Partners



Several state agencies and licensing boards developed the Take Charge Ohio initiative. Each partner provided expertise and experience related to its field to provide a full picture of the current state of pain medication use in Ohio. These partners also shared resources, allowing Ohio patients and prescribers to access valuable tools and information on one site.



Ohio Department of Health

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) responds to the health needs of Ohio’s 11.5 million residents as the state’s premier public health agency. Its mission is to protect and improve the health of all Ohioans by preventing disease, promoting good health and assuring access to quality care.

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Governor’s Cabinet Opiate Action Team/Prescriber Education Workgroup

In response to the opiate epidemic in Ohio, Governor John R. Kasich created the Governor’s Cabinet Opiate Action Team (GCOAT) to attack opiate abuse on every front. The Action Team is composed of several state agencies that work together to combat opiate abuse by making a difference in each of their respective areas of influence. The Prescriber Education Workgroup (PEW) is a multi-disciplinary team of prescribers dedicated to promoting best practices to improve patient health.

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State Medical Board of Ohio

The mission of the Ohio State Medical Board is to protect and enhance the health and safety of the public through effective medical regulation. The Medical Board’s regulatory responsibilities include investigating complaints against applicants and licensees and taking disciplinary action against those who violate the public health and safety standards set by the General Assembly and the Medical Board.

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State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy

The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy is the single state agency in Ohio responsible for administering and enforcing laws governing the practice of pharmacy and the legal distribution of drugs. Its mission is to act efficiently, consistently, and impartially in the public interest to pursue optimal standards of practice through communication, education, legislation, licensing and enforcement.

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Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services

Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) is a national leader in implementing a comprehensive, accessible, and quality-focused system of addiction and mental health care and wellness for all Ohio citizens. The mission of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services is to provide statewide leadership of a high-quality mental health and addiction prevention, treatment and recovery system that is effective and valued by all Ohioans.

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Ohio Department of Medicaid

With a network of approximately 90,000 active providers, the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) delivers health care coverage to more than 3 million residents of Ohio. Working closely with stakeholders, advocates, medical professionals and fellow state agencies, the agency continues to find new ways to modernize Medicaid in Ohio. From incentivizing quality and revamping care delivery to fighting fraud and bolstering program integrity, ODM is committed to serving Ohio’s taxpayers and families. Under the leadership of Director Barbara R. Sears and in conjunction with the Governor’s Office of Health Transformation, each day Ohio Medicaid is working to improve the health care landscape across Ohio.

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Ohio Board of Nursing

The mission of the Ohio Board of Nursing is to actively safeguard the health of the public through the effective regulation of nursing care. Licensees and certificate holders regulated by the Board include registered nurses, advanced practice registered nurses (certified nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified nurse midwives, and certified registered nurse anesthetists), licensed practical nurses, dialysis technicians, medication aides and certified community health workers.

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Ohio State Dental Board

The State Dental Board is entrusted to promote service excellence in dentistry and to protect the public through licensure, education and enforcement of standards with fairness and integrity. The Board’s priorities include licensure, education, and enforcement and it regulates approximately 35,000 licensees, certificate and permit holders in Ohio.

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Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation

The Bureau of Workers’ Compensation is the administrative branch of the state workers’ compensation system. It is a self-supporting, exclusive state-fund insurance system that is committed to delivering quality services to injured employers and workers. As an exclusive state fund, the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation sells workers’ compensation insurance policies directly to Ohio employers, operates 15 customer service offices statewide, processes claims and pays medical and compensation benefits, administers safety programs to help prevent work-related injuries, and provides rehabilitation services to assist injured workers in returning to gainful employment safely and efficiently.

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Prescription Drug Abuse Action Group

Due to the rapid and alarming increase in drug overdose deaths, the Ohio Department of Health’s Violence and Injury Prevention Program created a subgroup of the Ohio Injury Prevention Partnership, called the Prescription Drug Abuse Action Group (PDAAG), to focus specifically on the opiate epidemic. Its purpose is to identify and implement actions for the prevention of prescription drug misuse, abuse and overdose and to serve as a means of communication and collaboration on this topic among interested organizations, agencies and individuals throughout the state.

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