October 28, 2020
Ohio Children’s Hospital Association Applauds Gov. DeWine Administration’s OhioRISE Plan
The following statement can be attributed to Nick Lashutka, President and CEO, Ohio Children’s Hospital Association, in response to the announcement of OhioRISE, established by Governor DeWine’s Administration and the Ohio Department of Medicaid.
October 28, 2020 – On behalf of our six member hospitals and Ohio’s 2.8 million children and their families, the Ohio Children’s Hospital Association (OCHA) applauds Governor Mike DeWine, Ohio Department of Medicaid Director Maureen Corcoran, Ohio Director of Children’s Initiatives LeeAnne Cornyn and others in the administration for the creation of the OhioRISE Plan.
Importantly, this plan is needed to dedicate expertise, time, resources, and attention to address the challenges for kids with the most complex multi system needs in our state. OhioRISE will uplift our state’s most vulnerable children and families by creating integrated systems of care with intense care coordination, high fidelity wrap around services, intensive home-based treatment, psychiatric residential facilities and a mobile response and stabilization program.
These efforts allow Ohio’s children who need care to stay close to home with their families and caregivers while maintaining access to critical behavioral health treatment. Addressing these issues related to access and availability of care will greatly improve health, behavioral and emotional outcomes for these children and teens to enable them to grow into healthy, resilient adults.
OCHA looks forward to continuing to work with Governor DeWine and Director Corcoran on OhioRISE and other important components of Ohio’s Next Generation of Managed Care through the Reprocurement process to improve child health outcomes in Ohio.