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
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.
Enacted into Law
House Bill 59 - Main operating budget-FY 2014 & FY 2015
House Bill 149 - Ohio Suicide Prevention Day-September 10
House Bill 314 - Prescribers-obtain parental consent- prescription issued to minor
House Bill 366 - Hospice care programs-prevent diversion of drugs containing opioids
Senate Bill 7 - Offender receiving mental health treatment- release-notice-crime information registry
Senate Bill 57 - Pilot project-emergency responders-give naloxone if opioid-related overdose
Senate Bill 206 - Implement Medicaid revisions/reform systems/program oversight
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