Senator Burke Receives Public Service Award From Ohio Psychological Association
Ohio Psychological Association Recognizes Their Work To Improve Health Care
June 01, 2012
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Senators Dave Burke and Bill Seitz received the Ohio Psychological Association's (OPA) Public Service Award on Wednesday, May 23 during the organization's annual Legislative Day. The award is reserved for special recognition of individuals who make a significant contribution to improving health care and access to health care in Ohio. Senators Burke and Seitz are co-sponsors of Senate Bill 329. This bill's purpose is to better serve the mental health needs of prisoners in the Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections. Both Senators have worked consistently over their terms to increase access to health care through fair treatment of consumers and providers. The award was presented at the Ohio Statehouse by OPA President Dr. John Rudisill of Beavercreek, Ohio and OPA Director of Professional Affairs, Dr. Bobbie Celeste of Columbus. Dr. Celeste said, "Senator Bill Seitz and Senator Dave Burke each have earned the OPA Public Service Award through their dedication to patients with mental health care needs, wherever they are found. Their efforts to improve access to care are commendable." As a pharmacist, Senator Burke is well aware of the stigma and difficulty individuals have receiving the correct medication for mental illnesses. Senator Burke represents the 26th Senate District, which includes all of Union, Crawford, Logan, Marion, Sandusky and Wyandot counties as well as parts of Seneca and Ottawa counties. Senator Burke resides in Marysville and is a graduate of Ohio Northern and has his MBA from Capital University. He owns Dave's Pharmacy in Marysville. Senator Seitz is highly regarded for his legal acumen and has sponsored significant legislation for sentencing reform, which allows for treatment in lieu of conviction for non-violent offenders. He represents the 8th Senate District, which includes the Greater Cincinnati area. He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and the University's College of Law.
Located in Columbus, Ohio, The Ohio Psychological Association is a membership organization of approximately 1,600 Ohio psychologists. Its mission is to advance psychology as a science, as a profession and as a means of promoting human welfare. For more information or for a psychologist referral, visit
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