Office of Health Transformation Update
August 1, 2014

Kasich names new leadership team at Health Department


Today Governor Kasich named a new leadership team to lead the Ohio Department of Health, turning to an experienced manager with health care experience -- Rick Hodges -- and an experienced clinician -- Dr. Mary Applegate -- to work together to elevate both the agency's operational effectiveness as well as its medical expertise. A former state legislator, Hodges has served in a range of management roles including in senior roles in health care organizations in Northwest Ohio. Dr. Applegate will work with Hodges to recruit a team of clinical professionals who bring the best medical knowledge to inform all aspects of Health's work, then resume her role at Medicaid once the team is in place.


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Connecting Veterans to Benefits

Ohio Benefits, Ohio's online eligibility system for income-based programs, has been updated to identify individuals who have served in the U.S. military. With the individual's consent, basic information is electronically forwarded to the Ohio Department of Veterans Services and the local County Veterans Service Office. The county office then contacts the individual to discuss all of the benefits that may be available, including health care coverage and employment opportunities. This new capability was activated July 29 and, within a few minutes of being activated, the first veteran was identified and 12 hours later he was connected to significant additional services.

Child, Adult Protective Services Teams Begin Work


The 2014 mid-biennium review (HB 483) created two work groups to develop recommendations for distributing funds appropriated in the bill for adult protective services ($10 million) and child protective services ($6.8 million). The two teams were convened under the leadership of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Office of Human Services Innovation, which also was created in the MBR to align programs that assist Ohioans prepare for life and the dignity of work. The Office will establish clear principles to guide reforms, clearly identify problems to be addressed, and make an inventory of all existing state and other human services programs and resources. The first priorities are child and adult protective services funding decisions and reforms, and others will follow.


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