New forms proposed for substance abusers, name changes


Staff report



COLUMBUS — The Ohio Supreme Court is seeking public comment on proposed new forms for use in probate court proceedings for involuntary treatment for alcohol and drug abusers.

The Commission on the Rules of Superintendence recommended the changes to the court for use by probate court judges and petitioners for the involuntary treatment of a respondent who is abusing alcohol or drugs.

The series of forms was needed after revisions to the Ohio Revised Code that give probate judges authority to commit involuntarily a person who needs alcohol or drug abuse treatment.

A petitioner would include forms that, in part, state the respondent suffers from abuse, represents a danger to him or herself or family members, and believes he or she would benefit from treatment. The forms also contain sections for an emergency commitment if a respondent refuses to undergo an evaluation.

Another new probate form suggested for public comment addresses a different topic. The new form would be used when an applicant who wants to change his or her name requests a waiver so that the name change is not published in a newspaper or other public notice as required under the Ohio Revised Code. This form, for example, could be used for domestic violence victims or for those under orders of protection.

The forms can be viewed at www.supremecourtofohio.gov/ruleamendments/.

The 30-day public comment period ends on Oct. 1. Comments on these new probate forms should be submitted in writing to John VanNorman, Senior Policy and Research Counsel, Ohio Supreme Court, 65 S. Front St., Seventh Floor, Columbus, OH 43215, or John.VanNorman@sc.ohio.gov.

Staff report