The Governor has proposed a plan to improve access to behavioral health services, expand the types of services available, and create better integration of care that supports individual and family health, wellness, and recovery. However, the Governor’s proposal to accomplish this work is likely to have unintended outcomes that further reduce access to behavioral health services for Ohio families.
To successfully achieve this vision of expanded behavioral health services in Ohio, we’re asking you to urge the Senate to add an amendment to the budget bill that would:
- Provide longer, yet still aggressive timelines for revising behavioral health service definitions and transitioning behavioral health to managed care.
- Add a small number of general requirements, or “guardrails” to assure accountability and reasonable implementation so services are not disrupted or lost completely.
1. Take Action Today!
Join us Wednesday May 20th, in contacting two Senators in support of this important amendment.
What to say when you call or email:
“Hello my name is ___________ from [your city/county], and I believe behavioral health services are important. I support the direction that the Kasich Administration wants to go with community behavioral health and integration of Medicaid services, but timelines and a few important guardrails or protections are needed.
I urge you to include additional language in the state budget that provides legislative oversight and accountability in accomplishing this work. Thank you.”
2. Log Your Call or Email
Click here to log your call or email so we can track how many calls/emails Representatives received supporting an amendment that provides guidelines for expanded behavioral health services in Ohio. Logging your call also helps us share your advocacy work with the media, lawmakers and other supporters.