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Mental Health Justice Act of 2021

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A bill to authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services to award grants to States and political subdivisions of States to hire, employ, train and dispatch mental health professionals to respond in lieu of law enforcement officers in emergencies involving one or more persons with a mental illness or an intellectual or developmental disability, and for other purposes.


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03/01/2021Introduced in Senate

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03/01/2021Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
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Cosponsors (2)

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CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Sen. Klobuchar, Amy [D-MN]* 03/01/2021
Sen. Booker, Cory A. [D-NJ]* 03/01/2021

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Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions03/01/2021 Referred to

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Introduced in Senate (03/01/2021)

Mental Health Justice Act of 2021

This bill creates a grant program for states and local governments to train and dispatch mental health professionals to respond, instead of law enforcement officers, to emergencies that involve people with behavioral health needs.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) must manage the program in consultation with the Department of Justice (DOJ). SAMHSA may cancel grants that increase incarceration or institutionalization. Grantees must use funds for purposes including de-escalation and anti-racism training.

The Department of Health and Human Services and the DOJ must evaluate this program.