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Short Titles

Short Titles - House of Representatives

Short Titles as Introduced

Mental Health and Safe Communities Act of 2015

Short Titles as Introduced for portions of this bill
  • Comprehensive Justice and Mental Health Act of 2015

Official Titles

Official Titles - House of Representatives

Official Title as Introduced

To strengthen our mental health system and improve public safety.


Actions Overview (1)

Date
10/08/2015Introduced in House

All Actions (11)

Date
09/30/2016Referred to the Subcommittee on Research and Technology.
Action By: Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
11/23/2015Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.
Action By: Committee on Armed Services
11/03/2015Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.
Action By: Committee on the Judiciary
10/21/2015Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
Action By: Committee on Veterans' Affairs
10/08/2015Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committees on Science, Space, and Technology, Veterans' Affairs, Appropriations, and Armed Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
Action By: House of Representatives
10/08/2015Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committees on Science, Space, and Technology, Veterans' Affairs, Appropriations, and Armed Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
Action By: House of Representatives
10/08/2015Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committees on Science, Space, and Technology, Veterans' Affairs, Appropriations, and Armed Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
Action By: House of Representatives
10/08/2015Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committees on Science, Space, and Technology, Veterans' Affairs, Appropriations, and Armed Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
Action By: House of Representatives
10/08/2015Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committees on Science, Space, and Technology, Veterans' Affairs, Appropriations, and Armed Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
Action By: House of Representatives
10/08/2015Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committees on Science, Space, and Technology, Veterans' Affairs, Appropriations, and Armed Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
Action By: House of Representatives
10/08/2015Introduced in House
Action By: House of Representatives

Cosponsors (39)

* = Original cosponsor
CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Rep. Ashford, Brad [D-NE-2]* 10/08/2015
Rep. Cuellar, Henry [D-TX-28]* 10/08/2015
Rep. Peterson, Collin C. [D-MN-7]* 10/08/2015
Rep. McCaul, Michael T. [R-TX-10]* 10/08/2015
Rep. Walters, Mimi [R-CA-45]* 10/08/2015
Rep. Walz, Timothy J. [D-MN-1]* 10/08/2015
Rep. Curbelo, Carlos [R-FL-26]* 10/08/2015
Rep. Hastings, Alcee L. [D-FL-20] 11/02/2015
Rep. Scott, Austin [R-GA-8] 12/01/2015
Rep. Schweikert, David [R-AZ-6] 12/10/2015
Rep. Comstock, Barbara [R-VA-10] 12/10/2015
Rep. Hurd, Will [R-TX-23] 12/15/2015
Rep. Hudson, Richard [R-NC-8] 12/16/2015
Rep. Fortenberry, Jeff [R-NE-1] 01/05/2016
Rep. Pittenger, Robert [R-NC-9] 01/05/2016
Rep. Williams, Roger [R-TX-25] 01/06/2016
Rep. Weber, Randy K., Sr. [R-TX-14] 01/06/2016
Rep. Gibbs, Bob [R-OH-7] 01/07/2016
Rep. Valadao, David G. [R-CA-21] 01/07/2016
Rep. Carter, Earl L. "Buddy" [R-GA-1] 01/08/2016
Rep. Burgess, Michael C. [R-TX-26] 01/11/2016
Rep. Lance, Leonard [R-NJ-7] 02/24/2016
Rep. Zeldin, Lee M. [R-NY-1] 04/14/2016
Rep. Granger, Kay [R-TX-12] 04/15/2016
Rep. Nugent, Richard B. [R-FL-11] 04/15/2016
Rep. Reichert, David G. [R-WA-8] 04/15/2016
Rep. Pearce, Stevan [R-NM-2] 04/15/2016
Rep. Rokita, Todd [R-IN-4] 04/15/2016
Rep. Collins, Doug [R-GA-9] 04/15/2016
Rep. Sessions, Pete [R-TX-32] 04/15/2016
Rep. Franks, Trent [R-AZ-8] 04/19/2016
Rep. Meadows, Mark [R-NC-11] 04/19/2016
Rep. Stivers, Steve [R-OH-15] 04/19/2016
Rep. Miller, Candice S. [R-MI-10] 04/21/2016
Rep. Duncan, Jeff [R-SC-3] 04/21/2016
Rep. Jenkins, Lynn [R-KS-2] 04/26/2016
Rep. Rouzer, David [R-NC-7] 04/27/2016
Rep. Mullin, Markwayne [R-OK-2] 05/03/2016
Rep. Stefanik, Elise M. [R-NY-21] 05/10/2016

Committees (5)

Committees, subcommittees and links to reports associated with this bill are listed here, as well as the nature and date of committee activity and Congressional report number.

Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
House Judiciary10/08/2015 Referred to
House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations11/03/2015 Referred to
House Science, Space, and Technology10/08/2015 Referred to
House Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on Research and Technology09/30/2016 Referred to
House Veterans' Affairs10/08/2015 Referred to
House Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Health10/21/2015 Referred to
House Appropriations10/08/2015 Referred to
House Armed Services10/08/2015 Referred to
House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel11/23/2015 Referred to

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Latest Summary (1)

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Introduced in House (10/08/2015)

Mental Health and Safe Communities Act of 2015

This bill amends the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to authorize the Department of Justice (DOJ) to award grants for: (1) mental health programs and related law enforcement and corrections programs, (2) state compliance with federal mental health records requirements, (3) court-ordered assisted outpatient treatment, (4) pretrial screening and supervision, (5) behavioral health assessments and intervention, (6) forensic assertive community treatment, and (7) the establishment of a National Criminal Justice and Mental Health Training and Technical Assistance Center.

In addition, the bill expands the purposes for which grant funds may be used under existing programs related to: (1) public safety and community policing, (2) staffing for adequate fire and emergency response, (3) school security, and (4) residential substance abuse treatment for inmates.

DOJ must establish a pilot program to determine the effectiveness of diverting eligible offenders to drug or mental health courts.

Each of the federal uniformed services must be provided specialized mental health training.

With respect to an existing grant program for drug treatment alternatives to incarceration, the bill revises program requirements and expands the program to also cover mental health treatment alternatives.

Comprehensive Justice and Mental Health Act of 2015

DOJ is further authorized to award grants: (1) for sequential intercept mapping, which is aimed at minimizing criminal justice involvement for individuals with mental illness; (2) for various programs related to the behavioral health of veterans; (3) to assist correctional facilities in addressing the needs of inmates with mental illness; and (4) to train law enforcement in responding to situations involving individuals with mental illness.

The bill revises the definition of "preliminarily qualified offenders" who must be targeted by certain grant-funded collaboration programs between mental health and justice agencies.

The bill reauthorizes through FY2020 and revises the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) Improvement Amendments Act of 2007.

Current law prohibits the sale or disposition of a firearm or ammunition to any person who has been adjudicated as a mental defective or committed to a mental institution. The bill instead prohibits such a sale or disposition to any person who has been adjudicated mentally incompetent or committed to a psychiatric hospital, as defined by the bill.

The bill also establishes: (1) procedures for administrative review of a determination that a person has been adjudicated mentally incompetent or committed to a psychiatric hospital, and (2) conditions for removal of records from NICS.

The bill reauthorizes through FY2020 the following: (1) adult and juvenile collaboration programs, and (2) mental health courts and qualified drug treatment programs.