HB 249 – Inmate Testing (2011-2012)
Link to Bill:http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/bills.cfm?ID=129_HB_249
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.
Primary Sponsors:Rep. Boyd (D)
Secondary Sponsors:Rep. Antonio (D), Rep. Letson (D), Rep. Murray (D), Rep. Pillich (D)
Committee:Health and Aging (H)
LSC Legislation Status:http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/billstatus.cfm?ID=129_HB_249
Our take on this bill:
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.