Mental illness reporting by Ohio probate courts

Ohio’s 2004 concealed-carry law requires probate courts to report all cases of people receiving court-ordered mental illness treatment to the Ohio Bureau of Investigation. The goal of the requirement is to keep people with serious mental illnesses from obtaining a conceal-carry permit. The attorney general’s office is trying to figure out why figures collected over nine years since the law was enacted don’t always add up, including instances where some counties didn’t report any numbers. In some cases, it appears that individuals sent outside of a county for treatment were reported by the probate court where they received the treatment, not where they live. The commitment figures that counties reported, from most to least populous counties:

Cuyahoga: 3,261

Franklin: 3,643

Hamilton: 10,390

Summit: 3,704

Montgomery: 5,653

Lucas: 2,321

Stark: 2,488

Butler: 448

Lorain: 3

Mahoning: 696

Lake: 2

Warren: 266

Trumbull: 1,158

Clermont: 454

Medina: 18

Licking: 9

Greene: 302

Fairfield: 9

Clark:264

Richland: 19

Columbiana: 56

Allen:29

Miami: 7

Ashtabula: 3

Tuscarawas: 4

Muskingum: 1

Scioto: 71

Ross: 209

Erie: 9

Belmont: 245

Jefferson: 1

Marion: 8

Athens: 805

Washington: 69

Knox: 3

Seneca: 117

Union: 1

Shelby: 4

Brown: 11

Madison: 1

Holmes: 1

Crawford: 10

Fulton: 106

Mercer: 1

Guernsey: 255

Defiance: 63

Perry: 1

Hardin: 5

Van Wert: 8

Carroll: 13

Adams: 4

Wyandot: 2

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Source: Ohio attorney general’s office

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