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On May 16th, The Ohio Council sent out a detailed summary of the proposed Ohio Budget. 

Key points on the MHAS Budget are listed below:

Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (MHAS)

Creates the County Hub Program to Combat Opioid Addiction. County commissioners must designate a hub coordinating agency in each county. $2.2 million was appropriated for the program in FY 2018. (HS 337.135)

Delays the implementation of behavioral health redesign until at least January 1, 2018. (HS 333.260)

Permits boards to contract with addiction services providers 30 miles outside of board districts. “To the extent authorized by a time-limited waiver issued under section 5119.221 of the Revised Code, ambulatory detoxification and medication-assisted treatment may be made available through a contract with one or more community addiction services providers located not more than thirty miles beyond the borders of the board’s service district.” (EB, HS 5119.221)

Allocates $12 million in each fiscal year to ADAMH boards in counties with the greatest opiate deaths per population. (HS 337.5)

Allocates $9 million in each fiscal year to ADAMH boards to establish nine acute substance use disorder stabilization centers. Allocates $6 million in each fiscal year to OMHAS to establish six mental health crisis stabilization centers. (HS 337.5)

Removes language in sections 340.02, 340.08, and 5119.01 which define and enumerate the obligations of ADAMH boards to identify and plan for the continuum of care in their region. (HA 2806)

Requires MHAS to conduct a program to provide addiction treatment, including MAT and recovery supports, to participants in drug court programs. Requires the program to partner with community addiction services providers. (EB, HS 337.70)

In total, the budget for MHAS was increased by $47 million total over the biennium. Below are highlights of the MHAS line item changes.

  • Central administration was reduced by $200,000 to $14.8 million each year.

  • Resident trainees was reduced by $1 million to $450,000 each year.

  • Continuum of Care services was increased by $25 million to $99.1 million each year.

  • Criminal Justice Services was increased by $3.5 million to $14.1 million in FY 18 and $15.6 million in FY 19.

Critical to note. This is currently in the Senate. Contact your Senate Representative (select Senate Representative to get the full list of Ohio Senators) and tell them why the Redesign needs delayed today.



For the full summary, select the Ohio Council Logo below:

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