COLUMBUS – State Representative Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville) last week was granted testimony on House Bill 452 in State and Local Government Committee.
House Bill 452 makes changes regarding the substance use disorder professional regulation.
“As with many bills, this idea was brought to me by a constituent, along with the executive director of the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professional Board,” said Manning. This bill is technical in nature but necessary to help update the law to fix a workforce need.”
In testimony to the committee, Mr. Thomas Stuber, President of The LCADA Way, stated, “This bill is extremely important to ensure that we have an adequate workforce to address the opiate epidemic, and it comes at a very critical time as we struggle with the behavioral health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The bill was drafted with the help of the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board, the Ohio Alliance for Recovery Providers, The Ohio Council, the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities, and individuals who serve on the Education Committee of the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board.
House Bill 452 now awaits a third hearing in the Ohio House State and Local Government Committee.