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Outpatient Competency Restoration

After statutory changes occurred in 2021 which allows the criminal courts to divert nonviolent misdemeanors to outpatient competency restoration, the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services provided funding for the operation of outpatient restoration programs through the state. OhioMHAS works with county alcohol, drug addiction and mental health (ADAMH) boards and local providers to provide services to individuals found incompetent to stand trial (IST) and ordered to outpatient competency restoration services. These programs serve several counties and services may be provided in a variety of modalities including in-person, virtual, individually or in a group setting. Although the new statute specifically diverts nonviolent misdemeanor cases to inpatient nonforensic treatment or outpatient competency restoration, the outpatient programs may also serve individuals with other levels of offenses.

To assist with competency restoration, OhioMHAS has developed a Competency Restoration Training Guide for practitioners and a Forensic Skills Patient Workbook. Other resources will be added to this page as appropriate.

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