H.R.731 - Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Act of 2015114th Congress (2015-2016)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Nugent, Richard B. [R-FL-11] (Introduced 02/04/2015)|
|Committees:||House - Judiciary|
|Latest Action:||House - 03/16/2015 Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations. (All Actions)|
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Introduced in House (02/04/2015)
To reauthorize and improve the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act of 2004.
Mr. Nugent (for himself, Mr. Scott of Virginia, Mrs. Napolitano, Mr. Ryan of Ohio, Ms. Slaughter, Mr. Pocan, Mrs. Brooks of Indiana, Mr. Lowenthal, Mr. Hastings, Mr. Joyce, Mr. Reichert, Mr. Sensenbrenner, Mr. Lance, and Mr. Jolly) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary
To reauthorize and improve the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act of 2004.
This Act may be cited as the “Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Act of 2015”.
(a) Redesignation.—Section 2991 of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3797aa) is amended by redesignating subsection (i) as subsection (l).
(b) Assisting veterans.—Section 2991 of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3797aa) is amended by inserting after subsection (h) the following:
“(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.
“(i) has served on active duty in any branch of the Armed Forces, including the National Guard and reserve components; and
“(ii) was discharged or released from such service under conditions other than dishonorable.
“(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—
“(i) intensive judicial supervision and case management, which may include random and frequent drug testing where appropriate;
“(ii) a full continuum of treatment services, including mental health services, substance abuse services, medical services, and services to address trauma;
“(iii) alternatives to incarceration; and
“(iv) other appropriate services, including housing, transportation, mentoring, employment, job training, education, and assistance in applying for and obtaining available benefits.
“(i) veterans treatment court programs;
“(ii) peer to peer services or programs for qualified veterans;
“(iii) practices that identify and provide treatment, rehabilitation, legal, transitional, and other appropriate services to qualified veterans who have been incarcerated; and
“(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.
“(i) demonstrate collaboration between and joint investments by criminal justice, mental health, substance abuse, and veterans service agencies;
“(ii) promote effective strategies to identify and reduce the risk of harm to qualified veterans and public safety; and
“(iii) propose interventions with empirical support to improve outcomes for qualified veterans.”.
Section 2991 of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3797aa) is amended by inserting after subsection (i), as so added by section 2, the following:
“(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.
“(i) is being held, detained, or incarcerated in a correctional facility; and
“(ii) manifests obvious signs of a mental illness or has been diagnosed by a qualified mental health professional as having a mental illness.
“(A) to identify and screen for eligible inmates;
“(i) initial and periodic assessments of the clinical, medical, and social needs of inmates; and
“(ii) appropriate treatment and services that address the mental health and substance abuse needs of inmates;
“(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;
“(ii) the availability of mental health care services and substance abuse treatment services; and
“(iii) alternatives to solitary confinement and segregated housing and mental health screening and treatment for inmates placed in solitary confinement or segregated housing; and
“(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.”.
Section 2991(h) of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3797aa(h)) is amended—
(1) in paragraph (1), by adding at the end the following:
“(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.”; and
“(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.”.
Section 2991(c) of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3797aa(c)) is amended—
(1) in paragraph (3), by striking “or” at the end;
(2) by redesignating paragraph (4) as paragraph (6); and
“(4) propose interventions that have been shown by empirical evidence to reduce recidivism;
“(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”.
(a) In general.—Section 2991(a) of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3797aa(a)) is amended—
(A) in the heading, by striking “Mental illness” and inserting “Mental illness; mental health disorder”; and
(B) by striking “term ‘mental illness’ means” and inserting “terms ‘mental illness’ and ‘mental health disorder’ mean”; and
(2) by striking paragraph (9) and inserting the following:
“(II) manifests obvious signs of mental illness or co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse disorders during arrest or confinement or before any court; or
“(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; and
“(I) prosecuting attorney;
“(II) defense attorney;
“(III) probation or corrections official;
“(IV) judge; and
“(V) a representative from the relevant mental health agency described in subsection (b)(5)(B)(i).
“(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—
“(i) whether the participation of the defendant in the program would pose a substantial risk of violence to the community;
“(ii) the criminal history of the defendant and the nature and severity of the offense for which the defendant is charged;
“(iii) the views of any relevant victims to the offense;
“(iv) the extent to which the defendant would benefit from participation in the program;
“(v) the extent to which the community would realize cost savings because of the defendant's participation in the program; and
“(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.”.
(b) Technical and conforming amendment.—Section 2927(2) of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3797s–6(2)) is amended by striking “has the meaning given that term in section 2991(a).” and inserting “means an offense that—
“(A) does not have as an element the use, attempted use, or threatened use of physical force against the person or property of another; or
“(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.”.
Subsection (l) of section 2991 of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3797aa), as redesignated in section 2(a), is amended—
(A) in subparagraph (B), by striking “and” at the end;
(B) in subparagraph (C), by striking the period and inserting “; and”; and
(C) by adding at the end the following:
“(D) $40,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2016 through 2020.”; and
“(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).”.