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Published on Friday, February 2, 2018

Bills to provide funding for mental health first responders pass out of committee

SB 5970 and HB 2892 propose grant programs for local law enforcement agencies to develop and operate mental health field response teams. The grant-funded teams would consist of mental health professionals trained to professionally, humanely, and safely respond to encounters involving persons with mental health issues. Both bills include data collection and reporting used to evaluate whether the use of crisis intervention response teams improve outcomes of interactions with persons experiencing behavioral health crises, including reduced rates of violence and harm.

A substitute version of SB 5970 passed out of the Senate Law & Justice Committee and was referred to the Ways & Means Committee. The bill has until Tuesday, February 6 to pass out of that committee.

The House Public Safety Committee passed HB 2892 in its original form.

AWC supports both bills.

Please contact Logan Bahr or Shannon McClelland with any questions.