State Rep. Robert Sprague was presented with the 2013 Award for Legislative Excellence at the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities’ annual Legislative Day, held Tuesday at the Ohio Statehouse.
The organization represents Ohio’s alcohol, drug addiction and mental health boards. Legislative Day was designed to convey how, through collaborations and partnerships, Ohio’s boards are leading efforts to build healthy, safe and drug-free communities.
The annual awards are given to leaders from throughout Ohio who are working to ensure that community alcohol, drug addiction, and mental health services and supports are available for all Ohioans.
Precia Shenk Stuby, executive director of the Hancock County ADAMHS board, said, “After listening to testimony related to Medicaid expansion, Rep. Sprague was convinced that the state mental health and substance abuse system was underfunded. He drafted language to bring $100 million into our system to advance our efforts. This language was upheld and the largest investment into our system in decades was made in the (state fiscal year 2014-2015) biennial budget. Part of why he felt compelled to invest in our system was his growing understanding of the devastation that is occurring across our state as a result of the opiate epidemic.”
For more information, visit www.oacbha.org or call 614-224-1111.
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