Yesterday marked the start of Governor Mike DeWine’s administration, and he has hit the ground running with six new executive orders signed immediately after he took the oath of office at his farm in Cedarville, Ohio.
Though all six display the positive changes and priorities Governor DeWine plans to bring to the State, one in particular has caught our attention as prevention advocates.
Executive Order 2019-06D, Elevating Prevention within the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, will create a senior level position to lead the Prevention Services Bureau. The person filling this position will focus on providing evidence based, environmentally appropriate prevention education in kindergarten through 12th grade.
In addition to the issuance of this executive order, we are also happy to see the appointment of Lori Criss to Director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. With more than 20 years of experience, a strong knowledge base, and a track record of advocacy in the field of behavioral health, Lori is a natural choice for this crucial position. This Executive Order combined with her appointment signifies a strong understanding of the importance of prevention in the continuum of care by the DeWine administration.
We are very pleased to see these steps being taken and look forward to seeing other positive changes from the administration and the department. We’re also anxious to see who Governor DeWine appoints to this newly created position as that person will have a significant role to play in the state’s increased focus on prevention.
The other Executive Orders are as follows:
- Executive Order 2019-01D, Creating the Governor’s RecoveryOhio Initiative
- Executive Order 2019-02D, Creating the Governor’s Children’s Initiative
- Executive Order 2019-03D, Establishing Ohio as a Disability Inclusion State and Model Employer of Individuals with Disabilities
- Executive Order 2019-04D, Elevating Foster Care Priorities in Ohio
- Executive Order 2019-05D, Anti-Discrimination Policy in State Government