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 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 Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T) Committee, chaired by OPPA member Karen Jacobs, DO, is responsible for developing and maintaining medications and related products listed on the Ohio Department of Medicaid’s (ODM) Unified Preferred Drug List (UPDL) pursuant to the Ohio Revised Code § 5164.7510. The UPDL is maintained through a review of current evidence-based medicine and based upon the professional judgment of physicians, pharmacists, and other experts that participate in ODM’s Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T) Committee.
OPPA is an active member of Parity @10, a three-year campaign to establish effective models for robust enforcement of the Parity Act in ten states and to disseminate those models across the country. The campaign’s goal is to ensure that insurance carriers and State Medicaid programs offer full parity compliant substance use and mental health benefits and put an end to a complaint-driven enforcement model that forces consumers to fight for the health care services they are entitled to receive.
The OPPA has a delegate and alternate delegate representative to the OSMA House of Delegates representing Ohio's psychiatrists.
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.