Criminal Justice Legislation

HB 249 – Inmate Testing (2011-2012)

Sean’s Law

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This bill requires health-trained personnel to perform a medical, dental, and mental health screening on each inmate upon arrival at a jail; the establishment of procedures that health-trained personnel must follow if an inmate is taking psychoactive drugs like Xanax or Valium; and to provide that the sheriff ensure that health-trained personnel responsible for health screenings be trained on the symptoms and consequences of withdrawal from addictive drugs.

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Properly trained health personnel are essential to the safety and well-being of inmates. The ACLU of Ohio supports the state’s efforts in HB 249 to ensure that inmates are able to receive adequate medical attention for potentially serious health issues.