R​u​​les & Laws


​​Governing State Agencies

State agencies like DODD are governed by state rules and laws, as well as federal regulations and codes. Stakeholders are encouraged to participate in the process of adopting, amending, or rescinding rules and laws.  See the Guide to Public Participation in the Rulemaking Process for more information.

Subscribe to Rules
Notice To keep system stakeholders apprised of rule actions, the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities offers a subscription service.  Subscribing to this e-mail service ensures that the subscriber receives notification of public hearings regarding proposed rule actions and transmittal memoranda regarding final rule actions.

To subscribe to the Rules Notice service, send a blank e-mail to join-rules-notice@list.dodd.ohio.gov.
To unsubscribe to the Rules Notice service, send a blank e-mail to unsubscribe-rules-notice@list.dodd.ohio.gov.

For more information about administrative rules, contact Becky Phillips, Administrative Rules Coordinator, via e-mail at becky.phillips@dodd.ohio.gov or by phone at (614) 644-7393.​

How a Bill Becomes Law
If you would like more information about how legislation is enacted, please access the Ohio Legislative Service Commission website at: http://www.lsc.state.oh.us

Specific information about enacting legislation is located in Chapter 5: A Guidebook for Ohio Legislators.  The Guidebook summarizes the Ohio lawmaking process, the role of legislators, the staff assistance available to members of the Ohio General Assembly, and the role of other participants in the legislative process in Ohio.

If you are looking for information pertaining to current legislation or would like to contact a Senator or Representative, please access the Ohio General Assembly website at: http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/​.

Administrative rules govern the actions, roles, and requirements of state agencies such as DODD. 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 JCARR's primary function is to review proposed new, amended, and rescinded rules from more than 110 state agencies to ensure the rules do not exceed the scope of the rule-making agency's authority or conflict with any other rule or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. The JCARR committee 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 JCARR website.

Participating in the Rule-Making Process

Getting input from stakeholders is an important part of the rule-making process. DODD regularly involves stakeholders such as individuals and families, County Boards, and providers when drafting new rules or amending current rules. Also, 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 join-rules-notice@list.dodd.ohio.gov. You can stop receiving the emails at any time by sending an e-mail to unsubscribe-rules-notice@list.dodd.ohio.gov.

For more information about the rules process, contact Becky Phillips, Administrative Rules Coordinator, at Becky.Phillips@dodd.ohio.gov or 614- 644-7393.

Legislation is law which has been enacted by the Ohio General Assembly. The Ohio Revised Code contains all current statutes. Statutes governing DODD are in Chapter 5123, and statutes governing County Boards of Developmental Disabilities are in Chapter 5126.

For more information about how legislation is enacted, visit the Ohio Legislative Service Commission website. A Guidebook for Ohio Legislators has information about the Ohio lawmaking process, the role of legislators, and the role of others in the legislative process. Specific information about enacting legislation is in Chapter 5.

Participating in the Legislative Process

Anyone can participate in the legislative process. To comment on current or pending legislation, or to advocate for new legislation, contact your Senator or Representative. You can find information about current legislation and how to contact your Senator or Representative on the Ohio General Assembly website.

Federal regulations include:

  • Code of Federal Regulations: The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) contains the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the executive departments and agencies of the federal government.  
  • United States Code: The United States Code (USC) contains general and permanent laws of the United States.