Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Tuesday announced a series of legislative reforms to address gun violence and outlined further action to increase mental health prevention, identification and treatment to better protect Ohioans.
“I believe that this is both a public safety issue and an individual wellness issue,” he said. “We must address both sides to help solve the problem. It’s time to do something, and that is exactly what we are going to do.”
The governor emphasized the need for increased access to inpatient psychiatric care and said Ohio’s state psychiatric hospitals have become predominantly used by non-violent patients who are court-ordered to be there for competency restoration to stand trial.
DeWine called on the Ohio General Assembly to pass legislation creating a community-based misdemeanor competency restoration process. The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, or OhioMHAS, is working to design this process for courts and community-based providers to work together in an outpatient setting to restore competency. This approach would free more hospital beds and decrease wait time for admission.
The governor outlined more than 15 proposals and several others focused on the prevention and treatment of mental health disorders. To view the full list, click here.