The department of mental health shall:
(A) To the extent the department has available resources and in consultation with boards of alcohol, drug addiction, and mental health services, support a community support system in accordance with section 340.03 of the Revised Code on a district or multi-district basis. The department shall define the essential elements of a community support system, shall assist in identifying resources, and may prioritize support for one or more of the elements.
(B) Operate inpatient and other mental health services
(C) Provide training, consultation, and technical assistance regarding mental health programs and services and appropriate prevention and mental health promotion activities, including those that are culturally sensitive, to employees of the department, community mental health agencies and boards, and other agencies providing mental health services;
(D) To the extent the department has available resources, promote and support a full range of mental health services that are available and accessible to all residents of this state, especially for severely mentally disabled children, adolescents, and adults, and other special target populations, including racial and ethnic minorities, as determined by the department ;
(E) Design and set criteria for the determination of severe mental disability;
(F) Establish standards for evaluation of mental health programs;
(G) Promote, direct, conduct, and coordinate scientific research, taking ethnic and racial differences into consideration, concerning the causes and prevention of mental illness, methods of providing effective services and treatment, and means of enhancing the mental health of all residents of this state;
(H) Foster the establishment and availability of vocational rehabilitation services and the creation of employment opportunities for consumers of mental health services, including members of racial and ethnic minorities;
(I) Establish a program to protect and promote the rights of persons receiving mental health services, including the issuance of guidelines on informed consent and other rights;
(J) Establish, in consultation with board of alcohol, drug addiction, and mental health services representatives and after consideration of the recommendations of the medical director, guidelines for the development of community mental health plans and the review and approval or disapproval of such plans submitted pursuant to section 340.03 of the Revised Code;
(K) Promote the involvement of persons who are receiving or have received mental health services, including families and other persons having a close relationship to a person receiving mental health services, in the planning, evaluation, delivery, and operation of mental health services ;
(L) Notify and consult with the relevant constituencies that may be affected by rules, standards, and guidelines issued by the department of mental health. These constituencies shall include consumers of mental health services and their families, and may include public and private providers, employee organizations, and others when appropriate. Whenever the department proposes the adoption, amendment, or rescission of rules under Chapter 119. of the Revised Code, the notification and consultation required by this division shall occur prior to the commencement of proceedings under Chapter 119. The department shall adopt rules under Chapter 119. of the Revised Code that establish procedures for the notification and consultation required by this division.
(M) In cooperation with board of alcohol, drug addiction, and mental health services representatives, provide training regarding the provision of community-based mental health services to those department employees who are utilized in state-operated, community-based mental health services;
(N) Provide consultation to the department of rehabilitation and correction concerning the delivery of mental health services in state correctional institutions .
Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.28,HB 153, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2011.
Effective Date: 09-05-2001