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H. B. No. 68 As IntroducedAs Introduced
|129th General Assembly|
Representatives Adams, J., Balderson, Combs, Derickson, Hackett, Huffman, Stebelton, Sears
To create the Ohio Council to Reform Behavioral
BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF OHIO:
Section 1. (A) There is hereby created the Ohio Council to
Reform Behavioral Health Care. The Council shall conduct a
complete review of the state's behavioral health system and make
recommendations for achieving comprehensive reform of, and cost
containment within, the system.
(B) The Council shall consist of nine members. Not later than
sixty days after the effective date of this section, the Governor,
the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of
Representatives shall each appoint three members. All members
shall be selected for their expertise in the field of behavioral
health care or for their experience as recipients of behavioral
health care services.
Each member of the Council shall serve at the pleasure of the
member's appointing authority. A vacancy shall be filled in the
same manner as the original appointment.
A member shall serve without compensation, except to the
extent that serving on the Council is considered part of the
member's regular duties of employment.
(C) Not later than thirty days after the original
appointments to the Council are made, the Council shall convene
its first meeting and elect from among its members a chairperson.
The chairperson shall be responsible for convening all meetings
and for keeping meeting attendance records and minutes.
A Council member may attend a Council meeting by
participating in a conference call, but only if the purpose of the
meeting is to gather information, there are no votes scheduled to
be taken at the meeting, and a room is made available for the
public to observe the meeting. By participating in the conference
call, the member shall be considered present at the meeting. In
the event that the Council finds it necessary to take a vote at
the meeting, a member in attendance by conference call may not
participate in the vote.
(D) The Department of Mental Health, the Department of
Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services, and the Department of Job and
Family Services shall provide meeting space, staff services, and
technical assistance as necessary for the Council to carry out its
duties. To the extent possible, staff services and technical
assistance shall be provided by individuals who are employees of
the departments on the effective date of this section.
(E) Not later than January 1, 2012, the Council shall submit
a written report of its findings and recommendations to the
Governor and, in accordance with section 101.68 of the Revised
Code, the General Assembly. On the submission of the report, the
Council shall cease to exist.