Psychotropic Drug Reimbursement Program (County Jails)


Am. Sub. H.B. No. 49 (132 GA) established the psychotropic drug reimbursement program to provide reimbursement to counties for the cost of psychotropic drugs that are dispensed to inmates of county jails in Ohio. The amount of $2.5 million has been allotted for each fiscal year in the biennium (SFY 2018 and 2019). The statutory provision (O.R.C. 5119.19) requires that the program be administered by the Ohio Department Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS). O.R.C. 5119.19(A)(1) defines psychotropic drug as including the following:

  • Antipsychotic medications;
  • Antidepressant medications;
  • Anti-anxiety medications; and
  • Mood stabilizing medications.

Stimulants prescribed for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are specifically excluded from the definition of psychotropic drug.

Eligible Jails

The statutory provision is clear that only county jails are eligible for reimbursement.
Process for Reimbursement SFY 2018

Process for Reimbursement SFY 2018

Reimbursement for SFY 2018 shall be submitted by the county sheriff’s office for the following periods identified below. Failure to submit reimbursement requests by the identified dates will result in the request being denied.

  • July 1, 2017 – December 31, 2017 – submitted by February 15, 2018
  • January 1, 2018 – June 30, 2018 – submitted by August 15, 2018

Of the total reimbursement amount for SFY 2018 is $2.5 million, of that, $1.25 million is available for each reporting period. A county jail will receive reimbursement based on their jail’s percentage of the total amount of reimbursement requested across all jails participating in the program. For example, if a county jail accounts for 1% of the total amount requested for the reporting period, the jail would receive $12,500.

The reimbursement request shall be itemized on the Entry Form and include the number of prescriptions for each allowable drug and the cost. The template should be submitted to OhioMHAS at OhioMHAS will notify the jails and the local ADAMHS Board the amount that each jail will receive for the reporting period. 

OhioMHAS will upload payment amounts for each jail in the Grants and Funding Management System. Once processed, the ADAMH Board will receive the funds. For jails that are located in multiple ADAMH Board counties, the payment upload will be processed to the Board in the county where the jail is located.