COLUMBUS – Rep. Latyna Humphrey (D-Columbus) today announced that she was appointed as the Ranking Member of the Behavioral Health and Recovery Supports Committee. This standing committee was created to ensure Ohioans have access to needed behavioral health and substance abuse services, and to improve the recovery institutions that care for Ohioans.
“It is an honor to be designated Ranking Member of such an important committee,” said Rep Humphrey. “I want to thank Leader Russo for seeing my commitment to my constituents and Ohioans, and truly believing in my ability to serve well. I will work tirelessly with my colleagues to ensure that we are providing adequate support and institutions for Ohio’s most vulnerable populations.”
This year, the committee has passed several pieces of legislation to improve the health and safety of Ohioans, including House Bill (HB) 428, which will establish an Adverse Childhood Experiences study commission (ACEC). The ACEC will conduct studies to gather data and information regarding the effects of adverse childhood experiences, and recommend legislative strategies to the General Assembly for addressing these experiences.
Other pieces of legislation being considered by the Behavioral Health and Recovery Supports Committee include:
· HCR 14 (Denson/Brinkman) Urge Governor declare a State of Emergency on Childhood Trauma;
· HB 328 (Brown) Establish the Governor's Office of Drug Policy;
· HB 363 (A. Miller/M. Smith) Regards mental health services in response to disasters;
· HB 413 (Loychik) Require collection of alcohol and drug addiction service data;
· HB 523 (Swearingen) Regards local alcohol, drug addiction, and mental health services;
· HB 632 (Baldrige) Regards Recovery housing;
· HB 657 (Ingram) Require addiction providers conduct tobacco use assessments.
HB 428 now awaits further consideration by the Senate.