5119.25 Withholding of funds for failure to comply with statutory or regulatory provisions.

(A) [Effective until 9/15/2016]The director of mental health and addiction services, in whole or in part, may withhold funds otherwise to be allocated to a board of alcohol, drug addiction, and mental health services under section 5119.23 of the Revised Code if the board fails to comply with Chapter 340. or section 5119.22, 5119.24, 5119.36, or 5119.371 of the Revised Code or rules of the department of mental health and addiction services.

(A) [Effective 9/15/2016]The director of mental health and addiction services, in whole or in part, may withhold funds otherwise to be allocated to a board of alcohol, drug addiction, and mental health services under section 5119.23 of the Revised Code if the board fails to comply with Chapter 340. or section 5119.22, 5119.24, 5119.36, or 5119.371 of the Revised Code or rules of the department of mental health and addiction services. However, the director shall withhold all such funds from the board when required to do so under division (A)(4) of section 340.08 of the Revised Code or division (G)(1) of section 5119.22 of the Revised Code.

(B) The director of mental health and addiction services may withhold funds otherwise to be allocated to a board of alcohol, drug addiction, and mental health services under section 5119.23 of the Revised Code if the board denies available service on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, age, national origin, disability as defined in section 4112.01 of the Revised Code, or developmental disability.

(C) The director shall issue a notice identifying the areas of noncompliance and the action necessary to achieve compliance. The director may offer technical assistance to the board to achieve compliance. The board shall have thirty days from receipt of the notice of noncompliance to present its position that it is in compliance or to submit to the director evidence of corrective action the board took to achieve compliance. Before withholding funds, the director or the director's designee shall hold a hearing within thirty days of receipt of the board's position or evidence to determine if there are continuing violations and that either assistance is rejected or the board is unable, or has failed, to achieve compliance. The director may appoint a representative from another board of alcohol, drug addiction, and mental health services to serve as a mentor for the board in developing and executing a plan of corrective action to achieve compliance. Any such representative shall be from a board that is in compliance with Chapter 340. of the Revised Code, sections 5119.22, 5119.24, 5119.36, and 5119.371 of the Revised Code, and the department's rules. Subsequent to the hearing process, if it is determined that compliance has not been achieved, the director may allocate all or part of the withheld funds to one or more community mental health services providers or community addiction services providers to provide the community mental health or community addiction service for which the board is not in compliance until the time that there is compliance. The director shall adopt rules in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code to implement this section.

Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. TBD, HB 483, §101.01, eff. 9/15/2014.

Renumbered from § 5119.622 by 130th General Assembly File No. 25, HB 59, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2013.

Added by 129th General AssemblyFile No.28, HB 153, §101.01, eff. 7/1/2011.