Courts to report mental health info under OH bill

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) has signed a bill requiring Ohio courts to report certain mental health information for inclusion in a law enforcement database.

Courts would have to tell police or county sheriffs’ departments when they order mental health treatment for a person convicted of a violent offense. Courts must also report when they order conditional release of a person committed after being found incompetent to stand trial or not guilty by reason of insanity.

The bill signed Tuesday is named after a Clark County sheriff’s deputy who was fatally shot two years ago.

The man who killed Deputy Suzanne Hopper previously had been found not guilty by reason of insanity and lived in a mental institution before receiving a conditional release. Responding officers didn’t know that.

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