130th Ohio General Assembly
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S. B. No. 182  As Introduced
As Introduced

130th General Assembly
Regular Session
2013-2014
S. B. No. 182


Senator Schaffer 

Cosponsors: Senators Hughes, Gardner, Jordan, Uecker, Burke 



A BILL
To require the Director of Job and Family Services to operate an Ohio Works First drug testing pilot program and to make an appropriation.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF OHIO:
Section 1.  (A) As used in this section:
(1) "Adult," "assistance group," and "Ohio Works First" have the same meanings as in section 5107.02 of the Revised Code.
(2) "Chemical dependency" means the use of a drug of abuse to the extent that the user becomes physically or psychologically dependent on the drug or endangers the user's health, safety, or welfare or that of others.
(3) "Drug of abuse" means any controlled substance as defined in section 3719.01 of the Revised Code, any harmful intoxicant as defined in section 2925.01 of the Revised Code, and any dangerous drug as defined in section 4729.01 of the Revised Code.
(4) "Drug test" means either of the following that is conducted to determine whether a drug of abuse is present in a biological specimen taken from an individual's body:
(a) A chemical test of an individual's urine;
(b) An oral fluid test that uses a swab.
(5)(a) Except as provided in division (A)(5)(b) of this section, "fail a drug test" means that a drug test reveals the presence of a drug of abuse in a biological specimen taken from an individual's body.
(b) An individual shall not be determined to have failed a drug test if the individual obtained the drug of abuse pursuant to a prescription issued by a licensed health professional authorized to prescribe drugs and the individual injected, ingested, or inhaled the drug of abuse in accordance with the licensed health professional's directions.
(6) "Licensed health professional authorized to prescribe drugs" and "prescription" have the same meanings as in section 4729.01 of the Revised Code.
(7) "Pass a drug test" means that a drug test does not reveal the presence of a drug of abuse in a biological specimen taken from an individual's body.
(8) "Work-eligible individual" has the same meaning as in 45 C.F.R. 261.2(n).
(B) Not later than ninety days after the effective date of this section, the Director of Job and Family Services shall establish an Ohio Works First drug testing pilot program. The pilot program shall be operated for two years in three counties the Director selects, except that the Director may select a county only if the county's board of county commissioners volunteers to have the county included in the program. In selecting counties, the Director shall strive to have one rural, one suburban, and one urban county included in the program.
The county department of job and family services of each county included in the program shall conduct an assessment of each adult member of an assistance group that applies to participate in Ohio Works First to determine whether there is reasonable cause to suspect that any of the adults have a chemical dependency. The assessment shall be conducted in accordance with rules adopted under this section and as part of the process of determining under section 5107.12 of the Revised Code whether the assistance group is initially eligible to participate in Ohio Works First. The assessment shall not be conducted as part of an eligibility redetermination. If pursuant to an assessment conducted under the pilot program there is reasonable cause to suspect that an adult has a chemical dependency, the county department shall require the adult to undergo a drug test.
(C) The cash assistance that an assistance group receives under Ohio Works First shall be provided to a protective payee approved by the county department of job and family services if an adult member of the assistance group refuses to cooperate with an assessment conducted under the pilot program, refuses to undergo a drug test when required to do so under the pilot program, or fails a drug test conducted under the pilot program. The protective payee may not be a member of the assistance group. The protective payee shall act as a representative of the assistance group and manage the assistance group's cash assistance on behalf of the assistance group. Except as provided in division (D) of this section, the assistance group's cash assistance shall be provided to the protective payee for one year. After the one-year period, the cash assistance shall be provided to the assistance group unless rules adopted under section 5107.05 of the Revised Code provide for the cash assistance to be provided to a protective payee due to another circumstance.
(D) The county department of job and family services of each county included in the pilot program shall refer an adult who fails a drug test conducted pursuant to division (B) of this section to the board of alcohol, drug addiction, and mental health services that serves the same county as the county department. If the adult, acting on the referral, requests services from the board to which the adult is referred, the board shall refer the adult to an alcohol and drug addiction program certified by the Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services under section 3793.06 of the Revised Code.
Not sooner than six months after the date that the cash assistance of the adult's assistance group begins to be provided to a protective payee pursuant to division (C) of this section, the adult may submit a request to the county department to have the assistance group's cash assistance cease to be provided to the protective payee and begin to be provided to the assistance group. The adult shall include with the request documentation that is acceptable to the county department and shows that the adult successfully completed the treatment provided by the certified alcohol and drug addiction program to which the adult was referred under this division. The county department may approve the request if the adult undergoes a drug test and passes the drug test. However, the county department shall disapprove the request if rules adopted under section 5107.05 of the Revised Code provide for the cash assistance to be provided to a protective payee due to another circumstance. If the adult fails to undergo a drug test or fails the drug test, the cash assistance shall continue to be provided to the protective payee for an additional year beginning on the date that is twelve months after the date that the cash assistance first began to be provided to the protective payee under division (C) of this section.
(E) An assistance group's cash assistance shall be provided to a protective payee for the period specified in division (C) or (D) of this section, as applicable, regardless of whether that period extends beyond the date the pilot program ends.
(F) The provision of an assistance group's cash assistance to a protective payee as required by this section does not excuse the members of the assistance group or any work-eligible individuals from compliance with any of the Ohio Works First requirements applicable to them.
(G) The county department of job and family services of each county included in the pilot program shall determine which type of drug test to use under the program. An adult undergoing the drug test is responsible for the cost of the drug test.
(H) The Director of Job and Family Services shall adopt rules as necessary to implement the pilot program, including rules governing the assessments conducted under division (B) of this section. The rules shall be adopted in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code.
(I)(1) The Director of Job and Family Services shall prepare a report regarding the pilot program. The report shall include all of the following information:
(a) The number of adults for whom reasonable cause to suspect they have a chemical dependency is found pursuant to assessments conducted under division (B) of this section;
(b) The number of adults required to undergo drug tests;
(c) The number of adults who fail drug tests;
(d) The costs of the drug tests;
(e) The total amount of time that Ohio Works First cash assistance is provided to protective payees under the pilot program as of the date the report is prepared;
(f) Regarding the adults who are referred to certified alcohol and drug addiction programs under division (D) of this section, all of the following:
(i) The number of the adults who complete the treatment provided by the programs;
(ii) The number of the adults who are employed as of the date the report is prepared;
(iii) In the case of the adults who are not employed at the time they complete the treatment but become employed by the date the report is prepared, the average number of months it took the adults after completing the treatment to become employed.
(2) The county department of job and family services of each county included in the pilot program shall provide any information the Director needs to prepare the report.
(3) Not later than ninety days after the conclusion of the pilot program, the Director shall submit the report to the Governor and, in accordance with section 101.68 of the Revised Code, the General Assembly.
Section 2. All items in this section are hereby appropriated as designated out of any moneys in the state treasury to the credit of the General Revenue Fund. For all appropriations made in this act, those in the first column are for fiscal year 2014 and those in the second column are for fiscal year 2015. The appropriations made in this act are in addition to any other appropriations made for the FY 2014-2015 biennium.
Appropriations
ADA THE DEPARTMENT OF ALCOHOL AND DRUG ADDICTION SERVICES
General Revenue Fund
GRF 038401 Treatment Services $ 100,000 $ 100,000
TOTAL GRF General Revenue Fund $ 100,000 $ 100,000
TOTAL ALL BUDGET FUND GROUPS $ 100,000 $ 100,000

OHIO WORKS FIRST DRUG TESTING PILOT PROGRAM
Of the foregoing appropriation item 038401, Treatment Services, up to $100,000 in each fiscal year shall be used to fund drug treatment services provided to individuals seeking treatment under the Ohio Works First Drug Testing Pilot Program.
Section 3. Within the limits set forth in this act, the Director of Budget and Management shall establish accounts indicating the source and amount of funds for each appropriation made in this act, and shall determine the form and manner in which appropriation accounts shall be maintained. Expenditures from appropriations contained in this act shall be accounted for as though made in the main operating appropriations act of the 130th General Assembly.
The appropriations made in this act are subject to all provisions of the main operating appropriations act of the 130th General Assembly that are generally applicable to such appropriations.
Section 4. Sections 2 and 3 of this act, and the items of laws of which they are composed, are not subject to the referendum because they are or relate to an appropriation for current expenses within the meaning of Ohio Constitution, Article II, Section 1d and section 1.471 of the Revised Code and, therefore, go into immediate effect when this act becomes law.
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