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1/23/2013--Introduced. Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Act of 2013 - Amends the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act of 2004 to: (1) expand the assistance provided... Read More

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Jan 23, 2013

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Dear Representative Nugent, On behalf of the Association of the United States Navy (AUSN), we are writing to express our support for your bill H.R. 401, the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Act (JMHCA) of 2013. This bill would authorize the Attorney General to award grants to establish or expand Veterans treatment court programs, which involve collaboration among criminal justice, Veterans, and mental health and substance abuse agencies to provide qualified Veterans with intensive judicial supervision and case management, treatment services, and other appropriate services, including housing, transportation, job training, education, and assistance in obtaining benefits. As the United States is drawing down our military forces after over a decade of war, continued support of our men and women in uniform is crucial. Among the commitments made to our Veterans is ensuring they have access to affordable and high quality mental healthcare options. Consequently, it is important to give law enforcement the tools and training they need to improve the way that our legal system interacts with individuals suffering from mental health crises, including Veterans. H.R. 401 would bring the much needed resources to law enforcement, the courts, and correctional facilities to help them better deal with the increasingly-prevalent mental health issues they encounter. By extending the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act (MIOTCRA) for five years; authorizing investments in Veterans treatment courts; increasing focus on corrections-based programs; and supporting the development of curricula for police academies and orientations, H.R. 401 will greatly improve the ways in which our justice system as a whole treats and better serves those suffering from mental health crisis’s. Above all, AUSN supports the bill’s authorization of investments in Veterans treatment courts, which seeks to help serve Veterans who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), substance addiction, and other mental health conditions. We strongly believe that such a measure will greatly improve the quality of care our Veterans deserve and need in regards to mental healthcare. Thank you for your initiative in introducing legislation which seeks to help our Veteran community through improved measures for the criminal justice system, the mental health system, and for those with mental health conditions by authorizing investments in Veterans treatment courts. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at 703-548-5800.

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I oppose The Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Act because...This will only push people away from getting the help they need . Knowing they will lose their freedoms. This bill is based on pseudo science.

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WaTT
OH-11
8 months ago

I oppose H.R. 401: Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Act of 2013 because...this will discourage those who should seek help from doing so out of fear that it will follow them for the rest of their lives? and that they will be judged for it...

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Wokeup
KY-6
2 years ago

I oppose H.R. 401: Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Act of 2013 because the author tied this to a false science. psychiatry.

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EXPOSE-CAFR
CA-6
2 years ago

I oppose H.R. 401: Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Act of 2013 because... Health Information Privacy ANYBODY? Am I the only one who thinks this will discourage those who should seek help from doing so out of fear that it will follow them for the rest of their lives? and that they will be judged for it...

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2 years ago

Bill Summary

<br /> 1/23/2013--Introduced.<br /> Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Act of 2013 - Amends the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act of 2004 to: (1) expand the assistance provided under such Act, and (2) reauthorize appropriations for FY2015-FY2019. Authorizes the Attorney General to award grants to establish or expand: (1) veterans treatment court programs, which involve collaboration among criminal justice, veterans, and mental health and substance abuse agencies to provide qualified veterans (preliminarily qualified offenders who were discharged from the armed forces under conditions other than dishonorable) with intensive judicial supervision and case management, treatment services, alternatives to incarceration, and other appropriate services, including housing, transportation, job training, education, and assistance in obtaining benefits; (2) peer to peer services or programs to assist such veterans in obtaining treatment, recovery, stabilization, or rehabilitation; (3) practices that identify and provide treatment, rehabilitation, legal, transitional, and other appropriate services to such veterans who have been incarcerated; and (4) training programs to teach criminal justice, law enforcement, corrections, mental health, and substance abuse personnel how to identify and respond to incidents involving such veterans. Revises the definition of "preliminarily qualified offender" to include, in the case of a veterans treatment court program, an adult or juvenile accused of an offense who 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. Removes a requirement that the adult or juvenile be accused of a nonviolent offense. Requires preliminarily qualified offenders to be unanimously approved for participation in a collaboration program by, when appropriate, the relevant prosecuting attorney, defense attorney, probation or corrections official, judge, and representative from the relevant mental health agency. Authorizes the Attorney General to award grants to enhance the capabilities of a correctional facility to: (1) identify and screen for mentally ill inmates; (2) plan and provide assessments of the clinical, medical, and social needs of inmates and appropriate treatment and services that address mental health and substance abuse needs; (3) develop, implement, and enhance post-release transition plans that coordinate services and public benefits, the availability of mental health care and substance abuse treatment services, alternatives to solitary confinement and segregated housing, and mental health screening and treatment for inmates placed in solitary confinement or segregated housing; and (4) train employees in identifying and responding to incidents involving inmates with mental health disorders or co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders. Authorizes the Attorney General to: (1) award not more than six grants per year to applicants for the purpose of reducing the use of public services by mentally ill individuals who consume a significantly disproportionate quantity of public resources, and (2) make grants to provide support for programs that teach law enforcement personnel how to identify and respond to incidents involving persons with such disorders. Directs the Attorney General to give priority in awarding grants for adult or juvenile collaboration programs to applications that: (1) propose interventions that have been shown by empirical evidence to reduce recidivism, and (2) use validated assessment tools to target preliminarily qualified offenders with a moderate or high risk of recidivism and a need for treatment and services.<br /> <br />

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