Ohio Governor Mike DeWine recently signed House Bill 281, known as the Mental Health and Disability Terminology Act, into law. Sponsored by State Reps. Dontavius Jarrells (D-Columbus) and Tom Young (R-Washington Township),
H.B. 281 represents a major step in reducing institutionalized stigma about people with a serious mental illness and other disabilities. Specifically, the bill eliminates and modifies terminology in the Ohio Revised Code that many find offensive and out of date, and replaces various words associated with people with disabilities with more contemporary alternatives.