(Plain Press, November 2016) State Representative Nickie Antonio (District 13) received several honors this month. Antonio received the Center for Community Solutions Award for Public Service in Honor of John A. Begala for her efforts to address Ohio’s opioid addiction crisis and her work on the Joint Medicaid Oversight Committee to improve the rate of spending and quality of Medicaid care.
The award recognized her work on the Joint Medicaid Oversight Committee to improve quality of care and health outcomes for individuals enrolled in the state’s Medicaid program. She also played a key role in gaining legislative approval of language expanding access to syringe exchange programs that will help reduce the spread of disease and encourage more addicts to get needed treatment.
Antonio was also honored for her support of art therapy in Ohio by the Buckeye Art Therapy Association which gave her a handmade award while naming her Legislator of the Year.