RecoveryOhio Council Works to Identify Gaps in Services

RecoveryOhio Council Works to Identify Gaps in Services
Members of the advisory council for Gov. Mike DeWine’s RecoveryOhio initiative spent Tuesday afternoon identifying gaps in systems and services as they work toward developing policies for the governor’s upcoming budget proposal.

RecoveryOhio Director Alisha Nelson told council members that mapping out the needs and challenges of mental health and addiction treatment systems will be important for prioritizing what to address first in budget recommendations – due Friday, March 8 – and what to address in the longer term.

With facilitation from the Department of Administrative Services’ (DAS) LeanOhio office, council members broke into small groups for discussion and then reported back to the full group on gaps and challenges in crisis intervention, treatment services and recovery supports. The first council meeting last week had included a similar exercise on the topic of prevention.

During the discussion on crisis intervention, council members mentioned topics such as parity among payment sources; making use of the existing health care system rather than building separate facilities and programs; ensuring services are available on-demand and at the time of need; addressing workforce shortages; lack of reimbursement; addressing regional disparities in availability of services; and aligning the criteria used for involuntary commitment for mental health reasons and substance abuse reasons.

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Retired Ohio Supreme Court Justice  Evelyn Lundberg Stratton

Amid the discussion, former Ohio Supreme Court Justice Evelyn Stratton said the initiative she’s involved with on reducing the number of people with mental illness in jails, Stepping Up Ohio, is in the final stages of compiling a report that will provide data on service availability, which she said could be helpful to the council’s efforts.

Story originally published in The Hannah Report on February 5, 2019.  Copyright 2019 Hannah News Service, Inc.

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