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OPPA applauds Governor DeWine for dedicating $85 Million to Behavioral Health Recruitment and Retention

OhioMHAS Director Lori Criss expressed her gratitude for the Governor’s leadership and General Assembly’s support for the significant infusion of resources into Ohio’s behavioral health care system:

“Governor DeWine has made it a priority to expand access to care for Ohioans affected by mental illness and substance use disorders. One of the major hurdles to expanding access to care has been the shortage of licensed mental health care and addiction providers, including psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, therapists, counselors, social workers, and peers. This substantial investment will help add thousands of compassionate, skilled professionals to our workforce in the next few years, and it plays an important part in our overall strategy to grow a diverse workforce focused on delivering high quality prevention, treatment, harm reduction, and recovery support services for all Ohioans.”

OPPA is requesting that a portion of the funds be invested in expanding residency training slots for physicians interested in specializing in psychiatry.

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