About OPPA

The Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Association (OPPA) was founded in 1950 as the third district branch of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), whose more than 1,000 physician members specialize in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental illnesses, including substance use disorders. The OPPA is incorporated under the State of Ohio as a not-for-profit, scientific, organization. It is a medical specialty society with more than 1,000 psychiatric physician members located throughout Ohio:

  • to promote the common professional interests of its members;
  • to improve the treatment, rehabilitation and care of persons with mental disorders (including mental retardation and substance-related disorders);
  • to advance the standards of all psychiatric services and facilities;
  • to promote research, professional education in psychiatry and allied fields, and the prevention of psychiatric disabilities;
  • to foster the cooperation of all who are concerned with the medical, psychological, social, and legal aspects of mental health and illness;
  • to make psychiatric knowledge available to practitioners of medicine, to scientists, and to the public;
  • to promote the best interests of patients and those actually or potentially making use of mental health services; and
  • to advocate for its members.


The Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Association is dedicated to promoting the highest quality care for people with mental disorders and to serving the professional needs of Ohio's psychiatric physicians.


All Ohioans will have universal access to quality psychiatric care and prevention as a result of OPPA's successful advocacy as the voice of Ohio's psychiatric physicians.


Psychiatrists united for best care


  • Access
  • Advocacy
  • Diversity
  • Evidence-based Highest Standards
  • Inclusiveness
  • Integrated/Collaborative Care
  • Integrity/Ethical
  • Leadership
  • Learning
  • Patient Focused
  • Transparency

Strategic Goals

1. Advocate for our patients and the profession.
2. Improve access to psychiatric services in private practice and in the public mental health system.
3. Strengthen relationships with other physician specialties, family/consumer groups, and other mental health organizations.
4. Educate members, other health professionals and the public regarding prevention and treatment of mental illness.