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Faces of ODADAS/ODMH – Meet Jonathan Baker

Posted on 10/17/2012 by

By Ashley González
ODMH Public Information Officer

ODADAS and ODMH recently hired a legislative liaison, Jonathan Baker, who will serve as the point of contact for both agencies for legislative issues pertaining to mental illness and addiction. Prior to starting his new position last week, Jonathan worked a combined seven years in various roles at the Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio Senate.

I sat down with Jonathan to learn more about the responsibilities of a legislative liaison and what he hopes to accomplish in his new role.

Photo: Jonathan Baker in the Senate Chamber at the Ohio Statehouse.

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ODMH Announces Partnership with Medicaid; ODADAS Releases Gambling Survey Results

Posted on 10/5/2012 by in ODMH ODADAS Addiction Medicaid Gambling Foster Care Psychotropic Medication Hollywood Casino Problem Gambling

By Ashley González
ODMH Public Information Officer

It has been a busy couple of weeks at the Ohio departments of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services and Mental Health. Last Tuesday, ODMH Director Tracy Plouck spoke at a press conference at the Ohio Statehouse to announce a new partnership between ODMH and the Ohio Department of Medical Assistance (Ohio Medicaid) aimed at improving the way that psychotropic medications, including anti-psychotics, are being prescribed to Ohio’s children. During the next three years, the state will invest $1 million to launch this new quality-improvement initiative.

Photo: ODMH Director Tracy Plouck, joined by Medicaid Director John McCarthy and Medicaid Medical Director Dr. Mary Applegate, speaks at the Sept. 25 press conference.

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