(A) The board of alcohol, drug addiction, and mental health services shall serve as the planning agency for alcohol and drug addiction services for the county or counties in its service district. In accordance with procedures and guidelines established by the department of alcohol and drug addiction services, the board shall do all of the following:
(1) Assess alcohol and drug addiction service needs and evaluate the need for alcohol and drug addiction programs;
(2) According to the needs determined under division (A)(1) of this section, set priorities and develop plans for the operation of alcohol and drug addiction programs in cooperation with other local and regional planning and funding bodies and with relevant ethnic organizations;
(3) Submit the plan for alcohol and drug addiction services required by section 3793.05 of the Revised Code to the department and implement the plan as approved by the department;
(4) Provide to the department information to be included in the information system or systems established by the department under section 3793.04 of the Revised Code;
(5) Enter into contracts with alcohol and drug addiction programs for the provision of alcohol and drug addiction services;
(6) Review and evaluate alcohol and drug addiction programs in the district, and conduct program audits;
(7) Prepare and submit to the department an annual report of the alcohol and drug addiction programs in the district;
(8) Receive, compile, and transmit to the department applications for funding;
(9) Promote, arrange, and implement working agreements with public and private social agencies and with judicial agencies;
(10) Investigate, or request another agency to investigate, any complaint alleging abuse or neglect of any person receiving services from an alcohol or drug addiction program;
(11) Establish a mechanism for the involvement of persons receiving services in, and obtaining their advice on, matters pertaining to alcohol or drug addiction services;
(12) Recruit and promote local financial support, from private and public sources, for alcohol and drug addiction programs;
(13) Approve fee schedules and related charges, adopt a unit cost schedule, or adopt other methods of payment for services provided by programs under contract pursuant to division (A)(5) of this section, in accordance with guidelines established by the department under section 3793.04 of the Revised Code.
(B) In accordance with rules adopted by the auditor of state pursuant to section 117.20 of the Revised Code, at least annually the board shall audit all alcohol and drug addiction programs provided under contract with the board. The board may contract with private auditors for the performance of these audits. A copy of the fiscal audit report shall be provided to the director of alcohol and drug addiction services, the auditor of state, and the county auditor of each county in the board's district.
(C) In contracting with a program under division (A)(5) of this section, a board shall consider the cost effectiveness of services provided by the program and the program's quality and continuity of care. The board may review cost elements, including salary costs, of the services provided by the program.
A utilization review process shall be established as part of the contract for services. The board may establish this process in any way that it considers to be the most effective and efficient in meeting local needs.
(D) If either the board or a program with which it contracts pursuant to division (A)(5) of this section proposes not to renew the contract or proposes substantial changes in contract terms on renewal of the contract, it shall give the other party to the contract written notice at least one hundred twenty days before the expiration date of the contract. During the first sixty days of this period, both parties shall attempt to resolve any dispute through good faith collaboration and negotiation in order that services to persons in need will be continued. If the dispute is not resolved during this time, either party may notify the department of alcohol and drug addiction services. The department may require both parties to submit the dispute to a mutually agreed upon third party with the cost to be shared by the board and the program. At least twenty days before the expiration of the contract, unless the board and the program agree to an extension, the third party shall issue to the board, program, and department, its recommendations for resolution of the dispute.
The department shall adopt rules pursuant to Chapter 119. of the Revised Code establishing procedures for this dispute resolution process.
(E) Section 307.86 of the Revised Code does not apply to contracts entered into pursuant to division (A)(5) of this section.
(1) With the prior approval of the department, a board of alcohol, drug addiction, and mental health services may operate an alcohol or drug addiction program as follows if there is no qualified program that is immediately available, willing to provide services, and able to obtain certification under Chapter 3793. of the Revised Code:
(a) In an emergency situation, any board may operate a program in order to provide essential services for the duration of the emergency;
(b) In a service district with a population of at least one hundred thousand but less than five hundred thousand, a board may operate a program for no longer than one year;
(c) In a service district with a population of less than one hundred thousand, a board may operate a program for no longer than one year, except that such a board may operate a program for longer than one year with the prior approval of the department and the prior approval of the board of county commissioners, or of a majority of the boards of county commissioners if the district is a joint-county district.
(2) The department shall not give a board its approval to operate a program under division (F)(1)(c) of this section unless it determines that the board's program will provide greater administrative efficiency and more or better services than would be available if the board contracted with a program for provision of the services.
(3) The department shall not give a board its approval to operate a program previously operated by a public or private entity unless the board has established to the department's satisfaction that the entity cannot effectively operate the program, or that the entity has requested the board to take over operation of the program.
(4) The department shall review and evaluate the operation of each program operated by a board under this division.
(5) Nothing in this division authorizes a board to administer or direct the daily operation of any program other than a program operated by the board under this division, but a program may contract with a board to receive administrative services or staff direction from the board under the direction of the governing body of the program.
(G) If an investigation conducted pursuant to division (A)(10) of this section substantiates a charge of abuse or neglect, the board shall take whatever action it determines is necessary to correct the situation, including notification of the appropriate authorities. On request, the board shall provide information about such investigations to the department.
(H) When the board sets priorities and develops plans for the operation of alcohol and drug addiction programs under division (A)(2) of this section, the board shall consult with the county commissioners of the counties in the board's service district regarding the services described in section 340.15 of the Revised Code and shall give a priority to those services, except that those services shall not have priority over services provided to pregnant women under programs developed in relation to the mandate established in section 3793.15 of the Revised Code. The plans shall identify funds the board and public children services agencies in the board's service district have available to fund jointly the services described in section 340.15 of the Revised Code.
Amended by 128th General AssemblyFile No.9,HB 1, §101.01, eff. 10/16/2009.
Effective Date: 03-18-1999