The department of alcohol and drug addiction services shall develop, administer, and revise as necessary a comprehensive statewide gambling addiction services plan. The council on alcohol, drug, and gambling addiction services shall advise the department in the development and implementation of the plan.
The plan shall provide for allocation and distribution of funds from the problem casino gambling and addictions fund described in Section 6(C)(3)(g) of Article XV, Ohio Constitution, and any funding to be distributed by the department for problem gambling.
The plan shall specify the methodology that the department will use for determining how the funds will be allocated and distributed. A portion of the funds shall be allocated on the basis of the ratio of the population of each alcohol, drug addiction, and mental health service district to the total population of the state as determined from the most recent federal census or the most recent official estimate made by the United States census bureau.
The plan shall ensure that gambling addiction services of a high quality are accessible to, and responsive to the needs of, all persons, especially those who are members of underserved groups, including, but not limited to, African Americans, Hispanics, native Americans, Asians, juvenile and adult offenders, women, veterans, and persons with special services needs due to age or disability. The plan shall include a program to promote and protect the rights of those who receive services.
To aid in formulating the plan and in evaluating the effectiveness and results of gambling addiction services, the department, in consultation with the department of mental health, shall establish and maintain an information system or systems. The department of alcohol and drug addiction services shall specify the information that must be provided by boards of alcohol, drug addiction, and mental health services and by gambling addiction programs for inclusion in the system. The department shall not collect any personal information from the boards except as required or permitted by state or federal law for purposes related to payment, health care operations, program and service evaluation, reporting activities, research, system administration, and oversight.
In consultation with boards, programs, and persons receiving services, the department shall establish guidelines for the use of funds allocated and distributed under this section.
Added by 129th General AssemblyFile No.127,HB 487, §101.01, eff. 9/10/2012.