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UPDATED 02/8/24

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Ohio Department of Health and Ohio Mental Health & Addiction Services Release REVISED draft rules for gender transition services

By J. Ogden – Trans Allies of Ohio – February 8, 2024

COLUMBUS, OHIO  On Wednesday, February 7, in response to thousands of comments on Governor DeWine’s DRAFT Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services (OMHAS) and Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Rules governing gender transition care for transgender adults and children, OMHAS and ODH released REVISED DRAFT Rules.

The REVISED Draft Rules now only apply to minors. Options for mental health providers have been expanded and the medical ethicist has been dropped. Unfortunately, the data collection portions have remained in the ODH Rules and pose serious concerns for the privacy of transgender children, their parents and providers, who have been increasingly targeted by lawmakers, in schools, and online as child abusers. We will review the changes and report back with our comments.

THESE REVISED RULES ARE ALSO SUBJECT TO PUBLIC COMMENT.
Please see the flyer and details below for deadlines and submission information.

REVISED Draft Ohio Mental Health & Addiction Services RULES - DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS: Wednesday, February 14 @ 5 pm

SUBMIT COMMENTS by WEDNESDAY, FEB 14 @ 5 PM to:

OhioMHAS at MH-SOT-GTC1-rules@mha.ohio.gov

Common Sense Initiative (CSI) Office at CSIPublicComments@governor.ohio.gov

COALITION CONCERNS with OHMAS revised Rules:

CLICK HERE

REVISED Draft Ohio Department of Health RULES:

SUBMIT COMMENTS to JCARR and ODH by March 4 @ 5 PM

(Instructions TBA)

INFO ALERT 4

Are Trans Ohioans and Families with transgender children really moving out of Ohio?

Yes. TransOhio has received over 100 requests from Ohio citizens and families for financial assistance to move out of the state. With the passage of HB 68, many young people have been kicked off their treatment plans against medical advice without parental consent. Most had been under the care of psychologists, psychiatrists, and doctors for years. Their care is endorsed by 50+ trusted, national & local medical and behavioral health associations.

Trans Adults are also facing restrictions on their care. The Governor has posed burdensome, bureaucratic, arbitrary DRAFT rules that will shut down most of the transgender healthcare providers in Ohio, making it impossible for trans adults, some who transitioned decades ago, to continue their care.

TRANSITION CARE IS NOT OPTIONAL FOR THOSE WHO NEED IT.

FREEDOM TO CHOOSE ONE’S OWN MEDICAL CARE IS NON-NEGOTIABLE.

IF YOU BELIEVE YOU OR A LOVED ONE MAY NEED THIS CARE SOMEDAY, WE SUGGEST YOU FIND ANOTHER STATE TO MAKE YOUR HOME OR COME PREPARED TO FIGHT. YOU KNOW WHERE TO FIND US.

Trans bathroom ban Feb 7 hearing cANCELLED

We are unsure why this hearing was cancelled or if it will be rescheduled in the near future. Please continue to monitor this space and our social media accounts for updates.

This bill requires multiple occupancy bathrooms, locker rooms, and overnight accommodations used by students in all school buildings for K – higher education and in all facilities that host school activities be designated male or female only and that students, faculty, staff and visitors must use the facilities that correspond to their sex assigned at birth. This bill…

  • violates Title IX.
  • perpetuates harmful myths surrounding transgender children. Trans kids are just kids and need unobstructed bathrooms like all kids!
  • studies show trans bathroom bans correlate with an elevated risk of violence for trans kids
  • studies also show that inclusive bathroom policies do NOT increase the risk of violence against the people using them.

 

TELL HOUSE HIGHER ED COMMITTEE MEMBERS TO VOTE NO on HB 183!

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