New publication explains changes to Ohio's civil commitment laws

September 12, 2014 / civil commitment

On June 17, 2014, Governor Kasich signed Senate Bill 43, which made changes to Ohio’s civil commitment process for individuals with mental illness. The new law goes into effect on September 17, 2014. Disability Rights Ohio has created a new publication, Changes to Ohio’s Civil Commitment Laws, to provide information about this new law.

Senate Bill 43 expanded the definitions of who can be subject to civil commitment because of a mental illness. The bill also clarified that probate courts can order outpatient treatment instead of hospitalization.

This publication provides basic information about civil commitment. If you have questions about your rights or how this law applies to you, or if you know someone who is unfairly court-ordered to receive treatment, you should contact Disability Rights Ohio for assistance.

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