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OSHSA - Helping districts and students receive the help and services they are entitled to



Our Vision

All school districts in Ohio are operating a successful, transparent, efficient, and effective Medicaid in Schools Program for the measurable benefits of their students. Additionally, OSHSA is dedicated to the growth and success of school-based health programs and services that contribute to both the well-being and achievement of their respective student bodies.


Our Mission

The efforts of several people impacting and being impacted by the Medicaid Schools Program (MSP) has led to the formation and activation of the Ohio Schools Health Services Association (OSHSA). OSHSA resulted from a handful people operating in the MSP space in differing capacities deliberately restructuring and reconstituting the Ohio Alliance for Medicaid in Education (OAME), an existing non-profit organization, inclusive of changing the composition of the Board of Directors. 

As a result of this work, the OSHSA emerged and the accomplishments of this “reborn” organization over its first six months of activity is extensive.


A. Engage school district personnel as Board Members and active leaders in the growth and development of the organization.
B. Solicit and engage select Association sponsors in support of specific organizational functions and activities.
C. Continue and enhance relationships with ODM and ODE.
D. Activate Organizational relationships with OT, PT, CEC and ASH Associations.
E. Establish a relationship with the Association of Medicaid Providers 
F. Position OSHSA to function as the information hub for MSP efforts and activities across Ohio.
G. Conduct/convene Stakeholder Meetings on a regularly scheduled basis.
H. Conduct/convene appropriate, requested and required training sessions/programs throughout the year on a scheduled and as needed basis.
I. Serve the school-related Medicaid community as its advocacy voice and service organization.
J. Serve as the connector to Ohio’s Congressional community as it relates to MSP at the federal level and the delivery of related services.
K. Begin to develop relationships with School-Based Health Center’s organizations and the Ohio Association of Children’s Hospitals.

It is the intent of the leadership of OSHSA to offer the field an active, influential and thoughtful sense of direction in this important service. The increased betterment of the environment and support for MSP to these select students in Ohio’s schools and the dedicated professionals that service them serves as OSHSA’s guiding light in its initial stages and for years to come.




OSHSA Board of Directors

Mike Collins, Executive Director

Mike Collins received his B.S. in Political Science and Secondary Social Studies from Miami University (OH).  He also received his Masters in Educational Administration.  He has 10 years of public education experience, including four years in a city school district, three years working within ODE, and three years involved in the NEA.  Mike also has experience in the private business sector.  His experience includes Founder and Owner of The Ohio Publishing Company (6 years), Founder and Owner of a marketing and events company, Promotions One (35 years), and Founder and Owner of The Michael Collins Group, serving state educational programs, organizations, and associations (1 year).


 Mike has served on numerous groups or organizations in an elected capacity.  These include:  

  • Westerville City Parks and Recreation Board (7 years, 4 years as Chairman)

  • Westerville City School Board (7 years, 2 years as President)

  • Ohio State Board of Education (8 years, Chair and Vice-Chair of numerous committees)  

Mike has three children including one still in Ohio public schools, in the Westerville City Schools, where he resides.

Bryan Williams, Government Affairs; Byers Minton & Associates, Lobbyist

Bryan Williams is a 30-year veteran of public policy in Ohio.  He served as the Summit County Juvenile Court administrator in the 1990’s.  As administrator, he authored the court’s successful RECLAIM Ohio community-based alternative sanctions grant application.  He served as state representative for eight years with service on the education, health and family services committees.  Williams sponsored HB 1 in 1997 – a bill to allow for shock parole and community placement for delinquent offenders.  Williams served on the Ohio state board of education from 2011 – 2013 where he first became active in promoting the improvement of Ohio’s Medicaid Schools Program (MSP).  Since leaving the state board, Williams helped establish the Ohio Alliance for Medicaid in Education, a precursor to the Ohio School Health Services Association (OSHSA).  He helped write and pass HB 89 in 2016.  HB 89 established Ohio compliance with federal requirements regarding “Order, Refer and Prescribe” (ORP) – a mandatory change needed to protect the continuation of Ohio’s $70 million Medicaid reimbursement program.

Bryan is married with three children, two currently enrolled in his hometown Copley-Fairlawn City Schools.

Ryan Collins, Communication & IT

Ryan Collins implements a wide range of strategic programs and services for client organizations and provides coordination, promotion and media relations expertise for key projects of the Michael Collins Group.


For two years, Ryan managed sales, information technology, and communications projects at Promotions One, working with vendors and suppliers of the company's regional events, including Red, White & Boom, First Night Columbus and WaterFire Columbus, as well as developing additional sponsors and customers. Since 2000, he supported comparable events and promotional programs.


As a teacher of middle and high school students in the Westerville City Schools, Ryan taught critical thinking and teamwork in addition to a rigorous academic curriculum.


Ryan has also served as head coach of Westerville Central's junior varsity football team and as an assistant coach with the school's varsity football team. He has worked as assistant coach and team manager for the Westerville Worms Rugby Club, organizing the team's appearances around the country for rugby games and tournaments.


Ryan earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in history at The Ohio State University, and he attended Otterbein University to qualify for licensure in secondary education and teaching.  He currently resides in Westerville with his wife, Kristin, and their new daughter, Rowan.

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