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Many statewide agencies, boards and commissions oversee the day-to-day work of state government. This overview briefly describes some notable state agencies. You can read more information about other Ohio state departments, boards and commissions in the Official Roster of Ohio Officers, available at Historical Documents.

The Adjutant General is the administrative head of the state’s military forces (The governor is the commander-in-chief). This department is responsible for administering the organized militia, consisting of the Ohio Army National Guard, Air National Guard, Military Reserve and Naval Militia.
The Department of Administrative Services provides centralized services to state agencies by helping to procure goods and services, recruit and train personnel, and by providing a variety of other services.
The Department of Aging serves more than two million older Ohioans. The department’s programs help mature adults live active, healthy and independent lives.
The Department of Agriculture is responsible for enforcing laws and regulations pertinent to crop and livestock production in the state. Also, the department oversees production of beverages, drugs, cosmetics, meat, and the organization of county and independent fairs.
The Board of Regents, a nine-member advisory board to the Chancellor with two ex-officio representatives from the state legislature, was created in 1963 by the General Assembly. The Chancellor is charged with building a system of higher education designed to prepare all Ohioans for the 21st Century and rival the nation in accountability and innovation.

The Office of Budget and Management facilitates the fiscal operations of state government.

The Department of Commerce is one of the state’s main regulatory agencies. The department enforces regulations for industries ranging from financial institutions to travel agencies.
The Department of Development oversees programs designed to attract new businesses to Ohio, retain current businesses, help small businesses grow, and promote travel and tourism in the Buckeye State.
The Environmental Protection Agency protects the Ohio environment and public health by ensuring compliance with environmental laws and demonstrating environmental stewardship.
The Department of Health is responsible for protecting and improving the health of all Ohioans, and assists local health departments to deliver basic public health services at the community level.
The Department of Insurance regulates the insurance industry in Ohio.
The Department of Job and Family Services provides financial and medical assistance and social service programs for Ohioans. The department’s goal is to help Ohioans be healthy and safe, while gaining and maintaining employment and independence.
The Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services provides high-quality mental health and abuse prevention services. The department oversees nearly 500 service providers, 400 mental health agencies and six state hospitals.
The Department of Developmental Disabilities oversees a statewide system of support and services for people with developmental disabilities and their families.
The Department of Natural Resources owns and manages more than 590,000 acres of land, including state parks, forests, nature preserves and wildlife areas. The department also has jurisdiction over more than 120,000 acres of inland waters. ODNR also licenses all hunting, fishing, and watercraft in the state, oversees and permits all mineral extraction, monitors dam safety, and promotes recycling.
The Department of Public Safety works to save lives, reduce injuries and economic loss, administer Ohio’s motor vehicle laws, and preserve the safety and well-being of all citizens. The department includes the Emergency Management Agency, Emergency Medical Services, Criminal Justice Services, Homeland Security, State Highway Patrol and Investigative Unit, and the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction administers and operates the institutional and community-related phases of Ohio’s adult correctional system.
The Department of Taxation makes all tax assessments, valuations, determinations, computations and orders related to taxes.
The Department of Transportation is charged with providing a world-class transportation system linking Ohio to a global economy by maintaining, building and regulating the state’s highways, bridges and railways.
The Bureau of Workers’ Compensation provides compensation for work-related injuries, diseases and death.
The Department of Youth Services is the juvenile corrections system for the state. Felony offenders under age 21 are engaged in programming designed to address their criminological and behavioral needs.

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