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Ohio overdose deaths in May highest in at least 14 years, ODH reports

At least 532 Ohioans died of an overdose in May, preliminary statistics from the Ohio Department of Health’s (ODH) mortality database shows. By comparison, 381 Ohioans died of an unintentional drug overdose in April, according to state data.


Groundwork Ohio Rrleases report on early childhood equity

Groundwork Ohio released a new report on equity for young children in Ohio. The report, Drafting a New Blueprint for Success: Reflections on Ohio Early Childhood Race and Rural Equity, serves as a follow-up to the organization’s 2018 report.


Another round of physician relief payments available

Apply by November 6, 2020

On October 1, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced $20 billion in new funding for physicians and other healthcare providers. Under this Phase 3 General Distribution allocation, physicians that have already received Relief Fund payments will be invited to apply for additional funding that considers financial losses and changes in operating expenses caused by the coronavirus.


APA course of the month - October 2020

Psychopharmacology Algorithm for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

The Psychopharmacology Algorithm Project at the Harvard South Shore Program was founded in 1993 and it consists of evidence-based recommendations considering efficacy, tolerability, and safety. A previous algorithm for obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) was published in 2012.


APA released new practice guidelines on the treatment of patients with schizophrenia

The goals of the new evidence-based guideline on the treatment of patients with schizophrenia are to reduce the mortality, morbidity and significant psychosocial and health consequences of this disorder.


OPPA webinars now available as on-demand learning modules

The OPPA recently concluded its 9-part live webinar series on Practical Psychiatry - Pragmatic Approaches & Clinical Pearls. There are a variety of topics to meet the needs of psychiatrists from both a clinical and practical aspect presents by local and national experts in their field. The recorded webinars are now available as on-demand learning modules for physicians to view on their own time, at their own pace. Each module has been approved for one hour of category 1 CME credit.


OPPA to host its first Diversity in Psychiatry: Virtual Ohio Residency Recruitment Fair

October 14, 2020, 5 - 8 p.m.

This event is open only to 4th year medical students and is geared toward giving diverse/underrepresented minorities in medicine (Black, LatinX, Indigenous, and LGBTQ) an opportunity to learn more about Ohio residency programs. Fourth year medical students will have the opportunity to learn more about individual residency programs and meet representatives from the participating institutions. It is also a great opportunity for program directors to promote their programs directly to trainees and meet prospective applicants that might be a good fit for their team.


Developing a Better Understanding - Deaths of Despair: A Misunderstood Phenomenon

The Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities has released its newest fact sheet on Developing a Better Understanding. The intersection of biological factors and culturally acceptable coping mechanisms spur a new category of deaths, “Deaths of Despair.” Deaths of Despair encompass deaths of suicide, drug poisoning, and alcohol abuse. All stem from unique, complex factors of the individuals’ lives, uprooted by uncontrollable causes like losing a job or a loved one.


Ohio voter registration deadlines

Ohio Voter Registration Deadline: Monday October 5 Absentee and In-Person Early Voting: Tuesday October 6 Election Day: November 3rd Register to vote, change your address, check your registration and find your early voting or polling location at


Janssen announces unbranded national broadcase

Janssen announces the unbranded national broadcast, "Recent Guidelines and Guidance Incorporating Long-Acting Injectables as a Treatment Option for Adult Patients With Schizophrenia", which will kick-off on Oct. 8 at 12:00 PM, 3:00 PM, and 7:00 PM ET.


National prescription drug take back day is October 24

The next National Take Back Day will be October 24, 2020. This event is a safe, convenient, and responsible way to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs at locations in communities throughout the country.


ODM OhioRISE webinar recording now available

On Thursday, September 10, 2020, the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) hosted a webinar to discuss the future OhioRISE (Resilience through Integrated Systems and Excellence) specialized managed care program which aims to better serve children and adolescents with complex behavioral health needs.


HPIO data brief highlights disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Ohio Communities of Color

According to a new Health Policy Institute of Ohio (HPIO) data brief, Ohio COVID-19 Disparities by Race and Ethnicity: September Update, Black Ohioans make up about 13% of the state’s population but account for larger percentages of COVID-19 cases (22.8%), hospitalizations (30.6%) and deaths (18.7%), while white Ohioans make up about 82% of the state’s population, but account for smaller percentages of COVID-19 cases (53.1%), hospitalizations (56.9%) and deaths (77.5%), as of August 29.


OCPCP Met on September 18

Ms. Shaw, representing OPPA, attended the quarterly meeting of the Ohio Coalition of Primary Care Physicians on September 18. In addition to discussing possible outcomes and ramifications of the November election and the Ohio Supreme Court races, Coalition members discussed the upcoming lame duck session of the Ohio legislature and identified several bills that should be watched closely.


New NIMH Suicide Prevention Research Briefs

The National Institute of Mental Health announced findings from two new research projects around suicide prevention: Differences in Suicide Risk Among Subgroups of Sexual and Gender Minority College Students and Suicide Prevention Interventions in Acute Care Settings May Reduce Subsequent Suicide Attempts.


Addiction Policy Forum resource workbook: Navigating Addiction and Treatment: A Guide for Families

The Addiction Policy Forum recently launched a national initiative to help families navigate the complexities of addiction and find treatment for a loved one. The project includes a free 100-page resource workbook, "Navigating Addiction and Treatment: A Guide for Families"; a national awareness campaign; and online resources to help families.


SAMHSA’s 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health Report Findings

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has released the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). The annual survey is the nation’s primary resource for data on mental health and substance use among Americans.


COVID-19 Ohio Minority Health Strike Force Blueprint

The purpose of this blueprint is to provide actionable recommendations to both eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in COVID-19 and other health outcomes and improve overall well-being for communities of color in Ohio. Prompted by the deep-seated health inequities exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, this blueprint goes beyond the current crisis to establish a vision of Ohio as a model of justice, equity, opportunity, and resilience to withstand future challenges.


ODI Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Benefits Toolkit

Understanding health insurance coverage for mental health and substance use disorder benefits can be complicated or difficult to navigate. The Ohio Department of Insurance created this toolkit to help consumers, providers, and advocates understand benefits and coverage for mental health and substance use disorders.


CDC Weekly: Mental Health, Substance Use, and Suicidal Ideation During the COVID-19 Pandemic - US, June 24-30, 2020

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has been associated with mental health challenges related to the morbidity and mortality caused by the disease and to mitigation activities, including the impact of physical distancing and stay-at-home orders.* Symptoms of anxiety disorder and depressive disorder increased considerably in the United States during April–June of 2020, compared with the same period in 2019.


OhioMHAS report - KEY ISSUES: Overview of the State Psychiatric System and Services

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) issues findings on the state psychiatric system and services.


ODM starts process to make expanded telehealth permanent

The Ohio Department of Medicaid is starting the process to make permanent rules to continue expanded telehealth options throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. The proposed rules expand eligible telehealth services and eligible providers while relaxing barriers for patients accessing telehealth.


Virtual Summit: Hope Rising for Suicide Prevention – Sept. 26

Register today for the free, global Hope Rising Virtual Summit to be held Saturday, Sept. 26. The 12-hour event will feature more than 100 speakers addressing a variety of topics including: minimizing the impacts of COVID-19; advocacy; clinical best practices; technology; peer support crisis services; 988; substance use support groups; wellness; creativity; schools; workplace; youth empowerment; spirituality; and more.


Psychologists should NOT prescribe to veterans

The Veterans Affairs Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives is considering legislation that would allow psychologists to prescribe and manage medication within the Veterans Health Administration under a new proposed pilot program. We need your help to warn Congress about the dangers of this program!


Suicide prevention resources for Veterans

An estimated 17 Veterans die by suicide every day in this country. In recognition of September as Suicide Prevention Month, the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services has compiled resources developed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) related to suicide prevention specifically for Veterans.


SAMHSA anounces 2020 National Recovery Month webinar series

National Recovery Month is a national observance held every September to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with mental and substance use disorders to live healthy and rewarding lives. Now in its 31st year, Recovery Month celebrates the gains made by those living in recovery. This year’s theme is Join the Voices for Recovery: Celebrating Connections. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration today announced a series of webinars throughout the month to highlight individuals in recovery and the dedicated professionals who provide care.


HPIO brief explores the health impact of adverse childhood experiences

The Health Policy Institute of Ohio has released a new policy brief, "Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): Health Impact of ACEs in Ohio." The brief summarizes current research on how ACEs impact health and well-being and provides new data and analysis on the prevalence of ACEs in Ohio and the impact of ACEs on the health of Ohioans.


Navigating Treatment and Addiction: a Guide for Families

Navigating Addiction and Treatment: A Guide for Families is a resource for family members who are trying to navigate the complex world of addiction and help loved ones achieve recovery. The guide includes basic definitions, as well as in-depth information about substance use disorders, treatment options, communication strategies, and self-care tips.


HHS extends CARES Act Provider Relief Funding application deadline to Sept. 13

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has extended the deadline for health care providers to apply for CARES Act Provider Relief Funding to Sept. 13. HHS set aside $175 billion in relief funds, including to hospitals and other health care providers on the front lines of the coronavirus response as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act.


APA newly launched App Advisor

The American Psychiatric Association recently launched App Advisor, a new initiative to help psychiatrists and patients navigate the ever-expanding world of digital mental health apps.The site offers sample app evaluations and important information about choosing the best app for your practice.


Medical Board releases FY20 Annual Report

The State Medical Board of Ohio’s (SMBO) 2020 annual report provides an overview of the SMBO executing its mission to protect and enhance the health and safety of the public through its goals.


Bringing It All Together for the Future Ohio Medicaid Program

A new Medicaid video, Bringing It All Together for the Future Ohio Medicaid Program, highlights the efforts underway that will result in implementation of many of the changes envisioned for the future Ohio Medicaid managed care program. This video helps support the Ohio Department of Medicaid in achieving its mission to focus on the individual rather than the business of managed care.


New tools from the Suicide Prevention Resource Center

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) has released several new publications, including information sheets on older adults and mental health, and a video series on treating suicidal patients during COVID-19.


The Path Forward for Severe Mental Illness and Super-Utilization

Source: Treatment Advocacy Center Research Weekly

Individuals with severe mental illness are often caught in the revolving door of super-utilization, cycling through inpatient hospitals, emergency departments, jail or homeless shelters. A ground-breaking new report released last week by Milliman is an important step toward understanding the role of serious mental illness in high utilization of health and mental health care services.


Getting Into the Weeds on "Medical" Marijuana: An Addictionologist's Perspective

Medical marijuana was legalized in Ohio in September of 2016 and nearly four years later, there continues to be challenges and controversy within the healthcare field. This educational activity will provide an overview of so-called "medical" marijuana in Ohio. Participants will review the basic pharmacology of the two major compounds found in marijuana and understand the effects of marijuana on health. There will be a discussion of federal and Ohio law regarding cannabinoids. The presentation will also cover potentially challenging elements of recommending cannabinoids for medical use.


HPIO releases new data brief: Connections between Racism and Health

The Health Policy Institute of Ohio (HPIO) has released a new data brief, “Connections between Racism and Health: Taking Action to Eliminate Racism and Advance Equity” and an accompanying resource page to support state and local efforts to eliminate racism.


Governor DeWine releases Minority Health Strike Force Report and Executive Response

Today, Governor DeWine released the final Minority Health Strike Force report and the state's executive response. The Minority Health Strike Force was formed in April to examine the disproportionate impact of the coronavirus on minority communities, as well as broader health disparities and racial injustices.


Town Hall: APA Addresses Structural Racism, Part Two: The March Continues

Monday, August 24, 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. EDT

Join APA leadership and distinguished speakers for a virtual Town Hall on to commemorate the 57th Anniversary of the March on Washington in August 1963. The Town Hall will examine how the Black Lives Matter movement is an outgrowth of the civil rights initiatives reducing the inequalities faced by Black people and their families; the Impact of racial injustices within APA and psychiatry; and how far we still must go to address structural racism and the charge of APA's Presidential Task Force.


ODM to host webinar on future managed care program for kids with complex behavioral health needs

Save-the-date: Aug. 25, 2020 at 11 a.m. Eastern

The Ohio Department of Medicaid will host a webinar to provide an overview of how the future Medicaid managed care program aims to better serve children and adolescents with complex mental illness and substance use disorder needs. Ohio Medicaid members and their families, caregivers, advocates, providers, association members, and any other interested parties are invited to attend. A registration link will be provided in the coming days.


OhioMHAS responding to the mental health and substance use disorder health surge

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) has issued planning resources to address the emotional effects of a pandemic, when demand for services historically increases during a pandemic. The department remains "committed to meeting the behavioral health needs of all Ohioans across the full continuum of care and services.


APA Foundation launches: Notice. Talk. Act. at School

Notice. Talk. Act.™ at School aims to use the unique position of teachers and educational staff to monitor and interact with middle school, junior high, and high school adolescents on a daily basis. Early referral for treatment is key in preventing or lessening maladaptive outcomes, and evidence-based reviews support the implementation of school-based programs for altering negative trajectories and giving youth the greatest chance possible for a healthy future.


Trump administration greenlights Medicare telehealth services in rural areas

The Trump administration is taking steps to give telehealth a broader role under Medicare, with an executive order that serves as a call for Congress to make doctor visits via personal technology a permanent fixture of the program (Source: “Trump wants Broader Role for Telehealth Services in Medicare,” Associated Press, August 3).


Live Webinar - Physician Implicit Bias in Health Care: An Invisible Risk Factor for Poor Patient Outcomes

Thursday, August 12, 7 p.m., Eastern

During this webinar, nationally recognized speaker, Quinn Capers, IV, MD, FACC, from the Ohio State University Medical Center, a passionate advocate for diversity enhancement in medicine as a strategy to reduce health care disparities, will explore the literature on implicit bias generally and specifically within health care. Dr. Capers will review studies that explore the impact of physician implicit bias on decision making and how it can result in decisions that harm certain patient groups. The presentation will end with a review of some research-proven strategies to mitigate implicit bias.


OAFP Live Discussion - Mental Health Awareness: Family Physician Shares His Story

Sunday, August 16 at 8 p.m., Eastern Live

As part of its Bite-Sized Learning Series, the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians will feature Kyle Bradford Jones, MD, FAAFP, a family physician at Neurobehavior HOME Program and associate professor at the University of Utah Department of Family Preventive Medicine in Salt Lake City. Dr. Jones will share his story of recognizing his own mental illness and the importance of continuing the conversation to dispel the stigma surrounding mental illness. Dr. Jones recently published the book Fallible: A Memoir of a Young Physician’s Struggle with Mental Illness.


Amy Acton, MD will be leaving her position as a chief health advisor to Gov. Mike DeWine

During his coronavirus briefing on Tuesday, Aug., 4, Governor Mike DeWine announced that Amy Acton, MD, MPH will be leaving her role, as chief health advisor, in his administration. Acton previously resigned from her position as director of the Ohio Department of Health in June.


APA Foundation to hold Virtual Town Hall: Mentally-Healthy Schools in Times of a Pandemic

August 19, 8-9 p.m. Eastern Time

Across the country, communities and families are challenged by the prospect of sending children back to school. These unprecedented times have impacted us all. During this virtual town hall , psychiatric experts will participate in a candid discussion about what to consider when choosing to return to the classroom, how to keep both students and staff safe and mentally healthy, how to notice changes in behavior that might indicate a need for support, and how communities can address barriers preventing youth from receiving mental health care.


OPPA webinar: Adult ADHD - What Are We Missing? David Goodman, MD, DFAPA

Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 7 p.m., Eastern - Register Now

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in adults is the persistence of ADHD since childhood. Seven prospective longitudinal studies have demonstrated its persistence in approximately 60% of children. Three decades of international scientific research and recognition by the World Health Organization make evident the validity of this disorder around the world. Unfortunately, most training programs provide little, if any, education for diagnosis and treatment of ADHD in adults.


Survey sheds light on stressed behavioral health treatment system in midst of COVID-19 pandemic

The Ohio Council of Behavioral Health and Family Services Providers (The Ohio Council) recently conducted a membership survey to gain insight into the impact that COVID-19 is having on Ohio’s mental health and addiction treatment providers and system.


Medicaid extends emergency COVID-19 telehealth rules through Nov. 14

In continued response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and following Governor DeWine’s recent executive order, the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) adopted new emergency rule 5160-1-18, Telehealth, effective now through Saturday, November 14. This rule combines the previous emergency telehealth rules and extends additional flexibilities.


ODI and OhioMHAS release Ohio Mental Health Parity Report for 2020

In accordance with Ohio Revised Code, the Ohio Department of Insurance (ODI) and the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) are required to issue a joint report annually on the departments’ efforts, which shall include information on consumer and payer outreach activities and identification of trends and barriers to access and coverage in this state. The departments are required to submit the report to the General Assembly, the joint Medicaid oversight committee, and the governor annually.


Psychiatrists supporting physicians of other specialties via Physician Support Line

The Physician Support Line (PSL) was created in March 2020 to provide free, confidential peer-to-peer support for MD’s/DO’s navigating the Covid19 pandemic. It has now expanded to include support on any subject that is relevant to the many professional and personal intersections of our shared medical profession. Physicians supporting physicians. The Line is staffed by over 700 volunteer psychiatrists from across the country and has recently been added to the American Psychiatric Associations' Covid19 recommended mental health resources.


FCC designates ‘988’ for the national suicide prevention lifeline

The Federal Communications Commission adopted rules to establish 988 as the new, nationwide, 3-digit phone number for Americans in crisis to connect with suicide prevention and mental health crisis counselors. The rules require all phone service providers to direct all 988 calls to the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by July 16, 2022. During the transition to 988, Americans who need help should continue to contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by calling 1-800-273-8255 (1-800-273-TALK) and through online chats. Veterans and Service members may reach the Veterans Crisis Line by pressing 1 after dialing, chatting online at chatting online at, or texting 838255.


In shadow of pandemic, U.S. drug overdose deaths resurge to record

As published in the New York Times, according to the Centers for Disease Control, drug deaths in America, which fell for the first time in 25 years in 2018, rose to record numbers in 2019 and are continuing to climb, a resurgence that is being complicated and perhaps worsened by the coronavirus pandemic.


OMHAS issues position paper on the future of telehealth for mental illness and substance use disorders

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services has issued a white paper "KEY ISSUES: The Future of Behavioral Telehealth in Ohio." The purpose of this white paper summarize changes that were made to state and federal rules and policies related to the delivery of behavioral health services via telehealth that were implemented on an emergency, temporary basis; describe the future desired state of telehealth for behavioral health services; identify barriers to implementation at both the state and federal levels; and offer recommendations for consideration to achieve the desired future state of telehealth.


Telehealth Delivery Extended for Medicaid Services Including Behavioral Health

Extended for 120 days

In accordance with Governor DeWine’s Executive Order 2020-29D, the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) and the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) are implementing emergency changes to Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) related to telehealth services. While the goal is to continue to maintain service access and capacity, providers should review the rules to assure that services provided continue to be consistent with telehealth policies and requirements.


OPPA offers Annual Psychiatric Update presentations as webinars

Practical Psychiatry: Pragmatic Approaches & Clinical Pearls - A series of webinars originally planned as live presentations. Although the March event had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, the OPPA is pleased to bring you these excellent presentations as on-demand 60-minute web-based learning modules, to be held weekly between July 30 and Sept. 24. Sign up for the series (best value) or individual webinars!


APA On-Demand Learning: Advancing the Use of Telehealth Through Education and Advocacy

Original webinar took place on July 8, 2020

APA's recent webinar on telehealth is now available as an on-demand module. Many psychiatrists have quickly transitioned to using telehealth and found it beneficial for certain patients. As states lift stay-at-home orders, and data shows COVID-19 continue to spread in some areas, the use of telehealth remains an important tool for patients to access mental health and substance use disorder treatment while keeping patients, clinicians, families, and communities safe through physical distancing.


SMBO approves new qualifying condition for OMMCP

The State Medical Board of Ohio met on July 8 to discuss the petitions requesting to add three qualifying conditions to the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program (OMMCP). After a discussion, the full board voted to accept the petition and add cachexia as a qualifying condition, effective immediately. The board also voted to reject petitions for autism spectrum disorder and anxiety disorder.


Free Virtual Gathering: Physician Well-Being - Building Reslience and Preventing Suicide

Speaker: Christine Moutier, MD on July 22, 2020, 7-8 p.m. Eastern

Don't miss the next free webinar being offered by the Ohio State Medical Association for its Summer Series: Physician Well Being. This Virtual Gathering, to be held on July 22 from 7-8 p.m., eastern, will focus on Physician Mental Health - Building Resilience & Preventing Suicide, guest speaker Christine Moutier, MD, Chief Medical Officer, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.


AACAP and APA Statement on Reopening Schools This Fall

The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) and the American Psychiatric Association (APA) recognize that education, including school attendance, is an essential component of successful and healthy development for all children and adolescents. Access to universal, high-quality education is always the goal, but is especially true in the COVID-19 era, when many have had their education compromised and experience higher levels of stress from social isolation.


Pharmacy Board seeks comments on rules related to medical marijuana

The State of Ohio Pharmacy Board on a number of new and amended rules pursuant to the requirements of Executive Order 2011-01K and Senate Bill 2 of the 129th General Assembly, which requires state agencies, including the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy, to draft rules in collaboration with stakeholders, assess and justify an adverse impact on the business community (as defined by SB 2), and provide an opportunity for the affected public to provide input on the following rules.


APA survey results and webinar on telehealth/telepsychiatry

APA recently released the results of our telehealth member survey and is holding a webinar on Wednesday, July 8 at 7:00-8:30 pm (ET) focused on Advancing the Use of Telehealth Through Education and Advocacy. Find attached a flyer to share with your members and below the link for you to register for the webinar.


OPPA launches MaskPlus6 campaign encouraging Ohioans to wear a mask and practice social distancing of at least six feet

As Ohio continues with daily life during a pandemic, and as the number of cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to rise, the Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Association (OPPA) and other physician and health care organizations strongly urge everyone to practice MaskPlus6. There is a 17 percent reduction in risk of infection for those wearing a mask or face covering versus those not covering their face.


ODM and OhioMHAS updates to aid in behavioral health services access

In accordance with Governor DeWine’s Executive Order 2020-23D, the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) and the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) are implementing emergency changes to Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) that impact fee-for-service prior authorization, telehealth-related emergency rule changes and procedure codes.


APA task force to address Structural Racism Throughout Psychiatry is seeking your input

Please respond by Friday, July 10th

APA’s Presidential Task Force to Address Structural Racism Throughout Psychiatry recently met for the first time and has launched a quick, initial survey to gauge impressions of the effects of structural racism on patients which will inform their work moving forward. We are asking APA district branches to please share the survey with their mental health networks for response by Friday, July 10th.


July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

July was designated as Minority Mental Health Awareness Month in 2008 to bring awareness to the unique struggles that underrepresented groups face in regard to mental illness in the U.S. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) reports that racial and ethnic minority groups in the U.S. are less likely to have access to mental health services, less likely to use community mental health services, more likely to use emergency departments, and more likely to receive lower quality care.


CMS: Race, poverty tied to COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations

According to a recent article in the Washington Post, race and income are potent forces in determining who among the nation's vulnerable, older population has been infected with COVID-19, according to a federal analysis that lays bare stark disparities in the pandemic's toll. The findings from the Federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are based on billing records for people on Medicare who have contracted the virus.


Top Tips to Decrease Coronavirus Anxiety & Improve Emotional Well Being – June 30

Mental Health America, in partnership with the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, will host a Top Tips to Decrease Coronavirus Anxiety & Improve Emotional Well Being webinar on June 30 at 2 p.m. In this webinar, Dr. Debra Kissen, CEO of Light on Anxiety CBT Treatment Centers, will provide participants with empirically supported tips and tools, based on principles of Mindfulness Enhanced CBT, to live more fully in the moment.


COVID-19 Mental Health Resource Hub, a free resource to help people address mental health needs during COVID-19.

A free resource to help people address mental health needs during COVID-19

The National Alliance of Mental Illness of Ohio, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Ohio and its Foundation are working together to spotlight these mental health challenges and connect Ohioans to help. One focus of this partnership is NAMI’s “You Are Not Alone” campaign, a national effort to help individuals, organizations and local governments collect and share stories and messages about how inequality, COVID-19, financial insecurity and other stressors impact on our mental health. More information is available at


Ohio 2-1-1 to be continued into the next phase of COVID-19 pandemic

Governor Mike DeWine announced that the Ohio Department of Health will continue funding for the valuable 2-1-1 service as Ohio enters into the next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. 2-1-1 is a phone service that connects thousands of Ohioans to local non-profit and government services for healthcare, food and meals, housing, transportation, mental health, and legal services.


New domain name and new website

The OPPA has a new domain name of (instead of - much more succinct and user friendly. Both domain names will be in use for several months. So, when you want to contact us by email, you can simply send it to: ALSO, we have been working on a new website! We hope to make all the remaining changes this weekend, so the website (or some areas) may not be available. Thank you for your patience and understanding.


FREE physician wellness webinar series offered by OSMA

In partnership with the Ohio Physician Wellness Coalition and The Physician Foundation, the Ohio State Medical Association (OSMA) is offering a free webinar series this summer to all physicians in Ohio.


OPPA to offer its 2020 Annual Psychiatric Update as a series of webinars

Coming soon!

The OPPA is excited to anouonce that speakers who had planned to give their talks live at the OPPA Annual Psychiatric Update, "Practical Psychiatry: Pragmatic Approaches & Clinical Pearls", scheduled in March 2020, have agreed to record their presentations as on-demand webinars. While it was necessary to cancel the annual in-person educational event due to the coronavirus pandemic, the OPPA still wants OPPA members and others to learn from the excellent selection of topics and speakers. Look for more information coming soon!


Members participate in APA virtual meet and greet with Congressman Balderson

OPPA members, Nita Bhatt, MD and Alan Levy, MD, representing psychiatry, participated in a virtual meet in greet, "Conversations with Congressman Balderson and Ohio Physicians" on June 16. The event was requested by Congressman Balderson to learn more about issues of importance to physicians in Ohio and to build relationships. Read More


A third of Americans now show signs of MI amid coronavirus pandemic

A third of Americans are showing signs of clinical anxiety or depression, Census Bureau data shows, the most definitive and alarming sign yet of the psychological toll exacted by the coronavirus pandemic.The findings suggest a huge jump from before the pandemic. For example, on one question about depressed mood, the percentage reporting such symptoms was double that found in a 2014 national survey. Read More


Minority Health Strike Force virtual community meeting

The Ohio COVID-19 Minority Health Strike Force met on May 21 and released its interim report that focused on short-term recommendations that could have an immediate impact on the state's COVID-19 response. The report focuses on four key areas: data, healthcare, education and outreach, and resources. Community stakeholders were invited to present their thoughts for consideration in the final report on June 16. OPPA expresses its support and assistance. Read More


Tell Congress psychologists are NOT physicians

Contact your lawmaker today

Congress may consider H.R. 884 the Medicare Mental Health Access Act - legislation that would change Medicare's definition of "physician" to include psychologists. We need you to tell your U.S. Representative that psychologists are NOT physicians! Read More


Mental illness and addiction recovery during a pandemic

The Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities has developed a brief on Developing a Better Understanding - Recovery During a Pandemic, which offers words of hope and suggestions for maintaining recovery during this difficult time.


OPPA testifies in support of HB 443 - mental health parity

OPPA past president, Bill Resch, DO provided testimony on behalf of OPPA this week to members of the House Health Committee on HB 443, which would bring Ohio's mental health parity laws in compliance with the Federal Parity Law, the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008. MHPAEA states that health insurers must cover mental health illnesses and substance use disorder no more restrictively than physical illnesses of the body. Read More


HB 679 would modify requirements related to telehealth services

House Bill 679 introduced just two weeks ago passed the House this week and is now headed to the Senate for consideration. This bill would modify several requirements related to telehealth services making telehealth more accessible by both physicians and patients. Read More


Sub. HB 136 to end execution of individuals with SMI passes Senate Judiciary Committee

For several legislative sessions, OPPA has worked tirelessly to pass legislation that would end the execution of individuals with certain serious mental illnesses (at the time of the crime). House Bill 136 was passed by the full House and moved on to the Senate Judiciary Committee several months ago. Following several hearings, the committee overwhelmingly agreed that the individuals with certain serious mental illnesses at the time of their crime have reduced culpability and therefore should not be executed. To cross the finish line, the bill must be passed by the full Senate. Read More


OPPA condemns racism in all forms

As an organization of physicians united by our commitment to serving society through the practice of psychiatry, the Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Association (OPPA) recognizes racism as a public health crisis and a changeable contributor to the health disparities that exist in our society. The OPPA condemns racism in all forms. Read More


OPPA member, Mark Munetz, MD, recognized for bringing CIT to Ohio 20 years ago

Ohio is celebrating an important Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) milestone. Last week, 49 Ohio law enforcement personnel were recognized for 20 years of service as Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) officers. Retired Akron Police Department Lt. Michael S. Woody and Mark Munetz, MD, Northeast Ohio Medical University professor and chair emeritus of psychiatry, were the lead proponents of bringing CIT to Ohio in 2000. Today, all 88 Ohio counties have trained CIT officers. In addition, more than 16,000 professionals have been trained throughout Ohio, of which nearly 12,000 are sworn law enforcement officers. Read More


Important tips for using telehealth for suicide prevention care

With social distancing recommendations in place as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many mental health clinicians are turning to telehealth to meet with patients. However, while connecting virtually is better than not connecting at all, delivering essential mental health care this way poses specific challenges and risks, especially regarding clients at risk for suicide. Read More


Telehealth Expansion for Mental Health Visits May Be Silver Lining of Pandemic

OPPA members, Steve Jewell, MD and Mackenzie Varkula, MD share with former Columbus Dispatch writer, Alan Johnson, their thoughts on how the use of telehealth/telepsychiatry may be the silver lining of the coronavirus-19 pandemic. Both the state and federal governments approved temporary waivers soon after the pandemic hit that allow care providers to be paid for telehealth appointments the same as in-person sessions. Regulations for prescribing medications were also temporarily relaxed. The key to continuing virtual mental health coverage is how the service is reimbursed long term. Read More


Ohio Coalition of Primary Care Physicians Meets on May 8

The Ohio Academy of Family Physicians (OAFP) hosted a meeting of the Ohio Coalition of Primary Care Physicians (of which the OPPA is a member) on Friday, May 8. In addition to the legislative and regulatory actions taken that impact the practice of medicine during the COVID-19 pandemic, the group discussed potential opportunities for advocating for regulatory changes that were made on an emergency basis to become permanent. Telemedicine reimbursement is a prime example. Read More


Medicaid techinical assistance to resolve outstanding A/R for Community Behavioral Health Centers

The Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) announced updated information on the Technical Assistance Opportunity to Resolve Outstanding Accounts Receivables. To date, 18 behavioral health providers have submitted accounts receivable (A/R) complaints. ODM is offering technical assistance to facilitate claims review between providers and MCOs for claims dating back as far as July 2018 to resolve outstanding claim denials. Read More


Former OhioMHAS director Mark Hurst, MD announces retirement from public service

OPPA member and former Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) Director and Medical Director Mark Hurst, MD, has announced his retirement from state service, effective June 5. Dr. Hurst, who currently serves as medical director for the Ohio Department of Health, has been an integral part of Ohio’s public health system for decades. Read More


Findings in two new reports shows enforcement of the Parity Act would significantly improve access

As the country continues to grapple with the impact of the COVID-19 crisis, we know that the economic, health and psychological effects will result in a surge of people needing treatment for mental health or substance use problems. Two new reports detail key insurance barriers that, with increased enforcement of the Parity Act, would significantly improve treatment access and coverage. Read More


OhioMHAS - Guidance on reopening in-person behavioral health services

Ohio’s Behavioral Health system has continued to provide services throughout the COVID-19 pandemic although many programs have restricted in-person sessions. In many communities accessing mental health and addiction services has looked different over the past several weeks. As Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Director, Amy Acton, M.D., begin lifting Stay at Home related orders, many businesses will be able to return to offering clinically appropriate services in a face to face setting. The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services has developed a guide to assist in reopening services at behavioral health facilities during the COVID pandemic. Read More


AOT learning modules released

The Treatment Advocacy Center (TAC), in partnership with the American Psychiatric Association (APA), launched an eight-part series of online learning modules on assisted outpatient treatment (AOT). The modules are now available to the public through SMI Adviser, an open-access mental health resource library for providers and others seeking to help individuals with serious mental illness (SMI). Read More


ODI toolkit for consumers explains behavioral health coverage

The Ohio Department of Insurance has resources that can help people understand their mental health and substance use insurance benefits. They have a toolkit that explains behavioral health coverage in an understandable way. The department can also aid consumers who have issues or questions about coverage. Read their monthly newsletter, which addresses mental health and COVID-19. Read More


Ohio physician practices can access Batelle N95 sterilization program

Since Battelle announced its new N95 sterilization program for hospitals that started at the end of March, the Ohio State Medical Association (OSMA) has been working closely with Battelle to expand the program to all physician practices in Ohio, regardless of size. Battelle can now offer its unique N95 Decontamination System at no charge to medical practices of all sizes. This program will be facilitated using FedEx as the shipping partner. Read More


House passes measure to limit power of Health Department Director

Earlier this week, Ohio Republicans passed a bill that would limit the powers of the state's health director as a result of the executive orders put into place for to protect Ohioans (and health care workers) from the coronavirus pandemic. The legislation would allow orders from ODH Director, Amy Acton, MD, to last a maximum of 14 days, unless members of the legislature approve an extension. Read More


MHA - Tools 2 Thrive - May is Mental Health Month

While 1 in 5 people will experience a mental illness during their lifetime, everyone faces challenges in life that can impact their mental health. In 2020, our theme of Tools 2 Thrive will provide practical tools that everyone can use to improve their mental health and increase resiliency regardless of the situations they are dealing with. We now believe that these tools – even those that may need to be adapted for the short term because of COVID-19 and social distancing – will be more useful than ever. Read More


CMS issues new rule permitting audio-only telephone care for certain psychiatry codes

Retroactive to March 1

Psychiatric News (5/1) reported that on April 30, “the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a new rule permitting audio-only telephone care for the following psychiatry codes retroactive to March 1: 90785, 90791, 90792, 90832, 90833, 90834, 90836, 90837, 90838, 90839, 90840, 90845, 90846, 90847, and 90853.” Read More


Coping with COVID-19 for Medical and Health Professionals Webinars

Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) is hosting two upcoming “Coping with COVID-19” webinars for medical and health professionals: COVID-19: The Pandemic of Loneliness for Medical and Wellness Professionals | May 13 -- Noon-1:30 p.m. COVID-19: Post Traumatic Growth for Medical and Wellness Professionals | May 27 – Noon-1:30 p.m. Read More


Free Virtual Trainings: Addressing bias and opioid use disorder

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) is sponsoring a series of free trainings for physical and behavioral health professionals to understand ways to address bias, especially for people with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD). We all have implicit biases that affect our understanding, action and decisions in an unconscious manner. In addition, people may have explicit preferences and bias that influence decisions.


Crisis Text Line provides free support at your fingertips, 24/7

Crisis Text Line provides free support at your fingertips, 24/7. It is a free, confidential service available via text on mobile devices. It is intended to broaden the options available through current community crisis hotlines. Crisis Text Line’s goal is to move people from a hot moment to a cool calm. To reach a Crisis Counselors, text 4Hope to 741741. Read More


May is Mental Health Month - NIMH offers resources

May is Mental Health Month. Taking care of your mental health is more important than ever, especially during these challenging times. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) offers free education and outreach materials to help raise awareness about mental health in communities. Click here for shareable social media graphics, messages, and videos. Read More


OPPA keeps you current on COVID-19

Over the past two months, COVID-19's impact on Ohio and across the nation has been catastrophic. OPPA is committed to serving its psychiatric physician members by actively tracking developments and updating information on its COVID-19 and Telehealth sections of the website. Read More


HHS launches COVID 19 uninsured program portal

On April 27, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launched the COVID-19 Uninsured Program Portal to allow physicians and other health care professionals who have conducted COVID-19 testing or provided treatment for uninsured COVID-19 individuals on or after February 4, 2020, to submit claims for reimbursement. Read More


Impacts of Addiction on Children, Youth and Families

The Health Policy Institute of Ohio (HPIO) has released the latest tool from its Addiction Evidence Project, an online evidence resource page on the impact of addiction on children, youth and families. The resource page includes expert guidance and evidence-informed programs to ease the impact of the addiction crisis on young people and their families, including resources that address the foster care system, kinship caregiving, and prenatal drug exposure. Read More


Restarting Ohio's economy

On April 27, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor Jon Husted, and Dr. Amy Acton, MD, MPH, made several major announcements regarding Ohio’s plan to responsibly restart Ohio’s economy during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Read More


Toll-free Careline available to provide emotional support for Ohioans

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) together with Governor Mike DeWine and Recovery Ohio have launched a new, toll-free Careline to provide emotional support for Ohioans who are experiencing stress, anxiety, fear, sadness and loneliness amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More


ODM additinal policy guidance and billing guidelines on telehealth

On April 13, the Ohio Department of Medicaid released additional policy guidance and detailed billing guidelines related to the emergency rule 5160-1-21, "Telehealth during a state of emergency." Read More


Ohio Medicaid has eased several pharmacy benefit restrictions

Governor DeWine announced that Medicaid, the managed care plans, and MyCare Ohio plans have come together to remove barriers for members receiving Medicaid benefits during the COVID-19 crisis, including easing prior authorization restrictions. Read More


OPPA on-demand webinar on telepsychiatry and COVID-19: Coding & Documentation

The OPPA live webinar on "Ohio, Telehealth/Telepsychiatry and COVID-19: What Psychiatrists and Other Behavioral Health Clinicians Need to Know About has been updated with the newest changes to telehealth regulations by Medicare and other payers (if you participated in the live event, you have been emailed a link with the updated webinar). If you missed the webinar, it is now available on-demand. Read More


APA issues Statement concerning Physician Redeployment During COVID-19 Crisis

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread and reaches its peak at different times across the country Many hospitals and health care systems are calling on physicians, regardless of their specialty, to redeploy to areas beyond their specialty to meet the current medical needs of COVID-19 patients. Read More


Physician Support Line - psychiatrists helping other physicians (primary care, emergency, etc.)

Our society expects physicians, now more than ever, to have all the answers. To comfort. To heal. Physicians often rise to the challenge, however, physicians are only human. Physicians are susceptible to burn out, deep sadness, anxiety and vulnerability. There is help. Read More


CMS updates to telehealth

On March 31, 2020, CMS announced additional changes to telehealth regulations. We will be updating our telehealth page and materials to reflect these updates. For those of you who participated in OPPA's Telepsychiatry Webinar on March 25, we are re-recording the webinar to reflect these changes. Read More


CMS updates to telehealth

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced sweeping new changes to Medicare in response to the COVID-19 emergency, building on the agency’s March 17 actions – designed to further expand telehealth and virtual care for Medicare beneficiaries. Read More


COVID-19: How OPPA members can help

You are on the front lines of this crisis. Keep us informed of what's happening in your local area - and in your practice setting. Let us know what you and your patients need. Let us know if you are now providing tele-psychiatry and how it's going. Let us know if recent changes implemented by Ohio Medicaid, health insurance company's the medical board and others is working for you. This feedback will enable us to identify areas of top priority that we can work on with ODH, OhioMHAS, insurance carriers and Ohio's administration and legislators when appropriate. Click on the more to comment and/or send an email to Read More


COVID-19: Ohio Legislative Changes

Ohio Legislature Responds to the COVID-19 Emergency The Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Association (OPPA) is committed to keeping Ohio psychiatrists informed on state and federal updates related to COVID-19, especially how they impact Ohio’s medical practices and healthcare professionals. This week the Ohio House and Senate passed a COVID-19 package to address legislative changes necessary to continue fighting this pandemic. Read More


Guidance from OhioMHAS for Opiate Treatment Programs

In case you missed it, the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) has released a guidance document with answers to frequently asked questions for opiate treatment programs (OTPs). Read More


Clozapine REMS now allowing clozapine refills without blood draw

The Clozapine Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) is an FDA-mandated program implemented by the manufacturers of clozapine which includes a patient registry and requirements for prescribers, pharmacists, patients, and distributors. Until today, it has required patients to have their blood drawn and tested each time by their pharmacist before they receive Clozapine. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and recent medical evidence, the Clozapine REMS program will now allow pharmacists to use their discretion and not require blood draws to before providing Clozapine. Read More


OPPA On-demand Webinar on Telepsychiatry and COVID-19: Coding & Documentation

What Psychiatrists and Other Behavioral Health Clinicians Need to Know

So much is changing minute-by-minute with the coronavirus (COVID-19). There has never been a greater need (and opportunity) for Ohio psychiatrists and other mental health clinicians to provide telepsychiatry/telehealth services. Medicare, Medicaid and many commercial insurance health plans are making changes to their processes and policies with respect to telepsychiatry/telehealth services making it possible to care for as many patients in Ohio in a safe and expedient manner. Read More


Medicaid emergency rules executed to expand and enhance telehealth for Ohioans

The Ohio Departments of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) and Medicaid (ODM), in partnership with the Governor’s Office, have executed emergency rules to expand and enhance telehealth options for Ohioans and their providers. These rules will relax regulations so that more people can be served safely in their homes rather than needing to travel to addiction and mental health treatment centers. Read More


OPPA to conduct annual business meeting via livestream video

With the cancellation of the OPPA Annual Psychiatric Update, the annual face-to-face business meeting was also cancelled. The virtual meeting will be held on Sat., April 4, beginning at 10 a.m., EDT, lasting no more than 30 min. On March 20, all voting members of OPPA will be sent an invitation to take part in the virtual business meeting. Read More


ODI bulletin: Access to Coverage for Ohioans Impacted by the COVID-19 Virus

Telemedicine coverage by health insurers

The Ohio Department of Insurance (ODI) issued a bulletin on March 11, which addresses coverage of telemedicine in light of COVID-19. Insurers are encouraged to implement early adoption of the new law that goes into effect Jan.,1, 2021 which prohibits insurers from excluding coverage for a service that is otherwise covered under the health plan solely because it is delivered as a telemedicine service. Read More


Pharmacy board changes rule for refills amid COVID-19

The Ohio State Board of Pharmacy changes rule that expands the pharmacist’s authority to provide emergency refills to patients who have a prescription history with the drug they need refilled. Emergency refill for controlled substances for 30 days and non-controlled substances for 90 days. Read More


Free Live Webinar from SMI Adviser (APA & SAMHSA) - Fri., March 20

Telepsychiatry in the Era of COVID-19

This webinar will offer learners an overview of how to use telemental health and video visits in the changing landscape surrounding the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. Read More


CMS loosens telehealth restrictions after COVID-19 declared national emergency

Medicare patients seeking certain medical services—including mental health services—can now be seen using live videoconferencing in their homes. They do not need to travel to a qualifying “originating site” for Medicare telehealth encounters, regardless of geographic location, according to a guidance issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Read More


Medical Board will suspends enforcement of the continuing education requirements for the renewal of a license

Beginning immediately, the Medical Board will suspend enforcement of the continuing education requirements for the renewal of a license issued by the State Medical Board of Ohio. This includes, but is not limited to, the requirement for Ohio physicians to obtain 50 hours of Category 1 CME at the time of their license renewal. Read More


SMBO suspends enforcement of any regulations requiring in-person visits between providers and patients

Beginning immediately, the Medical Board will suspend enforcement of any regulations requiring in-person visits between providers and patients. This exercise of enforcement discretion includes, but is not limited to, enforcement of regulations related to providers prescribing to patients not seen in-person by the physician. Read More


During a Viral Pandemic, Anxiety is Endemic

The Psychiatric Aspects of COVID-19

OPPA Newsletter Editor, Henry Nasrallah, MD, shares his thoughts about the important role psychiatrists play in times like these, especially for patients who already suffer from anxiety disorders or depression. Read More



In the midst of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the safety and well-being of ourselves, our families, our patients, and our communities remain the utmost of priorities of the OPPA. To provide support and information to those who may need it, OPPA is collecting authortative and timely resources, which will be updated on an going basis.


OPPA cancels 2020 Annual Psychiatric Update to avoid any potential spread of the Coronavirus

In an effort to minimize the potential for the spread of the Coronavirus, the OPPA Council voted to cancel its annual meeting planned for March 14-15 in Columbus, OH. Read More


APA FREE Course of the Month - March 2020

Highs and Lows: Clinical Pearls and Lessons Learned in the Outpatient Management of Geriatric Bipolar Disorder

This course reviews guidelines for the treatment of aging patients with bipolar disorder. It will cover several challenging and complicated cases of geriatric bipolar disorder treated in an interdisciplinary outpatient clinic. Read More


OPPA testifies in support of SB 254 - Mental Health Parity

On Wed., Feb. 12, OPPA President-Elect, Megan Testa, MD, spoke in support of Senate Bill 254, the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act. This bill would align Ohio’s mental health parity laws with current federal law; raise awareness amongst individuals, families, and employers about their rights and responsibilities under the law; and facilitate greater implementation and enforcement to ensure that health plans are complying with parity laws. Read More


APA Annual Psychiatric Update - March 14-15, 2020

Practical Psychiatry: Pragmatic Approaches and Clinical Pearls

Registration is open and seats are filling quickly for OPPA's upcoming Annual Psychiatric Update, which will be held at the Marriott University Hotel on March 14-15. The OPPA brings together thought leaders from across the nation for this one and a half-day conference, focusing on various aspects of practice that psychiatrists routinely encounter which spans pharmacological, therapeutic, regulatory, media and administrative issues. Practical psychiatry increases knowledge, builds confidence, expands connectedness, decreases helplessness and supports resilience. Read More


APA provides feedback to CMS on APRN and PA supervision

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) expressed its concerns to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding the elimination of Medicare supervision and licensure requirements that are more stringent than other applicable federal or state laws, potentially resulting in the reduction of supervision requirements for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) and Physician Assistants (PAs). Read More


Ohio Medicaid Single Formulary went into effect on Jan. 1

In case you missed it, the Ohio Department of Medicaid published a Unified Preferred Drug List (UPDL) that went live on January 1. The UPDL applies to the ENTIRE Medicaid population, Managed Care, and Fee for Service (FFS). Read More


ODM Request for Information #2

On February 4, 2020, the Ohio Department of Medicaid released a second Request for Information (RFI) outlining its vision for a reimagined statewide managed care program. The RFI seeks input from providers, associations, advocacy groups, data and information technology vendors, and managed care organizations. Feedback requested by March 3, 2020. Read More


Report by Mental Health America shines spotlight on mental health in the workplace

Mental Health America (MHA) released a new report focused on the American workforce and mental health, Creating a Healthy Workplace: Impact of Supervisor Support and Company Culture. The findings of this new report complement and expand upon a 2019 study that showed that supervisor communication and a company culture of safe and open communication are correlated with an employee’s motivation, confidence, and pride. Read More


Now accepting applications – HIV psychiatry elective

Apply for the 2020 Medical Student Elective in HIV psychiatry. The elective will begin with an intensive, two-day training Aug. 27-28, 2020, at the APA headquarters in Washington, D.C. The training will cover neuropsychiatric complications of HIV, somatic complaints, mood disorders, treating co-occurring substance use disorders, and more.


APA free course of the month - Feb. 2020

Emerging Treatment Strategies for Mood and Anxiety Disorders

Check out a free APA member benefit by taking this on-demand CME course on emerging treatments and approaches for mood and anxiety disorders. Presented by Stefan Kloiber, M.D., University of Toronto, Yuliya Knyahnytska, M.D., Ph.D., University of Toronto, Nazanin Alavi, M.D., FRCPC, Queens University, Alpna Munshi, M.D., FRCPC, University of Toronto, and Ishrat Husain, MBBS, University of Toronto.


Last Chance to Register! Documentation and Coding Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Care 2020 - Jan. 28

Registration is now open for this day-long coding workshop in Columbus, presented by Diane Zucker, M.Ed., CCS-P, is designed for psychiatrists and their new or experienced billing and coding staff and all other mental health professionals who want to stay current with new information, rules and policies that impact billing for mental health services. Read More


ODM director, Maureen Corcoran outlines nearly 1,100 defects in state's technology system

Recently, Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) Director Maureen Corcoran sent a report to Governor DeWine outlining a series of issues that ODM is currently working to address. The state's technology system that determines whether adults and children are eligible for Ohio Medicaid has nearly 1,100 defects, according to Director Corcoran.


ODM Unified Preferred Drug Formulary List (PDDL)

Effective January 1, 2020

The Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) is implementing a Unified Preferred Drug List (UPDL) on January 1st, 2020 that will encompass the entire Medicaid population regardless of enrollment in Managed Care or Fee for Service (FFS). ODM pharmacy staff and leaders from the Managed Care Plans collaborated together in clinical, technical, and communications-based workgroups to help ensure a smooth transition.


New Treatment Finder Resource Coming Feb. 1

Beginning on Feb. 1, 2020, OhioMHAS will refer people seeking mental health or substance use disorder treatment to a new treatment finder tool, an online treatment finder database created by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which collected information on thousands of state-licensed providers who specialize in treating substance use disorders, addiction, and mental illness.


Research paper submission deadline is Dec. 31, 2019!

Every year, psychiatrists, residents and medical students across Ohio conduct research that significantly contributes to the science of psychiatric practice. The OPPF supports this research and recognizes authors for their contributions. We hope you take this opportunity to submit a paper yourself and/or to recognize the important work being done in your city or academic institution. Read More


MHPAEA legislation introduced in both the Ohio House and Senate

Bipartisan companion bills have been introduced in the Ohio House and Senate to align Ohio's mental health parity laws with the current federal law, Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act. In addition, the legislation is intended to raise awareness among individuals, families, and employers about their rights and responsibilities under the law, as well as facilitate greater implementation and enforcement. Read More


Documentation and Coding Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Care 2020 - Jan. 28

Registration is now open for this day-long coding workshop in Columbus, presented by Diane Zucker, M.Ed., CCS-P, is designed for psychiatrists and their new or experienced billing and coding staff and all other mental health professionals who want to stay current with new information, rules and policies that impact billing for mental health services. Read More


FTC votes to set up a new hotline to address the increasing rates of suicide

On Thursday the Federal Communications Commission unanimously voted to proceed with a proposal to set up a new hotline similar to 911 — only, instead of dialing the police, the number would connect callers to experts in suicide prevention and mental health. The proposed number, 988, would link callers to an already existing network of crisis centers around the country set up by the Department of Health and Human Services. Read More


Help is at your fingertips to care for people with SMI

SMI Adviser is a free resource for all mental health professionals who care for individuals with serious mental illness (SMI). Download the all-new SMI Adviser mobile app to access free education, submit questions and receive feedback from national experts, and find resources that help you implement evidence-based care. Read More


First-of-its-kind waiver blunts decades-old discriminatory Medicaid policy that spurred nationwide bed shortage crisis

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced that the District of Columbia has been granted a "first-of-its-kind" waiver of the IMD exclusion, a decades-old federal law that hinders states' ability to provide hospital care for mental illness. With their waiver approved, DC may now seek Medicaid reimbursement for care provided in certain mental health facilities defined as "institutions for mental disease. Read More


#GivingTuesday helps OPPF to achieve its mission

Today is #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving. GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past seven years, it has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate and celebrate generosity. Please make a tax-deductible contribution to the Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Foundation today. Read More


Ohio Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) to be introduced

Representative Phil Plummer and Representative Allison Russo will soon be introducing the Ohio Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA). The aim of this legislation is to align state law with current federal law; raise awareness amongst individuals, families and employers about their rights and responsibilities under the law; and facilitate greater implementation and enforcement by the Ohio Department of Insurance. Read More


Cost of health insurance and deductibles is outpacing median income

Across the United States, the cost of health insurance and deductibles for those with employer-sponsored plans is outpacing median income, according to a new report. According to the Commonwealth Fund report, premiums and deductibles in 2018 were 10% or more of the median income for workers in 42 states, including Ohio. A decade before, that was only true in seven states. The report analyzed data from the U.S. Census Bureau and a federal insurance questionnaire. Read More


White House finalizes hospital transparency rule

Hospitals will soon have to share price information they have long kept obscured — including how big a discount they offer cash-paying patients and rates negotiated with insurers — under a rule finalized Friday by the Trump administration. The hospital rule is slated to go into effect in January 2021. Read More


HPIO releases Ohio Addiction Policy Inventory and Scorecard

The Health Policy Institute of Ohio has released the third in a series of inventories and scorecards analyzing Ohio's policy response to the addiction crisis and outlining areas where the state could be more effective. The new report, "Ohio Addiction Policy Inventory and Scorecard: Law Enforcement and the Criminal Justice System," provides policymakers and other stakeholders with the information needed to take stock of Ohio's policy response to addiction within the law enforcement and criminal justice sectors. Read More


OPPA and APA urge action to end disparities in mental health coverage

People seeking treatment for mental illness and substance use disorders continue to pay more and face more barriers to accessing care than those seeking care for physical illness, according to a report released today from Milliman, Inc., and the disparity has worsened over the past two years. Read More


Webinar: How can boarding of psychiatric patients be reduced?

Advance registration required for this free event

The American Psychiatric Association is joining the American College of Emergency Physicians and Coalition on Psychiatric Emergencies to host a webinar on mitigating the problem of emergency department boarding of psychiatric patients based on APA's resource document on the issue. The webinar will be held Wednesday, December 11, from 3 p.m-4 p.m. EST. Read More


Suicides across Ohio have climbed 45% since 2007

According to a recent report by the Ohio Department of Health, between 2007 and 2018, suicide deaths increased 45% among all age groups and by 56% among youths ages 10 to 24, according to state health officials. Over the past dozen years, 18,391 Ohioans have died by suicide. The most common method of suicide is firearms, followed by hanging and drug overdose, the report said. Read More


Important survey on prior authorization

The Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Association, in partnership with the Ohio State Medical Association and the rest of the House of Medicine, requests input from medical practices across Ohio regarding prior authorization. The goal of this survey is to assess experiences with payers since the passage of Senate Bill 129, legislation aimed at improving and streamlining the prior authorization process. Read More


1 is too many - assistance to vets to bring the number of suicides to zero

AMVETS Department of Ohio is committed to bring the number of veteran suicides down to zero by addressing the underlying issues that cause it. 1 Is Too Many will be working with at risk veterans who are dealing with issues like opioid/drug abuse, PTSD, other mental health conditions, financial issues, legal issues, convictions and more.​ For help, call the ‘1 Is Too Many’ crisis line for veterans at 1-800-OH-AMVET or 1-800-642-6838. Read More


ASAM releases new definition of addiction

The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) – the nation’s largest organization representing medical professionals who specialize in addiction prevention and treatment – has updated the society’s definition of addiction to explain more fully the complexity of this chronic disease. Read More