Governor Mike DeWine has named Lori Criss as the director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services.
Director Criss has over 20 years of operations and leadership experience with addiction and trauma treatment. She has extensive experience in policy related to recovery housing, opiate addiction, and integrated physical and behavioral healthcare.
She is an active member of the recovery community, including sitting on the National Alliance of Recovery Residences (NARR), an organization dedicated to supporting individuals in recovery from substance use disorders.
Director Criss holds a Master’s Degree from The Ohio State University College of Social Work. She resides in suburban Columbus, OH, with her husband, Scott, and their two daughters.
The Ohio Academy of Family Physicians has worked with Director Criss on Health Policy Institute of Ohio projects, such as the Addiction Evidence Project, and looks forward to working with her in her new role in the DeWine Administration.