Chapter 355: COUNTY HEALTHIER BUCKEYE COUNCILS

355.01 Definitions.

As used in this chapter:

"Care coordination" means assisting an individual to access available physical health, behavioral health, social, employment, education, and housing services the individual needs.

"Political subdivision" has the same meaning as in section 2744.01 of the Revised Code.

"Publicly funded assistance programs" include physical health, behavioral health, social, employment, education, and housing programs funded or provided by the state or a political subdivision of the state.

Added by 130th General Assembly File No. 50, SB 206, §1, eff. 3/20/2014.

355.02 County healthier buckeye council.

Each board of county commissioners may adopt a resolution to establish a county healthier buckeye council. The board may invite any person or entity to become a member of the council, including a public or private agency or group that funds, advocates, or provides care coordination services, provides or promotes private employment or educational services, or otherwise contributes to the well-being of individuals and families.

Added by 130th General Assembly File No. 50, SB 206, §1, eff. 3/20/2014.

355.03 Powers.

A county healthier buckeye council may do all of the following:

(A) Promote means by which council members or the entities the members represent may reduce the reliance of individuals and families on publicly funded assistance programs using both of the following:

(1) Programs that have been demonstrated to be effective and have one or more of the following features:

(a) Low costs;

(b) Use volunteer workers;

(c) Use incentives to encourage designated behaviors;

(d) Are led by peers.

(2) Practices that identify and seek to eliminate barriers to achieving greater financial independence for individuals and families who receive services from or participate in programs operated by council members or the entities the members represent.

(B) Promote care coordination among physical health, behavioral health, social, employment, education, and housing service providers within the county;

(C) Collect and analyze data regarding individuals or families who receive services from or participate in programs operated by council members or the entities the members represent.

Added by 130th General Assembly File No. 50, SB 206, §1, eff. 3/20/2014.

355.04 Report to JMOC.

A county healthier buckeye council may report the following information to the joint medicaid oversight committee created in section 103.41 of the Revised Code:

(A) Notification that the county council has been established and information regarding the council's activities;

(B) Information regarding enrollment or outcome data collected under division (C) of section 355.03 of the Revised Code;

(C) Recommendations regarding the best practices for the administration and delivery of publicly funded assistance programs or other services or programs provided by council members or the entities the members represent;

(D) Recommendations regarding the best practices in care coordination.

Added by 130th General Assembly File No. 50, SB 206, §1, eff. 3/20/2014.