
The Pediatric Psychiatry Network is a technologically supported system of consultation, communication, quality improvement, and direct services designed to both increase access to child psychiatry consultation and triage for person-centered medical homes, primary care, and community mental health provider organizations; and to break down barriers to integrated care through system-linking technology used by a coordinated and competent decision support network.
Stepping Up is a national initiative targeted at reducing the number of people with mental illnesses in jails.The Ohio Project - is designed to rally leaders around the goal of achieving a reduction in the number of people with mental illnesses and substance use disorders in jail. The national Stepping Up Summit brought together leaders from dozens of counties across the country to address the mental health crisis in their jails, and Ohio is the first state to host a state-specific Stepping Up summit.
The MIND (Mental Illness - No Discrimination) Movement is a collaboration of Ohio agencies, organizations, and individuals joining together in the fight to end the discrimination surrounding mental illness. We all share this common goal, but until now, there hasn't been one common message and place for sharing anti-stigma/anti-discrimination resources.