Below is a list of pending bills currently in the Ohio House of Representatives or the Ohio Senate that are in the process of becoming law in the 133rd General Assembly. The listed bills are followed by the MHAC because they are related to mental health and substance use disorders. As bills are introduced and are in the vetting stages, the MHAC may advocate in support, as an opponent, as an interested party, make policy recommendations, or any combination of these to proposed legislation. Some bills move quickly while others stall during the legislative process. Sometimes legislation that has nothing to do with behavioral health is amended to carry provisions that directly impact mental health and substance use disorders.
MHAC members should use this page as a resource to find out what legislation surrounding behavioral health is being proposed during this General Assembly. The MHAC uses its membership to effectively advocate on state legislation through action alerts, letters to the editor, letters of support, meetings at the Ohio Statehouse, meetings at members’ organizations, and through testimony. We will update this page as more bills are introduced throughout 2021-2022. You may find more information on these bills and others using the Legislative Search Tool.
SB 2 (Gavarone, T.) Mental Health Treatment
To make changes to the requirements for competency evaluations and mental health treatment in criminal cases and to enter into the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (PSYPACT).