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Rep. Sheehy applauds House passage of bills to modify address confidentiality program & to revise chemical dependency counselor requirements

February 25, 2021
Michael Sheehy News

Today, Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) applauded the House passage of House Bills (HB) 5 and 93. HB 93 modifies the state’s address confidentiality program (Safe at Home), a long-held Democratic priority that allows victims of domestic violence, stalking, rape, human trafficking, or sexual battery who fear for their safety to keep their address confidential and out of the public record.

“House Bill 93 helps protect the personal information of those who need it most. Our neighbors who have become victims to domestic violence, stalking, and sexual crimes deserve to keep their address confidential, so that their abusers can no longer hurt them. It is also my hope this bill gives others the strength to leave abusive and toxic relationships in the future,” said Rep. Sheehy.

HB 93 would eliminate the requirement that a program applicant be changing residences in order to be eligible for the program, require the Secretary of State to process applications within 10 business days, as well as several other changes to improve the program. 

House Bill 5, which also passed the House today, would create two additional pathways for individuals to qualify for a chemical dependency counselor II license issued by the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board.

“Ohio’s struggles against the opioid crisis have been known for years, and yet, many who struggle with substance abuse are unable to get help. With some of the highest rates of opioid abuse and deaths in the United States, it is increasingly difficult for Ohio’s frontline workers to meet the growing demand. This bill addresses these issues and will license additional counselors to help those struggling with chemical dependencies,” said Rep. Sheehy.

House Bills 5 and 93 now move to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.