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Proposed Ohio law adds category for involuntary treatment due to mental illness.

H.B. 249, a proposed Ohio law would add a category “psychiatric deterioration” to the list of reasons why a person a could be “pink-slipped,” or undergo an involuntary mental health assessment.

This additional category would reach people suffering from severe mental illness to get them into treatment or receiving services sooner, lawmakers and supporters of bill say.

The bill also modifies the requirement that the person being “pink-slipped” must represent a substantial risk of physical harm to self or others. The bill would remove the requirement that the substantial risk of harm has to be a risk of physical harm.

Training and discussion on what constitutes “psychiatric deterioration” is also being encouraged by mental health advocates to make sure other individuals don’t fall victim to stigma surrounding mental health.


Issue 2 Would Legalize Recreational Marijuana. Automatic Record Expungements? Not So Much

A talking point in favor of legalizing recreational marijuana in Ohio says it will end arrests, court dates, jail sentences and fines for low-level marijuana possession and cultivation of the plant.

But state Issue 2, the initiated statute on the Nov. 7 ballot, says very little about criminal justice reform. It could make Ohio an anomaly. Every state that has legalized adult-use marijuana since 2018 has paired criminal justice reform with it.

Criminal justice advocates are calling on state lawmakers to make changes if it passes. Since Issue 2 is an initiated statute and not a constitutional amendment, the legislature can amend it.

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Dozens of Schools Recognized for Work on Mental Health Services and Prevention

A total of 78 schools, including three charter schools and 16 traditional public-school districts, received recognition for their efforts to prevent mental health problems like suicide, vaping and more.

The Montgomery County Educational Service Center and the Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services joined together for the Schools of Excellence in Prevention program, which provides a framework for schools who want to prevent mental health problems.

The schools received bronze, silver, gold or platinum honors. Some districts have been working on this program for a long time, while others were in their first year. Districts who received platinum status at all of the schools in their district included Brookville, Oakwood City, New Lebanon and Mad River Local.

Shannon Cox, the Montgomery County Educational Service Center superintendent, noted prevention can be difficult to measure, which makes it harder to get grants. But she said these types of programs are also key to getting kids to have a safe environment for mental health.

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The Ohio Council Welcomes New Member Provider, HelpLine of Delaware & Morrow Counties, Inc!

HelpLine of Delaware & Morrow Counties, Inc. in Delaware, OH – Susan Hanson, Executive Director, can be reached at [email protected]  or by phone at (740) 363-1835. 

About HelpLine: As the community’s only comprehensive 24/7 resource, we are the go-to for supporting and empowering change. Our highly-trained specialists offer compassionate support to anyone in crisis or in need of information through our free, 24/7 hotline, connecting people with the right community resources.

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Proper Disposal of Prescription Medication

You can dispose of unneeded medicines through a drug take back program — or you can do it at home.


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