H.R.401 - Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Act of 2013
To reauthorize and improve the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act of 2004.
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Mr. NUGENT (for himself, Mr. SCOTT of Virginia, Mr. CICILLINE, Mr. GRIMM, Mr. GOWDY, Mr. SENSENBRENNER, Mr. REICHERT, Mr. VAN HOLLEN, Mr. CONYERS, and Ms. LOFGREN) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the JudiciaryCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
SEC. 2. ASSISTING VETERANS.
(a) Redesignation- Section 2991 of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (
(b) Assisting Veterans- Section 2991 of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (
‘(A) PEER TO PEER SERVICES OR PROGRAMS- The term ‘peer to peer services or programs’ means services or programs that connect qualified veterans with other veterans for the purpose of providing support and mentorship to assist qualified veterans in obtaining treatment, recovery, stabilization, or rehabilitation.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(C) VETERANS TREATMENT COURT PROGRAM- The term ‘veterans treatment court program’ means a court program involving collaboration among criminal justice, veterans, and mental health and substance abuse agencies that provides qualified veterans with--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(iv) other appropriate services, including housing, transportation, mentoring, employment, job training, education, and assistance in applying for and obtaining available benefits.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(A) IN GENERAL- The Attorney General, in consultation with the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, may award grants under this subsection to applicants to establish or expand--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(iii) practices that identify and provide treatment, rehabilitation, legal, transitional, and other appropriate services to qualified veterans who have been incarcerated; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(iv) training programs to teach criminal justice, law enforcement, corrections, mental health, and substance abuse personnel how to identify and appropriately respond to incidents involving qualified veterans.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 3. CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES.
Section 2991 of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (
‘(A) CORRECTIONAL FACILITY- The term ‘correctional facility’ means a jail, prison, or other detention facility used to house people who have been arrested, detained, held, or convicted by a criminal justice agency or a court.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(i) post-release transition plans for eligible inmates that, in a comprehensive manner, coordinate health, housing, medical, employment, and other appropriate services and public benefits;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(iii) alternatives to solitary confinement and segregated housing and mental health screening and treatment for inmates placed in solitary confinement or segregated housing; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(D) to train each employee of the correctional facility to identify and appropriately respond to incidents involving inmates with mental health or co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders.’.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 4. HIGH UTILIZERS.
Section 2991 of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (
‘(A) IN GENERAL- The Attorney General may award not more than 6 grants per year under this subsection to applicants for the purpose of reducing the use of public services by high utilizers.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(ii) to provide training on how to respond appropriately to the unique issues involving high utilizers for public service personnel, including criminal justice, mental health, substance abuse, emergency room, healthcare, law enforcement, corrections, and housing personnel;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(iii) to develop or support alternatives to hospital and jail admissions for high utilizers that provide treatment, stabilization, and other appropriate supports in the least restrictive, yet appropriate, environment; orCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(iv) to develop protocols and systems among law enforcement, mental health, substance abuse, housing, corrections, and emergency medical service operations to provide coordinated assistance to high utilizers.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(C) REPORT- Not later than the last day of the first year following the fiscal year in which a grant is awarded under this subsection, the recipient of the grant shall submit to the Attorney General a report that--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 5. ACADEMY TRAINING.
‘(F) ACADEMY TRAINING- To provide support for academy curricula, law enforcement officer orientation programs, continuing education training, and other programs that teach law enforcement personnel how to identify and respond to incidents involving persons with mental health disorders or co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders.’; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(4) PRIORITY CONSIDERATION- The Attorney General, in awarding grants under this subsection, shall give priority to programs that law enforcement personnel and members of the mental health and substance abuse professions develop and administer cooperatively.’.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 6. EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICES.
‘(5) when appropriate, use validated assessment tools to target preliminarily qualified offenders with a moderate or high risk of recidivism and a need for treatment and services; or’.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 7. SAFE COMMUNITIES.
‘(i)(I) previously or currently has been diagnosed by a qualified mental health professional as having a mental illness or co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse disorders;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(III) in the case of a veterans treatment court provided under subsection (i), has been diagnosed with, or manifests obvious signs of, mental illness or a substance abuse disorder or co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse disorder; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(B) DETERMINATION- In determining whether to designate a defendant as a preliminarily qualified offender, the relevant prosecuting attorney, defense attorney, probation or corrections official, judge, and mental health or substance abuse agency representative shall take into account--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(vi) whether the defendant satisfies the eligibility criteria for program participation unanimously established by the relevant prosecuting attorney, defense attorney, probation or corrections official, judge and mental health or substance abuse agency representative.’.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(b) Technical and Conforming Amendment- Section 2927(2) of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (
‘(B) is not a felony that by its nature involves a substantial risk that physical force against the person or property of another may be used in the course of committing the offense.’.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 8. REAUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.
‘(3) LIMITATION- Not more than 20 percent of the funds authorized to be appropriated under this section may be used for purposes described in subsection (i) (relating to veterans).’.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink