Drug Policy Legislation

HB 249 – Inmate Testing (2011-2012)

Sean’s Law

Link to Bill:
http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/bills.cfm?ID=129_HB_249
Status:
Failed
Summary:

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:
Secondary Sponsors:
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Committee:
Health and Aging (H)
LSC Legislation Status:
http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/billstatus.cfm?ID=129_HB_249
Jurisdiction/Legislation Level:
State
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.