Home » Does Medicaid Cover Rehab? » What is an Intensive Outpatient Program? » How to Get Help for a Loved One Using Casey’s Law
Many people in Ohio grapple with drug addiction or alcoholism, conditions that can be effectively addressed through treatment. However, there are instances where individuals resist seeking help. In the state of Ohio, you have the option to help a loved one in their journey to recovery by invoking Casey’s Law. This legislation enables you to request the court to mandate rehab attendance for your loved one.
This guide addresses issues that include:
Casey’s Law is a legal act that allows the friends or family members of those with substance use disorders to have their loved one forced into court-ordered addiction treatment. Rehab may be mandated for up to 360 days.
This involuntary treatment act involves the family members filing a petition with a court, an evaluation of the individual by QHPs (qualified healthcare professionals), and court-ordered treatment at a residential facility in the event of probable cause being determined.
Casey’s Law is the result of a mother’s unwavering love and was initiated by a woman who intimately understood the devastating impact of substance use disorder on both individuals and families. Tragically, Charlotte Wethington lost her son, Casey, to a heroin overdose when he was just 23 years old, despite her tireless efforts to secure him the necessary treatment. Because Casey was considered an adult, Charlotte had no legal means to compel him into engaging with treatment, a circumstance she believes could have potentially saved his life.
In the wake of Casey’s tragic passing and driven by Charlotte’s relentless determination to combat addiction, Casey’s Law was established in 2004 with the aim of assisting others facing similar challenges. Today, many advocates of Casey’s Law are parents like Charlotte, who are wholeheartedly dedicated to doing everything in their power to rescue their children from the clutches of addiction.
The process for initiating involuntary treatment in Ohio varies from one county to another. To begin this process, you should reach out to your local county probate court and inquire about the specific Casey Law requirement.
Individuals filing for involuntary treatment in Ohio are typically responsible for covering the treatment costs upfront. That said, efforts are underway to amend the law to enhance the financial accessibility of involuntary treatment for all individuals. As of March 2020, further revisions to the law aim to compel medical insurance providers to offer coverage for such treatments and eliminate filing charges.
In Ohio, to be eligible for Casey’s Law, the person struggling with addiction must meet the following criteria:
Treatment will not be immediately imposed on the respondent (the person who requires treatment). Instead, once the petition is filed, there is a procedural sequence that must be followed:
This means that the entire process typically spans approximately two weeks before treatment can be formally ordered for the respondent. This structured approach ensures that all relevant factors are carefully assessed before any treatment decisions are made.
In Kentucky, to initiate involuntary treatment:
Other U.S. states may have different mechanisms in place for involuntary commitment for addiction treatment.
If you want to know how to force someone into rehab, invoking Casey’s Law in Ohio involves several key steps:
When faced with a loved one’s substance abuse problem, families and friends often face the dilemma of whether to force them into rehab through legal means like Casey’s Law or to pursue a more traditional intervention approach. Both approaches have their merits and considerations.
In many cases, a combination of these approaches may be the most effective strategy. Casey’s Law can be a lifeline for individuals in immediate danger, while interventions can be a pivotal step in helping someone acknowledge their addiction and choose recovery. Ultimately, the choice between forcing someone into rehab and intervention depends on the unique circumstances and the best interests of the person struggling with addiction.
If you need to stage an intervention and connect a loved one with effective and evidence-based addiction treatment in Ohio, we can help at Ohio Recovery in Cincinnati, OH. We treat all types of addictions, including prescription medications, illicit drugs, and alcohol.
In addition to outpatient programs and IOPs (intensive outpatient programs), we also offer PHPs (partial hospitalization programs). If your loved one engages with our PHP, this provides the most structured and supportive addiction treatment outside of residential rehab.
All Ohio Recovery treatment programs mix behavioral, pharmacological, and holistic interventions, treating the person rather than focusing only on the symptoms of addiction. Treatment programs all include a strong aftercare component to minimize the chance of relapse derailing your loved one’s recovery.
Call 877-679-2132 to discuss your options.
12115 Sheraton Lane
Cincinnati, OH 45246
@ 2022 Ohio Community Health Recovery Centers. All Rights Reserved.
My name is Christopher Glover, and I am from Cincinnati, Ohio. I am currently in school and working to grow in competence to better support our community. As a recovering individual I know the struggles that you or a loved one can go through and that there is help for anything you may be struggling with.
The hardest part is asking for help and we are here as a team to best support you and your decision to start your journey towards a better future. Connect with Chris on LinkedIn
I recently joined Ohio Community Health Recovery Centers as a Clinical Case Manager. I am originally from Wisconsin but settled in the Cincinnati area in my early 20s. My career started in the fashion industry but quickly changed as I searched to find my drive and passion through helping others who struggle with addiction.
As someone who is also in recovery, I wanted to provide hope, share lived experience, and support others on their journey. I currently have my Peer Recovery Support Supervision Certification along with my CDCA and plan to continue my education with University of Cincinnati so I can continue to aid in the battle against substance addiction. Connect with Amanda on LinkedIn.
Patrick McCamley (Clinical Therapist) is a Cincinnati native who has worked in substance use disorder/co-occurring mental health disorder treatment since 2019. Patrick received his bachelors degree in psychology from University of Cincinnati in 2021 and received his LCDC III (Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor) license from the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board in 2022. Patrick has worked in Clinical Operations, Clinical Case Management, and Clinical Therapy throughout his career.
Patrick has tremendous empathy and compassion for the recovery community, being in recovery himself since 2018. Patrick is uniquely qualified to be helpful because of the specific combination of his academic background and his own experience in recovery.
Bill Zimmerman is a Greater Cincinnati Area native who has worked in substance use disorder/co-occurring mental health disorder treatment since 2018. Bill received his (Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant) license from the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board in 2020.
Bill has worked in Clinical Operations in both support and supervision, and Program facilitating and 12 step recovery support during his career. Bill has a passion for the recovery community, having been in recovery himself since 1982. Connect with Bill on LinkedIn
Growing up in Louisiana with addiction running rampant on both sides of my family. A life away from drugs and alcohol seemed impossible for someone like me. I remember what it was like sitting across from someone thinking there is no way they could ever understand what I was going through.
Sharing my experience offers a credibility and a certain type of trust with clients that only someone who has walked down this road can illustrate. To immerse myself further into the field of addiction, I am currently studying at Cincinnati State for Human and Social Services. I hope I never forget where I came from, if I can do it, so can you!
Hello my name is Thomas Hunter. I was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. I am a licensed social worker.In my scope of practice I have worked in the areas of mental health and recovery for thirty years. The clients I have worked with in my career have ranged in age from seven to seventy.
I strive each day to serve my purpose of helping those in need and I believe I do so by utilizing all of my experiences to accomplish my goal of supporting those who desire to establish their sobriety and maintain it in their recovery. Connect with Thomas on LinkedIn.
My name is Mary D. Porter. I received my Masters of Social Work in 2008 from The University of Cincinnati. I received My Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor Licensure in 2001. I retired from The Department of Veteran Affairs Medical Center on April 14, 2014. Currently, I am the Associate Clinical Director for The Ohio Community Health Recovery Centers in Cincinnati.. Due to the fourth wave of the Opioid Epidemic in 2019, I decided to enter back into the workforce to assist the addicted population.
The overdoses were astounding and I wanted to help. I consider myself to be an advocate for the addicted population. My compassion, resilience, empathy, wisdom, knowledge, experience and love I have for this forgotten population goes beyond words. I consider what I do for the addicted population as a calling versus a “career,” because I too was once an “addict and alcoholic.” Today I am 45.5 years alcohol and substance free.
Hello, my name is Ben Lemmon, and I’m the Vice President and Clinical Director at Ohio Community Health Recovery Centers. I’ve been working in the addiction and mental health field since 2013 and decided to enter the field after overcoming my own challenges with addiction.
When I first meet a client, I always explain to them that the reason we are meeting is because they are not capable of obtaining or maintaining sobriety, and my goal is to create a person that can maintain sobriety. I believe a person’s personality is made up of their thoughts, feelings and actions and my job is to help clients identify the thoughts, feelings and actions that have them disconnected from recovery and provide them with the tools to live a healthy and happy life. Connect with Ben on LinkedIn