, to address the opiate epidemic in our state.
Representative Robert Sprague, 83rd District
is currently serving his
second term in the Ohio House of Representatives
, following his
appointment in February 2011.
serves the 83rd District, which consists of Hancock and Hardin counties, and parts of Logan County.
Sprague currently serves on the House insurance and finance committees, and as Chairman of the Prescription Drug Addiction and Healthcare Reform Committee.
Before coming to the Ohio House, he most recently served as City Auditor for Findlay.
Sprague graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor of Science and from the University of North Carolina with a Master of Business Administration.
Following graduation, Sprague
returned to his
hometown of Findlay
to pursue public service.
wife, Amanda, reside in Findlay
with their five children.
selected Representative Sprague
as this year's Legislator of the Year for several reasons:
is a true champion for children, families, and especially for those in recovery as is evident in his
activity in the House of Representatives
has introduced and passed numerous bills dealing with all aspects of Ohio's opiate crisis that is devastating our state and, as he
is well aware, the families we are serving in child protection.
has co-sponsored several opiate-related bills with Representative Driehaus, another PCSAO Legislator of the Year, showing that Ohio's response to this epidemic is not going to be a partisan issue but one everyone in the state needs to care about and address.
added money in the latest biennial budget for much-needed recovery homes.
was also a champion for us in this last biennium budget by fighting hard to make certain there was specific language that would give all of the groups working on the transition of behavioral health services from Medicaid fee-for-service to managed care enough time to make certain no children would lose any service they are now receiving when the transition occurs in 2018.
supported language for the Joint Medicaid Oversight Committee
, of which he
was one of the creators, to monitor the transition process of behavioral health services to managed care over the next three years - and again to ensure no children or adults would lose any service they are currently receiving.
We are pleased to present Representative Robert Sprague with PCSAO's 2015 Legislator of the Year Award.