Bill adding support for police responding to mental health crises passes Congress
U.S. 参议员苏珊·柯林斯宣布 Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Reauthorization Act that she cosponsored is headed to the President’s desk to be signed into law. 的 legislation will support mental health courts, 危机干预小组, 监狱自杀预防工作, and other programs that have helped law enforcement assist individuals experiencing mental illness for nearly two decades.
的 Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Reauthorization Act will provide grantees with greater options to respond to and treat individuals experiencing a mental health crisis.
Support co-responder teams that deploy mental health professionals with law enforcement and allow a 24/7, 365响应能力;
Enhance community capacity and linkage to care systems to ensure continuity of care and connection to mental health and substance use disorder crisis services;
Allow jurisdictions to provide case management services and support along with suicide prevention programs; and
Support community programs as they integrate the new 988 mental health crisis phone line and allows for 危机干预小组 to be placed in 911 call centers.
“When Americans experience a mental health crisis and are in need of support, it is critical that those individuals can receive the assistance and resources they need,柯林斯参议员说。, 在新闻发布会上. “This legislation will strengthen a successful grant program that helps foster collaboration between law enforcement and mental health agencies. 结果是, law enforcement officers will be able to do their jobs more effectively, resources for individuals with mental health or substance use disorders will be enhanced, 公共安全将得到改善.”
的 Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Reauthorization Act 是由参议员约翰·科宁共同撰写的, 德克萨斯, 还有艾米·克洛布彻, D-Minnesota, and it is supported by the Addiction Policy Forum, 美国惩教协会, 美国监狱协会, 美国自杀预防基金会, 美国缓刑和假释协会, 检察官协会, 惩教领袖协会, 警察兄弟会(FOP), 主要城市主管协会, 美国主要县警长(MCSA), 美国心理健康协会, 迈阿密精神健康和康复中心, 国家行为健康协会, 全国县协会(纳科), National Association of Drug Court Professionals, National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors, 全国精神疾病联盟(NAMI), National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO), National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD), 全国州议会会议, 全国心理健康委员会, National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA), National District Attorneys Association (NDAA), 全国警察兄弟会, 全国州长协会, 全国城市联盟, 国家治安官协会, 监狱奖学金, 州政府司法中心委员会, and Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities (TASC).