Columbus – Today, Senate Bill 43, jointly sponsored by Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D - Columbus) and Senator Dave Burke (R – Marysville) passed the Civil Justice Committee and Senate unanimously.  Senate Bill 43 makes several changes to the laws governing court-ordered commitment and treatment provided to mentally ill individuals. This bill will bring relief to families who have love ones with a mental health disorder.  

“The intent of this bill is to give options to courts to protect the health and safety of our love ones with mental health disorders and ensure that they get the appropriate treatment needed,” stated Assistant Democratic Leader Tavares. “This is an issue that I know first-hand as do unfortunately, many families throughout the state of Ohio.”

This bill also modifies the law regarding the court-ordered 90-day commitment of a mentally ill individual by: (1) providing that, if the individual is receiving treatment in an outpatient setting or receives treatment in an outpatient setting during a subsequent period of continued commitment, the entity or person to whom the individual is committed must determine the appropriate outpatient treatment for the individual, and (2) replacing the term "environment" with the term "setting" in a provision that specifies what is to be done if a specified person or entity determines during the 90-day period that the individual's treatment needs could be equally well met in a less restrictive setting.

Senate Bill 43 is mirrored after HB 104, which recently passed the House.

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