Ohio Minds Matter

Ohio Minds Matter was a quality improvement collaborative established in partnership with the State of Ohio, and various healthcare leaders, stakeholders, and medical professionals. The Learning Network is designed to support clinicians interested in improving prescribing of atypical antipsychotic medications for children and collaborating with families and local child serving agencies to promote children’s mental health.

Many children on Medicaid have complex behavioral healthcare needs. Their parents and caregivers often struggle to understand their health problems and find the right source and types of care. This is particularly the case for children living in foster care. These young people are more likely to experience trauma and social-emotional issues early in life and are prescribed atypical antipsychotic medications more often than other children in Medicaid. Some are prescribed multiple medications outside of accepted standards of care, leading to concern about adverse effects that could impact them for years to come.

The goals of Ohio Minds Matter were to increase timely access to safe and effective psychotropic medications and other treatments for children enrolled in Medicaid, improve pediatric patient health outcomes, and reduce potential medication-related adverse effects.

Available benefits included:

  • Improved knowledge about treating children with complex healthcare needs;
  • Diagnostic and prescribing resources for clinicians, families and community members;
  • Monthly data feedback to support internal quality improvement;
  • Online learning modules for MOC/CME/CE credit on topics including:
  • Inattention, Hyperactivity, and Impulsivity
  • Disruptive Behavior and Aggression
  • Moodiness and Irritability
  • Avoiding Polypharmacy
  • Avoiding more than one AAP
  • Antipsychotic Medication Management in Children under 6 years of age

Prescribers, parents, and schools can visit the Ohio Minds Matter website for more information and resources.