Behavioral Health Related Legislation
Ohio House Legislative Initiatives
House Bill 92 - Syringe exchange programs
This legislation authorizes the establishment of syringe exchange programs. It was favorably reported by the Ohio House 72-23 and is currently pending in the Senate Medicaid, Health & Human Services committee.
House Bill 104 - Mentally ill persons-civil commitment/ treatment-change law
This legislation makes changes to the laws governing the civil commitment of and treatment provided to mentally ill persons. It has been approved by the Ohio House and now heads to the Ohio Senate for further discussion. OACBHA provided interested party testimonies to the House Judiciary committee members.
House Bill 316 - Medicaid-covered community behavioral health services
This legislation permits the Department to authorize a Medicaid managed care organization (MMCO) that is a health insuring corporation to provide coverage of certain community behavioral health services for Medicaid recipients enrolled in the MMCO. It is currently pending in the House Health and Aging committee.
House Bill 317 - Various reforms-Medicaid/fraud/drugs/ prescription ID/no high school diploma
This legislation regards reforms relating to Medicaid, fraud committed against the state, penalties for certain drug offenses committed against pregnant women, non-opiate medication for released inmates, prescription-related identification requirements, and education for individuals without a high school diploma. It is currently pending in the House Health and Aging committee.
House Bill 332 - Opioid treatment of chronic pain-standards and procedures for
This legislation establishes standards and procedures for opioid treatment of chronic, intractable pain resulting from noncancer conditions and requires that professional disciplinary action be taken for failing to comply with those standards and procedures. It is currently pending in the House Health and Aging committee.
House Bill 359 - Certain prescription drugs-require disclosure of addictive nature
This legislation requires the director of health to develop a one-page information sheet explaining the addictive nature of a controlled substance that is a schedule II drug or contains an opioid that must be distributed to each patient that is prescribed a controlled substance by a dentist, physician, physician assistant, optometrist, clinical nurse specialist, certified nurse-midwife, or certified nurse practitioner. It is currently pending in the House Health and Aging committee.
House Bill 363 - Immunity-help another who has drug-induced medical emergency
This legislation provides an immunity from arrest, prosecution, conviction, or supervised release sanctioning for a minor drug possession offense for a person who seeks or obtains medical assistance for self or another person who is experiencing a medical emergency as a result of ingesting drugs or alcohol or for a person who is experiencing such a medical emergency and for whom medical assistance is sought. The measure is currently pending in the House Judiciary committee.
House Bill 367 - School health curriculum-instruction in prescription opioid abuse prevention
This legislation requires the health curriculum of each school district to include instruction in prescription opioid abuse prevention. The measure was reported unanimously from the House Education committee and from the Ohio House 95-1. The measure is currently pending in the Senate Education committee.
House Bill 369 - Opioid addiction-treatment services/recovery housing projects
This legislation would require Medicaid and health insurers to cover certain services for recipients with opioid addictions. It also establishes requirements for boards of alcohol, drug addiction, and mental health services regarding treatment services for opioid addiction to help defray payroll costs associated with a court's employment of drug court case managers. The measure also provides a state share of the capital costs of recovery housing projects. This legislation was amended and reported from the House Finance and Appropriations committee 24-5 and was favorably voted upon by the Ohio House 71-20. The measure is currently pending in the Senate Finance committee.
House Bill 378 - Physicians-no drugs for opioid dependence- unless patient also counseled
This legislation prohibits physicians from prescribing or personally furnishing certain drugs to treat opioid dependence or addiction unless the patient is receiving appropriate behavioral counseling or treatment. This legislation has been referred to the House Health and Aging committee for further discussion.
House Bill 381 - Retail terminal drug distributor-verify ID if dispensing controlled substance/tramadol
This legislation requires a retail terminal distributor of dangerous drugs to verify identification when dispensing a controlled substance or tramadol. This legislation has been referred to the House Health and Aging committee for further discussion.
House Bill 469 - OVI offenses-penalties/other changes
This measure, known as "Annie's Law," would mandate that first time OVI offenders be required to use an ignition interlock device in the 6 month period of their suspension. It is currently pending in the House Judiciary committee.
House Bill 482 - Coroner-autopsy if apparent suicide/ continuing education about suicide
This measure would require that a coroner go to a dead body, take charge of it, and perform an autopsy when a death appears to have been by suicide, and requires that a coroner take continuing education about suicide investigations. It is currently pending in the House Health and Aging committee.
House Bill 501- Zohydro/Schedule I controlled substances
This measure would add the drug Zohydro to the list of Schedule I controlled substances. It is currently pending in the House Health and Aging committee.
House Bill 508 - Murder-sell controlled substance-cause death-life sentence
If enacted, someone illegally selling drugs to a person who later overdoses and dies could be charged with murder and if convicted, would bring a lifetime prison sentence, plus a fine of up to $15,000. If the victim was an adult, offenders would be eligible for parole after 20 years and if the victim was younger than 18, they would be eligible for parole in 25 years. The legislation is currently pending in the House Judiciary committee.
House Bill 529 - Penalties for certain drug offenses committed against pregnant women
This measure would include within the offense of "corrupting another with drugs" a prohibition against knowingly furnishing or administering to a pregnant woman, or inducing or causing a pregnant woman to use, a controlled substance. The measure has been reported from the House Judiciary committee and now awaits a floor vote in the Ohio House.
House Bill 589 - Addiction Treatment
This proposal would provide funds for opioid addiction treatment and rehabilitation services, makes an appropriation, and names this act the "Save Our Children Now Act." It will be assigned to an Ohio House committee for further discussion.
House Bill 594 - Consumption of Powdered or Crystalline Alcohol
This proposal would prohibit the sale or offering for sale for human consumption of powdered or crystalline alcohol. It will be assigned to an Ohio House committee for further discussion.
Ohio Senate Legislative Initiatives
Senate Bill 95 - Property tax levy-funding for services to mentally ill/mentally incompetent adults
This legislation authorizes county commissioners to place the question of a property tax on the ballot for the purpose of providing funding to the probate court of the county to provide services for mentally ill or mentally incompetent adults in or from the county. It is currently pending in the Senate Ways and Means committee.
Senate Bill 105 - Naloxone-availability of
This legislation authorizes local boards of health to establish programs to make intranasal naloxone, a drug used to counteract opioid overdose, available to individuals who are at risk of overdose and to others with personal relationships with such individuals. It is currently pending in the Senate Medicaid, Health & Human Services committee.
Senate Bill 271 - Retail terminal drug distributor-verify ID if dispensing controlled substance/tramadol
This legislation requires a retail terminal distributor of dangerous drugs to verify the prospective purchaser's identity when dispensing a controlled substance or tramadol. It is currently pending in the Senate Commerce and Labor committee.
Senate Bill 313 -Immunity-help another who has drug-induced medical emergency
This legislation provides a qualified immunity from arrest, prosecution, conviction, penalizing, and supervised release sanctioning for a minor drug possession offense or a drug paraphernalia possession or use offense for a person who seeks assistance for self or another person who is experiencing an emergency drug overdose. The measure is currently pending in the Senate Criminal Justice committee.
Senate Concurrent Resolution 39 - Month Designation
This proposal would designate October 2014 as "Start Talking Month." It has been assigned to the Senate Medicaid, Health and Human Services committee for further discussion.
Enacted into Law
House Bill 59 - Main operating budget-FY 2014 & FY 2015
This legislation was signed by Governor Kasich on June 30, 2013.
House Bill 83 - Psychology practice-revise relevant law
This measure modernizes the state's psychology and school psychology licensing law. It was signed by Governor Kasich on December 19th and went into effect on March 20, 2014.
House Bill 149 - Ohio Suicide Prevention Day-September 10
This legislation designates September 10 as "Ohio Suicide Prevention Day." It was signed by Governor Kasich on June 27th and went into effect September 27, 2013.
House Bill 170 - Naloxone administration-regulation
This legislation allows an individual to administer naloxone to a person who is experiencing an opioid-related overdose without being subject to criminal prosecution. It was signed by Governor Kasich on March 11, 2014 and went into effect immediately due to the emergency clause.
House Bill 232 - Professional counselors, social workers, marriage/family therapists-modify laws
This legislation modifies the laws governing professional counselors, social workers, and marriage and family therapists. It was signed into law by Governor Kasich on April 10, 2014 and goes into effect on July 10, 2014.
House Bill 314 - Prescribers-obtain parental consent- prescription issued to minor
This legislation requires a prescriber to obtain written informed consent from a minor's parent, guardian, or other person responsible for the minor before issuing a controlled substance prescription to the minor and establishes sanctions for a prescriber's failure to comply with this requirement. Governor Kasich signed the measure into law on June 17, 2014 and it goes into effect on September 17, 2014.
House Bill 315 - Neonatal abstinence syndrome-require hospital reporting of
This legislation requires reports to the Department of Health regarding newborns diagnosed as opioid dependent, updates the chemical name for a type of controlled substance, and specifies procedures for granting variances or waivers of any requirement in the rules governing operation of maternity homes. It was signed into law by Governor Kasich on April 10, 2014 and goes into on July 10, 2014.
House Bill 341 - Schedule II drugs/opioids-no prescription- unless review of patient information
This legislation prohibits a controlled substance that is a schedule II drug or contains opioids from being prescribed or dispensed without review of patient information in the State Board of Pharmacy's Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System. Governor Kasich signed the measure into law on June 16, 2014 and it goes into effect on September 16, 2014.
House Bill 366 - Hospice care programs-prevent diversion of drugs containing opioids
This legislation requires hospice care programs to establish procedures to prevent diversion of controlled substances that contain opioids. Governor Kasich signed the measure into law on June 17, 2014 and it goes into effect on September 17, 2014.
House Bill 399 - Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness and Education Day-first Friday of May
This legislation designates the first Friday of May as "Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness and Education Day." This legislation was favorably voted upon by the Ohio House and Ohio Senate . It was signed into law by Governor Kasich on June 5, 2014 and goes into effect on September 4, 2014.
Senate Bill 7 - Offender receiving mental health treatment- release-notice-crime information registry
This legislation requires that a court report certain information to a specified local law enforcement agency for entry into the appropriate National Crime Information Center file if the court approves the conditional release of a person found incompetent to stand trial or not guilty by reason of insanity or orders a person convicted of an offense of violence to receive a mental health evaluation or treatment for a mental illness and to name this act the Deputy Suzanne Hopper Act. It was signed by Governor Kasich on June 4th and went into effect September 4, 2013.
Senate Bill 43 - Civil commitment/treatment of mentally ill-change laws
This legislation makes changes to the laws governing the civil commitment of and treatment provided to mentally ill persons. It was signed into law by Governor Kasich on June 17, 2014 and goes into effect on September 17, 2014.
Senate Bill 57 - Pilot project-emergency responders-give naloxone if opioid-related overdose
This legislation establishes a one-year pilot project in Lorain County pursuant to which qualified emergency responders in that County may obtain and administer naloxone to revive a person suffering from an apparent opioid-related overdose. It was signed by Governor Kasich on July 11th and went into effect October 11, 2013.
Senate Bill 206 - Implement Medicaid revisions/reform systems/program oversight
This legislation requires the implementation of certain Medicaid revisions, reform systems, and program oversight; provides for government programs that provide public benefits to prioritize employment goals; and makes an appropriation. It was signed by Governor Kasich on December 19th and went into effect on March 20, 2014.