(A) Department priorities
(1) The director, in consultation with the chief, shall determine priorities for community mental health and addiction service programs and facility requirements for the succeeding biennium on the basis of program and service needs in the community. Individual project priorities may be considered by the director.
(2) The department priorities may be reviewed and evaluated by the director and periodically revised or amended.
(B) Approval and funding authority
(1) The department, by and through the director, is the final authority, subject to the action of the controlling board, where applicable, for the approval of applications for and distribution of state funds for community capital facilities pursuant to Chapter 154. of the Revised Code and sections 5119.42 to 5119.421 of the Revised Code, and this chapter. The director is the final authority in determining program priority, service program and facility design suitability, project funding availability, and the cost effectiveness requirements of a project.
(2) The distribution of federal funds allocated to the state for construction assistance for community mental health and addiction service facilities shall be made by the department in accordance with federal and state requirements. The department shall be responsible for the expenditure of and accounting for such funds and the preservation of necessary records thereof.