Administrative rules govern the actions, roles, and requirements of state agencies such as the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities. Once rules are adopted, they become part of the
Ohio Administrative Code (OAC), a compilation of the rules adopted by state agencies. The rules are reviewed and revised on an ongoing basis to ensure that agencies meet the needs of their constituents and adhere to law and best practices.
Once a rule has been filed, the rule is reviewed by the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR). JCARR's primary function is to review proposed new, amended, and rescinded rules from more than 110 state agencies to ensure the rules do not exceed the scope of the rule-making agency's authority or conflict with any other rule or statute, and that the rule-making agency has prepared a thorough summary and analysis of the proposed change, including any adverse impact on business. JCARR may make a recommendation to invalidate a rule if it finds that a state agency has not complied with requirements for rule-making. For more information about JCARR’s role, including applicable laws, visit the
Participating in the Rule-Making Process
Getting input from stakeholders is an important part of the rule-making process. The Department regularly involves stakeholders such as individuals and families, county boards of developmental disabilities, and providers when drafting new rules or amending current rules. Stakeholders are encouraged to comment on proposed changes during the rules clearance period or at the public hearing.
A Rules Notice email list makes it easy to stay up to date on rule actions. If you sign up for the email list, you will receive information about public hearings on proposed rule actions, and information about final rule actions. To sign up, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can stop receiving the emails at any time by sending an e-mail to email@example.com.
For more information about the rules process, contact Becky Phillips, Administrative Rules Coordinator, at
Becky.Phillips@dodd.ohio.gov or 614- 644-7393.