OSHSA - Helping districts and students receive the help and services they are entitled to
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.
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.
OSHSA’s ORGANIZATIONAL INITIATIVES
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.