OhioMHAS Rules

RulesThe Ohio Revised Code grants rule-making authority to the Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services to adopt new rules, and amend or rescind current rules. Rules become part of the Ohio Administrative Code, and assist the Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services in executing its duty to carry out provisions of the Ohio Revised Code. Rules adopted by the Department establish standards for private psychiatric inpatient hospitals, community mental health agencies, community psychiatric forensic centers, client rights and grievance processes, construction assistance for community mental health facilities, pre-admission screening and resident review, fiscal administration, and operations management.

If you would like more information on the Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services rule-making process, please see below.

Rules in Effect

These are the rules that the Ohio Department of Mental Health has adopted and added to the Ohio Administrative Code. Visit the Register of Ohio for more information and a copy of currently filed rules.

Public Hearings and Method of Notice [5122-1]

5122-1-02 Public hearings and method of notice.
5122-1-04 Access to confidential personal information.
5122-1-28 Industrial and entertainment funds.
5122-1-29 Operation of regional psychiatric hospital commissaries.

Grievances; Death; Psychotropic Medication, Etc. [5122-2]

5122-2-01 Applicability.
5122-2-04 Client complaint and grievance procedure for regional hospital inpatient services.
5122-2-10 Tuberculosis control program.
5122-2-13 Medication practices in regional psychiatric hospitals.
5122-2-17 Seclusion and restraint use in regional psychiatric hospitals.
5122-2-25 Morbidity and mortality events.
5122-2-25 - A Morbidity and mortality events - Attachment A
5122-2-25 - B Morbidity and mortality events - Attachment B
5122-2-25 - C Morbidity and mortality events - Attachment C

Client Services: Personnel [5122-7]

5122-7-02 Client rights within regional psychiatric hospitals.
5122-7-21 Background check on applicants.

Waiting List for Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services [5122-8]

5122-8-01 Waiting list for alcohol and drug addiction services.
5122-8-01 Appendix A Waiting list services and recovery supports - Appendix A.

Management of Funds [5122-9]

5122-9-10 Management and control of internal funds.

Licensure of Inpatient Psychiatric Service Providers [5122-14]

5122-14 Download chapter.
5122-14-01 Definitions and applicability.
5122-14-02 Accreditation.
5122-14-03 Licensure procedure.
5122-14-04 Classification of licenses.
5122-14-05 Termination of license.
5122-14-06 Waivers and variances.
5122-14-07 Display of license.
5122-14-08 Fee schedule.
5122-14-10 Patient safety and physical plant requirements.
5122-14-11 Patient rights, participation and education.
5122-14-12 Program specialty services and discharge planning requirements.
5122-14-13 Medical records, documentation and confidentiality.
5122-14-14 Incident notification and risk management.

Pre-admission Screening and Resident Review [5122-21]

5122-21-03 Pre-admission screening and resident review (PASRR) for
nursing facility applicants and residents with serious mental

Supplemental Services Fund [5122-22]

5122-22-01 Trusts for supplemental services.

Certifying Community Mental Health Services or Addiction Services Providers [5122-24 to 5122-29]

Definitions and Certification Process [5122-24 and 5122-25]

5122-24-01 Definitions.
5122-25-01 Applicability.
5122-25-02 Accreditation and deemed status.
5122-25-03 Certification procedure for non-deemed status.
5122-25-04 Certification procedure for deemed status.
5122-25-05 Provisions of certification.
5122-25-06 Waivers and variances.
5122-25-07 Denial, revocation and termination of certification.
5122-25-08 Certification fees.

Agency Policies and Procedures [5122-26]

5122-26-01 Purpose.
5122-26-02 Applicability.
5122-26-03 Governing body and governance.
5122-26-04 Policy and procedure manual.
5122-26-06 Human resources management.
5122-26-08 Confidentiality.
5122-26-08.1 Security of clinical records systems.
5122-26-09 Provider service plan.
5122-26-11 Continuity of care agreements.
5122-26-12 Environment of care and safety.
5122-26-13 Incident notification and risk management.
5122-26-13 Appendix A Reportable and six month reportable incidents - Appendix A
5122-26-13 Appendix B Six Month Reportable Incident Data Report Form - Appendix B
5122-26-14 Provider closing or acquisition.
5122-26-15 Medication handling and drug theft.
5122-26-16 Seclusion, restraint and time-out.
5122-26-16.1 Mechanical restraint and seclusion.
5122-26-16.2 Physical restraint.
5122-26-17 Accessibility, availability, appropriateness, and acceptability of services.
5122-26-18 Client rights and grievance procedure.

Documentation Requirements [5122-27]

5122-27-01 Applicability.
5122-27-02 Individual client record requirements.
5122-27-03 Treatment planning.
5122-27-04 Progress notes.
5122-27-05 Discharge summary.
5122-27-06 Release of information.
5122-27-07 AoD level of care protocols.

Performance Improvement, Consumer Outcomes & Research Activities [5122-28]

5122-28-01 Purpose.
5122-28-02 Applicability.
5122-28-03 Performance improvement.
5122-28-04 Consumer outcomes.
5122-28-05 Research and evaluation activities.

Service Standards [5122-29]

5122-29-01 Purpose and applicability.
5122-29-09.1 Substance use disorder qualified residential treatment program (QRTP) for youth.
5122-29-03 General services.
5122-29-03 Appendix A Appendix A
5122-29-06 Mental health day treatment services.
5122-29-07 Forensic evaluation service.
5122-29-08 Behavioral health hotline service.
5122-29-09 Residential, withdrawal management, and inpatient substance abuse disorder services.
5122-29-10 Crisis intervention service.
5122-29-11 Employment service.
5122-29-12 Driver intervention program.
5122-29-13 SUD case management services.
5122-29-15 Peer recovery services.
5122-29-15.1  Certified peer recovery supporter.
5122.29-15.1 Appendix A Peer Recovery Supporter Certification Application.
5122.29-15.1 Appendix B Ohio Peer Recovery Supporter Re-Certification Application.
5122.29-15.1 Appendix C Ohio Peer Recovery Supporter Code of Ethics.
5122.29-15.1 Appendix D Work Verification Form for Peer Recovery Supporter Applicants Who are Applying for Certification with Work Experience.
5122.29-15.1 Appendix E Conflict of Interest.
5122.29-15.1 Appendix F Statement of Conflict of Interest.
5122.29-15.1 Appendix G Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services Peer Recovery Supporter Certification Disqualifying Offense Waiver.
5122-29-16 Peer run organization.
5122-29-17 Community psychiatric supportive treatment (CPST) service.
5122-29-18 Therapeutic behavioral services and psychosocial rehabilitation.
5122-29-19 Consultation service.
5122-29-20 Prevention service.
5122-29-22 Referral and information service.
5122-29-27 Supplemental behavioral health.
5122-29-28 Intensive home based treatment (IHBT) service.
5122-29-29 Assertive community treatment (ACT) service.
5122-29-30 Eligible providers and supervisors.
5122-29-31 Telehealth.

Licensure of Residential Facilities [5122-30]

Residential Rules (effective on January 1, 2018)

5122-30-01 Purpose of rules.
5122-30-02 Applicability of rules.
5122-30-03 Definitions.
5122-30-04 Licensure application and procedures.
5122-30-05 Issuance and condition of licenses.
5122-30-06 Unlicensed facilities.
5122-30-07 Waivers and variances.
5122-30-09 Maximum resident and household capacity.
5122-30-10 Fines.
5122-30-11 Inspections.
5122-30-12 Safety.
5122-30-13 Nutrition and food safety.
5122-30-14 Sleeping and living space.
5122-30-15 Housekeeping and property maintenance.
5122-30-16 Incident notification and risk management.
5122-30-16 A  Appendix A: Class 1 Residential Facility - Reportable and Six Month Reportable Incidents
5122-30-16 B Appendix B: Class 1 Residential Facliity - Six Month Reportable Incident Data Report Form.
5122-30-16 C Appendix C: Class 2 & Class 3 Residential Facility - Reportable and Six Month Reportable Incidents
5122-30-17 Seclusion and restraint.
5122-30-18 Requirements for persons with disabling conditions.
5122-30-19 Facility administration and management.
5122-30-20 Qualifications of operator and staff.
5122-30-21 Staffing requirements.
5122-30-22 Resident rights and grievance procedure for class one facilities.
5122-30-22.1 Resident rights and grievance procedure for class two and class three facilities.
5122-30-23 Facility records.
5122-30-24 Resident agreement.
5122-30-25 Skilled nursing care and changes in resident's health status.
5122-30-26 Provisions of personal care in class one and two facilities.
5122-30-27 Transfer and discharge rights.
5122-30-28 Assistance with self-administration of medication.
5122-30-29 Provision of mental health services in class one facilities.
5122-30-30 Social, recreational and leisure activities.
5122-30-31 Background investigations for employment.
5122-30-32 Qualified residential treatment program (QRTP)

Designated Forensic Evaluation Centers [5122-32]

5122-32-01 Designated forensic evaluation centers.

Physician Loan Repayment [5122-34]

5122-34-01 Physician loan repayment.

Residential State Supplement Program [5122-36]

5122-36-01 Purpose and definitions.
5122-36-02 RSS non-financial eligibility.
5122-36-03 Application process.
5122-36-04 Responsibilities of the living arrangement.
5122-36-05 Determination of RSS payment.

Opioid Treatment Program License [5122-40]

5122-40-01 Definitions and applicability.
5122-40-02 State opioid treatment authority.
5122-40-03 Issuance of licenses.
5122-40-04 General licensure requirements.
5122-40-05 Personnel.
5122-40-06 Methadone administration.
5122-40-07 Program policies and patient records.
5122-40-08 Monitoring program.
5122-40-09 Non-medication services.
5122-40-10 Diversion.
5122-40-11 Toxicology.
5122-40-12 Disaster plan.
5122-40-13 Evaluation activities.
5122-40-14 Program withdrawal.
5122-40-15 Medication Units.

Fiscal Administration [5122:1]

5122:1-3-01 Financial requirements for mental health boards.
5122:1-3-02 Department withholding funds.
5122:1-5-01 Annual budget, financial reporting and independent financial audit requirements.

Operations Management [5122:2]

5122:2-1-02 Board client rights and grievance procedure.
5122:2-1-03 County withdrawal from a joint-county mental health board.
5122:2-1-04 Department of Mental Health appointments to community mental health boards.
5122:2-1-05 Board operation of mental health or addiction services or facilities.
5122:2-1-06 Mediation procedures for boards of alcohol, drug addiction and mental health services and service providers of those boards.

Construction Assistance for Community Mental Health Facilities [5122:3]

5122.3-1 Download chapter.
5122:3-1-01 Definitions.
5122:3-1-02 Responsibility of the department.
5122:3-1-03 Submission of community capital plan and development of application.
5122:3-1-05 Requirements for project approval.
5122:3-1-06 Department approval of project.
5122:3-1-07 Selection of architect or engineer (A/E).
5122:3-1-09 Standards of construction.
5122:3-1-10 Project cost confirmation.
5122:3-1-11 State participation in project cost.
5122:3-1-12 Project cost adjustments.
5122:3-1-13 Real property.
5122:3-1-14 State funds reimbursement.
5122:3-1-15 Civil rights; affirmative action.
5122:3-1-16 Appeals.

Draft Rules

Draft Rules

Rule Title Peer Business
Impact Analysis
Filing Memo
5122-7-21 Background check on applicants N/A Memo Submit your comment
(Due by 10/08/2021)
5122-29-09 Residential and withdrawal management substance use disorder services BIA Memo Submit your comment
(Due by 10/08/2021)

Pending Rules

Pending Rules

Click here to view the Public hearing notice.
5122-32-01 Designated forensic evaluation centers. Submit your comments


Regulatory Restriction Inventory

E-Mail Notification List

To facilitate communications about work related to rules, the Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services provides an e-mail listserv for any interested constituent, including providers, consumers, family members, trade associations, and other interested parties. OhioMHAS will continue to use the existing listservs to send communications to Executive Directors of Certified Community Mental Health Agency Executive Directors and Administrators of Licensed Private Psychiatric Hospital Administrators. OhioMHAS will use the listservs to notify subscribers of activity related to rules, including communication about draft, pending and enacted rules, and information on rule training.

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Rules Process

  1. The Department will identify rules, standards, or guidelines in need of either a change (amendment, rescission, or a new rule) or a rule due for the statutorily required five-year review. Stakeholders may also present proposals, changes, or request reviews of rules.
  2. The Department will develop proposals internally. During this development phase the Department may consult with clinical roundtables and individual stakeholders, convene public meetings, or create ad-hoc committees.
  3. Upon internal approval of a proposal, the department will then conduct a notification and consultation period by posting the proposal to the Department’s “Draft Rules” website and notifying stakeholders through the Department’s “adminrules” email list. The notification and consultation period will be fourteen calendar days, unless circumstances require a different duration, and stakeholders may provide input for the Department’s consideration during this period. 
  4. If the proposed rules have an adverse impact on business, as defined by section 107.52 of the Revised Code, the notification and consultation period may run concurrently with the review of the rule proposal by the Common Sense Initiative Office (CSIO), as warranted by the subject matter of the rule. If the notification and consultation period and the CSIO review run concurrently, the rules shall be posted to the draft rules website with the Business Impact Analysis (BIA), and the review period will be a minimum of fifteen business days. 
  5. During the notification and consultation period the Department may use additional means beyond the email distribution list to gather stakeholder input. The Department may meet with individual stakeholders, convene public meetings, hold public hearings, or create ad-hoc committees.
  6. The Department will review all input received during the notification and consultation period, and may change the proposal as warranted.
  7. At the completion of the notification and consultation period, rules that were not submitted to CSIO concurrently with the notification and consultation period, and which have an adverse impact shall be submitted for review by the CSIO for a minimum of fifteen business days, and the BIA shall be posted to the draft rules website.
  8. Once the proposed rules have passed through the notification and consultation period and the CSIO review, if applicable, the proposed rules may be filed in accordance with either section 111.15 of the Revised Code or section 119.03 of the Revised Code. Public hearings shall be noticed and conducted in accordance with the statutory provisions under which the rules are promulgated.

Proposed guidelines and standards may be adopted as effective at the conclusion of the notification and consultation period. Changes made to rules, guidelines, or standards after the notification and consultation period or the CSIO review do not require another notification and consultation period.