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Governor John R. Kasich has signed into law Senate Bill 43, sponsored by Senator Dave Burke (R–Marysville), which seeks to provide clarity in the law as it relates to court ordered outpatient treatment for the mentally ill.
 
Senator Burke serves as the Chairman of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Medicaid, Health, and Human Services and has been on the forefront of modernizing and reforming Ohio’s Medicaid system in order to provide more effective service.
 
“Each morning, I pick up the paper and read new accounts of tragic situations and horrific crimes around the nation that are becoming increasingly violent and further strip away any ounce of innocence in our society,” said Burke. “We cannot stand idly by as this continues. We know our nation has a growing problem with mental illness and it is time we retake the reins and help our fellow citizens before further pain can be inflicted.”
 
Burke jointly sponsored the bipartisan measure with Senator Charleta Tavares (D–Columbus).
 
The legislation seeks to clarify existing law so as to eliminate any question on the part of Ohio’s Probate Court Judges that they may order certain individuals with serious and persistent mental illness into court ordered outpatient treatment.  This is an important tool for judges to have the ability to exercise, particularly when there is clear and convincing evidence that without treatment, the individual is likely to cause a substantial risk of harm to themselves, others and or demonstrates difficulty adhering to prescribed treatment.  
 
The legislation also seeks to properly define the types of treatment that may be included as part of someone’s court order as well as inserting a copy of the state’s existing affidavit form into code.  This was done so that anyone, including a family member, knows where to locate this form and where to file it.

 
 
 
  
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