The Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services has statutory and regulatory authority over providers of behavioral health services to Ohio consumers. Separate standards apply depending on the type and level of service provided. The type and level of service is organized in the following manner: Community Behavioral Health Agencies, Residential Facilities and Inpatient Psychiatric Service Providers.
Community Behavioral Health Agencies require certification by OhioMHAS when they provide mental health services that are funded by a community mental health board or when they are subject to department licensure of a residential facility according to section 5119.22 of the Revised Code. Community Mental Health Agencies may also voluntarily request certification.
Residential Facilities (non-substance use disorder (SUD)) require licensure by the department if they operate a publicly or privately operated home or facility serving an individual(s) with mental illness.
Inpatient Psychiatric Service Providers require licensure if they are private psychiatric hospitals providing acute inpatient mental health services.
Information explaining some of the office functions, as well as requirements is included below. For a more detailed explanation of the rules and processes involved in Certification and/or Licensure, a provider interested in obtaining Certification and/or Licensure is encouraged to read the applicable rules.